In another interesting reversal between the weekend domestic box office numbers and MoviePass member check-ins, the big money winner over the weekend, Goosebumps, fell behind director-focused movies like Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg) and Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro).
My predictions last week ended up being correct: Bridge of Spies, the Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks, took first place with 22% of check-ins, followed closely by the spooky, gothic love story Crimson Peak, which nabbed 21.3%. Goosebumps was far behind in third, taking 11%, with the Martian and still yet-to-be-nationwide Steve Jobs bring up the back of the top 5 with 6.7% and 5.6% respectively. Both are doing well, with the Martian dropping 55% to finally give up the top slot, and Steve Jobs gaining momentum from its 4.4% take last week. Those numbers bode well for its wide release this coming Friday.
These numbers tell a very different story than the ticket sales of the new releases. Jack Black took Goosebumps to a decent first place with $23.5M, and it will likely hold strong as one of the few family-friendly releases in theaters until early November when the Peanuts Movie premieres.
Putting up a good fight still is the Martian, which was right on the heels of the #1 spot, ending at $21.5M. With a total cumulative of $143.7M, the movie is now Ridley Scott‘s third most successful to date, right behind Gladiator ($187.7) and Hannibal ($165M).
Crimson Peak and Bridge of Spies did not fare as well nationwide relative to MoviePass check-ins. Bridge took third with nearly $15.4M and Crimson with almost $12.9M. These are considered flop numbers for Crimson Peak unfortunately, but on a relatively inexpensive budget for a Spielberg film ($40M) and some great reviews to go with it, Bridge of Spies can consider the weekend a success.
What’s coming next weekend? The late year season is starting to kick in, and we’ve got a grand total of 5 wide releases coming to you this weekend. This is a tough one to predict: there’s Steve Jobs expanding, Bill Murray starrer Rock the Kasbah, jump-scare horror sequel Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Vin Diesel in the fantasy action movie the Last Witch Hunter, and the young adult adaptation Jem and the Holograms. Other limited yet noteworthy titles releasing include the cooking drama Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, and Suffragette, which stars a mostly female ensemble cast that includes (among others) Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.
If I have to draw a line in the sand for this, I’m going to give it to the Last Witch Hunter. The sci-fi fans have taken the Martian as far as it’s going to go, and with Vin Diesel in the starring role, who is usually pretty bankable for this kind of material, I think this could take #1 with 20%. Steve Jobs and Rock the Kasbah will likely follow in the mid-teens, then Paranormal Activity and Jem and the Holograms bringing up the rear in that order.