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Weekend Box Office Report: October 23-25, 2015

10.25.2015

The Martian climbs back to the top!

On its fourth weekend in theaters, THE MARTIAN once again floated to the #1 spot at the box office with an estimated $15.9 million!

The Matt Damon starrer drifted away from first place last weekend but rebounded despite a storm of new releases that ultimately demonstrated little challenge. Ridley Scott's astronaut thriller is up to $166 million domestic and is nearing $400 million worldwide.

Last weekend's winner GOOSEBUMPS got bumped to a close second with $15.5 million, a 34% dip from its opening. The PG-rated Jack Black-fronted adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine books has a 10-day domestic total of $43.7 million.

Holding onto third place was Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES with $11.3 million, down just 26% from last week's opening. The Tom Hanks Cold War drama has a $32.5 million 10-day domestic total.

Vin Diesel may have 95 million Facebook followers but they don't seem too interested in his movies unless he's flanked by the FAST & FURIOUS crew -- his new action-fantasy THE LAST WITCH HUNTER opened in fourth with $10.8 million, barely half of RIDDICK's $19 million start in September 2013. Diesel's evil-fighting epic cost a reported $75 million and got bludgeoned by critics (14% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Adam Sandler's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 stayed in fifth with $9 million, ahead of the latest found-footage horror entry PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION opening in sixth with $8.2 million. The series has seen diminishing returns since PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 opening to a shocking $52.5 million in 2011, and THE GHOST DIMENSION is the final release of the franchise (it also hits VOD in just a few weeks).

After strong business in limited release, the STEVE JOBS biopic expanded nationwide to place seventh with $7.2 million. The Michael Fassbender-starring drama from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin has a $9.9 domestic total so far, on a reported $30 million cost. (Also of note: the Ashton Kutcher JOBS opened to $6.7 million back in August 2013, so unlike the company's devices perhaps the Apple co-founder himself only holds limited appeal to general audiences.)

Guillermo del Toro's ghost story CRIMSON PEAK slipped to eighth with $5.5 million, a 57% loss from its debut last weekend. The Anne Hathaway/Robert De Niro comedy THE INTERN and the cartel action-thriller SICARIO finished out the list.

Outside the chart, a couple of other new wide releases had a rough time finding eyeballs this weekend: the Bill Murray comedy-drama ROCK THE KASBAH brought in only $1.5 million on 2000 screens, and the live-action version of the colorful 80s cartoon JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS made just $1.3 million despite hitting 2400 screens. At least the attempt at capitalizing on nostalgia only cost $5 million...

Additionally, the expensive fantasy PAN and the inspirational football melodrama WOODLAWN fell out of the Top 10 along with MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS. Meanwhile, Marvel's ANT-MAN is now close to $500 million worldwide thanks to solid business in China.

Next weekend has the Bradley Cooper chef comedy BURNT and the Sandra Bullock political satire OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, along with undead action in SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE and FREAKS OF NATURE.

Which November release are you most interested in seeing? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Martian $15.9 M $166.3 M
2. Goosebumps $15.5 M $43.7 M
3. Bridge of Spies $11.3 M $32.5 M
4. The Last Witch Hunter $10.8 M
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5. Hotel Transylvania 2 $9 M $148.2 M
6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension $8.2 M
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7. Steve Jobs $7.2 M $9.9 M
8. Crimson Peak $5.5 M $22.4 M
9. The Intern $3.8 M $64.7 M
10. Sicario $2.9 M $39.3 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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12:48PM on 10/26/2015
In other words, there were a lot of bored people in the theaters this week. I was so excited to see The Martian and finally did last week. Oh my God was it BORING!!! I was literally playing and rearranging the popcorn seeds at the bottom of my popcorn tub to pass the time. It's another one of those movies that they could have done so much with but instead they decided to make it as boring as possible.
In other words, there were a lot of bored people in the theaters this week. I was so excited to see The Martian and finally did last week. Oh my God was it BORING!!! I was literally playing and rearranging the popcorn seeds at the bottom of my popcorn tub to pass the time. It's another one of those movies that they could have done so much with but instead they decided to make it as boring as possible.
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11:07PM on 10/25/2015
I saw Steve Jobs, and wish it did better since it is really a well made film. Probably not a smart idea making this so close to the other Jobs film though, so I can see why audiences weren't flocking to it.
I saw Steve Jobs, and wish it did better since it is really a well made film. Probably not a smart idea making this so close to the other Jobs film though, so I can see why audiences weren't flocking to it.
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11:05PM on 10/25/2015
Took my lady to see Goosebumps and was presently surprised. Definitely had a Jumangi like feel to it, some adult humor and actually decent digital and practical effects. Best of all Jack Black toned it down and was not completely annoying as per usual. Felt like an mid 90's movie, in a good way!
Took my lady to see Goosebumps and was presently surprised. Definitely had a Jumangi like feel to it, some adult humor and actually decent digital and practical effects. Best of all Jack Black toned it down and was not completely annoying as per usual. Felt like an mid 90's movie, in a good way!
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11:02PM on 10/25/2015
All the new releases deserved to flop. They looked terrible.
All the new releases deserved to flop. They looked terrible.
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8:35PM on 10/25/2015
Finger's crossed Crimson Peak gets a boost next halloween weekend.
Finger's crossed Crimson Peak gets a boost next halloween weekend.
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7:09PM on 10/25/2015
I feel sad yet strangely satisfied that Jem and the Holograms isn't in the top 10. It deserves to be a flop. Had it been a good movie, it would have been at least within the top 10.
I feel sad yet strangely satisfied that Jem and the Holograms isn't in the top 10. It deserves to be a flop. Had it been a good movie, it would have been at least within the top 10.
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5:56PM on 10/25/2015

Wow, surprised about Vin Diesel's flop....

... doest it mean the average moviegoer assimilates his name only to FF ???? Opens next week in my country, and not much buzz so far...
Paranormal Activity 5 was surprisingly good, specialy the 3D.
The Martian is huge in France
... doest it mean the average moviegoer assimilates his name only to FF ???? Opens next week in my country, and not much buzz so far...
Paranormal Activity 5 was surprisingly good, specialy the 3D.
The Martian is huge in France
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