This weekend it was the PG-rated thrills of "Goosebumps" versus the creepy R-rated "Crimson Peak" in theaters across the country.
The family flick won out, as the movie inspired by R.L. Stine's popular young adult book series made $23.5 million this weekend, winning the box office in Sunday's estimates.
Jack Black stars in the the film as Stine himself in a tale in which the monsters in his books come to life.
Guillermo del Toro's latest, "Crimson Peak" failed to garner as much audience interest despite a cast including Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. The costume drama/horror movie made less than $13 million, which was enough to earn it fourth place at the box office (the budget was $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo
"Bridge of Spies," from Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, debuted in third place with more than $15 million. With that film being a potential Oscar nominee, the expectations are that "Bridge of Spies" will continue to bring in audiences over several weeks.
After two weeks on top, "The Martian" slipped to second with $21.5 million, and its total domestic gross is closing in on $150 million.
"Pan," widely seen as a box office disaster, slipped out of the top 5, losing 61% of its audience from last week, making under $6 million this weekend.
Here is a list of the top 5 films this weekend:
1. "Goosebumps," $23.5 million
2. "The Martian," $21.5 million
3. "Bridge of Spies," $15.4 million
4. "Crimson Peak," $12.9 million
5. "Hotel Transylvania 2," $12.3 million