Box-Office Results: Last Witch Hunter, Jem and the Holograms crash at box-office
After a few weeks of encouraging gains at the box-office, movie studios were slapped with a terrible weekend as several new films failed to connect with viewers. Despite their giant studious backing them “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Rock The Kasbah” and “Jem and the Holograms” had dismal openings across the country.
To highlight just how terrible the 9 openings (some limited releases) were this weekend, the top-spot this week went to “The Martian,” now currently in its fourth week at the box-office. Despite giving up 197 locations this week, FOX’s “The Martian” still managed to take the top-spot on the domestic charts with $15.9M across the country.
Second-place went to “Goosebumps” from Sony Pictures with $15.5M, a film that is now in its second week since release and showing in roughly 3,501 locations. “Bridge of Spies” took-in another $11.37M domestically for third-place, despite having been in theaters for two-weeks now.
The first new-release to hit the top-five this weekend was the big-budget action/adventure film “The Last Witch Hunter” from Lionsgate. In the film the last witch hunter is striving to save humanity from the most horrifying witches in history but the story didn’t attract moviegoers.
Directed by Breck Eisner, working off a script written by Cory Goodman and Matt Sazama, the film had several major stars but failed to garner attention with fans. Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine star in the film, which only managed to take in $10.8M in its debut across 3,082 locations.
Sony Pictures took the fifth-spot on the list this weekend with “Hotel Transylvania 2”. The animated-comedy brought in another $9M for the studio, which has now grossed over $148M domestically since the film released 5 weeks ago.
Failing to break the top-five this weekend were several major releases. The horror-thriller “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” from Paramount only managed to bring-in $8.2M across 1,656 locations. The film was directed by Gregory Plotkin, working off a screenplay written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. The film stars Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw and Ivy George.
“Rock The Kasbah” was another stunning loss, the film only saw $1.5M across 2,012 locations despite starring Bill Murray, Leem Lubany and Zooey Deschanel. The film landed in thirteenth place overall this weekend.
After a string of over-the-top hits, Universal Pictures saw a flop at this week’s box-office with the studio’s “Jem and the Holograms.” The film landed in fifteenth place overall with a meager $1.3M at the box-office. The film stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott and Aurora Perinea.
Limited releases also failed to thrive this weekend despite offering a few big names. “Suffragette” from Focus only brought in $77K across its limited locations. “I Smile Back” earned just $16K in 2 locations domestically.