Box office beware, you’re in for a scare this weekend thanks to R.L. Stine and his spooky creations.
Topping the charts this weekend is Goosebumps (read our review), which made $23.5 million in its first three days. That obviously isn’t close to breaking any records, but it’s still a solid debut for the horror comedy, which was heavily marketed as a zany adventure for families. The critical reception certainly helped, as it scored mostly positive reviews leading up to its release, making it an appealing option for the target demographic now that Hotel Transylvania 2 has been out for a few weeks.
It will be interesting to see how well Goosebumps holds in the coming weeks. In terms of direct competition, there’s nothing really on the horizon for a couple of weeks. Also, given that Halloween is just around the corner, the demand to see it should be considerable as we progress through the month. It’s not going to be a runaway commercial smash by the time it’s all said and done, but Goosebumps should be a nice little hit for Sony (who desperately needs one); the production budget is a modest $58 million.
Two-time reigning champ The Martian slid to second this week, adding $21.5 million. Ridley Scott’s latest continues to rake in the cash, and its domestic total is now up to $143.7 million.
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (read our review) opened in third place, grossing $15.3 million in its first weekend. That figure may seem a bit low for a Spielberg-Tom Hanks collaboration, but this was never expected to be a film that had mass appeal. Still, it’s a respectable start for the Cold War drama, and given that word-of-mouth has largely been good (not to mention, the early Oscar buzz it has been generating), older audiences should continue to support it over the next couple of weeks. Bridge of Spies won’t go down as one of Spielberg’s top earners, but it should do fine for itself throughout its domestic run.
At #4 is Crimson Peak (read our review), which brought in $12.8 million in its first three days. That’s a big disappointment for director Guillermo del Toro, as it marks his lowest box office debut since 1997. The film received decent reviews, but there were some who felt that the film was mismarketed, and word-of-mouth suffered as the weekend went on. It also didn’t help that Crimson Peak was one of a few new options for moviegoers, and even going into the weekend it seemed to have the most limited appeal. Unfortunately for del Toro’s fans, it’s unlikely that Crimson Peak is able to turn it around, since interest is pretty low.
Rounding out the top five is Hotel Transylvania 2, which brought in $12.2 million in its fourth weekend. The animated sequel clearly lost a great deal of business to Goosebumps, but it still managed to maintain parts of its audience for another healthy weekend. It has now made $136.4 million domestically.
Flop Pan is in at #6 this week. The fantasy flick made $5.8 million in its second weekend, which is a whopping 61.7 percent drop from its soft opening. The film has currently made $25.7 million in its U.S. run.
The Intern came in seventh with $5.4 million. The comedy has grossed $58.7 million domestically.
At #8 is Sicario, which made $4.5 million. The drug cartel drama is up to $34.6 million Stateside.
Little-marketed Woodlawn debuted at #9 with $4.1 million. For a film few knew was even coming out, that’s a solid performance, but it’s unlikely it can remain in the top ten for much longer.
Finishing off the top ten is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The young-adult adaptation made $2.7 million over the weekend to raise its domestic total to $75.4 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 19 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo