'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,620,310-10%3,881--$1,190$68,423,3061Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$3,409,530-15%4,3180$790$217,724,3142Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,246,040-16%3,30347$680$170,419,8153Universal
5Magic Mike$1,349,196-8%3,090-30$437$97,675,0273Warner Bros.
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$622,350-9%2,7322$228$21,464,2122Paramount
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$545,269-7%2,285-576$239$206,275,2556Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$531,005-7%2,004-157$265$58,036,5483Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$370,260-15%92440$401$34,256,4888Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$172,561-11%747-378$231$614,438,01411Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$115,090-11%677-475$170$152,161,9107Universal
4People Like Us$110,154-1%961-1094$115$11,649,6403Disney / DreamWorks
5Men in Black 3$95,038-5%497-382$191$175,216,4638Sony / Columbia
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$90,048-7%342-17$263$43,435,98011Fox Searchlight
8Shut Up and Play the Hits$85,192-75%161--$529$430,1920Oscilloscope
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$78,283-18%655-1002$120$36,301,0214Fox
10The Hunger Games$45,131-1%212-16$213$405,045,47417Lionsgate
11Dark Shadows$34,709-3%239-64$145$77,411,16010Warner Bros.
12Safety Not Guaranteed$33,400-17%18273$184$2,783,5296FilmDistrict
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$32,76011%168-7$195$213,863,50020Universal
15Rock of Ages$27,044-16%255-446$106$37,683,4905Warner Bros. / New Line
16What to Expect When You're Expecting$26,465-5%221-15$120$40,840,7339Lionsgate
17The Dictator$15,013-10%161-25$93$59,569,2729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$88,737-13%8162$1,096$2,091,6993Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$64,089-10%520$1,232$5,781,29013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$52,03610%8323$627$6,759,1558Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,525-10%330$470$20,018,81967Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$13,531-16%72-4$188$44,106,86714Fox
6Mirror Mirror$12,02214%91-28$132$64,800,69216Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$9,436-16%423$225$5,535,3017ARC Entertainment
8The Lucky One (2012)$3,7898%41-31$92$60,457,13813Warner Bros.
9The Obama Effect$2,392-17%25--$96$96,8391ARC Entertainment
10Easy Money (2012)$2,3543%21$1,177$37,3861Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,008-10%18--$112$217,7677GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,82125%23-15$79$18,119,6408Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$61268%9-2$68$1,832,5419Branded/Peck Films