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Pan flops in US as The Martian remains on top of box office


Story by Jack Foley

JOE Wright’s big-budget Pan has flopped at the US box office by taking just $15.5 million in its opening weekend.

The Peter Pan prequel, which charts the rise of one of Disney’s most iconic characters, cost $150 million to make but could only land third spot, behind Ridley Scott’s The Martian and animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, both of which were currently on release.

Pan stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and newcomer Levi Miller and follows the fortunes of a young Peter Pan as he teams up with Hook to take on a rogue pirate named Blackbeard.

It had originally been intended to open in July and be a prominent summer player, but Warners sensed there were problems and pushed its release back, citing re-shoots being needed. They declined to comment on the opening figures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pan‘s box office disappointment left the way clear for Ridley Scott’s The Martian to remain on top for a second weekend with a better-than-expected $37 million. The film, starring Matt Damon, has now taken $108.7 million in the US alone.

Overseas, meanwhile, it earned another $56.8 million for a foreign total of $117.8 million and a worldwide gross of $226.5 million.

Hotel Transylvania 2 took in $20.3 million in its third weekend for a US total of $116.8 million.

Elsewhere, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk struggled despite expanding nationwide into more than 2,500 locations. The film, which has awards aspirations, took in $3.7 million for a seventh-place finish and US total of $6.4 million. It’s the lowest nationwide start on record for Zemeckis.

Conversely, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple guru, took in $521,000 across the weekend from just four cinemas – the best showing of 2015 to date and the biggest since American Sniper ($158,354).

The figures place the biopic among the top screen averages of all time, and the fourth best for a title going out in four cinemas behind The Grand Budapest Hotel ($202,792), American Sniper and Moonrise Kingdom ($130,749).

The US top five was rounded out by Anne Hathaway-Robert De Niro vehicle, The Intern, which took $8.7 million, and drug cartel drama Sicario, which grossed $7.4 million to land fifth spot.

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