WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: ‘Goosebumps’ Scares Up First Place Debut

Slappy is happy. Why? Because his movie, Goosebumps won the box office this weekend, dethroning reigning two-time champion The Martian. That said, it was a close one.

In its opening weekend, Goosebumps raked in a solid $23.5M, which was enough for a seat in first place. The pre-existing fanbase author R.L. Stine built from his series of books by the same name definitely helped, as did its October release leading into Halloween. With films such as The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, and Steve Jobs (which will be getting expanded after two weeks in limited release) coming out next weekend, it likely won’t find itself in the same spot next weekend, but with Halloween inching closer, look for it to continue to put up solid numbers the next couple of weeks as families looking to get into the Halloween spirit will likely turn to it for satisfaction.

While Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed The Martian failed to three-peat, it still received a rock-solid $21.5M in its third weekend of release bringing its total to $143.7M. Despite dropping 42% this weekend, look for positive word-of-mouth to carry it to the $200M domestic mark when all is said and done.

Coming in third place this weekend was newcomer Bridge of SpiesThe Steven Spielberg-helmed cold war thriller took in a somewhat-modest $15.3M for the weekend, but critical praise (93% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes) and audience praise (91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), along with the fact that Spielberg’s films tend to have strong staying power, should keep it in theaters for a while despite its underwhelming debut.

In fourth place was Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, reeling in a mediocre $12.8M for its opening weekend. Though the gothic horror/romance film could get some help with Halloween approaching, it appears general moviegoers outside of del Toro’s loyal fanbase were disinterested in the film’s gothic nature, and likely won’t change their minds about seeing it in the coming weeks.

Rounding out the top five was Hotel Transylvania 2. Despite facing new competition in Goosebumps, similarly family-friendly October fare, the animated sequel took in an additional $12.2M in its fourth weekend, bringing its total to $136.4M. Expect it to top its predecessor’s $148.3M in the next week or two

Notables not in the top five this week were faith-based football film Woodlawn, which was no War Room, but did manage to earn a agreeable $4.1 for its first week in release, and Pan which fell to #6 in just its second weekend with its abysmal $5.68M intake for the weekend.

Here is this week’s top five:

#1Goosebumps ($23.5M)

#2The Martian ($21.5M)

#3Bridge of Spies ($15.3M)

#4Crimson Peak ($12.8M)

#5Hotel Transylvania 2 ($12.2M)

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