Last weekend's box office winner The Martian only had one new release to face in its second weekend, going up against Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure Pan, with The Walk also expanding nationwide after debuting exclusively in IMAX theaters last weekend. The Martian earned an impressive $37 million to repeat in the top spot, after it only dropped 31.9% from its massive $55 million opening weekend, with an impressive $9,600 per-screen average. The Martian has now earned $108.7 million in just two weeks, from a $108 million budget.
The Martian was widely beloved by critics, earning a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, opening in 3,831 theaters for an impressive $14,357 per-screen average. Last weekend, The Martian fell just $700,000 short of Gravity's October box office record, but it is still an impressive showing nonetheless. Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 continues to have impressive showings, dropping just 38.8%, taking in $20.3 million in its third week in theaters. The animated sequel has taken in $116.8 million throughout its theatrical run.
Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama has been winning over critics ever since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, with some even calling it the best movie of the year, so far, following the quest to save an astronaut stranded on Mars. We still have a long way to go until the awards season races truly start to heat up, but The Martian has emerged as one of the top front runners. With an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels, The Martian has a shot to continue the tradition of outer space movies that are both financial and critical hits, including Gravity and Interstellar, which opened in the same frame the past two years.
Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure Pan debuted in third place, taking in $15.5 million in its opening weekend. While Pan, from director Joe Wright, does feature an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Cara Delevingne and newcomer Levi Miller, critics haven't exactly been warming up to this Peter Pan adventure. Earlier this week, Pan had a less than stellar score of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, but now it sits at a paltry 23%. Pan scored a middling $4,418 per-screen average from 3,515 theaters, but it seems quite unlikely that it will be able to recoup its massive $150 million budget. The poor box office performance is just the latest that illustrates Warner Bros.' lackluster year, after high-profile misfires such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($45.2 million) and Entourage ($32.3 million). Warner Bros. The Intern remained in fourth place with $8.6 million, with Sicario dropping to fifth place with $7.3 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($5.2 million, $70.6 million domestic), The Walk ($3.6 million, $6.3 million domestic), Black Mass ($3.1 million, $57.5 million domestic), Everest ($3 million, $38.2 million domestic) and The Visit ($2.4 million, $61 million). While it didn't crack the top 10, another new release, Ladrones, opened in 13th place with $1.3 million. The film only debuted in 375 theaters, for a decent $3,560 per-screen average. It isn't known if there are any plans for Ladrones to expand in the weeks to come.
Debuting in limited release this weekend is the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs, which had one of the most impressive platform openings of the year. The biopic pulled in a massive $521,000 from just four theaters, for an astounding $130,250 per-screen average. The drama starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg, is set backstage before three of Apple's massive product launches, the Mac computer, Apple Next, and the original iPad. The film has already been receiving critical raves after debuting at the Telluride Film Festival last month, and playing at the New York Film Festival last week. Steve Jobs will expand nationwide on October 23. Also opening in limited release is Picturehouse's Big Stone Gap, starring Patrick Wilson and Ashley Judd, Vertical Entertainment's The Final Girls starring Nina Dobrev and Taissa Farmiga and foreign films Victoria and Xenia, but we couldn't find any box office data for those films.
Looking ahead to next weekend, there will be three movies aimed at vastly different genres that will be vying for box office supremacy. Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will cater to those seeking a historical adult drama, while Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak will attract the adult horror crowd and Goosebumps will bring in a much more family-friendly audience. We don't have any specific numbers for any of these movies' theater counts yet, but this unique trio of movies should provide a very interesting race at the box office. Opening in limited release next weekend are the critically-acclaimed indie dramas Room, Truth and Woodlawn, along with The Assassin, Cut Snake and All Things Must Pass. Check out this weekend's box office estimates, and check back on Tuesday for next week's predictions.
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