The Martian Reclaims Box Office in Disappointing Weekend




The Martian, the Matt Damon vehicle directed by Ridley Scott, reclaimed the number one spot in its fourth week with $15.7 million, followed closely by Goosebumps, which fell to second with $15.5 million in its second week. Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and also in its second week, came in at third with $11.4 million.

The Last Witch Hunter opened at number four with $10.8 million. Starring Vin Diesel and directed by Breck Eisner, The Last Witch Hunter is the story of Kaulder (Diesel), a witch hunter cursed with eternal life. The film’s dark and grim fantasy plot is right in time for Halloween, but the film opened to disappointing reviews from critics, receiving an aggregate score of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hotel Transylvania 2, starring Adam Sandler is holding strong in fifth place with $8.9 million.

Failing to even break into the top ten, Jem and the Holograms, was a major disappointment with one of the worst live action openings of all time, earning only $1.4 million. Directed by Jon M. Chu and based on a popular line of toys and an animated television series from the eighties, Jem and the Holograms is the story of a small-town, aspiring singer who pursues a quest to superstardom.

Oscar bait, Suffragette, also opened in limited release this weekend, earning $76,244, a fairly respectable number for only showing on four screens. The film, directed by Sarah Gavron, boasts an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep, set during the early feminist movement.

Stay tuned for next week’s box office breakdown with openings for Burnt, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Our Brand is Crisis.

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