For some reason, Sony was playing very conservative with their predictions for “Goosebumps” before the weekend. Maybe because of Jack Black? only they know for sure.
Anywho, even as late as Friday morning, the studio was eyeing a $12-15 million three-day opening.
But “Goosebumps” exceeded Sony’s expectations, taking the top spot with an estimated $23.5 million. Playing in 3,501 theaters. the film earned an “A” CinemaScore from audiences. So this movie could be looking at a solid run with family audiences through the end of October or at least until “The Peanuts Movie” arrives on November 6.
“Goosebumps” edged out Ridley Scott’s two-time box office champion “The Martian” by a mere two million. The Matt Damon film still finished strong in its third weekend with an estimated $21.5 million. Domestically the film has earned $143.7 million, making “The Martian” Ridley Scott’s third highest grossing domestic release of all-time behind “Gladiator” ($187.7 million) and “Hannibal” ($165 million).
Seriously, does anyone remember “Hannibal” was that big a hit? I don’t even remember the movie being very good.
In third place we find Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller, “Bridge of Spies.” The director’s fourth collaboration with star Tom Hanks fell a bit below expectations with an estimated $15.3 million. But at least this movie has rock solid reviews and an “A” CinemaScore, so it should have a decent domestic run. especially if gets nominated for stuff.
The flop of the week sadly was Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.” The writing was on the wall after the movie opened on Friday with a soft $5.2 million, finishing in a distant fourth place. The R-rated horror flick which opened in 2,984 theaters to the tune of $12.8 million.
Ouch. That’s even lower than the $37.2 million “Pacific Rim” (one of my favorites) opened to in summer 2013. “Crimson Peak” scored a “B-” CinemaScore, and added $13.4 million from 55 overseas markets, and $1 million from IMAX screens.
I hate to see this because I’m a huge Guillermo del Toro fan. But maybe he should have listened to the studio and dropped the R-rating in favor of a more friendly PG-13. Instead, “Crimson Peak” is a bomb, and with a reported budget of $55 million plus marketing costs, this movie is more thank likely going to lose money for Universal. But considering 2015 has been a record-setting year for the studio, maybe this won’t hurt as much.
In other news, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” finally opened in China this weekend with a $43.2 million three-day weekend. This makes it the second largest Disney and Marvel three-day opening weekend of all-time in China, second only to “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Additionally, “Ant-Man”just passed the first “Thor” to become the ninth highest-grossing release worldwide in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.