CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – With new releases not exciting audiences this weekend, last week’s top two movies will remain securely in their spots.
The only newcomer in the marketplace that will debut in the top ten this weekend is Pan. Pan is a reimagining of the story of Peter Pan, which technically could be considered a prequel of sorts. Unfortunately audiences and critics don’t seem to be enthused by the unique take on the story.
Pan opened with an estimated $5.2 million on Friday, just a tad below Hotel Transylvania 2. That Friday is a little too low to reach $20 million for the weekend, unless family audiences come out in droves on Saturday.
Pan suffers from a little bit of an identity crisis when trying to identify its target demographic. Young kids may find it a little too scary, while older kids may not consider it “cool” enough to go to. It is also hard to tell if they are going more for whimsical like Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful, or a more serious fantasy style like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Pan might reach $14 – $16 million this weekend.
On the other end of the spectrum The Martian, which barely missed the October opening record, will hold well this weekend and stay in first place. Martian dropped only 41% Friday to an estimated $10.7 million. It may be able to avoid a 40% drop for the weekend. With audiences and critics raving, Martian may be able to make about $35 million this weekend.
If The Martian continues its strong holds, it should be able to crack $200 million by the end of its run. Depending on how high over the mark it is able to get, Martian may be able to end the year in 10th place for 2015 domestic grosses.
Hotel Transylvania 2 continues to make more than its predecessor and hold better as well. Hotel became the 20th movie of 2015 to pass $100 million at the domestic box-office. Despite being neck and neck with Pan for second place this weekend, Hotel should win out easily. Its Saturdays and Sundays have been its strongest days due to kids having the day off from school. Hotel should finish the weekend with about $22 million.
Despite a minuscule opening last weekend in limited release, The Walk expanded into an additional 2000 theaters. The expansion will not help it crack the top 5 however, as it only managed an estimated $1.1 million Friday placing in seventh.
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