Nearly everyone expected “Pan” would open behind “The Martian” this weekend. But I don’t anyone expected “Pan” would flop as hard as it did.
The Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright had a ton of stuff to overcome well before its opening weekend. The bad press started months ago when actress Rooney Mara was cast as Tiger Lily, who is historically Native American.
There were also many people wondering why in the world wasn’t Hugh Jackman playing Captain Hook. And you had to know te studio had its own questions when it moved the $150 million production from a posh summer release date, to October.
Going into the weekend, tracking reports had the film opening in the low $20 million range. but even those predictions proved too high. Playing in 3,515 theaters, “Pan” could only muster an estimated $15.5 million. That was well behind the $37 million “The Martian” took in.
And even though the film scored a “B+” CinemaScore, you can go ahead and “Pan” to the list of 2015 flops including: “Jupiter Ascending,” “Tomorrowland” and everyone’s favorite dump fire, “Fantastic Four.”
Perhaps Uncle Hugh should fast track the next Wolverine movie?
Further down the chart we find.Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk.” Expanding into 2,509 theaters this weekend, this drama appears to be a film that just can’t find an audience. Maybe it’s because people aren’t ready for a film featuring the Twin Towers (which is understandable). Or maybe it’s because audiences have lost trust in director Robert Zemeckis.
Either way, with an estimated $3.6 million, “The Walk” barely made it to seventh place. And with the likes of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” about to open, “The Walk” will continue to drop from here.