Box Office: The Martian looks to reclaim first place from Goosebumps

Jack Black arrives at the World Premiere of "Goosebumps" at the Regency Village Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Four newcomers and an expansion movie will not unseat Goosebumps this weekend, but the fourth weekend of The Martian might.

The Martian continues its trek towards the top ten movies of the year. It was able to cross the $150 million marker on Thursday and added an estimated $4.3 million on Friday. That was good enough for first place, which it has held every day this week except for Wednesday.

The Martian should finish the weekend around $15 million which would bring its domestic tally to $165 million total. It remains on pace to top $200 million and should make it into the top ten movies for the year.

Goosebumps fell 46.2% on Friday to an estimated $3.9 million. Its running tally has now reached $32 million. This is a little harder of a fall than Hotel Transylvania 2had on its second Friday. Hotel was able to recover on its Saturday and Sunday due to its kid friendly nature. Goosebumps should also benefit from the family audience bump for the rest of the weekend, but not to the extent that Hotel did. A $14 million weekend is likely. If the Halloween theme brings in more than expected, Goosebumps might be able to retain first place for a second weekend.

The next two spots on the chart on Friday belonged to two newcomers, but they are not guaranteed to remain there. The Last Witch Hunter debuted with $3.8 million on Friday, a far cry from Vin Diesel’s Furious 7 earlier this year.

No one was expecting a monster opening like the Furious series, but a $20 million range was considered possible with $15 million being the lower end of expectations. Now, it may struggle to top even $12 million. If reviews are an indicator, the movie will likely finish with around $10 million.

Coming in right behind Witch Hunter was the latest Paranormal Activity Horror offering with $3.4 million. This is the lowest opening day of any of the Paranormalsequels. These movies tend to have extremely frontloaded openings, making almost half the weekend gross on the first day. If it plays out like the previous entry it will finish the weekend with just under $7 million.

With the two newcomers struggling out of the gate, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks may be able to retain third place for the weekend. Bridge of Spies was able to make $3.3 million on Friday dropping only 39%. Its strong reviews should help it stay strong for the rest of the weekend. A finish of $10 million is very possible, giving it a chance to top Paranormal and Witch Hunter.

Steve Jobs has expanded nationally but was not met with as much enthusiasm as its limited release foreshadowed. It placed 6thon Friday with $2.4 million. Once again however, it is not guaranteed to stay in that spot for the rest of the weekend. If it plays similar to Sicario’s expansion it will finish the weekend around $7 million, putting it in a battle with Paranormal Activity and Hotel Transylvania for a spot in the top 5.

Hotel Transylvania 2 should win out the battle and have its last weekend in the top 5. A finish just above the others at $7.5 will leave the top ten this weekend looking very different from the placements on Friday.

The final three top ten spots should be the same over the weekend as they were on Friday. Crimson Peak, The Intern, and Woodlawn, should make $4 million, $3.5 million, and $2.1 million respectively and remain in that order for all three days.

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