Welcome to the Renegade Cinema relaunching of the Renegade Weekend Box Office Wrap Up, where we take a look at the weekend’s movie box office success and failures. However, we are adding a little extra to remind people of the movies of the past that won or lost each specific weekend. With no further ado, here we go.
Goosebumps Wins Box Office Weekend
The new kid’s horror movie Goosebumps won the box office crown this weekend, but it wasn’t a huge monster hit. Based on the idea that the classic R.L. Stine horror novels were based on real monsters that he locked away in his books, Goosebumps brought in $23.5 million while screening in 3,501 locations. The budget of the movie was $58 million, and the movie should do very well when international takes are added in.
Sadly, the Guillermo Del Toro horror movie Crimson Peak, which has received almost praise from genre fans but a low 69 percent from Rotten Tomatoes, finished in fourth place with $12.850 million from 2,984 theaters. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Bridge of Spies opened with a low $15.38 million to finish in third place, while opening at 2,811 theaters.
Crimson Peak only had a budget of $55 million, so while it will end up a disappointment in the United States, Del Toro movies normally do well internationally. Pacific Rim only made $101 million in the U.S., but $309 million internationally. A better comparison might be Pan’s Labyrinth, which made $37 million in the U.S., but finished with $45 million internationally for a total of $83.2 million.
As for Spielberg, War Horse opened with a $14.5 million opening weekend, which was lower than Bridge of Spies, but finished with $79 million domestically and a total worldwide take of $177 million. Lincoln’s opening weekend was $21.0 million and finished with a total worldwide take of $275.2 million. That is part of the reason that Spielberg releases his movies during the holiday season because it means his movies have longer to make money, and Bridge of Spies should be no different.
Other movies opening this weekend include Woodlawn, a faith-based sports drama, that opened up in 1,553 theaters and made $4.1 million for a ninth place finish. A number of smaller movies also received limited openings this weekend, with Room the most impressive, opening in four locations and making $120,000. That is a movie that should do well over the long-term, especially if Brie Larson earns a Best Actress nom for her performance.
The Martian continues to hold strong, as the positively received Ridley Scott movie with Matt Damon starring as an astronaut stranded on Mars, took second place. It made $21.5 million in its third week in theaters, bringing its total up to $143.7 million. That was a 41.9 percent drop from its second week take.
The animated kids flick Hotel Transylvania 2, while a clear step down in quality from the original movie, continues to make money. It finished in fifth place with a $12.2 million take to bring its four week total up to $136.4 million. The first movie made $148.3 million, and one more week at this pace might see it surpass the original film in two or three weeks. The Peanuts Movie comes out in three weeks, so it needs to make the money soon before it drops off.
Pan is one of the biggest flops of the year, as the Joe Wright movie finished in sixth place in its second week with a $5.8 million take. The combined two week domestic take ended up being $25.7 million, so the $150 million budget will make it almost impossible to break even. The international take so far is only sitting at $25.2 million, so this will likely be the biggest flop of the second half of the year.
Finishing out the top 10 is The Intern at seventh, Sicario at eighths and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at 10th.
The movie that topped the weekend box office charts in 2014 was David Ayer’s war film Fury, which finished with $23.7 million, almost an identical finish as this year’s Goosebumps opening weekend.
It’s also fun to look back at how different the box office looked in years past and what was considered good. In 1982, the Steven Spielberg masterpiece E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial finished first with only $3.3 million. It was also the movie’s 19th weekend on the charts and there was no opening movie that weekend that hit the top 12. Other movies on the charts in 1982 included Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Rocky III, which finished in eighth place with only $475,759.
25 years ago, Marked for Death, the Steven Seagal action movie, finished the weekend in first place. The Seagal action flick made $5.09 million in its third weekend and beat out the weekend’s new movies, Quigley Down Under and Night of the Living Dead for the top spot.
15 years ago, Meet the Parents held onto the top spot in its third weekend with $16.0 million, to bring its total at the time up to $80.7 million. New released included Bedazzled, which finished in second place with $13.1 million, Pay it Forward (4th) and The Legend of Drunken Master (5th). Remember the Titans was the third place movie after four weeks of release.
Five years ago, Jackass 3-D opened up in first place with an astonishing $50.3 million. For a movie that opened with $50 million just five years ago, and finished with $171 million worldwide, how many of you can remember anything that happened in the movie? The comic book adaptation Red opened in second place with $21.7 million. The Social Network finished in third place with $10.3 million, as it continued its climb to a $224.9 million worldwide take.
Weekend Box Office
|2||The Martian (1)||$24.5||$143.7|
|3||Bridge of Spies||$15.3||$15.3|
|5||Hotel Transylvania 2 (2)||$12.2||$136.4|
|7||The Intern (4)||$5.4||$58.7|
|10||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (6)||$2.7||$75.4|
Weekend box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojoby