"The Martian" kept its place at the top of the box office chart this Halloween weekend, scaring off a strong challenge from kiddie pic "Goosebumps." This Fox sci-fi thriller added $11.4 million from 3,218 screens (including 365 IMAX locations at premium prices) to its impressive haul which now totals $183 million after five weeks (and will soon be Ridley Scott's best-ever, outpacing the $188 million for 2000 Oscar champ "Gladiator.")
Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" did outstanding business in its third week, taking in another $8.1 million at 2,873 theaters for a cumulative gross of $45.2 million. With a slew of rave reviews and a CinemaScore of A, Disney should continue to do well with this prestige period piece which stars two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks as a reluctant recruit in Cold War diplomacy.
"Steve Jobs" dropped dramatically in its second week of wide release, making just $2.6 million on 2,493 screens for a per screen average of just over $1K. Universal had done well with Danny Boyle's biopic of Apple's patron saint in its first two weeks of limited release, as it debuted to a whopping $130K at each of four theaters and then made $1.5 million on those 60 screens. Going forward, the combo of great reviews and word of mouth (a CinemaScore of A-) stll means it has very strong potential to do well with awards (see below).
Over on the specialty side, "Room" added 26 screens in and grossed $270K (a per screen average of just over $5,500) in its third week. And, in more good news for A24, Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel, which she adapted for the screen, is back on the bestseller list.
it looks like Focus has a winner with "Suffragette," which did good business in its second weekend taking in $155,000 as it expanded to 23 screens in nine cities. This historical drama about the fight for the vote by British women has already raked in $4.5 million in its native Blighty.
And Sony Picture Classics' "Truth," which went from six to 18 theaters, added another $900K for a total gross of just a tick over $1.1 million.
As of this writing, 22 of our 23 Oscar experts (journalists who cover this beat for major media including Variety, Yahoo, USA Today, and Huffington Post) are predicting that "Steve Jobs," will reap a Best Picture bid. Twenty are doing the same for "Bridge of Spies" and "Room" while 19 expect "The Martian" to be among the nominees for this top prize.
Among the performers in these pictures, "Steve Jobs" player Michael Fassbender and "Room" breakout star Brie Larson sit atop the Best Actor and Best Actress charts respectively. Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars determined to find a way home (think "Gravity" meets "Castaway") in "The Martian," just cracked the top five. Expect a similar move upwards for Hanks (currently ranked ninth) in the coming days as our experts update their predictions.
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