Box office preview: 'The Martian' to best newcomer 'Pan,' 'The Walk'
After its stellar $54.3 million debut last weekend, The Martian is poised to spend its second-straight weekend at the top of the box office.
Although The Martian wasn’t able to break Gravity’s October box office record, it still surpassed expectations, and so far, it’s made more than $113 million worldwide. It shouldn’t face too much competition this weekend from newcomer Pan and The Walk, which expands after an exclusive IMAX debut last week. Pan is only eyeing a debut of about $20 million, and The Walk isn’t expected to break the top five.
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Here’s how this weekend’s box office race might play out:
1. The Martian — $32.6 million
With rave reviews and an A-grade CinemaScore, The Martian is practically guaranteed another weekend at No. 1, and its domestic total through Tuesday is now at $64.2 million. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, The Martian is expected to perform similarly to last year’s Interstellar, which fell about 40 percent in its second weekend.
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 — $21.6 million
After setting a new record for the largest September opening of all time, Hotel Transylvania 2 has scared up a domestic total of almost $94 million. The sequel has been performing similarly to the original, which opened the same weekend in 2012, and if that pattern continues, Hotel Transylvania 2, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, should fall about 35 percent.
3. Pan — $20 million
Director Joe Wright’s live-action retelling of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan is currently expected to debut around $20 million. While $20 million can be a solid debut, it’s not a great start for a movie that cost Warner Bros. $150 million to make. Pan, which was pushed back from its original July 17 release date, stars newcomer Levi Miller in the title role, with Hugh Jackman playing the dastardly pirate Blackbeard and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. Pan is facing some tough family-friendly competition from Hotel Transylvania 2 and next week’s Goosebumps, and the critical reception hasn’t been great, with only a 31 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, Pan could see a boost from international theaters, as it opens this weekend in 52 territories, and it’ll open in China on Oct. 22.
4. Sicario — $7.9 million
After opening Sept. 18 in only six theaters, Sicario went wide last weekend, bringing in $12.1 million for a domestic total of $17.5 million. Denis Villeneuve’s drug-war drama is expected to drop about 35 percent this weekend, which should put it just shy of $8 million.
5. The Intern — $7.6 million
Nancy Meyers’ first feature since 2009 has already made almost $39 million since opening Oct. 6, and The Intern, which stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, is also eyeing a 35 percent drop in its third weekend.
Outside of the top five, The Walk is expanding from 448 IMAX and premium large-format theaters to more than 2,500 theaters. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk fell short of expectations last weekend, earning only $1.6 million for the weekend. This weekend, it’s expected to bring in $5 to $6 million.
In limited release, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, is set to open in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.