Box Office Report: Record-Breaking Bombs, ‘Martian’ Flies High

Matt Damon in the Martian
Matt Damon in a scene from ‘The Martian’ (Photo Photo credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox – TM & © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

What an incredibly horrible weekend at the box office for new releases. Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms couldn’t even crack the top 10 over their opening weekends in wide release, with Jem and the Holograms taking the title as the worst opening in history for a major studio release playing in more than 2,400 theaters. Rock the Kasbah is Bill Murray’s lowest opening weekend ever, earning a measly $1.5 million domestically as well as overwhelmingly negative reviews. Rock the Kasbah‘s low opening numbers make it the fifth worst studio release in history for a film debuting in more than 2,000 theaters while Jem and the Holograms took the fourth place spot on that same list.

The news was only slightly better for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, The Last Witch Hunter, and the Steve Jobs biopic with Michael Fassbender. The turnout for this final Paranormal Activity film was the lowest in the franchise’s history, ringing up just $8 million. However, it’s also playing in less than 2,000 theaters after some chains declined to play the horror film because of its planned early VOD release. Vin Diesel’s Last Witch Hunter failed to live up to pre-release expectations which will likely put the planned sequel in jeopardy. With a budget of $80 million-ish, pulling in just $10 million domestically doesn’t justify those early sequel talks. And Steve Jobs, though critically acclaimed and a potential multiple Oscar nominee, just didn’t connect with audiences who gave it a pass in favor of heading into space with Matt Damon in The Martian.

Top 10 Box Office – October 23-25, 2015
1. The Martian – $15,900,000
2. Goosebumps – $15,500,000
3. Bridge of Spies – $11,365,000
4. The Last Witch Hunter – $10,825,000
5. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $9,000,000
6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – $8,200,000
7. Steve Jobs – $7,270,000
8. Crimson Peak – $5,560,000
9. The Intern – $3,855,000
10. Sicario – $2,950,000