MOVIE BOX OFFICE
Bad form, Peter! Audiences had little to no interest in newcomer fantasy Pan which opened this weekend to lackluster reviews and a wince-worthy box office turn out. That left last weekend's top earner The Martian holding a tight orbit around the number one spot for a second time around.
Pan is already looking like it's going to be a costly flop for Warner Bros., which means that any hopes of it blossoming into a franchise are almost certainly already over.
October is known more for horror sequels and second tier animated movies than box office hits, but in the last couple of years top shelf sci-fi entries have started replacing the likes of Jackass 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 as the month's top openers.
Hotel Transylvania 2 proved that the Sony franchise has some strong life behind it, out-performing its predecessor and holding up against the other second-tier animated franchises on the market.
When people think Johnny Depp, most probably jump straight to Pirates of the Caribbean which would then lead them, if asked, to say 'yes, I think he's huge box office star'. Funny thing about that...
Summer is officially over and although most of the end-of-summer crap has been dumped over the last few weekends the box office continues showing the usual slow down.
Straight Outta Compton enjoyed a third weekend as number one movie, earning its three-peat not so much on staying power but a lack of anything better showing up to compete.
Three new movies rolled out this weekend but none were big enough to upset last weekend's top two movies.
Straight Outta Compton made a smash arrival in theaters, landing a solid number one debut.
That giant crashing sound you hear might be Fantastic Four's Ben "The Thing" Grimm demolishing something in a devastating way, but more likely its the sound of the attempted franchise reboot utterly collapsing in on itself at the box office.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a solid summer action flick, debuted at number one while making one of the stronger openings for the franchise.
Eighties video game nostalgia isn't as powerful as Sony/Columbia probably hoped. The Adam Sandler action comedy Pixels may have given last weekend's top earner Ant-man a run for the number one spot this week, but it's not much to get excited about when the new movie couldn't break $25 million.
Marvel Studios' Ant-Man made a number one debut this weekend, marking its twelfth movie to open in the top spot. That makes for a nice run, but the movie also marks a lower point.
When Despicable Me arrived in theaters in 2010, no one would have guessed that its funny little yellow sidekick characters would go on to land their own movie or that the movie would have the second highest animated opening ever.
Jurassic World pulled a three-peat at number one this weekend, continuing its run of banking more money faster than any other previous movie. That pace is in no small part to its popularity in the more expensive 3D venues, giving some new energy to the trend of pushing for wider and wider 3D releases.
Jurassic World went head to head with Pixar's newest offering Inside Out with solid results for both films.
Thirsty for more, and further drawn in by Hollywood's latest, hot hero-action star Chris Pratt, audiences couldn't get theaters to take their money fast enough as they lined up for the fourth franchise entry, Jurassic World.
The summer blockbuster action has abated a bit this weekend. Three new movies arrived, but none sparked major enthusiasm with audiences despite doing well in their own rights.
This weekend audiences showed some interest in getting back to watching the end of the world (or at least California) as we know it.
It's not unusual for a sequel to better than its predecessor, though more often it tends to be the case that it does worse. But for a sequel to make more in its opening weekend than the original did in its entire run. There's a rare box office feat.