The same three holdovers topped the box office again this weekend over what proved to be a very scary Halloween for new releases. Thanks to a trio of weak debuts and Halloween falling on a Saturday, this weekend brought in about $74 million in total, taking the title of the worst weekend of the entire year.
Our Brand Is Crisis, Burnt, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse all opened below expectations. Our Brand Is Crisis, which stars Sandra Bullock as an American political strategist working on a Bolivian presidential election, earned a dismal C+ CinemaScore and clocks in as the worst wide release of Bullock’s career, just below the rom-com Two If By Sea, which debuted to $4.7 million in 1996. Directed by David Gordon Green, Our Brand Is Crisis earned an estimated $3.4 million in 2,202 locations, placing eighth for the weekend.
John Wells’ Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, also marked one of the worst wide releases of Cooper’s career, earning $5 million in 3,003 theaters. Featuring Cooper as a chef angling to make his comeback in the culinary world, Burnt earned a B- CinemaScore.
This weekend’s third new wide-release didn’t even manage to crack the top 10, as the R-rated zombie comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse debuted to an estimated $1.8 million in 1,509 theaters. Earning a B- CinemaScore, Scouts Guide is the second film to be released as part of Paramount’s new flexible distribution plan, which allows the studio to release a film digitally only a few weeks after its theatrical debut. In exchange for shortening the window between a movie’s theatrical release and its home entertainment release, Paramount will give theater chains who agree to the deal a cut of the digital revenue. Because many major theater chains opted out, films like Scouts Guide and last weekend’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension debuted in far fewer theaters.
The new releases’ failure to hit double digits cleared the way for holdovers like The Martian to once again top the box office. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi flick has held at No. 1 four out of the last five weekends, and after earning an estimated $11.4 million this weekend, its domestic total is now at a whopping $182.8 million. The Martian is expected to soon surpass Gladiator’s $187.7 million total to become the biggest movie of Scott’s career (not adjusted for inflation).
The PG-rated Goosebumps earned $10.2 million for second place, bringing its domestic total to $57.1 million. Bridge of Spies, which reunites Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, took third again with an estimated $8.1 million and a domestic total of $45.2 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 placed fourth, earning $5.8 million in its sixth weekend for a domestic total of $156 million.
Here are this weekend’s top five:
1. The Martian — $11.4 million
2. Goosebumps — $10.2 million
3. Bridge of Spies — $8.1 million
4. Hotel Transylvania 2 — $5.8 million
5. Burnt — $5 million