Goosebumps holds the top spot, The Last Witch Hunter + Paranormal Activity flop hard

The early weekend estimates are out and, boy, was it a dreary one at theaters this weekend. No new release managed to capture audience interest or imagination. Here’s what went down:



Goosebumps managed to hold onto the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $14.8 million, down just 37% from its debut weekend. The film has grossed $43 million in two weeks and has proven to be the spooky choice for the Halloween season.

As for the rest of the top five, The Martian currently sits in second place with an estimated $14.7 million, and come Monday could easily switch places with Goosebumps and return to the top spot. The Martian has grossed $164 millon so far, and could get close to $200 million before it ends its run. Bridge of Spies was in third place with $10.7 million, down just 30% from its debut the previous weekend.

Debuting in fourth place with a lacklustre $10 million was The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel. The poor reviews didn’t help this film, which couldn’t get Diesel’s Fast and Furious out into theaters. The idea of a franchise for this one looks pretty dismal at this point.

Finally, Hotel Transylvania 2 closed things out in fifth place with $8.2 million.

As for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the film debut in seventh place with just $6.2 million. Steve Jobs was in front of it in sixth place with $7.1 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Last Witch Hunter – $21 million
2) Goosebumps – $19 million
3) The Martian – $12 million
4) Steve Jobs – $11.5 million
5) Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – $11 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Goosebumps – $14.8 million
2) The Martian – $14.7 million
3) Bridge of Spies – $10.7 million
4) The Last Witch Hunter – $10 million
5) Hotel Transylvania 2 – $8.2 million

Next weekend sees the release of Burnt, with Bradley Cooper. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.


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