Despite an overall lukewarm performance for movies over the weekend, Tim Burton's adaptation of the popular novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was able to snag the top spot in terms of ticket sales.
In the box-office results posted by Comscore, "Miss Peregrine" peaked at number one with $28.5 million in sales which was shown at over 3,500 theaters since its release.
The movie, which marks as Burton's first high-budget project since 2012, has an estimated production budget of $110 million. Hence, the relatively lower figures for the movie's opening weekend in the US may seem to lead the movie in a different direction.
However, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the movie has been picking up quite well in international territories. In South Korea alone, the movie has garnered $5.2 million which is higher than the lifetime box office sales of Burton's other films in that country such as "Cinderella" and "Through The Looking Glass".
The movie is also doing particularly well in U.K. as it ranks in second behind the new Bridget Jones sequel and has been received quite warmly in Latin America thanks to its family-oriented theme and mystical nature.
Other publications argue though that the dismal box-office results of Burton's latest feature can be derived from an impending saturation of the director's cinematic brand. Writing for Indiewire, movie critic Tom Brueggemann has cited Burton's previous efforts which include 2012's "Dark Shadows" have continually received mixed reception from viewers and critics alike. This may have contributed to the speedy "aging" of the Burton brand.
Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson still hopes that the movie would pick up in its entire run as they believe that the director's take on the movie is what the fans of the novel have been expecting.
"Tim Burton's creative touch and his original take on a best-selling book resonated with its target audience and has delivered something that younger moviegoers are seeking out," Aronson adds.
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar School Children" talks about the adventure of a young boy (played by Asa Butterfield) as he meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and her mysterious, orphaned children while trying to decipher his origins.