A great hold this week for The Martian, which fell a scant 37 percent to earn another 37 million- its domestic total is already at 108 million, with reaching 200 million a strong and likely possibility. Meanwhile, the 150 million dollar WB movie Pan was a total flop, bringing in just 15 million, below even the soft expectations of 20 million. The movie was also panned by critics (couldn't resist, sorry) , sitting at 23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which means this one joins Tomorrowland and Fantastic Four as one of the biggest bombs of the year. Looks like no one is interested in a live action Peter Pan story, no matter what you do with it.
Hotel Transylvania 2 held onto the family crowd with second place and 20 million, while the Robert Zemeckis film The Walk was a total wipeout, making just 3.7 million after its pathetic IMAX start last week. It didn't even make the top five. I guess another topic no one's interested in is a guy walking on a wire (although I do recommend the amazing documentary about the story from 2008, Man on Wire) . The Intern and Sicario rounded out the top five, with The Intern especially holding well to become a kind of sleeper hit, nearly crossing 50 million so far.
- The Martian- 37 million
- Hotel Transylvania 2- 20.3 million
- Pan- 15.5 million
- The Intern- 8.7 million
- Sicario- 7.4 million
In limited release, the big news was the smashing start of Steve Jobs, which opened on 4 screens to a stunning 590k, a 133k per screen average, easily the best PTA of the year, but also the 15th best of all time- wow. It'll be interesting, as always, to see how it expands (it's set to go wide on the 23rd), but it looks very promising so far for the sure to be heavy Oscar contender. Next week we have the wide release of the new Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies, along with the Guillermo del Toro ghost story Crimson Peak, and the limited openings of Cate Blanchett's Truth and Brie Larson's potential Oscar player Room. See you all then!