Box-Office Preview: Can 'Miss Peregrine's Home' Evict 'Deepwater Horizon,' 'Masterminds'?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for ?Peculiar Children - Still - H - 2016
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'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' marks Tim Burton's first big-budget studio offering since 'Dark Shadows' in 2012.

Filmmaker Tim Burton returns to theaters this weekend with the family-friendly Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is widely expected to beat Peter Berg's ripped-from-the-headlines Deepwater Horizon and Relativity's comedy Masterminds, according to projections.

Based on the popular YA novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine is expected to open to $25 million or higher, a solid start for Burton, whose last big-budget Hollywood film, Dark Shadows, was a major disappointment.

Fox produced the fantasy film for $110 million with Chernin Entertainment. Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Chirs O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp and Samuel L. Jackson star. Miss Peregrine is about a 16-year-old boy who travels to a mysterious island in Wales, where he meets Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children, who possess special powers.

Deepwater Horizon, recounting the real-life oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, cost Lionsgate and Participant Media a pricey $110 million to produce.

Prerelease tracking suggests the film, reuniting Berg with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg, will open in the high teens, although strong reviews could lift the opening higher, according to predictions.

Masterminds, a heist comedy featuring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudekis, is the first major release from Relativity since Ryan Kavanaugh's company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

The comedy is tracking to open in the $8 million-$10 million range, according to projections.