'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, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Identity Thief$14,017,085-41%3,22257$4,350$93,619,6153Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,167,607--2,511--$5,244$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$10,682,037-33%3,35365$3,186$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,454,713-51%3,2230$3,244$47,916,3562Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,633-59%3,5552$2,860$51,967,8972Fox
6Dark Skies$8,189,166--2,313--$3,540$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$5,750,866-8%2,012-190$2,858$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,825,388-46%2,644-253$1,825$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,608,333-52%2,9500$1,223$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$3,357,039-46%2,070-535$1,622$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,230,084-26%1,197-330$1,863$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,684,532-52%1,425-678$1,182$52,945,0865Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Argo$1,827,165-16%802-101$2,278$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,605,3662%572-75$2,807$113,525,12614Fox
3Lincoln$1,481,081-9%875-132$1,693$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,125,886-14%35623$3,163$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$971,655-36%659-358$1,474$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Amour$716,1862%32822$2,183$5,147,24210Sony Pictures Classics
7Wreck-It Ralph$645,870-19%402-104$1,607$186,676,41117Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$634,825-26%462-214$1,374$146,696,6909Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$550,483-44%388-217$1,419$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kai Po Che$522,765--110--$4,752$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
11Bless Me, Ultima$470,109--263--$1,787$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
12Rise of The Guardians$370,176-12%305-33$1,214$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$296,950-39%381-222$779$75,772,7339Fox
14The Impossible$289,277-40%273-149$1,060$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$263,830-29%246-20$1,072$1,920,8094ShortsHD
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$212,790-26%223-31$954$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$202,016-32%302-38$669$39,863,7207Open Road
18Skyfall$143,543-46%184-78$780$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
19Gangster Squad$140,156-31%202-8$694$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$137,528166%18698$739$36,961,59210Paramount
22Jack Reacher$70,418-45%100-75$704$79,465,89010Paramount
23The Last Stand$55,665115%11460$488$12,026,6706Lionsgate
24Bullet to the Head$39,071-84%105-365$372$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beasts of the Southern Wild$213,57541%73-119$2,926$12,572,08535Fox Searchlight
2The Gatekeepers$133,740196%1915$7,039$380,5804Sony Pictures Classics
3No (2013)$69,752-3%62$11,625$182,0342Sony Pictures Classics
4Hyde Park on Hudson$63,407-38%65-21$975$6,126,49212Focus
5Hubble 3D$58,389-24%254$2,336$36,537,671154Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$56,687-29%520$1,090$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
756 Up$55,669-20%325$1,740$464,6178First Run Features
8Broken City$49,534-41%98-35$505$19,583,5526Fox
9This is 40$47,970-52%96-71$500$67,523,38510Universal
10A Royal Affair$36,732-48%25-9$1,469$1,331,19316Magnolia Pictures
11Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$36,72241%169$2,295$107,4735Music Box Films
12Stand Up Guys$35,488-67%41-78$866$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
13The Master$34,08325%20-2$1,704$16,340,14624Weinstein Company
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$33,966-55%45-54$755$33,316,49310Disney
15Searching For Sugar Man$32,58340%3011$1,086$3,322,28931Sony Pictures Classics
16Born to Be Wild 3D$27,212-41%300$907$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Like Someone in Love$22,0041%96$2,445$56,1382IFC Films
18Koch$20,992-44%9-2$2,332$168,0384Zeitgeist Films
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,962-65%44-52$476$34,334,2568Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$20,325-22%30-3$678$1,980,99414Sony Pictures Classics
21Lore$20,263-47%80$2,533$124,7643Music Box Films
22John Dies at the End$20,20287%177$1,188$87,7445Magnolia / Magnet
23My Worst Nightmare$20,092--1--$20,092$21,45619Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$19,00665%42$4,752$87,249,009567IMAX
25Anna Karenina (2012)$16,597-59%28-23$593$12,802,90715Focus
26Sound City$15,924-32%170$937$314,1104Variance Films
27ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$15,392-71%9-13$1,710$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
28Hitchcock$13,82844%162$864$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
29Movie 43$12,163-34%21-14$579$8,799,3745Relativity Media
30West of Memphis$11,02491%124$919$141,9289Sony Pictures Classics
31The Sessions$9,552-21%160$597$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
32The Power of Few$9,35023%53$1,870$17,7012Steelyard Pictures
33Yossi$9,034-41%70$1,291$74,1715Strand Releasing
34Camp (2013)$7,785--1--$7,785$7,7851Freestyle Releasing
35Under the Sea 3D$5,714-54%8-2$714$32,576,151211Warner Bros. / IMAX
36A Late Quartet$5,432-58%7-6$776$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
37Deep Sea 3D$3,975-41%4-3$994$45,431,928365Warner Bros. / IMAX
3911 Flowers$3,516--2--$1,758$3,5161First Run Features
40Race 2$3,273-81%5-6$655$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
41Beware of Mr. Baker$2,445270%1-1$2,445$112,24813SnagFilms
42The Waiting Room$2,301-33%3-1$767$202,95422International Film Circuit
43Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$1,913--3--$638$14,6974First Run Features
44Masquerade (2012)$1,84555%42$461$914,42223CJ Entertainment
455 Broken Cameras$1,829-13%2-4$915$98,04139Kino Lorber
46Inescapable$1,545--2--$773$1,5451IFC Films
47Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$1,092--2--$546$10,34016APD/Cinema Conservancy
48The Sorcerer and the White Snake$977-64%1-3$977$16,3883Magnolia / Magnet
49Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$667-25%10$667$18,4274APD/Cinema Conservancy
50Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$327--1--$327$49,545194The Film Desk
51Breathing$311--1--$311$4,63026Kino Lorber
52Radio Unnameable$228--1--$228$20,34623Kino Lorber