Matt Damon defeats Vin Diesel, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks In Box Office Gold

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The Martian was once again the number-one movie in America with 15.9 million dollars, displacing the previous box office champ, Goosebumps.

Goosebumps held strong in its second week after last week number 1 opening, collecting $15.5 million for a cumulative $43.7 million, falling only 26%.

The Tom Hanks’ espionage drama Bridge of Spies comes in at number 3 with $32.9 million in its second week. The Steven Spielberg movie dropped 25% in weekend two to earn $11.37 million for a total of $32.58m since its release.

The Last Witch Hunter, opened in fourth place with $10 million, proving once again that Vin Diesel struggles to achieve box office success outside of the Fast and Furious franchise. Not even the help of fellow co-stars Elijah Wood, ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Rose Leslie and Michael Caine could help the film.

Hotel Transylvania 2, the family-friendly animated adventure film starring Adam Sandler, rounded out the top five with an estimated $9 million. Its domestic total has now hit $148.3 million.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension pulled a franchise-worst performance, only earning $8.2 million to place sixth. But The Ghost Dimension, which earned a C CinemaScore, the film also opened on about half the number of screens as the previous entries in the Paranormal Activity series. This was the first film to premiere under Paramount’s flexible release plan, which allows the studio to move up the home entertainment release. Because of this, several theater chains declined to show The Ghost Dimension under these new rules, therefore opening only in 1,656 theaters.

Michael Fassbender’s performance, and Aaron Sorkin’s writing for Steve Jobs managed just $7.3 million in wide release, a number only slightly better than Ashton Kutcher’s much-derided Jobs ($6.7 million), cauing the movie to place at number 7. This performance certainly affects the movie’s Oscar Buzz for the award season.

 The two big disasters stories of this weekend, both of which aren’t even on the chart because they opened outside of the top 10, are the Bill Murray comedy Rock the Kasbah that opened in 13th place. It grossed only $1.5 million from 2,012 locations. But even worse is the $1.3 million opening weekend for Jem and the Holograms, putting it in 15th place, marking the worst opening ever for both Murray and Open Road films.

With those disappointing numbers the movies now have the third and fourth worst wide-release openings in box office history, clocking in behind 2012’s Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure ($443,901) and 2008’s Delgo ($511,920). This summer’s movie We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, previously held third place with its $1.8 million opening weekend.

Also in this weekend of packed debuts, Focus took home the per theater crown with Suffragette, which brought in an estimated $77,000 from four theaters for a $19,250 per theater average. Abramorama’s Heart of a Dog brought in an estimated $14,750 from one theater and A24 expanded Room into 23 theaters for an estimated $254,357and a $11,059 per theater average

Sarah Silverman’s star vehicle I Smile Back debuted on two screens from Broad Green Pictures and should earn around $16,000 for their trouble.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

  1. The Martian, $15.9 million
    2. Goosebumps, $15.5 million
    3. Bridge of Spies, $11.4 million
    4. The Last Witch Hunter, $10.8 million
    5. Hotel Transylvania 2, $9 million
    6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, 8.2 million
    7. Steve Jobs, $7.3 million
    8. Crimson Peak, $5.6 million
    9. The Intern, $3.9 million
    10. Woodlawn, $3.1 million

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