‘Martian’ tops North American box office
LOS ANGELES, United States — It’s lonely at the top: critically acclaimed blockbuster “The Martian,” about an astronaut stranded on Mars, led North American box office ticket sales for a fourth weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.
The movie, which stars Matt Damon as a NASA scientist accidentally left on the Red Planet, has generated serious Oscar buzz as well as an estimated $182.8 million in the five weeks since it came out.
The film earned $11.4 million in weekend ticket sales, pulling in just ahead of spooky children’s flick “Goosebumps” which earned $10.2 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The family-friendly action-comedy based on a series of books by R.L. Stine had briefly dethroned “The Martian” from its top perch for one weekend.
Steven Spielberg’s well-received Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” starring Tom Hanks held onto third place for a third week running with $8.1 million.
In a timely fourth for Halloween weekend, animated ghoul sequel “Hotel Transylvania 2” and its all-star cast of voices raked in $5.8 million.
Food flick “Burt,” the tale of a bad-boy chef (played by Bradley Cooper) who is trying to redeem his career following a series of poor life choices debuted in fifth with $5.0 million.
The following is a list of the rest of the top 10:
- “The Last Witch Hunter” ($4.8 million)
- “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” ($3.5 million)
8) “Our Brand is Crisis” ($3.4 million)
9) “Crimson Peak” ($3.1 million)
10) “Steve Jobs” ($2.6 million)
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