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It's exciting when a movie is so fantastic and does such a great job capturing audiences' imagination that it dominates the box office for several weeks on end. It's even more impressive today than it was fifteen years ago when home video started giving theatrical experiences a run for their money. But it's a little sad when a movie holds on to the number one spot because, well, frankly there just isn't anything better to see at the cinema.
The Martian is wrapping up its fifth weekend in release, four of which have been spent at number one. Goosebumps and Bridge of Spies, second place and third place this weekend, have both also been in the top three for three weekends running. But between all three of them, they averaged less than $10 million apiece in what Box Office Mojo is reporting to be the worst weekend of 2015.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that October is usually one of the year's slowest months, and rarely do any major releases in the month garner much attention or cash. Granted, things seem particularly slow this year, slowed further by Halloween falling on a Saturday, giving people something more important to do with their family and date nights. The two newcomers this weekend, Bradley Cooper's Burnt and Sandra Bullock's Our Brand Is Crisis both bombed, earning just $5 million and $3 million respectively for dismal fifth and eighth place debuts. The one horror-themed movie to roll out this Halloween weekend, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse didn't even break into the top ten, making just $1.7 million, landing in the number twelve spot.
So, does this sudden dip spell holiday doom for the box office? Of course not. If anything it should be a sigh of relief that great movies like The Martian, a wonderful and well crafted piece of film, can make more than twice what the incoming drivel does even on its fifth weekend in theaters. And with total domestic box office sales up almost 5% from where they were this same time last year, there's no doubt that ticket sales are alive and well despite the fact that ticket prices are still on the rise.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: