Weekend box office: Pan can’t compete with The Martian

I was confused at how or why a movie like PAN could get made, especially with a $150 million budget.  The story has been beat into the ground and there didn’t seem like there was much interest in revisiting the Pan world.  It turns out I was right because the movie really struggled at the weekend box office, not even able to take in $20 million.  That’s a sad number given the budget, the A-list cast and proven director.  THE WALK is proving once again that slowly releasing your movie in markets across the country only confuses audiences and frustrates everyone that doesn’t live in NYC or LA.  But during awards season, it seems there’s no getting around it.  Speaking of slow releases, STEVE JOBS debuted this weekend and had a great per screen average.  Whether or not that remains once the film hits wide release remains to be seen.

Next week should belong to the scary or pseudo-scary movies.  First we have GOOSEBUMPS, which features Jack Black prominently on the poster, but rarely in the TV spots.  Then we have Guillermo Del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, which looks like another Del Toro gem.  In the non-horror variety, we have Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES with BFF Tom Hanks, which looks great but hasn’t gotten the positive reviews I would have expected.  We also get TRUTH with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.  I’m a little old to be interested in a GOOSEBUMPS movie, but my 11 year-old nephew insists it’s a big deal, so I’m taking his word for it and betting GOOSEBUMPS will grab the top spot at the weekend box office next week.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Martian $36.5m

2. Hotel Transylvania 2 $23m

3. Pan $17.4m

4. The Intern $8.8m

5. Sicario $7.5m

6. Maze Runner: Scorch Trials $5.3m

7. The Walk $3.7m

8. Black Mass $3.1m

9. Everest $3m

10. The Visit $2.5m


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