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'Goosebumps' debuts at No. 1 in weekend box office

'Goosebumps' debuts at No. 1 in weekend box office

Sony's "Goosebumps" adaptation dominated the box office this weekend, while Netflix's "Beasts of No Nation" saw lower turnouts after debuting simultaneously online and in limited release.

"Goosebumps," which stars Jack Black, launched with a solid $23.5 million in the U.S and Canada. It outpaced three other new releases as well as Fox's "The Martian," which fell to second place in its third weekend.

The strong opening comes on the heels of Sony's animated hit "Hotel Transylvania 2." Both films benefitted from a dearth of family-friendly films in the marketplace, with young moviegoers making up a...