With one holiday and four flops, The Martian easily won the worst box office weekend of the year for Hollywood.
A scary weekend for Hollywood as Halloween fell on a Saturday and several films under performed, leaving Matt Damon‘s The Martian atop the movie box office again with $11.4 million and a domestic total of $182.8 million. Worldwide, the movie has raked in $428.4 million. The movie is expected to soon be the highest grossing of director Ridley Scott‘s career.
But overall, the news was bad for the film industry as several more adult-oriented films failed to catch the attention of audiences and a horror movie — seemingly an easy sell on Halloween — could barely get shown.
Sandra Bullock‘s Our Brand is Crisis, where Bullock plays an American political adviser helping a Bolivian election, opened with just $3.4 million over 2,202 theaters. The Warner Bros. political comedy/drama received weak reviews and finished a distant seventh in the weekend’s top ten and was the worst nationwide opening of Bullock’s career. The previous holder of that distinction was Two If By Sea which opened to $4.7 million in 1996
Bradley Cooper‘s turn as chef trying to redeem himself in Burnt, was also a bust, getting bad reviews and opened to just $5 million over 3,003 theaters. It finished fifth and was one of the worst nationwide openings of Cooper’s career.
Two movies opening for Halloween were greeted with critical beatings and empty theaters. The Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and the latest sequel in the Paranormal Activity series The Ghost Dimension opened with just $1.8 million for the horror comedy, finishing 12th and Ghost Dimension got resistance from many theater owners because of the deal between Paramount Studios and AMC and Cineplex to make the title available on-demand earlier than usual, but it still managed to finish seventh with $3.5 million.
However, both films are doing fine overseas, with Scout’s Guide earning $13.5 million and Ghost Dimension earning $37.8 million to date.
Other movies in the top ten were holdovers from previous weeks. The PG-rated kids movie Goosebumps was second, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks‘ latest collaboration Bridge of Spies was third, and the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 was fourth. The Last Witchhunter was sixth, Crimson Peak was ninth and Steve Jobs 10th.