BOX OFFICE: 'The Martian' & 'Goosebumps' Back On Top As 5 Big Films Bomb Hard!!

By Matt O'Bryant

What's up guys and gals,

Welcome back to our Weekend Box Office Report here @ECMG!

Ridley Scott's The Martian reclaimed the top spot this weekend with $15.9 million.  The Matt Damon starring vehicle has really dominated the box office over the past few weeks with strong word of mouth and overall positive critical reception.  The film has no amassed a very impressive $166.4 million domestically.  Expect this film to have a lot of Oscar consideration around awards season.

Last week's Champion Goosebumps fell to second place this weekend with $15.5 million. The Jack Black vehicle showed some real staying power by only dropping 35%.  The family film has now amassed a cool $43.7 million domestically.

Coming in third place again in its second weekend of release is the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Cold War drama Bridge Of Spies with $11.4 million.  The awards-contender dropped only 26% in its second weekend of release and has now brought in a $32.6 million domestically. 

Vin Diesel's latest possible franchise starter The Last Witch Hunter failed to live up to its potential coming in fourth place this weekend.  The $70 million dollar fantasy/action film failed to gain an audience bringing in only $10.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Hotel Transylvania 2, bringing another $9 million.  The film has now made $148.3 million domestically.

Not to be forgotten, but there were four other films that opened this weekend that kind of bomb, to say the least. Starting with Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension bringing in only $8.2 million in its opening weekend.  Next up is the expansion of the critically praised Steve Jobs bringing in just $7.2 million.  The film was expected to do much better considering the great word of mouth it has been receiving over the past couple of weeks in limited release.

Finally we get the two most epic failures of the weekend, both of which finished outside of the top ten.  First up is the critically panned Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray as an over-the-hill rock band manager.  The R-rated comedy only managed to bring in $1.5 million in its opening weekend.  Finally we have one of the biggest failures of all time at the box office in Jem and the Holograms.  The PG-rated live-action adaptation of the popular 1980s animated TV show bombed hard with only $1.3 million in its first weekend.

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