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‘Martian’ tops North American box office

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LOS ANGELES,It’s lonely at the top: critically acclaimed blockbuster “The Martian,” about an astronaut stranded on Mars, led North American box office ticket sales for a fourth weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday,AFP reports.

The movie, which stars Matt Damon as a NASA scientist accidentally left on the Red Planet, has generated serious Oscar buzz as well as an estimated $182.8 million in the five weeks since it came out.

The film earned $11.4 million in weekend ticket sales, pulling in just ahead of spooky children’s flick “Goosebumps” which earned $10.2 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The family-friendly action-comedy based on a series of books by R.L. Stine had briefly dethroned “The Martian” from its top perch for one weekend. Steven Spielberg’s well-received Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” starring Tom Hanks held onto third place for a third week running with $8.1 million.

In a timely fourth for Halloween weekend, animated ghoul sequel “Hotel Transylvania 2” and its all-star cast of voices raked in $5.8 million. Food flick “Burt,” the tale of a bad-boy chef (played by Bradley Cooper) who is trying to redeem his career following a series of poor life choices debuted in fifth with $5.0 million.

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