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‘The Martian’ back atop N. America box office

LOS ANGELES: “The Martian” regained the top spot on the North American box office charts over the weekend, dethroning spooky children’s flick “Goosebumps,” industry figures showed Monday.

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The critically acclaimed blockbuster The Martian starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars — a film that is already generating serious Oscar buzz — raked in another $15.7 million, for a total of $166.2 million since its release.

“Goosebumps,” a family-friendly action-comedy based on a series of books by R.L. Stine, pulled in $15.5 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

“Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg’s well-received Cold War spy drama starring Tom Hanks, held onto third place for a second week running with $11.4 million.

Fourth was debut action thriller “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel of “Fast & Furious” fame. It earned a disappointing $10.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was holdover “Hotel Transylvania 2” ($8.9 million), a sequel starring animated ghouls voiced by an all-star cast. It has so far earned $148.2 million in five weeks of release.

In sixth place was “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” the latest installment in the popular fright fest series. It only earned $8.1 million in its debut weekend, a lackluster opening.

The following are the rest of the top 10:

  1. “Steve Jobs” ($7.1 million)
  2. “Crimson Peak” ($5.7 million)
  3. “The Intern” ($3.8 million)
  4. “Sicario” ($2.8 million)
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