Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Is No. 1 Again as October Becomes Month of Bombs
The Martian continues to do outstanding business at the weekend box office, claiming the No. 1 spot once again in its fifth weekend. But the real story is how October ultimately became the month of big box office bombs.
Three newcomers this weekend cratered: Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper as a downtrodden chef, earned a disappointing $5 million to open at No. 5, while political drama Our Brand Is Crisis opened at No. 7 with a dismal $3.4 million, making this the smallest national opening in Sandra Bullock’s career. And then there’s the much-hyped political/newsroom drama Truth. The film, focused on the Killian documents controversy involving former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, bottomed out at a disastrous $1.2 million. These showings are bad enough to make the previous disappointing box office openings seem somewhat less embarrassing, as The Last Witch Hunter earned $10.8 million in its opening last weekend, while Steve Jobs earned $7.3 million. Even Jem and the Holograms can lay claim to having performed better than one of this weekend’s newcomers, as that movie opened to $1.3 million, which is more than Truth earned this weekend. For whatever reason, audiences just aren’t connecting with adult-targeted films this October, as the pickings have been slimmer than in awards seasons past. November is looking to be a much stronger month, however, thanks to such offerings as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and next weekend’s hotly anticipated James Bond installment, Spectre.
The triple disaster for this weekend’s latest adult-targeted offerings allowed The Martian to take a commanding lead for the weekend with $11.4 million, to brings its domestic gross to $182.8 million. Its worldwide total is now at a massive $428.4 million. Its impressive performance was enough to keep its holdover competitors at bay.
Goosebumps landed at No. 2 with $10.2 million, bringing its domestic haul to $57 million so far, while Bridge of Spies continued to do strong business with $8.1 million for a domestic total of $45.2 million. At No. 4 was Hotel Transylvania 2, which earned $5.8 million to remain in the Top 5 for its sixth consecutive weekend. Its domestic total has reached $156 million, and an even stronger international total of $217.6 million. This brings the film’s global gross to $373.6 million so far.
In other news, Steve Jobs continued the October trend set by such films as The Last Witch Hunter and Jem and the Holograms, continuing to bomb with a 64 percent decline in week two. The movie earned a weak $2.6 million to brings its domestic total to a terrible $14.5 million. The movie remained in the Top 10, but just barely, landing at No. 10 behind Crimson Peak, which continues to cling to life just weeks into its release.
But how did the rest of the films do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 11/02/2015
1. The Martian ($11.4 million)
2. Goosebumps ($10.2 million)
3. Bridge of Spies ($8.1 million)
4. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($5.8 million)
5. Burnt ($5 million)
6. The Last Witch Hunter ($4.8 million)
7. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ($3.5 million)
8. Our Brand is Crisis ($3.1 million)
9. Crimson Peak ($3.8 million)
10. Steve Jobs ($2.6 million)
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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