Box Office: ‘Crimson Peak’ Scares Off ‘Goosebumps’ With $855,000 on Thursday

Universal’s Gothic romance “Crimson Peak” has launched to $855,000 at 2,178 U.S. locations in Thursday previews, topping Sony’s horror-comedy “Goosebumps” with $600,000 at 2,567 sites.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks’ “Bridge of Spies” — released through Disney — brought in $500,000 last night (near the $600,000 grossed by Tom Hanks last film, “Captain Phillips”).

Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” began showings at 8 p.m. and will expand to more than 2,800 locations Friday with weekend forecasts in the $15 million range. Set in the 19th century, the movie stars Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston as a recently married couple who move into his family’s forbidding ancestral home.

“Crimson Peak” is co-financed and produced by Legendary.

Goosebumps,” with Jack Black as author R.L. Stine, is expected to battle Fox’s third weekend of “The Martian” for the top box office spot. Forecasts have pegged both in the low 20s, though Sony is expecting a lower finish for “Martian” in the mid teens.

“Goosebumps,” based on Stine’s children’s book series of the same name, also stars Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee and Jillian Bell. It’s financed by Sony, LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures.

“The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, has dominated moviegoing for the past two weekends and taken in over $120 million in the U.S.

Bridge of Spies” is expected to finish in the mid teens in 2,811 theaters. The period drama, starring Hanks as an attorney negotiating the release of a captured U.S. pilot during the Cold War, has received stellar reviews with a 92% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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