31 Days of Horror – Crimson Peak vs Goosebumps at the box office this weekend

It’s a big weekend at the box office, as two films with a decided October/Halloween flare make their way into movie theaters. Will either of them make it to the top spot at the box office, or will another blockbuster collaboration from two legends steal their thunder? Here’s our prediction:

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Opening this weekend is Crimson Peak, the latest film from auteur and fanboy favourite Guillermo Del Toro, likely to be one of biggest horror movies of the year. Critics are always all over Del Toro as the visionary that he is, but it’s worth nothing that just because he’s a visionary, doesn’t mean he’s going to bring in the dough. His last film, Pacific Rim, was far from a huge hit, and I expect that Crimson Peak will follow suite. The period piece haunted house film stars Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, great actors both, but neither one big draws at the box office. On that note, the film’s budget is roughly $50, and it really should have no trouble making that back in North America. Look for a third place showng this weekend with $20 million.

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Also opening this weekend is Goosebumps, the adaptation of the classic R.L. Stine line of tween horror books. In this film, Jack Black stars as the author himself, who keeps his monsters locked up in the books in his home. What happens when they get loose? Well, you’ll have to see the movie to find out. This film looks to be a huge one with families who have long embraced the series – it’s pretty much the perfect family offering this weekend. Look for Goosebumps to hit first place with $30 million.

The final film opening this weekend is Bridge of Spies, a historical thriller starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. This two usually spin gold when they’re together and this weekend should be no exception. Look for a second place opening with $22 million.

As for the rest of the top five, The Martian should drop to fourth place with $18 million, while The Intern closes things out in fifth place with $6 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Goosebumps – $30 million
2) Bridge of Spies – $22 million
3) Crimson Peak – $20 million
4) The Martian – $18 million
5) The Intern – $6 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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