Box Office Massacre: ‘Last Witch Hunter,’ ‘Paranormal Activity 6’ and ‘Steve …

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Box Office: ‘Martian,’ ‘Goosebumps’ in Close Battle for No. 1; ‘Steve Jobs’ Hits Major Glitch.

“The Martian” and “Goosebumps,” in their fourth and second weekends, respectively, probably will beat out new releases “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Rock the Kasbah” and the newly expanded “Steve Jobs,” based on Friday figures. “The Martian,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, brought in $4.4 million on Friday. The film, which is also considered to be gaining traction in the year-end awards race, looks to be heading for more than $14 million over the weekend, to bring its new domestic total to somewhere around $165 million. “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black in an adaptation of the popular series of children’s books by R.L. In a surprise pre-Halloween twist, Ridley Scott’s The Martian and family entry Goosebumps are in a close race for No. 1 despite a glut of new offerings, including the nationwide expansion of Steve Jobs. Early Friday estimates showed Fox’s fourth weekend of “The Martian” with a slight edge on Sony’s second weekend of “Goosebumps” with about $14 million each for the frame.

Projections show The Martian — which won the Friday race with $4.4 million — and Goosebumps grossing in the $14 million-$15 million range for the weekend. Hopes were high for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic innovator, but the Universal film may gross $7.2 million from 2,493 theaters as it rolls out everywhere following a limited release in select theaters over the past two weekends.

The biopic is expanding from 60 to 2,493 North American theaters, and is expected to take in $7.4 million to $8.3 million after grossing a solid $2.6 million in its first 13 days of release. “Witch Hunter” is also falling far short of recent estimates, which had ranged from $15 million and $19 million, and will finish in the same range as “Steve Jobs” at 3,082 locations. It’s a story of sorcery seriously lacking in cinematic magic.” — Katherine McLaughlin, The List Rotten: “Imagine a parallel universe where Harry Potter got pumped up on steroids and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from ‘The Last Witch Hunter.’” — Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is able to take seemingly unfilmable true stories — about the founding of Facebook , say, or the front office of the Oakland A’s — and turn them into the stuff of riveting drama.

But critics say what really makes “Steve Jobs” something special is Michael Fassbender’s uncanny performance in the title role — he captures the tech mogul’s charisma as well as his less attractive attributes. In terms of other movies written by Sorkin, Moneyball opened to $19.5 million in late September 2011, while The Social Network debuted to $22.4 million. The $15 million comedy had been expected to pull in $6 million for Open Road this weekend, but the final number is heading for under $2 million with a quiet $500,000 on Friday. Set around three of Jobs’ major product launches, the film also veers into the Apple head’s sometimes rocky interpersonal relations. “Steve Jobs” is Certified Fresh at 85 percent on the Tomatometer; here are a few of the reviews: Fresh: “In many ways the film reflects its hero’s brilliance.

It’s a scintillating construction, though one that sometimes feels like a product launch in its own right.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Fresh: “The amazing Fassbender, on screen every moment, transforms into Jobs. However, the financial hit for “Jem” is ameliorated by its modest price tag of $5 million, as it has been produced by low-budget specialist Blumhouse. “Goosebumps,” which edged “The Martian” last weekend with $23.6 million, continued showing traction Friday with as much as $4.2 million to edge both “Witch Hunter” and “Steve Jobs.” “This has to be considered one of the most crowded movie marketplaces of the year and with ‘Steve Jobs’ now joining the fray, the sophisticated adult audience is now even more fragmented,” he said. “Films like ‘The Martian,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘The Intern’ and ‘Black Mass’ are all courting essentially the same audience and offering a bevy of riches for discerning moviegoers.” He added, “Hopefully the allure of these movies individually is enough to compel moviegoers to take the time to see each film and not be overwhelmed by the large collective inventory of films.” The movie, starring Diesel as an immortal witch hunter who attempts to stop a plague from destroying New York City, is on course to gross $9 million-$10 million from 3,082 theaters for a fourth-place finish.

That wouldn’t have been a bad result, since the horror film is only playing in 1,656 theaters, compared to nearly 3,000 locations for the last Paranormal Activity film. Many cinema owners are refusing to play the film because of a bold deal between Paramount, AMC and Canada’s Cineplex to make it available in homes earlier than usual.

Rock the Kasbah stars Murray as Richie Lanz, a rock manager past his prime who accompanies a performer (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour in war-ridden Afghanistan. Too bad, then, that, critics say the film is a serious miscalculation on many levels, from its inconsistent tone to its simplistic view of the locals.

When she bails, he comes across a young singer (Leem Lubany) who could be the biggest discovery of his career, and arranges for her to appear on Afghan Star, the equivalent of American Idol. The live-action movie is projecting a $1.1 million weekend from 2,413 theaters — the worst opening of all time for a major studio release going out in 2,000 or more theaters. If there’s any solace, it’s that Universal spent $5 million to make the film, starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis.

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