1. Goosebumps – $23.5 million [debut week] The adaptation of the popular children’s book by R.L. Stine scared up enough interest with families to debut at No. 1.
This is just shy of the top tier of non-animated openings for star Jack Black, who’s best film premiere remains $28 million for “Nacho Libre” in 2006. Thanks to its family focus premise, expect Goosebumps to remain a Top 5 fixture for a while.
2. The Martian – $21.5 million [3rd week; $143.8 million in total] The previous two-time champ only dropped one spot despite three new releases this week appealing to various demographics. That’s a testament to Matt Damon’s star power and the continued appeal of the film, which has quietly become the fall’s must-see movie experience.
3. Bridge of Spies – $15.4 million [debut week] The star power of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg apparently can’t thaw audiences’ lukewarm reception for Cold War movies. The spy thriller, which distributor Walt Disney Pictures anticipates being a strong Oscar contender, fared slightly better than 2015’s other Cold War film, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” which debuted in August to $13.4 million en route to a total $48 million gross.
4. Crimson Peak – $12.6 million [debut week] Despite a strong pedigree of a talented cast with Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska and director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro, audience reception was lighter than studio estimates and this looks to have a quick box office stint. Maybe some renewed interest will come via Halloween, but it may struggle to reach its $55 million budget.
5. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $12.5 million [4th week; $136 million] With some stronger than expected family competition from “Goosebumps,” the Adam Sandler animated film slipped several spots. Unlike “Crimson Peak,” this could actually rebound and with its similar Halloween slant, should hold up well through the end of the month.