Martian Slays “Pan” At Weekend Box-Office

Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” continued dominating the weekend box-office, holding off new competition in the form of the big budget fantasy “Pan” and the wider opening of “The Walk”.

‘Martian’ retained its top spot with $37 million, a quite small drop-off of just 32%. Its domestic total stands at $109 million, and global at $227.7 million so far after just two weekends of release.

Both the wide new releases tanked hard in release. Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel came in even below low expectations, pulling in a woeful $15.5 million in third place – a disastrous opening for a film budgeted at $150 million. It even got beaten by Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” with $20.3 million in second place, despite that film having been opened for several weeks now.

Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” expanded to wide to $3.7 million and seventh-place, the lowest nationwide start on record for the filmmaker and the seventh-worst wide release opening of all time. Overseas it’s not going much better with the film garnering just $13.5 million in total.

In limited release, audiences embraced Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs”. The film opened on four screens to a $130,236 per screen average – the biggest of the year so far and the fourth highest of all time – behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “American Sniper” and “Moonrise Kingdom”.

“The Intern” and “Sicario” continued to hold well with a further $8.5 million and $7.2 million respectively.