Crimson Peak has a strong shot of winning


Kicking off Halloween early, Guillermo del Toro‘s gothic romance film Crimson Peak has a strong shot of winning the Friday box-office race. However, it could lose the weekend to Sony’s spooky family entry Goosebumps and holdover The Martian, which could find themselves in a close race for No. 1.

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To say the marquee is crowded is an understatement. Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, is also opening this weekend, while the specialty box office sees a flurry of new entries, including Truth and the expansion of Steve Jobs.

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According to early returns, Crimson Peak is pacing to earn $7 million-$9 million Friday from 2,984 theaters for a projected weekend of $17 million-$22 million (many believe it will come in around $19 million).

Del Toro’s R-rated film stars Mia Wasikowska as a young author and newlywed who soon discovers that her charming husband’s crumbling mansion is filled with menacing, other-worldly entities that her groom (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain) try to hide. Charlie Hunnam also stars.


Crimson Peak was produced and financed for $55 million by Legendary Pictures and is being released by Universal.