Box Office: Four movies you’d only watch on a plane bomb as ‘Martian’ is no. 1 again

Did you even know 'Jem and the Holograms' was coming out?
Jem and the Holograms

The weekend of Oct. 23, 2015 may be forever remembered as the weekend Hollywood released not one, not two, but four films you’d probably only watch on a plane (and a transatlantic flight at that). Considering Halloween takes place on a Saturday night next weekend it looks like theater owners won’t have a lot to get excited about until ‘Spectre’ and ‘The Peanuts Movie’ open on Nov. 6.  In the meantime, here’s some quick thoughts on this weekend’s results.

1. “The Martian” – 3,504 theaters – $15.9 million – $166.3 million (cume) – 4th wkd
Down just 25.4% from last weekend, Ridley Scott’s  crowd pleaser continues to show great staying power with $200 million domestic still in the cards.

2. “Goosebumps” – 3,501 theaters – $15.5 million – $43.7 million (cume) – 2nd wkd
Turning into a nice double for Sony Pictures considering its reported $58 million production budget.

3. “Bridge of Spies” – 2,811 theaters – $11.3 million – $32.5 million (cume) – 2nd wkd
Easily beat its prestige competition, “Steve Jobs,” in its second frame and only 300 or so more theaters.

4. “The Last Witch Hunter” – 3,082 theaters – $10.8 million – Opening
It’s simple.  Vin Diesel’s “Fast” fanbase simply do not care about his Sci-Fi or Fantasy endeavors.

5. “Hotel Transylvania 2” – 3,154 theaters – $9 million – $148.2 million (cume) – 5th wkd
Another solid hold for the one fall hit that’s letting Sony Pictures forget about the terribly disappointing results for “The Walk.”


6. “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” – 1,656 theaters – $8.2 million – Opening
What a terrible way for the franchise to end (if it’s really ending).  Paramount’s “experiment” will continue to play out when the horror flick goes to VOD in a little over two weeks.

7. “Steve Jobs” – 2,493 theaters – $7.2 million – $9.98 million – 3rd wkd (Expanding)
Not the expansion Universal was hoping for, but this Oscar player is in it for the long haul. The A- Cinemascore  grade will help as will award season heat in the weeks to come.

13. “Rock the Kasbah” – 2,012 theaters – $1.5 million – Opening
Open Road is no doubt thrilled they can now move on from this mess and focus on the opening of “Spotlight” next month.

15. “Jem and the Holograms” – 2,413 theaters – $1.32 million – Opening
The one major blemish on Universal’s amazing year so far.  This one was DOA months ago.

31. “Suffragette” – 4 theaters – $77,000 – $19,250 per – Opening
An OK debut for limited release.  It actually performed as well as “Truth” last weekend which isn’t saying much.

Opening or expanding on Friday: “Burnt,” “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.”

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