Goosebumps sends chills across North American box office

A person dressed as a pumpkin monster poses at the premiere of the film Goosebumps, in Los Angeles,
A person dressed as a pumpkin monster poses at the premiere of the film Goosebumps, in Los Angeles, PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Goosebumps, based on spooky children's books by RL 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 US$23.5 million (S$32.53 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 US$21.5 million in its third week in theatres- off top spot.

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

Another new entry was in at number three - Bridge of Spies, with US$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 US$12.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Hotel Transylvania 2 (US$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 theatres and on its online streaming platform, earned US$50,000 from 31 theatres.

6. "Pan" (US$5.9 million) 7. "The Intern" (US$5.4 million) 8. "Sicario" (US$4.5 million) 9. "Woodlawn" (US$4.1 million) 10. "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" (US$2.75 million).