Miss Peregrine bests Deepwater Horizon at box office

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Tim Burton's latest fantastical oddity, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, is at the top of the box office in America.

The movie - which stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson - debuted with a hefty $28.5 million (£21.9 million), while Peter Berg's acclaimed disaster movie Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 oil rig explosion, failed to win over movie-goers.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children was adapted from Ransom Riggs' fantasy novel.

It cost $110 million (£84.7 million) to make, meaning it will need a strong performance overseas too.

Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg, cost even more to produce and featured a nearly life-size replica of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Yet the Lionsgate release managed only $20.6 million (£15.8 million).

Mark Wahlberg (Ian West / PA)
Mark Wahlberg (Ian West / PA)

Last week's top film, The Magnificent Seven, slid to third place at the US box office with $15.7 million (£12 million) in its second week.