This weekend was an interesting one at the box office. There were several new movies in theaters, but none of them really managed to capture a solid audience. Last weekend’s number one movie, the horror comedy “Goosebumps”, dropped off just enough to allow “The Martian”, which was the number one movie for two weeks previously, to leap from second back into the top spot. “The Martian”, which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, continues to receive great word-of-mouth, helping it sustain an audience in what is now its fourth week of release. But the fact that it led the box office with $15.9 million is evidence of just how slow a weekend for movies it was. “Goosebumps”, meanwhile, followed close behind with $15.5 million.
“The Last Witch Hunter” performed the best of this weekend’s new releases. The action fantasy stars Vin Diesel as an immortal hunter tracking down an evil witch queen. That movie came in fourth with $10.8 million. “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” debuted in sixth with $8.2 million. That is by far the lowest debut for a “Paranormal Activity” film since the first movie, which doesn’t even count considering that it opened in only twelve theaters before word of mouth spread and it became a huge hit. This is the sixth and supposedly final installment in the found footage horror franchise, and it’s probably for the best. Even the last movie in the series opened with $18 million– $10 million more than this one.
The weekend’s other new movies didn’t even place in the top twelve. “Rock the Kasbah” opened in a little over 2,000 theaters nationwide, but only came in thirteenth with $1.5 million. This is a bit of a surprise considering the comedy’s all-star cast, which is led by Bill Murray and includes Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, and Kate Hudson. Meanwhile, “Jem and the Holograms” was a complete flop. The drama based on the classic cartoon series has been trashed by critics and audiences, and it opened in fifteenth with a measly $1.3 million.
“Steve Jobs”, however, performed very well this weekend. The drama, which depicts the life and career of the late Apple founder (played by Michael Fassbender) in three acts, expanded to theaters nationwide this weekend. As it continues to receive critical acclaim and awards buzz, it jumped from eleventh to seventh with $7.2 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “The Martian”: $15.9 million
2. “Goosebumps”: $15.5 million
3. “Bridge of Spies”: $11.3 million
4. “The Last Witch Hunter”: $10.8 million
5. “Hotel Transylvania 2”: $9 million
6. “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”: $8.2 million
7. “Steve Jobs”: $7.2 million
8. “Crimson Peak”: $5.5 million
9. “The Intern”: $3.8 million
10. “Sicario”: $2.9 million
11. “Woodlawn”: $2.55 million
12. “Pan”: $2.54 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.