Box-office results: Goosebumps scares up almost $23M
With just under two-weeks before Halloween, the box-office is finally getting into the spooky-spirit. Two very different films were released this week, just in time for the haunting holiday, “Goosebumps” from Sony Pictures and “Crimson Peak” from Universal Pictures.
It was Sony’s “Goosebumps” that earned the number-one spot at the box-office this week with $23.5M across 3,501 locations, the film is based on the popular children’s series of the same name. The story follows a teenager that teams up with the daughter of the series’ original author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
The film was directed by Rob Letterman, working from a screenplay written by Darren Lemke. Starring in the film are Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush.
Dropping down one-spot to number two this weekend was “The Martian” from FOX Studios. Now in it’s third-week since release the film earned an additional $21.5M across 3,701 locations. The film has earned over $143M domestically since its release earlier this fall.
In the film a manned mission to Mars goes horribly wrong when Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead following a fierce storm on the planet’s surface. Wanted is then left behind by his crew but survived the storm. He then finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
The film was directed by Ridley Scott working from a screenplay written by Drew Goddard. The film is based on the book written by Andy Weir and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig.
The number-three spot on the list went to the newly released “Bridge of Spies” with $15.4M at the domestic box-office. The film opened at 2,811 locations this weekend but still managed to hold onto the top-three.
In the film an American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. The film was directed by the ever popular Steven Spielberg. Both Matt Charman and Ethan Coen received writing credits on the project. “Bridge of Spies” stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda.
Fourth-place went to another new-release, “Crimson Peak” from Universal Pictures brought in $12.9M across 2,984 locations. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that “breathes, bleeds…and remembers.” The film is the latest thriller-horror from famed Director Guillermo del Toro. The director wrote the script to the film along with Matthew Robbins. Called a “Gothic Romance” by the studio, the film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was another film that is perfect for the Halloween season, though this one is a little more comedic. “Hotel Transylvania 2” from Sony Pictures brought in an additional $12.3M at the domestic box-office, raising the film’s running total to just over $136M.
In the film Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Genndy Tartakovsky directed the film, which was written by Robert Smigel and Adam Sandler.
Sandler also stars in the film along with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.