Good Monday our Bleary-Eyed Fans. I know it’s been a little while since we have updated the Top 5 Box Office Results, but frankly, you don’t pay attention anyway, so why should we spend time on you? I recall we asked for adoration and love last time, but we only received a few dollars through Paypal. They were soggy and crusty too. How do you make internet currency soggy?
Soiled Paypal funds aside, let us all hop in the shower for last weekend’s Top 5 Box Office Films:
1) The Martian- $11.4M ($182.8M Total)
This is a glorious time to be alive. Not only does this film perfectly do justice to the novel, but it is feeding a space love for the populace I have not seen since Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. You can read our review here. Also, just a note, if you have an AMC Theater near you, they are doing a special IMAX 3D screening this week only, so that’ll give it another boost and you should go see it a second time with this superior format. In conjunction with all of the Mars and Pluto news, I hope and believe we can get these kids that are in High School or College more interested in space again. There is a lot of it and it keeps getting better. Or they could always explore the ocean.
2) Goosebumps- $10.2M ($57.1M Total)
Just saw this film last night and I have to say it deserves the money that is coming its way. Not only did it give a good injection of nostalgia, but it was a good “Coming of Age/Fish Out of Water” film. I really enjoyed the special effects and Jack Black seemed fairly grounded in his role as the titular R.L. Stine. I would definitely recommend this for families, but since it is post Halloween, I see a steep drop in this film’s theatrical run, so go soon or wait for the release on some sort of Home/Mobile device.
3) Bridge of Spies- $8.1M ($45.2M Total)
It’s been three years since we saw the last Steven Spielberg film (Lincoln, 2012) and almost ten years since he and Tom Hanks joined together to form MegaHanksBerg (The Terminal, 2004). MegaHanksBerg is obviously a giant mech that fights monsters. Just wanted to make that clear to everyone. We saw this one, but didn’t believe it warranted a review, mainly due to just a common theme, Tom Hanks makes us watch him pee, and a simple drama from MegaHanksBerg. Just a film you will be happy to catch on the FX channel or rent from Redbox.
4) Hotel Transylvania 2- $5.8M ($156.0M Total)
The Peanuts Movie comes to town this weekend and most likely puts a stake in the heart of this film in the Top 5. Again, another one we didn’t review, but the quick notes on it is that it is more or less the same as the first film but with less substance and just a slightly different message. The animation was gorgeous (which I’ve come to expect from Sony Pictures Animation) colorful, and lush, but they need to put more effort in their next slate of films. Sadly, the next thing they have coming is a way outdated license, The Angry Birds Movie. It’s a shame, why can’t we just have a third Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?
5) Burnt- $5.0M
The only new addition to the Top 5 and releasing in 3k theaters, you would expect a better outcome. Perhaps the studios were banking too heavily on Bradley Cooper’s star power. I could have told them if he’s not paired with Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, or voicing the most violent and badass raccoon in the Galaxy, he just doesn’t carry a film. Well, Limitless was pretty good, but they sneaked Robert di Niro in there, so maybe that might be the reason for its success. I plan on consuming this film this week and serving up a review out before the main dishes of Spectre and The Peanuts Movie are out of the oven. Everyone see what I did there? Food jokes in a paragraph about a food movie… I know, I’ll see myself out.
Hopefully everyone is looking for a big debut for Daniel Craig’s 007 in Spectre. I’m anticipating an opening release gross of somewhere in the neighborhood of $60-$80M. We still have not given out anything for a contest and this would be a good time. All Bleary-Eyed fans: make a prediction of the Domestic Opening gross for Spectre, and the person who is closest (Price is Right rules), will win a copy of The Martian when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Please leave your guesses below or on our Facebook page for this post. Good luck everyone and make sure to clean really well behind your ears, they’re more filthy than usual.