Weekend Wrap-Up

The Martian Blasts Off at the Box Office

By John Hamann

October 4, 2015

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Fourth goes to The Intern, as the Nancy Meyers flick enjoys a second weekend with zero comedy competition, and continue to do so for the next two weekends. Results were very positive for the second straight weekend, as after opening in the last frame to $17.7 million, the Anne Hathaway/Robert De Niro laugher fell only 35% to $11.6 million. Made for $35-40 million, The Intern has now earned $36.5 million domestically and is headed toward $65 million. It has also picked up $12.5 million overseas, so this is going to finish a winner for Warner Bros.

Fifth is Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and it has another tumble in its third weekend. The kid-lit sequel earned $7.7 million this weekend, off a hefty 46% compared to last weekend. This one opened lower than the original, and has since had two big drops since. The good news is that it is lighting it up overseas with a gross to date of $130 million. Domestically, The Scorch Trials has earned $63.2 million against a budget of $61 million.

Black Mass is sixth, and it would seem its B Cinemascore is killing its legs. After dropping 51% last weekend, the Johnny Depp crime thriller saw another steep plunge this time around. It earned $5.9 million and fell 46%. It has now at least matched its $53 million budget with its domestic gross, but is going to shut down with about $65 million stateside, and likely struggle overseas.

Everest got creamed this weekend as The Walk stole its IMAX screens. Odd that two films would take the same release tack within three weekends of each other (or maybe not odd), and now both films are struggling due to this cannibalization. Everest earned only $5.5 million this weekend (compared to $13.2 million last weekend), and thus declined a searing 58%. It appears that the Universal film will be fine, however, as the $55 million film may have $33.2 million stateside, but it already has $75 million overseas.

The Visit is eighth, and spends more time in the top 10 than most horror titles. The M. Night Shyamalan flick earned another $3.9 million this weekend and fell 41%. The $5 million film has now earned $57.7 million stateside and has picked up an additional $14 million overseas.


War Room loses some steam, as it spends its sixth weekend in the top ten. The faith based film earned another $2.8 million and fell 34%. It has picked up $60.5 million since opening.

Tenth is The Perfect Guy, as it quickly lost steam since opening four weekends ago. This time around, it earned $2.4 million and declined 50%. After opening to $25.9 million, it will leave the top ten with only $52.6 million, albeit against a budget of $12 million.

Surprisingly finishing outside of the top ten is The Walk, the new high wire release from Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Despite an Oscar pedigree, and an IMAX release that netted Everest $7.2 million, the same strategy fell apart for The Walk. Out to 448 IMAX theatres, The Walk could only muster $x.xx million. The question is whether audiences didn’t care or if Everest just happened and audiences wanted to see The Martian instead. Regardless, this now has the stench of failure on it, and it will likely struggle when it goes wide next week.

Overall this weekend, the box office remains hot. The top 12 films earned a solid $142.7 million, which is similar to the $139.5 million from last year’s top 12. That weekend was led by Gone Girl and Annabelle, two films that both opened to $37 million. Next weekend brings Pan, the once-delayed, $150 million Hugh Jackman flick from Warner Bros. This one is already in trouble and has yet to open, and could be the lone black mark on the fall season. The Walk expands, as does 99 Homes, the Michael Shannon/Andrew Garfield drama. With these entries unfolding, it could be a great second weekend for The Martian.

Top Ten for Weekend of October 2-4, 2015
Estimated Gross (in millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (in millions)
1 The Martian 20th Century Fox 55.0 New 55.0
2 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony Pictures 33.0 -32% 90.5
3 Sicario Lionsgate 12.1 +603% 15.1
4 The Intern Warner Bros. 11.6 -34% 36.5
5 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 20th Century Fox 7.7 -46% 63.2
6 Black Mass Warner Bros. 5.9 -46% 52.5
7 Everest Universal 5.5 -58% 33.2
8 The Visit Universal 3.9 -41% 57.7
9 War Room TriStar 2.8 -34% 60.5
10 The Perfect Guy Screen Gems 2.4 -50% 52.7
11 The Walk TriStar 1.6 New 2.0
12 The Green Inferno HTR 1.3 -64% 5.9

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