Goosebumps Tops Weekend Box Office

Posted on October 18, 2015

Jack Black in a library study in Goosebumps

Goosebumps was the number one film in theaters this weekend. It made $23.5 million during its opening weekend. This was enough to keep it just ahead of The Martian, which made $21.5 million.

Goosebumps stars Jack Black and is based on the popular series by author R.L. Stine. Black plays Stine in the film and Stine says the two of them got on like gangbusters. Sony's president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer told Deadline that Jack Black worked really hard to get the word out about the new film. Bruer says, "Jack Black was an incredible asset. He’s worked so hard and believed in this movie. He was determined to get the word out. It was a labor of love for everyone involved."

The Martian continues to draw crowds. It has now made $144 million after three weekends. The Martian was followed by Bridge of Spies which had a solid opening and made $15.3 million in 2,811 theaters. The Steven Spielberg directed film stars Tom Hanks. Goosebumps and Bridge of Spies both have A CinemaScores.

Crimson Peak opened in fourth and made $12.9. The box office for the Guillermo del Toro horror film was lowed than expected. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. It has a B- CinemaScore.

Crimson Peak was followed by Hotel Transylvania 2 and Pan. Pan continues to be a big flop. It has made just $25 million after two weekends in theaters despite its star-studded cast. Pan was followed by The Intern and Sicario. Woodlawn, a Christian sports drama directed by The Erwin Brothers, opened in 9th and made $4.1 million. It had a low per theater average of $2,640 despite its A+ CinemaScore.

The Steve Jobs film continues to perform well as it nears its wide release. This weekend the film made $1.5 million in just 60 theaters for a $25,833 per theater average. The film goes wide this coming weekend. It will be up against new films including Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Jem and the Holograms, The Last Witch Hunter and Rock the Kasbah. You can find the box office chart for the weekend here.

Photo: Sony Pictures