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Goosebumps has topped the North American box office over the weekend, taking $23.5 million in its first three days.

The family horror movie, based on the popular children’s book series, stars Jack Black as horror writer R.L. Stine, whose imaginary demon creations are accidentally set free in a small town.

Ridley Scott’s space adventure The Martian was bumped into second place, taking $21.5 million.

The Matt Damon film has now taken $143.8 million in its third week of release.

Steven Spielberg’s cold-war thriller Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, opened at No 3 with $15.4 million.

Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror romance Crimson Peak did not fare as well in the Halloween period, debuting at four with $12.8 million.Goosebumps movie box office

This weekend also saw the release of Cary Fukunaga’s drama Beasts of No Nation, about child soldiers in Africa.

After making headlines earlier this year when Netflix bought the distribution rights for $12 million, the movie was simultaneously released in theaters and on the streaming platform.

Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, only made $50,699 across the 31 theaters it was shown at, averaging $1,635 per location.

It is understood the movie was given a limited theatrical release to qualify it for the upcoming awards season.

In a limited release, abduction drama Room also earned a respectable $120,000 from four screens.

North American box office Top 5:

  1. Goosebumps – $23.5 million
  2. The Martian – $21.5 million
  3. Bridge of Spies – $15.4 million
  4. Crimson Peak – $12.8 million
  5. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $12.3 million


Hollywood horror legend Wes Craven has died from brain cancer at the age of 76.

Wes Craven reportedly died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, August 30.

He wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. His Scream franchise was reported to have grossed more than $100 million in the US.Wes Craven dead at 76

Wes Craven wrote, directed and edited his first film, The Last House on the Left, in 1972.

A tweet from his Twitter account featured a picture of the director with the dates 1939-2015.

Wes Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre when the first movie featuring Freddy Krueger was released in 1984 starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp.

He had more recently signed deals to develop television programs, including the new Scream series for MTV.

Wes Craven had also been working on a horror novel series.


Jason Stange, a bank robber wanted for violating his probation, has been caught police after starring in a low-budget horror movie using his own name.

Jason Stange, 44, had taken a role as a doctor who commits a “deranged act” in a movie called Marla Mae.

He appeared in a piece publicizing the shooting of the movie in a newspaper in Washington.Jason Stange Marla Mae role

Police agents recognized him and arrested him at a restaurant close to the movie set.

Jason Stange had pleaded guilty to an armed bank robbery in 2006 and was given a prison sentence of almost ten years.

In 2014, Jason Stange absconded from a “halfway house” facility and a warrant was issued.

Brandon Roberts, the movie’s producer, told the local News Tribune that Jason Stange was a talented actor who was well-liked by the cast and crew.

He said the film was rewritten to suit Jason Stange, who had “really nailed the audition”, adding that Stange will remain in the movie, which is scheduled for release in 2016.