Weekend Box Office Report: October 2-4, 2015
The Martian sits at #1!
Getting stranded on the red planet wasn't much a setback for Matt Damon this weekend as THE MARTIAN landed on top with an estimated $55 million!
The Mars thriller was just short of having the biggest October opening, coming in behind the record-setting $55.8 million launch of GRAVITY in 2013. But it rocketed past the first weekend of Damon's last trip into space (INTERSTELLAR took off with $47.5 million last November).
THE MARTIAN is also Damon's second-best opening behind THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM ($69.2 million), and also the second-highest for director Ridley Scott after HANNIBAL's $58 million debut back in 2001. When the filmmaker previously went into space for his ALIEN pseudo-prequel PROMETHEUS, it scored $51 million when it opened in June 2012.
The PG-13 adaptation of Andy Weir's bestselling novel also brought in $45 million internationally for a $100 million global opening weekend (THE MARTIAN cost a reported $108 million). Critics appreciated the survival story with a 94% average on Rotten Tomatoes, and moviegoers gave it a straight 'A' CinemaScore.
In third place was the R-rated cartel thriller SICARIO with $12 million as it expanded to wide release. The Emily Blunt/Josh Brolin/Benicio Del Toro drug war movie from PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve cost a reported $35 million, and has been in limited release for the past two weekends to gain strong critical reaction (93% on Rotten Tomatoes).
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS was in fifth place with $7.6 million as it jogged past $200 million worldwide. Johnny Depp's mobster tale BLACK MASS dipped a spot to sixth with $5.9 million for a current domestic total of $52.5 million.
The fact-based mountain adventure EVEREST was in seventh with $5.5 million. While Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin's vertical trek has only collected a $33.1 million domestic total so far, EVEREST has climbed to a worldwide total of $136 million.
Outside the chart, Eli Roth's cannibal terror THE GREEN INFERNO disappeared into the jungle after one week on the list. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's dizzying high-wire story THE WALK stepped out onto 448 large-format screens for $1.9 million total since Wednesday.
Next weekend has Hugh Jackman menacing a young boy in the fantasy PAN, while the biopic STEVE JOBS opens in limited release along with horror-comedy THE FINAL GIRLS and the Keanu Reeves thriller KNOCK KNOCK, and THE WALK and the Andrew Garfield/Michael Shannon real-estate thriller 99 HOMES each add hundreds of screens.
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||The Martian||$55 M|
|2.||Hotel Transylvania 2||$33 M||$90.5 M|
|3.||Sicario||$12 M||$15 M|
|4.||The Intern||$11.6 M||$36.5 M|
|5.||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||$7.6 M||$63.2 M|
|6.||Black Mass||$5.9 M||$52.5 M|
|7.||Everest||$5.5 M||$33.1 M|
|8.||The Visit||$3.9 M||$57.6 M|
|9.||War Room||$2.8 M||$60.5 M|
|10.||The Perfect Guy||$2.4 M||$52.6 M|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|