Sony reports that Goosebumps claimed the top spot in its opening day on Friday with an estimated $7.35 million. By comparison, that's 39 percent stronger than the first day of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a fellow family-friendly adaptation that debuted this time last year. Jack Black's continued reliability among both parents and kids continues to be an advantage for Goosebumps, as does the film's generational appeal overall. The studio reports a strong "A" CinemaScore, while early word of mouth is encouraging at a 78 percent Flixster score (on top of 73 percent from Rotten Tomatoes critics). The film's production budget was $58 million. Sony projects a $25 million opening weekend, but BoxOffice is a bit more optimistic and currently projects a $25.3 million frame.
Moving down to second place for the first time in its run, The Martian eased 41 percent from last Friday to $6.325 million yesterday. That gives the hit film a domestic tally of $128.6 million through 15 days of play, putting it 13 percent behind the pace of Gravity and 17 percent ahead of Interstellar. BoxOffice projects a strong third weekend of $21.9 million.
Debuting in third place, Bridge of Spies posted a $5.347 million first day gross. That's about 37 percent short of Captain Phillips' opening day two years ago, but it does stand 22 percent higher than Body of Lies' first day back in October 2008. The fourth collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and leading man Tom Hanks is certainly poised for a strong run based on early word of mouth and reviews: Disney reports an "A" CinemaScore, critics have awarded it a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Flixster users give it an excellent 92 percent as of Saturday morning. BoxOffice is projecting a $16.2 million opening weekend.
Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak bowed in fourth place yesterday with $5.27 million. By comparison, that's about 18 percent shy of Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell opening day back in May 2009. Early word of mouth and reviews are mixed with 68 percent scores on both Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster this morning. Universal and BoxOffice are projecting a $13 million weekend.
Filling out the top five, Hotel Transylvania 2 was down 37 percent from last Friday to $3.35 million yesterday. With $127.5 million in the domestic bank so far, the sequel is trending 14 percent ahead of its predecessor. Look for a weekend around $12.9 million.
Meanwhile, Pure Flix Entertainment's Woodlawn debuted to a healthy $1.5 million from 1,500 locations yesterday. The latest faith-based drama opened 25 percent higher than the studio's previous entry in that genre, Do You Believe?'s $1.2 million first day. Word of mouth among the target audience is also very positive with a 90 percent Flixster score. Pure Flix and BoxOffice are projecting a $5 million opening frame.
Finally, Universal's Steve Jobs expanded into limited release in 60 theaters yesterday with a $516,000 estimated gross (for an $8,600 per-theater average). That gives the strongly reviewed film a $1.23 million domestic total so far as it continues to build big buzz ahead of its nationwide expansion on October 23. Look for this weekend to land around $1.7 million.