Matt Damon’s space epic, The Martian, made easy work of the little competiton it had at the weekend box office to easily stay in the driver’s seat for the second week in a row.
With only two new entries into this week’s top ten and its only projected test coming from the Warner Bros. big budget take on the tale of Peter Pan that turned out to be a flop, The Martian had a relatively uncontested road to reclaiming the box office throne.
The Martian’s $37 million take this week pretty much assured it will cross the coveted $100 million threshold sometime in the coming week. Hotel Transylvania 2 held steady at number two with an additional $20.3 million earned. Led by Hugh Jackman, Pan opened to a disappointing $15.5 million, virtually guaranteeing that Warner Bros. won’t make back the $150 million spent to make the film. Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway’s comedy The Intern held steady at number four this week with $8.6 million. And rounding out the top five is Benicio Del Toro’s action, drama, Sicario, which brought in an additional $7.3 million.
Also of note, the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic opened in a limited release of just four theaters but managed to have one of the best limited openings on record taking in over half a million dollars. All indicators point to it dethroning The Martian for the top spot at next weekend’s box office.
For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:
1. The Martian – $37M
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $20.3M
3. Pan – $15.5M
4. The Intern – $8.6M
5. Sicario – $7.3M
6. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $5.2M
7. The Walk – $3.6M
8. Black Mass – $3.1M
9. Everest – $3.0M
10. The Visit – $2.4M