Pan has failed to reach the top of the North American box office chart on its opening weekend, despite much promotion and its $150 million cost.
The Neverland 3D-fantasy movie, starring Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and directed by Atonement director Joe Wright, took $15.5 million and entered the chart at number three.
Pan was outshone by space thriller The Martian which held on to the top spot for a second week, taking $37 million.
Pan‘s relative lack of success ranks it alongside The Fantastic Four and Tomorrowland as one of the year’s most disappointing big budget achievers. Pan was released over the four-day Columbus weekend, which remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas in 1492.
The movie’s story is an invented prequel of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Captain Hook adventure.
Levi Miller plays Peter Pan alongside Hugh Jackman’s ruthless pirate and features Rooney Mara and Kathy Burke.
Ridley Scott’s The Martian, in its second week of release, has now notched up $108.7 million at the US box office.
Hotel Transylvania 2 also showed its staying power. Now in its third week, it has takings to date of $116.8 million.
Workplace comedy The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, earned $8.7 million and finished the weekend at number four, the same spot as last week. It has now made $49.6 million.
Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, brought in $7.4 million and came in at number five, dropping from its previous number three position. The movie has overall takings to date of $26.7 million.
North American box office Top 10:
- The Martian – $37 million
- Hotel Transylvania 2 – $20.3 million
- Pan – $15.5 million
- The Intern -$8.7 million
- Sicario – $7.4 million
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $5.3 million
- The Walk – $5.2 million
- Black Mass – $3.1 million
- Everest – $3 million
- The Visit – $2.4 million