Aside from The Martian, the major releases of the past month led to a mostly unexciting October. Paramount made the surprising decision to release Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension on VOD only 17 days after dropping below 300 theaters, causing many major theater chains to pull out of releasing the film, which will lead to a series-low gross for the franchise. Crimson Peak, Our Brand Is Crisis, and Steve Jobs all performed below expectations, despite the fact that Steve Jobs found huge success in its limited release. Despite major stars headlining many of these films (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper), this past month will end up well below the record-breaking October of 2014.
Fortunately, November looks as though it will reverse this trend with the release of box office juggernauts Spectre, The Good Dinosaur, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. November of 2014 had somewhat disappointing grosses totaling $965 million, falling well short of November 2012’s record of $1.09 billion, which saw the releases of Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. If The Peanuts Movie and The Night Before over-perform, this upcoming month has a good chance of beating 2012’s record.