“The Girl on the Train” pulled into the station with a $24.7 million opening, a solid result despite the fact that the mystery debuted as much of the U.S. Southeast was being pummeled by Hurricane Matthew.
Its success is a shot in the arm to DreamWorks, which optioned the Paula Hawkins’ best-seller about an alcoholic woman (Emily Blunt), who must piece together a mysterious disappearance.
The company has suffered a string of flops in recent years, most recently shouldering the twin duds of “The BFG” and “The Light Between Oceans.”
However, “The Girl on the Train” kicks off a new five-year distribution deal with Universal Pictures.
One that will see the company rebranded as Amblin Partners, complete with backing from Reliance, Entertainment One, and Participant. Over the weekend, Amblin announced that Alibaba Pictures will take an equity stake in the production company. “The Girl on the Train” cost $45 million to make.