‘Goosebumps’ sends chills across box office

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – “Goosebumps,” based on spooky children s books by R.L. Stine, shot straight in at the top of the North American box office over the weekend, estimates out Sunday showed.

Sony s action-comedy pulled in $23.5 million in box office revenue on Friday to Sunday on its debut in Canada and the United States, tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The children s flick knocked “The Martian” — which brought in $21.5 million in its third week in theaters — off top spot.

The critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars has now made $143.8 million at theaters.

Another new entry was in at number three — “Bridge of Spies,” with $15.4 million.

The well-received drama by Steven Spielberg tells the story of an American lawyer played by Tom Hanks, who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot held in the Soviet Union.

Fourth in the box office was director Guillermo del Toro s R-rated horror-fantasy “Crimson Peak,” also making its weekend debut at cinemas, making $12.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was “Hotel Transylvania 2” ($12.3 million), a sequel starring animated ghouls voiced by an all-star cast.

“Beasts of No Nation,” the first movie produced by Netflix and simultaneously released in both theaters and on its online streaming platform, earned a measly $50,000 from 31 theaters.

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