‘The Martian’ Remains on Top as ‘Pan’ Disappoints at the Box Office

     October 10, 2015


After posting the second-highest debut for an October release last weekend, Fox’s The Martian will have no trouble holding on to first place for a second frame. The Fox hit took in an estimated $10.7 million yesterday, down 40% from its opening day one week ago. For its second weekend, The Martian is expected to claim another $36 million. That would represent a drop of just -33% though, in a now-familiar pattern, it would also fail to match Gravity’s superior -23% sophomore hold.

While The Martian continues to soar, Warner Bros.’ Pan is sinking fast. The effects-laden “prequel” to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan was originally scheduled for a summer release but was pushed back more than once to avoid competition. If that wasn’t a sign that there was trouble in Neverland, the film’s critical reception certainly was. Pan has a current Rotten Tomato rating of 21% – just a bit higher than Pixels’ RT score. On its first day in domestic release, Pan earned an estimated $5.2 million from 3,515 locations, which suggests an opening weekend of $18 million. That figure just a bit below pre-release projections for the film, though the fact that expectations were that low in the first place is another bad sign. Pan‘s reported budget before marketing is $150 million.

Pan is not the only movie struggling this weekend. One week after it suffered a disappointing limited release on IMAX and premium large format screens, The Walk has expanded nationwide. From 2,509 locations, the Sony/TriStar feature opened in seventh place on Friday with an estimated $1.15 million – less than the $1.5 it earned from just 448 venues last weekend. The Walk was originally expected to earn at least $6 million this weekend but, based on yesterday’s results, $4 million could be a stretch.

With The Walk looking shaky, Sony has every reason to focus instead on the success of Hotel Transylvania 2. The animated sequel passed the $100 million mark on Friday, its fifteenth day in theatres. It took the original Hotel Transylvania 17 days to hit the same mark back in 2012.

Here’s Friday’s top five, based on studio estimates:

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Martian $10,750,000 $82.46
2.  Hotel Transylvania 2 $5,300,000 $101.8
3.  Pan $5,205,000 $5.2
4.  The Intern $2,665,000 $43.5
5.  Sicario $2,260,000 $21.6



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