Box Office: ‘Pan’ Bombs With Disastrous $15.5 Million Opening
Joe Wright’s Pan cost $150 million to make, which is why the total from this weekend’s box office has really gotta sting.
Pan opened to a disastrous $15.5 million opening, landing at No. 3. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and newcomer Levi Miller, adds to the list of high-profile misses for Warner Bros. this year, with Jupiter Ascending and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. also posting losses for the studio. Originally scheduled to hit theaters in July, Warner Bros. pushed the movie back to the fall, citing the need for reshoots. So the writing was basically on the wall with this one, from both a critical and commercial standpoint. If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that Pan at least didn’t have to bomb alone…
It turns out Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new movie, The Walk, also underwhelmed in its nationwide expansion this weekend, earning only $3.7 million to finish at No. 7. Naturally, the poor showing for The Walk is cushioned somewhat by the fact that it only cost $35 million to make, so Sony isn’t losing as much as Warner Bros. is losing on Pan. But it’s still rough for the studio, since The Walk has only made a paltry $13.5 million so far. Directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, the movie is a dramatization of the 1974 hire-wire walk made by Philippe Petit, who illegally set up two wires between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and not only survived the demonstration, he put on a show while he was up there! The popular, Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire makes this movie a bit redundant, but critics seem to be enjoying it, even if audiences are having a hard time getting through the movie without throwing up.
But onto the big success stories, as The Martian continues to rule the Earth. The movie, starring Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara and Sean Bean held onto the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office with $37 million, declining only 32 percent in week two. Its domestic total is sitting pretty at $108.7 million, while its foreign total has reached an impressive $119 million, thanks in large part to its incredible $12.1 million opening in South Korea, which is the largest of all-time for Fox in that country. To date, The Martian has earned a worldwide gross of $227.7 million.
Hotel Translyvania 2 also continues to impress, earning $20.3 million to bring its three-week domestic total to $116.8 million. If it continues the trend next weekend, it will have been the No. 1 family film for the entire month. Of course, it’s not exactly surprising that an animated sequel managed to be a hit, but it is somewhat surprising that it didn’t suffer from competition due to the family-themed release of Pan. Ultimately, Hotel Transylvania 2 has continued to grow, particularly overseas, where it raked in $22.7 to bring its foreign total to $90.9 million and its global total to $207.7 million.
But how did the rest of the films do at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 10/12/2015:
1. The Martian ($37 million)
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($20.3 million)
3. Pan ($15.5 million)
4. The Intern ($8.7 million)
5. Sicario ($7.4 million)
6. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($5.3 million)
7. The Walk ($3.7 million)
8. Black Mass ($3.1 million)
9. Everest ($3 million)
10. The Visit ($2.4 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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