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Box Office: ‘Goosebumps’ Scares Up $23.5 Million for No. 1 Debut

Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s no surprise that this weekend’s No. 1 movie is giving audiences goosebumps.

Goosebumps, the big-screen homage to the popular horror novels by R.L. Stine, debuted at No. 1 with $23.5 million. In the movie, Jack Black stars as Stine in a story that features the author haunted by his own creations. The movie has been well-received by audiences, particularly among families, suggesting that this could be a potential film franchise with appeal that stretches farther than simply nostalgia for 90s kids. Case in point, Goosebumps was largely unaffected by competition from the previous No. 1 family film in America: Hotel Transylvania 2 landed at No. 5 with $12.3 million. However, this is far from a bad number, considering this movie is in its fourth weekend. Currently, Hotel Transylvania 2 enjoys a domestic gross of $136.4 million to date, doing leagues better than other family holdovers — like the “now officially a complete and utter financial disaster” known as Pan. Falling 62 percent in its second weekend, the Peter Pan prequel grossed only $5.6 million, bringing its current box office total to $72.8 million across two weekends, which is still a significant ways off from the considerable $150 million budget Warner Bros. invested in director Joe Wright and his vision.

But the box office is shifting into awards mode, as potential Oscar season contenders are hitting cinemas.

Bridge of Spies, a true story of a Brooklyn insurance lawyer (Tom Hanks) who represents an accused Soviet spy, opened at No. 3 with $15.4 million. The movie has scored some fantastic reviews, so strong word of mouth should carry this film forward from here on out. Granted, the movie still has a long way to go to recoup its $40 million budget, but at least it doesn’t have Pan-sized distances to reach. However, one newcomer that was less lucky was Crimson Peak, the new prestige horror offering from Guillermo del Toro. A potential awards contender in the technical categories, Crimson Peak placed at a disappointing No. 4 with just $12.9 million on a budget of $55 million. International numbers are going to be the difference maker in seeing the film into profitability, as the movie opened to $13.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $26.2 million so far. The good news is that not all hope is lost for this being a money-maker, since Crimson Peak has yet to open in del Toro’s native Mexico. It’s expected the film could be a huge hit there, which should soothe the sting of this underwhelming opening a bit.

In other news, The Martian continued to impress, landing at No. 2 with $21.5 million. Its domestic total so far is an impressive $143.8 million, while the foreign total has reached $175.4 million, pushing the movie well past the $300 million milestone. Currently, the global haul is $319.2 million, but it stands to go even higher before the month is out, as word of mouth continues to keep this movie strong. Meanwhile, Christian drama Woodlawn continued the strong showings for faith-based films in recent years, debuting at No. 9 with $4.1 million. The film, which stars Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sherri Shepherd, Jon Voight and Kevin Sizemore, tells the story of the desegregation of Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973. Currently, the film enjoys the super-rare 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on just five reviews of the film so far. While it’s uncertain if the rating will stand once more outlets review the film, it’s clear that critical reception has been overwhelmingly positive.

But how did the rest of the films at the Top 10 do this weekend? Check out the list below:

Box Office 'Goosebumps' Scares Up $23.5 Million for No. 1 Debut

Credit: Columbia Pictures

TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 10/19/2015:

1. Goosebumps ($23.5 million)
2. The Martian ($21.5 million)
3. Bridge of Spies ($15.4 million)
4. Crimson Peak ($12.8 million)
5. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($12.3 million)
6. Pan ($5.9 million)
7. The Intern ($4.5 million)
8. Sicario ($4.1 million)
9. Woodlawn ($3.1 million)
10. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($2.8 million)

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!

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