Weekend Box Office: “Martian” devours “Sicario,” “The Walk”

boxofficeRidley Scott could hang up his directing spurs on “The Martian.” His fun, science-centric sci-fi thriller blew up Thursday night and Friday and seems headed towards $53 million plus by Sunday midnight.

That’s a huge opening for a non-franchise picture, and since word of mouth on it is sure to be as good as the reviews, well, $53 may be the bottom end of expectations.

“Sicario” opened wide and is headed for a solid $11-12 million weekend. No box office stars in this drug war tale, just good character actors and a riveting story, well-told. Good reviews buoyed that one, too.

“The Walk” is opening in such limited release that it isn’t cracking the top ten. The fact that it’s an IMAX/3D picture should have made a difference, but “Everest” has most of those theaters and much of that audience. “The Walk” may never blow up, and it’s a worthy film. Poor scheduling could hurt it.

Eli Roth’s “Green Inferno” suggests Eli Roth should be putting his name on other people’s films, as this one opened poorly and has fallen off the table in its second week.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is having a very healthy second weekend, and having nothing programmed for the kid audience opposite it is paying off. “Pan” is coming. Will that suck away all the Sandler Animation fans next weekend? We’ll see.

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