Weekend Box Office: ‘Goosebumps’ Tops ‘The Martian,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ Flops

Top 10 October 16-18

Sony Pictures‘ big screen version of R.L. Stine’s children’s book series Goosebumps, starring Jack Black, earned $23.5 million across the weekend and managed to beat Ridley Scott’s blockbuster The Martian in its third weekend.

Sony’s second PG-rated Halloween movie to debut at No. 1 this year earned an A CinemaScore.  I feel happy the studio is on a roll with its family film success over the last four weeks starting with Hotel Transylvania sequel.

Steven Spielberg‘s well-received spy thriller Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, debuted in third place with an estimated $15.4 million. Its strong “A” CinemaScore signals a long, prosperous theatrical run too.

Benicio del Toro‘s R-rated Crimson Peak fared less well. The gothic horror film starring Mia Wasikowska, was the big disappointment in grossing $12.9 million from 2,984 theaters to place No. 4 after grossing $5.3 million on Friday. Its “B-” CinemaScore doesn’t bode great for the weeks ahead.

Sony’s animated Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded out the top five with $12.3 million in its fourth weekend, having grossed $136.4 million domestically. Here are this weekend’s top ten at the box office:

Weekend Box Office

Elsewhere, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic expanded to 60 theaters, earning $1.6 million. The film starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, will go wide next weekend.

Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, brought in a less impressive $50,699 from 31 theaters after debuting on Netflix and in theaters on the same day.