LOS ANGELES: “The Martian” was on a planet of its own atop the North American box office charts, taking in an estimated $37 million over the weekend, industry data showed Sunday.
The critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars has now made $108.7 million in its first two weeks at number one, according to estimates from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
“Hotel Transylvania 2” pulled in $20.3 million to hold onto second place for the second consecutive week, after leading the box office its first week out.
The sequel, starring animated ghouls voiced by an all-star cast, has brought in $116.8 million in its three weeks on the big screen in the United States and Canada.
New release “Pan” was third in its opening weekend.
The reimagining of Peter Pan´s story made $15.5 million over Friday, Saturday and Sunday — approximately one tenth of what Warner Bros. reportedly paid to make the fantasy blockbuster.
In its third week in theaters, “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro as a 70-year-old interning for a fashion website founder, played by Anne Hathaway, held firm at fourth place with $8.7 million in box office receipts.
“Sicario” dropped to fifth place, taking in $7.4 million.
The thriller features Benicio del Toro as a brooding and shadowy agent on a counternarcotics task force along the US-Mexico border.
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the second film in the “Maze Runner” trilogy based on popular young adult science-fiction novels, fell to sixth with $5.3 million.
“The Walk,” about French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, earned $3.7 million, jumping to seventh place in its second week out, after being released in limited theaters last weekend.
True crime biopic “Black Mass,” about Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, dropped to eighth with $3.1 million.
The thriller “Everest,” in which a group of climbers find themselves engulfed in a blizzard on the side of the mountain, made just over $3 million, for ninth place.
“The Visit,” M. Night Shyamalan´s low-budget thriller about a trip to grandma´s house gone awry, brought in $2.4 million in 10th place.
Ahead of its wider release this week and next, “Steve Jobs,” the biopic about the Apple co-founder, brought in just over half a million dollars this weekend, despite being released in just four theaters.