'The Martian' Takes Top Slot in Weekend Box Office as 'Paranormal' & 'Kasbah


Universal's "Jem and the Holograms" opened with whimper this weekend, finishing in 13th place in the weekend box office race. Pictured are, from left, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Aubrey Peeples and Stefanie Scott (Photo by Universal Pictures).

LOS ANGELES - Fox's "The Martian" rebounded from second place last week to return to the weekend box office top spot it held its first two weeks as a slew of new releases like "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension," "Rock the Kasbah" and "Jem and the Holograms" opened with a whimper.

The Martian blasted back to No. 1 with an estimated $15.90 million and $166.35 million over four weeks. Sony’s "Goosebumps" came in second with $15.50 million, or down 34 percent at 3,501 theaters and a two-week total of $43.71 million. Disney's cold war drama "Bridge of Spies" followed in third place with $11.36 million for a two-week total of $32.58 million.

"The Last Witch Hunter" starring Vin Diesel from Lionsgate was fourth, earning $10.82 million on its opening weekend. "Hotel Transylvania 2" came in fifth with a solid $9.0 million for a five-week total of $148.29 million. "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" was sixth with the worst opening in the franchises's history with $8.20 million in limited release of 1,626 theaters, compared to the 3,082 screening "The Last Witch Hunter."

The Bill Murray starrer, Open Roads' "Rock the Kasbah" opened in 13th place with $1.51 million while Universal's "Jem and the Holograms" based upon the children's animated series took 15th place with $1.32 million.

The rest stacked up this way:

7. "Steve Jobs" (Universal) $7.27 million for a three-week total of $9.98 million

8. "Crimson Peak" (Universal) $5.56 million for a two-week total of $22.45 million

9. "The Intern" (Warner Bros.) $3.85 million for a five-week total of $64.70 million

10. "Sicario" (Lionsgate) $2.95 million for a six-week total of $39.38 million

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