'The Martian' and 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Both Zoom Past the $100M Mark After Respective $37.0M and $20.4M Takes; 'Pan' Soft with $15.3M DebutOctober 12, 2015 12:52 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian took in $37.01 million this weekend to lead the box office for a second consecutive frame. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon held up nicely this weekend, as it was down just 32 percent from last weekend. In comparison, 2013's Gravity declined 23 percent in its second weekend to gross $43.19 million, while last year's Interstellar fell 40 percent to gross $28.31 million. The Martian surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has grossed an excellent $108.72 million in ten days. The film is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $96.93 million Interstellar had grossed after ten days of wide release and 11 percent behind the $122.32 million ten-day take of Gravity. Thanks in part to strong word of mouth and strong critical reviews The Martian is likely to continue to hold up well throughout the month of October.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 held steady in second place this weekend with $20.42 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation continued to hold up well, as it declined 38.5 percent from last weekend. Like The Martian, Hotel Transylvania 2 also surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend. With a strong 17-day take of $116.94 million, Hotel Transylvania 2 is running an impressive 14.5 percent ahead of the $102.13 million 17-day gross of 2012's Hotel Transylvania (which fell 36 percent in its third weekend to gross $17.24 million). Hotel Transylvania 2 will face added competition for family audiences next weekend when fellow Sony release Goosebumps enters the marketplace.

Pan was off to a soft third place start with $15.32 million. Warner's pricey 3D adventure fantasy starring Hugh Jackman opened below its already held in check expectations and performed poorly with its expensive price tag in mind. Potential for the Peter Pan origin story was always modest to begin with and the film's delay from the summer to the fall and poor critical reviews didn't help matters either. Pan opened a disappointing 44 percent below the $27.32 million start of 2011's Real Steel, which was also released over Columbus Day weekend.

Pan started out with $5.18 million on Friday (which included an estimated $650,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 15.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 31 percent on Sunday to gross $4.14 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.95 to 1. The audience breakdown for Pan skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (52 percent). Pan received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. While that suggests that the film is going over better with audiences than it has with critics, it should also be noted that the film's current audience score on Flixster stands at a lackluster 54 percent. Pan could take a direct hit next weekend from the mentioned arrival of Goosebumps this coming Friday.

Fellow Warner Bros. release The Intern followed in fourth place with $8.68 million. The Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway held up especially well this weekend, as it was down a slim 26 percent. Strong word of mouth, the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers and the relative lack of comedies in the current marketplace are all helping boost holding power for the film. The Intern has grossed $49.59 million in 17 days, which places the film 7 percent ahead of the $46.53 million 17-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.58 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin was down 38 percent from last weekend. While that represented a solid weekend hold, it also suggests that the film isn't going over quite as well with audiences as it has with critics. Sicario has grossed a solid $26.94 million through 24 days of release (with the film's first two weeks having been in platform release).

Meanwhile, Sony's The Walk continued to under-perform in a big way with a seventh place take of just $3.72 million in its first weekend of wide release. The critically acclaimed 3D Robert Zemeckis directed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt only managed a per-location average of $1,482 for the frame and that was with the aid of higher priced IMAX admissions. The twelve-day total for The Walk stands at $6.43 million. Despite strong critical reviews, The Walk hasn't been able to catch on with moviegoers due in part to very tough competition and not having the most mainstream friendly concept to begin with. The Walk received an excellent A+ rating on CinemaScore, but strong word of mouth likely won't help much in this case given the film's poor performance thus far.

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Universal's Steve Jobs was off to a terrific start in platform release with $521,522 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Danny Boyle directed drama starring Michael Fassbender a massive per-location average of $130,381 for the frame, which easily represented the strongest platform per-location average of 2015 thus far. Strong critical reviews and the legacy of Steve Jobs have helped to build up anticipation for the film and the film's strong platform launch is likely to build further momentum for the film going forward. Steve Jobs will be playing in an estimated 60 locations next weekend and will expand into wide release on October 23rd.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers (2010)$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
19Deep Sea 3D$21,9118%30$7,304$43,520,756229Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
22Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
23South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
26Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
27The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
28Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
29The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
30God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
31Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
32To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
33Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
34Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
35Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
36Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
37Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
38Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
39[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
41Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
42The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
43Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
44Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
46Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
47The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
48Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
49La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
50Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
51Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
52Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
53Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
54The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
55Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
56The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
57Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
58Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
59U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
60Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
61The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
62The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
63Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
648: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
65Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
66OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
67John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
68Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
69A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
70Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
71Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand