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‘Goosebumps’ tops ‘The Martian

‘Goosebumps’ tops ‘The Martian

“Goosebumps” rode a wave of Clinton era nostalgia to the top of the box office charts, as the adaptation of the popular children’s book series earned $23.5 million in its opening weekend.That just edged out Fox’s “The Martian,” the science-fiction smash that was trying to be the number one picture for a third week in a row. The film added $21.5 million to its $143.8 million haul.It was a crowded time at the multiplexes, as four new releases jockeyed for audiences’ attention. Aside from “Goosebumps,” the weekend’s best performer was “Bridge of Spies,” the Steven Spielberg Cold War drama that capitalised on good reviews and Oscar buzz by nabbing $15.4 million.Disney is distributing the true story of an attorney (Tom Hanks) who defends a Russian spy (Mark Rylance). DreamWorks produced the $40 million production. Its look at prisoner rights resonates in the post-Guantanamo age and positions “Bridge of Spies” to remain part of the conversation in coming weeks, Disney executives argued.”It’s overwhelmingly applicable to today,” said Dave Hollis, Walt Disney Studios’ executive vice president of theatrical distribution. “But that’s Steven Spielberg. He’s able to do that with almost every single story.”