Warner Bros’ Pan struggled to get off the ground at the US box office this weekend while Fox’s The Martian dropped only 32% from its debut.


Warner Bros’ Pan struggled to get off the ground at the US box office this weekend, opening with an estimated gross of just $15.5m. Fox’s The Martian stayed top of the chart, dropping only 32% from its debut.

Family fantasy Pan, a Neverland-set Peter Pan origin story with a reported $150m budget, performed below even modest pre-release expectations with its $15.5m from 3,515 screens. The pulling power of Hugh Jackman, who stars for director Joe Wright, apparently failed to counteract mostly negative reviews.

The Martian, meanwhile, showed considerable staying power, taking an estimated $37m in its second weekend from 3,854 screens, for a domestic total to date of $108.7m.

At number four on the chart, Warner’s The Intern was down only 26% in its third weekend, grossing an estimated $8.7m from 3,224 screens, for a total so far of $49.6m.

TriStar’s The Walk, director Robert Zemeckis’ drama about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, went wide this weekend and entered the top ten at number seven with an estimated $3.6m from 2,509 screens, for a tally to date of $15.5m.

Outside the top ten, Universal’s biographical dramaSteve Jobs - directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, with Michael Fassbender in the title role - opened in New York and Los Angeles and took an estimated $521,000 from four screens. The per screen average of $130,236 is, according to Universal, the highest recorded this year.

Next weekend’s wide releases are: Buena Vista thriller Bridge of Spies, with Steven Spielberg directing Tom Hanks; Universal chiller Crimson Peak, from director Guillermo del Toro; Columbia’s horror comedy Goosebumps, with Jack Black; and Pure Flix drama Woodlawn.

Estimated top 10 North America Oct 9-11, 2015
Film (Dist) / Estwkd gross / Esttotal to date

1 (1) The Martian (Fox) Fox International $37m $108.7m

2 (2) Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony) Sony Pictures Releasing International $20.3m $116.8m

3 (-) Pan (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $15.5m -

4 (4) The Intern (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $8.7m $49.6m

5 (3) Sicario (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $7.4m $26.7m

6 (5) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Fox) Fox International $5.2m $70.6m

7 (N/A) The Walk (TriStar) SPRI $3.6m $6.4m

8 (6) Black Mass (Warner Bros) Bloom $3.1m $57.6m

9 (7) Everest (Universal) Universal Pictures International $3m $38.2m

10 (8) The Visit (Universal) Universal Pictures International $2.4m $61m