Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Retakes No. 1, While ‘Steve Jobs’ Disappoints and ‘Jem’ Embarrasses
It was a genuinely surprising weekend at the box office.
The Martian reclaimed the No. 1 spot at the box office in its fourth weekend with $15.9 million, just barely enough to defeat last weekend’s No. 1 movie, Goosebumps. The Martian has now reached a domestic total of $166.4 million, in addition to an extra $30 million in overseas ticket sales, to bring its worldwide total to an outstanding $384.4 million.
Meanwhile, Goosebumps came in at No. 2 with $15.5 million to bring its domestic total to $43.7 million across two weekend. The international totals are less strong, as the movie grossed $5.8 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $53.1 million so far. This was enough to keep ahead of No. 3 film, Bridge of Spies. The prestige drama, starring Tom Hanks, remained strong in week two, earning $11.4 million to bring its domestic number to $32.6 million. This brings the film that much closer to matching its $40 million budget, and it’s looking like the film will easily get there over the course of its theatrical run, since it only fell 26 percent this week, far less than other prestige October dramas like The Social Network.
On the subject of The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has far less to celebrate this weekend than he probably hoped. This week was the wide opening for his latest effort, the much-hyped biopic Steve Jobs. Directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs bombed outright. The film came in at No. 7 with $7.3 million, a disappointing number for a film this heavily promoted. That said, home video, streaming and TV rights and sales should help this movie recoup its $30 million budget. But this sounds like a death knell for its box office prospects.
If there’s any consolation, it’s that Steve Jobs didn’t have to bomb alone.
The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel, came in at No. 4 with a poor $10.8 million, which is an abysmal number for a film with a production budget of close to $80 million. Meanwhile, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension opened to the lowest number of the entire franchise, earning just $8.2 million to come in at No. 6. However, the movie has already recouped its budget with an impressive $18 million opening overseas, marking a franchise best in 12 of the 33 markets in which it opened.
But there’s no such silver lining for the weekend’s other big bomb, Jem and the Holograms, which is now the new record holder for the worst opening of all-time for a major studio release in 2,000 or more theaters. That dubious honor had been held by the Zac Efrom EDM drama We Are Your Friends back in August. That movie earned $1.8 million on its opening weekend. But Jem and the Holograms? Just $1.3 million. The Pitch Perfect crowd this movie was aiming for was having NONE of it. Of course, the awful critical reviews didn’t help, nor did the relative lack of wider promotion. But this is a bad number, no matter how you cut it.
But how did the rest of the films perform at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 10/26/2015:
1. The Martian ($15.9 million)
2. Goosebumps ($15.5 million)
3. Bridge of Spies ($11.4 million)
4. The Last Witch Hunter ($10.9 million)
5. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($9 million)
6. Pan ($8.2 million)
7. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ($7.2 million)
8. Steve Jobs ($5.6 million)
9. The Intern ($3.9 million)
10. Woodlawn ($3.1 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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