Box Office: “Martian” pounds “Pan,” “Walk” stumbles further

boxoffice“The Martian” is in the process of adding another $35 million+ this weekend, dominating the early fall box office, making “Gravity” money and looking like a blockbuster.

“Pan” opens to a chorus of head-scratching. Who is it for? Who said it was a good idea? It managed a tepid (for a kid-friendly fantasy) $18 million. The opening sequence cost more than that. A very “John Carter” from Mars take. It cost $150 million.

“The Walk,” the Robert Zemeckis recreation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 World Trade Center wirewalking stunt (and feature version of the documentary “Man on Wire”) opened wide Wide WIDER. And is still failing to pull folks in. Under $7 million,  which makes you wonder if its worth giving up those “Everest” IMAX screens for it. Pity. Good movie.

“The Intern” should clear $50 million early Monday.  “War Room” finally fell out of the top ten, still a robust take for a no-budget Christian audience drama. Over $61.

“99 Homes” opened wide enough to crack the top 20, not the top ten. Awards buzz may help that one down the road.

And “Steve Jobs,” opening on four screens in NY/LA, did great per screen. Will it blow up when it opens wide?

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