Weekend Wrap-Up

Halloween Goes “Bumps” Into the Box Office

By John Hamann

October 18, 2015

I mean, stuff like this happens to everyone, right?

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The news gets seriously worse for Pan, as the plethora of bad press it got last weekend is serving it up to crocodiles this weekend. Pan earned only $5.9 million and fell a serious 62% in its sophomore frame. The $150 million picture has now earned a sad $25.7 million and will likely peter out with $35 million. This one needs $450 million worldwide, and will be lucky to earn $100 million of that back at the worldwide box office.

The Intern is seventh but heads into bona fide hit territory in only its fourth frame. The Intern earned another $5.4 million and declined 38%, pushing its domestic total up to $58.7 million. That may not sound like much, but against a $40 million budget, and with an overseas gross slightly outpacing the domestic gross, The Intern has now earned three times its production budget worldwide.

Sicario is eighth and begins to lose steam with films like Bridge of Spies now in release. In its third weekend of wide release, Sicario earned $4.5 million and fell 41% compared to last weekend. Made for $30 million, Sicario has now picked up $34.7 million stateside and is approaching $20 million from overseas venues.

Woodlawn, a film I understand is faith-based, but know nothing else about, is ninth. If someone says Woodlawn to me, I think of a place in Live Free or Die Hard, not a religious film. Some knew the difference, though, and this one earned $4.1 million from 1,500 screens. Wikipedia tells me it’s about football and cost $25 million to make, and frankly, both facts surprise me.


The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is 10th, as its somewhat sad stay in the top ten comes to an end. The Scorch Trials earned $2.7 million in its fifth weekend and dropped 49%. The domestic total for the Fox sequel now sits at $75.4 million, but thankfully, the overseas gross reached $170 million.

In other box office news, the two IMAX experiments The Walk and Everest hit the skids this weekend. The Walk earned only $1.2 million and Everest earned $1.17 million. The Walk fell 68% compared to last weekend and Everest fell 62% - pretty much eliminating both from the Oscar game.

Lastly, Steve Jobs continues to pull in the cash – well, at least the film does. Now on 60 screens, the biography earned an out-of-hand $1.5 million, giving it a venue average of $25,833. Despite being out to four theaters last weekend and 60 this weekend, Steve Jobs has still earned $2.3 million so far. The question remains, though – how will it do when it goes to multiplexes across the country next weekend?

Overall this weekend, October remains hot, but with Goosebumps not getting to $30 million and Crimson Peak not getting to $20 million, I feel that there was money left on the table. The top 12 earned $110.9 million this year, where last year, Fury led the top 12 to a slightly higher $121.4 million thanks to a stronger bottom half of the chart. Next weekend, though, things get even bigger. New releases include the next Paranormal Activity flick, The Ghost Dimension, The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel, Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and Jem and the Holograms. Steve Jobs also expands, so we really have five new wide releases coming on the heels of four hitting screens this weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/16/15-10/18/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Goosebumps $23,500,000 New $23,500,000
2 The Martian Fox $21,500,000 - 42% $143,795,000
3 Bridge of Spies Disney $15,380,000 New $15,380,000
4 Crimson Peak Universal $12,846,120 New $12,846,120
5 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony $12,250,000 - 40% $136,400,000
6 Pan WARNER BROS. $5,860,000 - 62% $25,738,000
7 The Intern DreamWorks $5,405,000 - 38% $58,731,000
8 Sicario Lionsgate $4,500,000 - 41% $34,662,613
9 Woodlawn Pure Flix $4,100,000 New $4,100,000
10 Maze Runner: the Scorch Trials Fox $2,750,000 - 49% $75,412,000
11 Steve Jobs Universal $1,549,831 + 197% $2,260,312
12 Black Mass WARNER BROS. $1,270,000 - 59% $60,222,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Room A24 $120,000 New $120,000
  Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 Reliance $104,542 New $104,542
  Truth Sony Classics $76,646 New $76,646
  Beasts of No Nation Netflix/bleecker Street $50,699 New $50,699
  The Assassin Well Go Usa $48,200 New $48,200
  Ladrones Lionsgate $675,000 - 52% $2,442,153
  The Walk Sony $1,200,000 - 68% $9,174,000
  He Named Me Malala FOX SEARCHLIGHT $350,000 - 49% $1,537,000
  Labyrinth of Lies Sony Classics $77,646 + 43% $196,398
  99 Homes Broad Green Pictures $133,920 - 79% $1,267,941
  Everest Universal $1,168,500 - 62% $40,746,655
  The Visit Universal $1,148,100 - 55% $63,072,065
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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