Something happened this weekend that I don’t think has happened in a while: “The Martian” and “Goosebumps” swapped spots at the top of the chart.
Not only that, but they also held off several newbies, or maybe I should call them flops?
But first things first. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” took back the top spot with an estimated $15.9 million in its fourth weekend in release. To date, “The Martian” has brought in over $384 million worldwide. The film is now just $11.4 million shy from becoming Ridley Scott’s highest grossing domestic release of all-time.
Last weekend, the Mars sci-fi tale fell to second place behind Sony’s “Goosebumps,” which still earned an estimated $15.5 million in week two. The movie has earned over $52 million worldwide, inching closer to its reported $58 million budget. And “Goosebumps” has yet to open in many overseas markets.
The first of the weekend’s new releases is Vin Diesel’s “The Last Witch Hunter” which opened in fourth place with an estimated $10.8 million, well below most predictions. Lionsgate is reporting an estimated $13.4 million coming in from 53 international territories for a $26.1 million global performance.A far cry from Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious series.
Witch Hunter has a reported budget somewhere in the $75-80 million range and with a less than stellar “B-” CinemaScore, a huge second weekend drop should be expected.
Coming in sixth place with an estimated $8.2 million and an even worse “C” CinemaScore is Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.” Can we just call it a day and admit this franchise has run out of gas?
But if you think The Ghost Dimension had a tough weekend, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Next up we have two of the year’s biggest flops, “Jem and the Holograms” and “Rock the Kasbah.”
“Rock the Kasbah” finished the weekend in thirteenth place with an estimated $1.5 million from 2,012 theaters. I know the movie stars Bill Murray, but this looked like one of those movies that should have opened in a handful of screens, not over 2,000 of them.
And finally, in 15th place, we have the flop everyone except the studio saw coming. With a mere $547 per theater average from 2,413 theaters, Universal’s “Jem and the Holograms” brought in an estimated $1.3 million, the fourth worst opening for a film in more than 2,000 theaters and the worst for a film playing in more than 2,400 theaters.
Maybe pissing off legions on Jem fans wasn’t the smartest move?