Weekend Box Office:’The Martian’ Tops, ‘Pan’ Flops

Box Office Oct. 11

Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit, also finds itself in a tough balancing act on Columbus Day weekend.

Joe Wright‘s big-budget Pan, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller, was all wrong in the Warner Bros.’ defense. The fantasy produced no Neverland magic at the box office and earned estimated $15.5 million in its opening weekend. That’s shockingly low when you consider the PG-rated epic was budgeted at around $150 million.

Instead, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, won the weekend race with $37 million in its second weekend, a drop of just 31.9% from its opening weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania sequel also remained in its second place with $20.3 million domestically, bumping its total to $116.8 million.

Fourth place belonged to Warner Bros.’ workplace comedy The Intern, which grossed $8.7 million in its third weekend to bring its total to $49.8 million so far and the border thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, brought in $7.4 million, rounding out the top five.

Elsewhere, the Steve Jobs biopic earned an estimated $521,000, or $130,250 per screen — the best showing of 2015 to date and the biggest since American Sniper ($158,354).

Check out this Rentrak top-ten list:

Box Office Oct. 11

Well,that’s all for now folks. Join me next time for a crowded frame, as Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak squares off against Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and Sony’s family-oriented Goosebumps.