‘The Martian’ sits atop North American box office

Los Angeles, Oct 12 (IANS) “The Martian” continued to soar at the box office in the US and Canada, taking in an estimated $37 million over the weekend, a media report said.

The latest space film starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars made $108.7 in 10 days, becoming the second movie to cross $100 million this weekend.

Compared with the other two popular space films, “The Martian” is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $96.9 million that “Interstellar” had grossed after 10 days of wide release in 2014 and 11 percent behind the $122.3 million in 10-day take of 2013’s “Gravity”, Xinhua reported.

Adam Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” clinched the second spot, taking in $20.3 million during the weekend.

The 3D computer-animated film from Sony Pictures Animation declined 39 percent from last weekend, but still earned $116.8 million over its three weeks of exhibition, according to studio estimates gathered by Rentrak.

Warner Bros’ “Pan” claimed the third place in its opening weekend, with $15.5 million in estimated sales. Played in 3,515 theatres, the Peter Pan origin story starred by Hugh Jackman was directed Joe Wright.

“Pan” scored a “B+” from first night moviegoers on CinemaScore and it received just 23 percent of approval rate from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies this week were “The Intern” ($8.7 million), “Sicario” ($7.4 million), “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” ($5.3 million), “The Walk” ($3.7 million), “Black Mass” ($3.1 million), “Everest” ($3 million) and “The Visit” ($2.4 million).

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