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Box Office Report: ‘Goosebumps’ Scares Up $23.5M Debut

Sony's ‘Goosebumps’ edges past Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ to win the North American box office race, easily out-spooking Steven Spielberg's ‘Bridge of Spies’ and Guillermo del Toro's ‘Crimson Peak.’

Sony's Goosebumps edged past The Martian to win the crowded box office race in North America this past weekend, easily out-spooking Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama Bridge of Spies and Guillermo del Toro's gothic romance Crimson Peak.

Goosebumps, based on the beloved children's book series from R.L. Stine and starring Jack Black, took in $23.5 million from 3,501 theaters. The 3D horror-comedy, directed by Rob Letterman and adapted for the big screen by Scott Alexander, also stars Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush.

Ridley Scott's blockbuster The Martian landed in second place at the North American box office for its third weekend in theaters, grossing $21.5 million from 3,701 locations to push the movie's domestic total to $143.8 million for 20th Century Fox. Globally, the space epic rocketed past $300 million after weekend earnings of $37 million from 74 markets for a foreign total of $175.4 million and global cume of $319.2 million.

Bridge of Spies opened to $15.4 million from 2,811 theaters for a third place finish. Inspired by true events, the DreamWorks and Participant Media title, distributed by Disney and produced for $40 million, follows lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), who helps negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.

del Toro's R-rated Crimson Peak debuted in fourth place, earning $12.9 million from 2,984 theaters, the filmmaker's lowest opening for a major studio film. Distributed by Universal, the Legendary Pictures title opened to a muted $13.4 million from 55 overseas markets for an early worldwide total of $26.2 million.

Made for $55 million, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska as a young author and newlywed who soon discovers that her charming husband's crumbling mansion is filled with menacing, otherworldly entities that her groom (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain) try to hide. Charlie Hunnam also stars.

Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded up the top five, taking in $12.3 million over its fourth weekend out for a domestic total of $136.4 million. Overseas the animated sequel took in $30.6 million from 65 markets for a total of $131.1 million internationally and $267.5 million worldwide.

Warner Bros.’ Pan came in sixth place for its sophomore weekend with $5.6 million from 3,515 theaters for a domestic cume of $25.7 million. Overseas, the big-budget fantasy film directed by Joe Wright made $14.4 million from 52 markets for a foreign total of $47.1 million and global cume of $72.8 million.

Nancy Meyers’ comedy The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, came in seventh place over its fourth weekend out, taking in $4.5 million from 2,707 theaters for distributor Warner Bros. for a new domestic total of $58.7 million.

Denis Villeneuve's critically acclaimed drug cartel drama Sicario landed at number eight, making $4.1 million from 2,130 theaters for a new domestic total of $34.6 million for distributor Lionsgate.

Christian drama Woodlawn came in ninth place for its launch, grossing $4.1 million from 1,553 locations for Pure Flix Entertainment.

Rounding up the list at number 10 is 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which brought in $2.8 million from 1,967 locations over its fifth weekend out for a new domestic tally of $75.4 million. With Japan and China still to come, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials earned an additional $8.7 million from 47 overseas territories for a total of $180.3 million at the international box office and $255.7 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man made headlines in its China debut this weekend, grossing an impressive $43.2 million in the world's second-largest film market for a global total of $454.6 million. This marks the second-biggest opening weekend for a Disney and Marvel title in China behind Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Pixar’s Inside Out posted $6.3 million from 22 territories this weekend for an overseas cume of $476.7 million and $831.7 million worldwide. The animated hit continues to play well in Germany and Austria where it maintained the number one spot over school holidays despite newcomer Hotel Transylvania 2Inside Out also became the highest grossing film of 2015 in Italy with $27.3 million. China continues to underperform, having earned just $14.7 million after 13 days of release.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.