Weekend Box Office: ‘The Martian’ is Back On Top; ‘Steve Jobs’ Falls Flat
The four new wide releases bombed — including Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms — and Danny Boyle‘s critical darling Steve Jobs also fell flat when expanding nationwide. Ouch!
I’m surprised The Martian is back on top in its fourth weekend after loosing to Goosebumps, but it narrowly beated Sony’s family entry with $15.9 million, down just 25% from its previous weekend. Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi tale starring Matt Damon has grossed $166 million domestically, while lifting its worldwide haul to nearly $350 million.
Jack Black horror comedy Goosebumps dropped to second place with an estimated $15.5 million this weekend, down just 35% from its opening weekend, for a worldwide total of $53.1 million.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ historical drama Bridge of Spies retained third place in its second weekend, with $11.4 million from 2,811 theaters, off just 26% from its opening weekend, for a domestic total of $32.6 million.
Coming in fourth was Vin Diesel’s action-fantasy The Last Witch Hunter, which did the best of the newcomers with an estimated $10.8 million from 3,082 theaters. Audiences gave the 80 million dollar budget film a “B-” CinemaScore.
The family-friendly animated adventure Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded out the top five with an estimated $9 million, also down a minimal 29% from its previous weekend, with a total domestic gross of $148.3 million in five weeks.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the final chapter of the low-budget horror franchise landed at No. 6 with $8.2 million. It only opened in 1,656 theaters. The film fared much better overseas where it grossed $18 million in 33 territories. The 3D horror film earned a “C” CinemaScore.
Universal’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, failed to continue the film’s success in limited release, only earning an estimated $7.3 million in 2,493 theaters. The biopic about the late Apple Inc. founder earned an “A-” CinemaScore, and its domestic total now stands at just $10 million. Check out this weekend’s top ten at the box office:
Bill Murray’s political comedy Rock the Kasbah and Universal’s take on the ’80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms earned two of the worst wide-release openings of all time. They didn’t even crack the top 10 in their debuts. Barry Levinson‘s comedy took in $1.5 million from 2,012 theaters and is an all-time low for Murray. John M. Chu‘s live-action movie earned $1.3 million from 2,413 theaters and is one of the biggest bombs for Universal.
Next weekend brings the political comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton, the Bradley Cooper-starring culinary drama Burnt, and Paramount’s horror comedy Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. To be honest, I’m going to skip them and wait to see The Peanuts Movie in two weeks.