Weekend Forecast: 'Goosebumps', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Crimson Peak', & 'Woodlawn'

Featured Stories - on October 14, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff

oct16pred.pngFour new wide releases hit the market this weekend, each of which are aiming squarely for a particular audience.

Goosebumps

PROS:

- The beloved children's horror book series has seen its popularity endure for over two decades, giving the film some generational appeal.
- The timely release close to Halloween increases that appeal, as does the presence of family-friendly Jack Black.
- Social media activity is noticeably strong.
- Solid reviews are another positive sign. 

CONS:

- Will the current domination of Hotel Transylvania 2 among family crowds have an impact on breakout potential?
- Some kids and parents may be apt to wait until Halloween is a bit closer.

Bridge of Spies

PROS:

- Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks stand among the most influential movie icons of the past few decades, each creating automatic appeal for most projects they work on.
- Adult crowds who have already checked out The Martian may be willing to give this a shot.
- Strong reviews are propelling pre-release buzz.

CONS:

- Social media activity is weak overall, although that's not too surprising given the relatively low-key profile of the film compared to recent Spielberg and Hanks projects.
- In a crowded market, this film's potential rests more in the legs than it does in a strong opening. 

Crimson Peak

PROS:

- Director Guillermo del Toro has a loyal fan base who will likely turn out here.
- The gothic romance angle is well-timed for the Halloween season.
- The ensemble cast adds a much needed commercial selling point, but will they be enough?

CONS:

- Reviews are somewhat modest, although that's necessarily a bad sign considering the unique sub-genre and the film's visual appeal.
- Del Toro's films are somewhat hit and miss when it comes to commercial tastes.
- This is another title that may fare better in the weeks ahead as Halloween nears.

Woodlawn

PROS:

- Social media activity is generally positive.
- Faith-based films have flooded the market lately, but there may have been enough time since War Room for this to find a healthy audience.

CONS:

- Marketing has been predominately on the grassroots level, although that's typical for faith-based flicks.

Top 10 Forecast

BoxOffice is projecting this weekend's top ten films will tally around $123.9 million. That would mark close to an 8 percent increase over the same frame last year, whose top ten accumulated $115.2 million as Fury led the way in its $23.7 million debut.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, October 18
Goosebumps Oct 16, 2015 Sony / Columbia
$29,000,000 $29,000,000
The Martian Oct 2, 2015 Fox
$24,500,000 $146,500,000
Bridge of Spies Oct 16, 2015 Disney / DreamWorks
$17,500,000 $17,500,000
Crimson Peak Oct 16, 2015 Universal
$15,000,000 $15,000,000
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sep 25, 2015 Sony / Columbia
$12,200,000 $136,200,000
Pan (2015) Oct 9, 2015 Warner Bros.
$7,500,000 $27,400,000
The Intern Sep 25, 2015 Warner Bros.
$6,200,000 $59,500,000
Sicario (2015) Sep 18, 2015 Lionsgate
$4,800,000 $35,000,000
Woodlawn Oct 16, 2015 Pure Flix
$4,000,000 $4,000,000
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Sep 18, 2015 Fox
$3,200,000 $75,900,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Woodlawn, Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, predictions

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