'The Martian' Still #1 with $10.75M on Friday; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Adds $5.3M; 'Pan' ($5.2M) & 'The Walk' ($1.15M) Underwhelm; 'Steve Jobs' Excellent In Platform DebutOctober 10, 2015 03:40 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

1One Direction: This Is Us$17,000,000--2,735--$6,216$17,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,742,000-11%3,330220$4,427$74,007,1063Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,610,000-3%3,4450$3,660$109,561,9184Warner Bros. / New Line
5Elysium$6,300,000-9%2,539-374$2,481$78,403,7294Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,200,000-44%3,1180$1,668$22,654,1842Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$4,759,494-46%1,5532$3,065$16,568,7282Focus
8Getaway$4,505,000--2,130--$2,115$4,505,0001Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,425,000-16%2,393-337$1,849$54,965,0194Fox
10Blue Jasmine$4,020,7381%1,179-104$3,410$20,487,2066Sony Pictures Classics
11You're Next$4,000,000-43%2,4370$1,641$13,339,7082Lionsgate
12Despicable Me 2$2,700,0004%1,280-122$2,109$354,638,7909Universal
132 Guns$2,600,000-23%1,408-433$1,847$69,309,9055Universal
14The Smurfs 2$1,950,000-29%1,366-486$1,428$66,104,2365Sony / Columbia
15Kick-Ass 2$1,900,000-57%1,638-1307$1,160$26,429,0453Universal
16Monsters University$1,476,000277%1,8891646$781$263,478,31411Disney
17World War Z$1,241,000294%1,2471008$995$200,264,83111Paramount
18Jobs$1,221,000-57%1,302-1079$938$14,485,3203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$7,500,000--347--$21,614$7,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$2,543,484--870--$2,924$3,055,3301Focus
3The Grandmaster$2,446,0001744%749742$3,266$2,642,0442Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$1,700,000-32%988-461$1,721$127,808,8826Fox
5The Conjuring$1,350,000-34%903-452$1,495$133,822,9107Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,044,63069%385231$2,713$3,386,9095A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$820,000671%958814$856$228,260,81016Paramount
8Turbo$770,00020%438-32$1,758$79,817,4837Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pacific Rim$740,00084%401141$1,845$100,117,0518Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$700,00072%654352$1,070$19,520,5739Fox Searchlight
11The Heat$630,00016%393-16$1,603$157,255,65710Fox
12Now You See Me$368,0009%239-7$1,540$116,965,84514Lionsgate / Summit
13The Lone Ranger$364,00094%254113$1,433$88,430,9039Disney
14Red 2$342,000-1%261-128$1,310$52,088,0967Lionsgate / Summit
16Fruitvale Station$188,000-32%294-98$639$15,521,1728Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1In a World...$328,70016%9217$3,573$1,192,1704Roadside Attractions
2Austenland$215,31293%5230$4,141$444,6793Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$94,34568%1612$5,897$170,8082Cinedigm
4Fast & Furious 6$88,80069%59-39$1,505$238,660,69015Universal
5Passion$33,757--14--$2,411$33,7571eOne Films US
6Afternoon Delight$28,088--2--$14,044$28,0881The Film Arcade
7Therese (2013)$20,0050%82$2,501$51,3592MPI Pictures
8Our Nixon$5,911--3--$1,970$5,9111Cinedigm