The Bottom Line: October 14th, 2016: Ben Affleck – Math Assassin

Ben Affleck The Accountant

Quick Takes

It looks like I have to predict the box office numbers for The Accountant. If only I had an accountant to do it for me! In this week’s edition of The Bottom Line, we figure out whether The AccountantKevin Hart: What Now?, or Max Steel will become the new box office champion.

Box Office Top Five

The Girl On The Train rode good marketing and middling reviews to the top of the box office, raking in $24.6 million for first place. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children dropped to second with $15.2 million. Deepwater Horizon followed suit, dropping to third place with $11.6 million. The Magnificent Seven stays afloat with $9.1 million for fourth, while the kiddie vehicle Storks rounds out the top five with $8.3 million.

Here is a look at a few films that are opening on September 30th.

The Accountant (R) 128 mins.

As we all know, accounting is a non-stop white-knuckle thrill ride of a profession. That same intensity and sense of grandeur has been applied to this new film from director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). Essentially, it’s A Beautiful Mind meets Jason Bourne, and if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. I don’t imagine audiences turning out in droves for this, but it’s a light weekend. My guess is this will open at number three.

Kevin Hart: What Now? (R) 96 mins.

Kevin Hart’s star power has only grown since his last standup special was released in theaters (Let Me Explain, back in 2013). Now, with hits like Ride Along and Central Intelligence under his belt, I can see this doing very well. Hart’s one of the only comedians so popular that his specials get released into theaters, and we’ll see why this weekend – I’m predicting this opens at number one.

Max Steel (PG-13) 100 mins.

There is a movie called Max Steel opening in theaters this week. It looks like it’s about robots or superheroes or something. This is the first I’ve heard of it. In all likelihood, this is the first you’ve heard about it, too. After this weekend, you’ll never hear about it again. This is a film that has zero reviews on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing. This will not crack the top five. It may not crack the top ten. You will not remember reading about it in this paragraph.

The Bottom Line

Kevin Hart: What Now will take some audiences by surprise to open at number one. The Girl on the Train will drop to second, while The Accountant will open at number three. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon will drop to fourth and fifth.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Jack Reacher: Never Go BackKeeping Up With The JonesesOuija: Origin of Evil (October 21st)

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Michael Smith

Mike Smith is an avid filmgoer from New York who loves to hear his own voice - luckily his work as a podcaster on FilmBook allows him to do just that. Mike graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in communications, and is ready to dole out critical analysis of all your pop culture fixations. Mike is the host of FilmBookCast and can frequently be seen at his local movie theater, patiently explaining to his friends that Superman Returns is a misunderstood masterpiece.

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