Fox reports that The Martian easily retained first place to begin its second weekend with $10.75 million on Friday, down just 41 percent from opening day last week. That gives the strongly received adaptation of Andy Weir's novel from director Ridley Scott an eight-day domestic haul of $82.46 million, putting it 7 percent ahead of the pace of Interstellar and 10 percent behind Gravity. BoxOffice is projecting an excellent sophomore frame of $36.8 million for the Matt Damon-led film.
Repeating in second place this weekend will be Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 as it eased just 29 percent from last Friday to $5.3 million yesterday. In the process, the hit animated sequel crossed the $100 million domestic barrier and now stands with $101.8 million earned stateside through 15 days of play -- 14 percent ahead of where its predecessor stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $23 million third weekend.
Debuting in third place on Friday and for the weekend is Warner Bros.' Pan. Peter's origin story landed a modest $5.2 million opening day (including Thursday night's $650,000), falling 32 percent short of Jack the Giant Slayer's $7.69 million opening Friday in March 2013. The latter film was also considerably less front-loaded after its $400,000 Thursday night previews, leading us to believe Pan may not hold up nearly as well over the weekend despite the potential for family business. Early word of mouth is struggling as well with a "B+" CinemaScore, a 21 percent critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, and a low-for-its-genre 51 percent Flixster user rating as of this morning. The studio will be looking to international performances to help the film out in the long run. BoxOffice projects a $16.2 million opening weekend in North America.
The Intern fell just 26 percent from last Friday to $2.665 million yesterday in fourth place. That gives Nancy Meyers' latest hit dramedy a 15-day tally of $43.6 million. BoxOffice projects a healthy $8.7 million third frame.
Sicario claimed fifth place yesterday with $2.26 million, down 47 percent from last Friday's first day in wide expansion. With $21.6 million in the bank so far, the well-received film is eyeing a $7.2 million weekend.
Meanwhile, The Walk expanded nationwide following nine days of IMAX release. Unfortunately, the results didn't improve much as the pic earned $1.15 million yesterday. That gives it a $3.86 million domestic total so far, and the studio is projecting a $3.7 million weekend. The film's financial performance stateside is in stark contrast to its actual reception though with Robert Zemeckis' love letter to 1970s New York and Paris earning an "A+" CinemaScore from audiences under 25, an "A-" overall, a strong 86 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes critics, and a very encouraging 85 percent audience score on Flixster. Sony reports the film's production budget was $35 million.
Last but certainly not least, Universal debuted Steve Jobs in four New York/Los Angeles theaters yesterday to a resounding $175,000 -- giving it a robust $43,750 per-location average. That bests the $135,602 opening day of Birdman last October (also in four locations), while far surpassing director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours and its first day of $77,262 (in four locations). Strong buzz and reviews are building the biopic's momentum as its wide expansion in two weeks draws near. Universal is projecting a fantastic $530,000 take for this weekend as a whole.
|#||Title||Tue, Feb. 25 1997||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||Absolute Power||$657,679||6%||2,568||0||$256||$29,981,394||2||Sony / Columbia|
|2||Fools Rush In||$353,617||16%||1,701||27||$208||$17,214,392||2||Sony / Columbia|
|3||Jerry Maguire||$251,047||31%||1,506||-224||$167||$132,098,790||11||Sony / TriStar|