Weekend Forecast: 'Goosebumps', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Crimson Peak', & 'Woodlawn'
Featured Stories - on October 14, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
Four new wide releases hit the market this weekend, each of which are aiming squarely for a particular audience.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
|The Martian||Oct 2, 2015||Fox
|Bridge of Spies||Oct 16, 2015||Disney / DreamWorks
|Crimson Peak||Oct 16, 2015||Universal
|Hotel Transylvania 2||Sep 25, 2015||Sony / Columbia
|Pan (2015)||Oct 9, 2015||Warner Bros.
|The Intern||Sep 25, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Sicario (2015)||Sep 18, 2015||Lionsgate
|Woodlawn||Oct 16, 2015||Pure Flix
|Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Sep 18, 2015||Fox
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.