Despite four new films premiering wide and a critic favored film expanding wide, Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” starring Matt Damon took the top spot at the box office once again.
The film is estimated to finish the weekend bringing in $15.9 million, bringing its fourth week total to $166 million. “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black, dropped to second with an estimated $15.5 million. The first new film to make an appearance is Vin Diesel’s “The Last Witch Hunter,” in fourth place following the Steven Spielberg directed “Bridge of Spies.”
“The Last Witch Hunter” performed the best out of the new releases with an estimated $10.8 million. The final film of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, “The Ghost Dimension,” came in sixth place with a reported $8.4 million. Both films had phenomenal opening weekends compared to the two true flops: “Rock The Kasbah” and “Jem and the Holograms.”
“Rock the Kasbah,” Bill Murray’s political comedy came in at 13 with $1.5 million. In 2,012 theaters, the film average only $750 per theater. But at least Kasbah did much better than Universal’s “Jem and the Holograms.” The film, based on the 80s cartoon, averaged just $539 in over 2,400 screens, bringing in $1.3 million.
“Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels, expanded nationwide to 2,493 theaters. The film had success in limited release, but failed to continue that through its wide release. The film came in seventh place with $7.3 million. With an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore, it’s likely that the film could garner some good word of mouth to boost performance.
Full top ten estimates:
1. The Martian – $15.9 million
2. Goosebumps – $15.5 million