Despite the hefty star power of Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock, new releases “Burnt” and “Our Brand Is Crisis” can’t stand up to reliable holdovers “The Martian” and “Goosebumps” over a slow Halloween weekend at the multiplex.
Fox’s “The Martian” won the Friday sales race with $3.5 million in 3,218 locations; the Matt Damon starrer is expected to finish its fifth weekend with $10.5 million, bringing its cumulative haul above $180 million. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star in the Ridley Scott-helmed sci-fi endeavor.
Behind “The Martian” is Sony’s Jack Black starrer “Goosebumps,” which took in $3 million from 3,618 locations, heading for a weekend total around $9 million. Now in its third frame, the PG-rated scare-fest is an adaptation of R.L. Stine’s beloved series of scary children’s stories.
Disney’s “Bridge of Spies” and Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” are both outperforming the new releases as well, bringing in $2.5 million and $1.8 million, respectively, on Friday.
Bradley Cooper’s chef drama “Burnt” is failing to heat up, having pulled in $1.8 million from 3,003 locations for the Weinstein Company on Friday. The pic, which also stars Sienna Miller, is headed for a three-day haul of $5 million.
Warner Bros.’ “Our Brand Is Crisis” pulled in $1.1 million in 2,202 locations, adhering to the Friday estimates that pegged it at a three-day total around $3 million. Bullock stars as a political consultant who travels to South America. Billy Bob Thornton also stars in this remake of the 2005 documentary of the same name. Should the estimates prove true, “Crisis” would be the worst opening for a wide-release film for Bullock, a record previously held by romantic comedy “Two If by Sea,” which opened with $4.7 million in 1996.
Paramount’s “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” is the third new release struggling to gain traction; the horror-comedy pulled in $679,000 in 1,509 locations on Friday, tracking for a three-day total between $1.5 million and $2 million.