Warner Bros.’ fantasy “Pan” has opened with a modest $650,000 at Thursday night previews in the U.S.
Expectations have been tempered recently for the $150 million origin story about the boy who refused to grow up. Forecasts have been in the $21 million range for this Columbus Day weekend across 3,515 locations.
“The Martian” generated $2.5 million in Thursday night shows a week ago on its way to a $54.3 million opening weekend for Fox. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” should finish first in its second frame with about $30 million — enough to push the Matt Damon space adventure past the $100 million mark.
Sony’s third weekend of “Hotel Transylvania 2” will also perform well, bringing in roughly $18 million.
Sony’s expansion of “The Walk” should gross about $5 million to $7 million at 2,509 locations. The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, has earned a modest $1.6 million in its debut at 448 premium large-format theaters.
“Pan” launched this weekend in 52 territories, representing about 60% of the foreign market, including Germany, Russia, Korea, Mexico and Spain. “Pan” has also scored a release in China, where it debuts on Oct. 22.