Last weekend, 20th Century Fox's blockbuster The Martian returned to take the top spot at the box office, fending off four new releases, which all underperformed. This gave the thriller its third win in four weeks. On Friday, the sci-fi drama faces off against three more new movies, The Weinstein Company's Burnt, Warner Bros.' Our Brand Is Crisis and Paramount's Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, just one day before Halloween. Like last weekend's crop of new releases, the projections at BoxOffice.com reveal these latest titles will all underperform as well, with The Martian likely taking the top spot once again.
The Martian has earned $166.1 million since its release on October 2, debuting at $54.3 million. While that isn't an astronomical opening weekend by any means, it continues to post minimal decreases in each frame, dropping just 31.9% in its second weekend, 42.4% in its third frame (where it took second place to Goosebumps) and 26.1% last weekend. With no surefire blockbuster to compete with this weekend, The Martian should have no trouble winning yet again with roughly $10 million.
Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama has been winning over critics ever since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, with some even calling it the best movie of the year, so far. The film follows the quest to save an astronaut stranded on Mars. We still have a long way to go until the awards season races truly start to heat up, but The Martian has emerged as one of the top front runners. With an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels.
Burnt should come in second place with an estimated $9 million, according to projections. The dramatic comedy starring Bradley Cooper as a chef seeking redemption opens in approximately 2,400 theaters, still far below the 3,504 theaters that The Martian is playing in. Part of the reason none of these new films have been able to compete is that they just aren't being put in enough theaters, and it also doesn't help matters that none of these new contenders have the critical acclaim that The Martian has. Burnt currently has a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Our Brand Is Crisis at 42%, although Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't have enough reviews to qualify for a TomatoMeter score yet. Still, Burnt's projections are rather close to The Martian, and a mild upset is possible, if it manages to overperform.
Burnt follows Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), who had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances. The supporting cast includes Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Jamie Dornan, fresh off his performance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio and Uma Thurman. It doesn't seem that even this all-star cast can help Burnt get over the $10 million opening weekend mark, but we will have to wait and see when the estimates come in this Sunday.
Our Brand Is Crisis is projected to take the fourth spot with $7 million, behind Goosebumps in third place with $8.8 million, with Bridge of Spies rounding out the top 5 with $6.3 million. Our Brand Is Crisis features an all-star cast lead by Sandra Bullock), along with Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy and Ann Dowd. The story centers on "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock, who is coaxed out of self-imposed retirement for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
Rounding out the top 10 will be Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse ($5 million), The Last Witch Hunter ($4.6 million), Hotel Transylvania 2 ($4.1 million), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ($3.7 million) and Steve Jobs ($3.4 million). Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse features rising stars Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller as two Boy Scouts, who team up with a cocktail waitress (Halston Sage) when their town has been overrun by zombies. Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman and Patrick Schwarzenegger round out the supporting cast. After putting up incredible numbers in limited release, Steve Jobs has faltered since opening nationwide, and it may not even take in $10 million during its entire theatrical run. Opening in limited release this weekend are The Armor of Light, Carter High, Freaks of Nature, Heneral Luna, Love, Sex, Death and Bowling and The Wonders.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Sony Pictures' new 007 adventure Spectre hits theaters alongside 20th Century Fox's The Peanuts Movie and Clarius Entertainment's The Outskirts. Opening in limited release are two possible Oscar candidates, Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, and Spotlight, starring Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo. Also arriving in limited release is Entertainment, Miss You Already, Theeb and Brooklyn. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again next Tuesday for next week's projections. Until then, here's our predictions for the top 10 this weekend.
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