With another big budget film in 2015 underperforming at the box office, the doors were opened for Ridley Scott to repeat.
Coming in first place once again is The Martian, which made $37 million in its second weekend. That's a very soft 31.9 percent drop from the impressive opening it had last week, indicating this film will hold well throughout the season. As the positive reviews and word-of-mouth continue to spread, it isn't surprising The Martian continues to attract a large audience. Plus, it's being tossed around in early Oscar discussions, and that can only help its appeal. The film has made $108.7 million domestically to this point, surpassing its production budget with just U.S. ticket sales.
Coming in second is Hotel Transylvania 2 with $20.3 million. The animated sequel is now up to $116.8 million Stateside and should be able to find success during the remainder of the month with Halloween right around the corner.
Pan (read our review) debuted with a very low $15.5 million, which was below even the most cynical expectations going into the weekend. The film did not receive many glowing reviews, but Warner Bros. was hoping that familiarity with the famous source material and an intriguing cast that included the likes of Hugh Jackman would be able to make the film post respectable numbers. However, Pan was failing to generate buzz from the get-go and never really had the attention of mainstream viewers. In addition, with Hotel Transylvania 2 playing, the coveted family demographic was covered already.
It's unlikely that Pan will be able to turn things around and become a late bloomer at the box office. This will go down as the latest of 2015's big failures. Whenever a movie can't strike gold domestically, the hope is that it can make up ground internationally, but that doesn't seem to be the case in this instance. Pan's global total is just $40.6 million, meaning it has a long way to go to cover the $150 million production budget (not including marketing costs). WB will be taking a loss on this one.
At #4 is The Intern, which brought in $8.6 million in its third weekend. The comedy has now made $49.5 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Sicario with $7.3 million. The crime drama is up to $26.7 million Stateside, inching closer to covering the $30 million budget.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is #6 this week. The young adult adaptation made $5.2 million to raise its domestic total to $70.6 million.
In what could be a surprise, The Walk (read our review) settled for a seventh place finish the weekend it expanded nationwide. The film had a lot going for it heading into theaters. Director Robert Zemeckis is a fan-favorite with many hits to his name, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a charming and likable leading man, it was getting positive reviews, and the 3D element seemed to be a big selling point in making The Walk feel like a must-see cinematic experience.
For whatever reason, the movie just didn't connect with audiences. The Man on Wire documentary may have limited the appeal of seeing Philippe Petit's story being told in a narrative film format. Whatever the case, Sony has to be disappointed with this turnout. The Walk made only $3.6 million at 2,509 theaters and raised its domestic total to $6.3 million. Fortunately, the production budget is listed at a mere $35 million, so there's a chance it turns a minor profit.
Crime drama Black Mass comes in at #8 with $3.1 million. The Whitey Bulger biopic is up to $57.5 million domestically.
Everest is eighth after grossing $3 million. The survival thriller has now brought in $38.2 million in the States.
Finishing off the top ten is The Visit with $2.4 million. The latest film from M. Night Shyamalan has now made $61 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 12 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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