'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 Fri, Dec. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$10,167,90612%3,335-205$3,049$229,689,3826Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,005,121-5%3,9280$2,547$170,474,6673Warner Bros. / New Line
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,143,451-3%3,5070$2,037$70,660,4692Paramount
4American Hustle$6,380,6490%2,5070$2,545$46,831,0023Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,256,930-6%2,537--$2,466$22,048,4891Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$4,720,6891%2,1100$2,237$28,543,3063Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,535,301-5%2,909--$1,559$17,130,2611Fox
847 Ronin$3,470,155-5%2,689--$1,291$14,172,3751Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,433,03313%2,315-634$1,483$384,356,8766Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,525,88113%1,788-406$1,413$38,844,9573Lionsgate
11Walking With Dinosaurs$2,524,79218%3,24312$779$16,193,0982Fox
12Grudge Match$2,392,50911%2,838--$843$8,510,7311Warner Bros.
13Justin Bieber's Believe$790,022-22%1,037--$762$3,052,5221Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$800,2566%975971$821$3,109,7245Weinstein Company
2Philomena$558,71718%727-11$769$15,236,1406Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$384,2484%16113$2,387$3,754,9634CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$338,407-7%220-19$1,538$6,088,0392Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$227,12119%250-60$908$5,200,9267Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$209,19624%319-797$656$201,936,7338Disney
7The Book Thief$204,21916%481-199$425$17,474,7118Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$170,81231%303-10$564$116,263,12514Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$160,83816%175-127$919$254,246,24213Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$117,56014%154-147$763$37,543,54411Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$91,90922%24962$369$60,991,9359Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$83,41842%221-112$377$62,523,1799CBS Films
13Dallas Buyers Club$82,17811%124-206$663$15,533,9749Focus
14The Best Man Holiday$79,19547%120-231$660$70,112,4657Universal
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,74123%257-21$291$101,103,85210Paramount
16Free Birds$73,50443%24359$302$54,281,5269Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$44,75310%111-61$403$104,472,67712Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$43,72528%165-32$265$367,651,38526Universal
19Delivery Man$40,26032%136-527$296$29,567,8556Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$20,80421%107-31$194$24,908,88511Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$13,35211%102-626$131$11,094,1034Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$194,04916%4741$4,129$1,086,3702Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,254--5--$11,451$57,2541Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$26,8213%2--$13,411$89,7881Universal
4All Is Lost$21,78646%67-16$325$5,904,73611Roadside Attractions
5Homefront$19,29017%75-600$257$20,052,7385Open Road
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,3762%53-32$158$68,453,10321Fox
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,6488%34-9$225$116,154,60320Weinstein Company
8Enough Said$7,237-10%27-15$268$17,437,94415Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$4,12515%24-39$172$6,993,0375Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,64184%210$78$2,185,9025FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,234-34%31-1$40$24,465,48814Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,132-6%290$39$36,907,34416Relativity Media