Three solid holdovers held off four poorly reviewed newcomers and the nationwide expansion of “Steve Jobs” at the weekend box office, according to industry figures reported Monday by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. After spending its first two weekends at No. 1 before dropping to No. 2 last weekend, sci-fi drama “The Martian” returned to the top spot in its fourth weekend, grossing $15.7 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday for a total of $166.1 million since opening Oct. 2.
After one week at No. 1, R.L. Stine-inspired horror comedy “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black, slipped one spot to No. 2 in its second weekend, grossing $15.5 million for a total of $43.7 million since opening Oct. 16. Dramatic espionage thriller “Bridge of Spies,” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, remained at No. 3 in its second weekend, grossing $11.3 million for a total of $32.5 million since opening Oct. 16.
Animated family comedy “Hotel Transylvania 2,” featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula, held steady at No. 5 in its fifth weekend, grossing $8.8 million for a total of $148.1 million since opening Sept. 25. Biographical drama “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, expanded nationwide and finished at No. 7 with $7.1 million for a total of $9.8 million since opening in limited release Oct. 9.
Of the four new movies released nationwide, only one cracked the top five and none of them were well received by critics or audiences. Action adventure fantasy “The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel, debuted at No. 4 with $10.8 million. Only 14 percent of reviews were positive and 54 percent of moviegoers liked “The Last Witch Hunter,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “grim, plodding, and an overall ill fit for Vin Diesel’s particular charms” and “will bore and/or confuse all but the least demanding action-fantasy fans.”
Supernatural horror flick “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” the sixth film in the found-footage franchise, opened at No. 6 with $8 million. Only 13 percent of reviews were positive and 40 percent of moviegoers liked “The Ghost Dimension,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “ties up some of the franchise’s lingering questions, but six films into the series, the thrills are mostly gone.”
R-rated comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray, debuted at No. 13 with just $1.4 million. A dismal 8 percent of reviews were positive and 43 percent of moviegoers liked “Rock the Kasbah,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film fails “to make effective use of Bill Murray’s knack for playing lovably anarchic losers.”
Musical fantasy drama “Jem and the Holograms,” based on the Hasbro toys and TV series, opened at No. 15 with just $1.3 million. Only 20 percent of reviews were positive and 49 percent of moviegoers liked “Jem,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “ignores its source material’s goofy charm in favor of bland by-the-numbers drama.”
Three new films open in theaters nationwide Friday, Oct. 30. The R-rated dramedy “Burnt” stars Bradley Cooper as a self-destructive chef determined to redeem himself. The R-rated dramedy “Our Brand is Crisis” stars Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton as rival political campaign operatives battling in a South American election. The R-rated horror comedy “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” is about three scouts who have to save their town from a zombie outbreak.