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Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine tops US box office

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Image copyright PA
Image caption The film was adapted by Jane Goldman and is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name

Tim Burton's film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has beaten disaster movie Deepwater Horizon to the top of the US film chart.

Burton's film, based on Ransom Riggs' novel, took an estimated $28.5m (£22.1m) over the weekend.

Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 oil rig explosion and starring Mark Wahlberg, came in second with $20.6m (£16m).

Chess prodigy tale Queen of Katwe could only manage $2.6m (£2m).

Its release was expanded nationally having made a limited debut the previous weekend.

The Disney film, starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo, depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy who becomes a woman candidate master after her performances at the World Chess Olympiads.

Last week's top film The Magnificent Seven slipped to third spot with $15.7m in its second week.

The film, which stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, is a remake of the 1960 western film of the same name.

North American box office top five
1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ($28.5m)
2. Deepwater Horizon ($20.6m)
3. The Magnificent Seven ($15.7m)
4. Storks ($13.8m)
5. Sully $8.4m
Source: ComScore

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