The Martian stays on top at the box office, while Pan flops
20th Century Fox’s The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, remained on top of the box office in its second weekend with $37 million, a drop of just 31.9% from its opening weekend. The adaptation of the best-selling book by Andy Weir has already earned $108.7 million domestically. Internationally, the sci-fi film added $56.8 million for an overseas total of $117.8 million and worldwide sum of $226.5 million. It was made for about $108 million.
Also remaining in its second place was Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2, which dipped just 39% in sales and added $20.3 million domestically. The Genndy Tartakovsky-directed sequel has earned $116.8 million after three weeks.
Director Joe Wright’s Pan, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller, opened in 3,515 theaters domestically but failed to bring in moviegoers. The big-budget Warner Bros. release, estimated to have cost $150 million, earned just $15.5 million in third place for an average of $4,418 per theater.
Fourth place belonged to Warner Bros.’ The Intern, which grossed $8.7 million in its third weekend to bring its total to $49.8 million so far. Directed by Nancy Meyers, the dramedy stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo.
Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, the action film earned $7.4 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $26.7 million. The movie carried a budget of about $30 million.
Dropping a spot to sixth place, Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials added $5.3 million and has earned $70.6 million domestically so far.
Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit, expanded into 2,509 theaters but didn’t do much better than its large format-only release last week. The TriStar Pictures release brought in just $3.7 million for an average of $1,455 per theater. The $35-million budgeted film has grossed only $6.4 million after two weeks.
One more thing… Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs earned an impressive $521,000 from just four North American theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That’s an average of $130,236 per theater and makes it the highest-grossing limited release of 2015. Directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin, the $30-million film will expand into 60 theaters on October 16 and goes nationwide on October 23. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.