Crowded Box-Office Causes A Bloodbath

It was one of the most crowded weekend box-office’s in ages and the result understandably saw some rise to victory and some fall by the wayside.

The Jack Black-led “Goosebumps” movie took the top spot, finally knocking “The Martian” off its perch, with a $23.5 million haul – a slightly higher than expected result. The Ridley Scott sci-fi film wasn’t far behind though with a $21.5 million take on its third weekend and a $319.2 million global haul so far.

Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” came in third with a solid $15.4 million, the economical film cost $40 million to make and has scored strong reviews which should keep it fairly stable in coming weeks.

Not fairing so well? Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” which opened to just $12.9 million in fourth place – the filmmaker’s lowest opening for a major studio film. It also opened in 55 markets around the globe where the film, which has scored mixed reviews, also underwhelmed with a further $13.4 million.

That’s rosy though compared to Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” went from bad to worse, falling 68% in its second weekend with just a $1.2 million gross domestically.

It was the speciality box-office though where the fighting went tooth and nail. The “Steve Jobs” biopic expanded to 60 cinemas and still scored a very strong $25,831 per screen average, while Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed fest entry “Room” did a $30,000 per screen average on four screens.

Less auspicious though was the Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett journalism scandal film “Truth” which opened on six screens with a $12,774 per screen average. Netflix’s great experiment – Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” – pulled in a woeful $1,635 per screen average on 27 screens. The company however says they are “very happy” with the result of how the film performed on its streaming service – but won’t release metrics.