Weekend Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Holds Off ‘Burnt’ & ‘Crisis’ for Halloween

Slow Halloween Weekend

All three new titles tanked at the box-office for the frighteningly slow Halloween weekend, but the irony is that Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, bombed the hardest. 20th Century Fox’s space drama The Martian was No. 1 again in its fifth week of release.

Ridley Scott’s film earned $11.4 million this weekend, surpassed the $400 million mark worldwide and is on track to become the highest-grossing feature of director’s career.

The second and third places went to holdovers Goosebumps and Steven Spielberg‘s Bridge of Spies, which brought in an additional $10.2 million and $8.1 million, respectively. Glad to see Bridge of Spies doing so well.

Hotel Transylvania 2 took the fourth spot with $5.8 million ($156 million), while Bradley Cooper‘s Burnt rounded out the top five. The Weinstein Co.’s culinary drama took in $5 million despite its release in more than 3,000 screens.

Here’s this weekend’s top ten at the box office:

Rentrak Box Office Estimates

Yeah, this Halloween weekend reportedly had the worst audience turnout of the year, down 25% from last Halloween weekend. Among the new releases, Sandra Bullock‘s political dramedy Our Brand Is Crisis did have a bigger budget and came in lower than Burnt. The film bombed its first weekend with only $3.4 million, ranking eighth and received a “C+” from CinemaScore audiences.

The horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse fared worst of all, taking in just $1.8 million from 1,560 locations, putting it in twelfth-place. Elsewhere, Guillermo del Toro‘s ghotic romance Crimson Peak grossed $3.1 million (-45%), while Steve Jobs continued to struggle in its second weekend, falling to No. 10 with $2.6 million (-64%).

Finally, it is worth mentioning that Gaspar Noe’s X-rated 3D romance Love scored $30,124 from two screens for a good $15,062 per screen average.

Okay, that’s it for now. Next week Spectre opens in the United States as well as The Peanuts Movie. The 24th feature in the James Bond franchise is expected to earn betweeb $80 and $90 million, while non-Disney animated event featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown was expected to open in the $45 million range. Well, that’s going to turn things around.