By Bill Wine

By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)The Girl on the Train sped ahead to a first-place finish at the box office.

The debuting mystery-thriller based on the best-seller, starring Emily Blunt, earned an estimated $25 million.

That put it ahead of last weekend’s leader, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which took in $15 million as the runner-up.

In third place was the holdover, Deepwater Horizon, with $12 million.

Another new attraction – Nate Parker’s slavery drama, The Birth of a Nation – placed sixth with just over $7 million.

And the weekend’s other new mainstream release, the teen-targeted comedy, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, totaled just under $7 million, good for seventh place.

Overall, industry-wide totals were lower than those of last weekend as well as those of a year ago.

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