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.
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.
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.