Weekend Box Office
The Martian took off to a $54.31 million debut, making it the second biggest October opening since the $55.7 opening of 2013’s Gravity. The Ridley Scott/Matt Damon team-up opened only 3% below Alfonso Cuaron’s film, which is impressive considering that The Martian didn’t have the advantage of IMAX screenings, while Gravity did. Clearly, the month of October is very good to these space/survival films that may have a shot at Oscar consideration.
Hotel Transylvania 2 was bumped to second place but still held strong in its second week with $33.19 million. Comparatively, its predecessor fell 36% in its second weekend while this film only fell 32%. The film has grossed a total of $90.73 million domestically, which is about $14 million ahead of its predecessor’s total at this point in 2013. It’s expected to remain strong throughout the October season, which is good news for Sony Animation.
In North American box office, Sicario means “hit,” man. The new Denis Villueneve film expanded into a nationwide release this past weekend to a gross of $12.15 million. Positive critical reviews and strong word of mouth generated from its limited release definitely paved the way for its success and it’s expected to hold over the next few weeks. The film has grossed a domestic total of $15.15 million.
Also holding nicely this weekend is Nancy Meyer’s The Intern as grossed $11.69 million, dropping only 34% from last weekend. The film has grossed a total of $36.59 million domestically.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials continues to softly tug at the box office, taking in $7.80 million. Not much to say other than its domestic total of $63.40 million is quite disappointing compared to the numbers its predecessor pulled in last year.
The Walk opened to $1.56 million from an IMAX-exclusive release. It’s clearly not as strong as the $7.2 million opening of last month’s Everest, which had the same release strategy, and we know how that film turned out when it opened wide the following weekend. The Walk may not be a big hit when it opens wide, but its positive reception should help it get there.
So here’s the rub… The Martian took in $44.58 million from 49 different territories over the weekend. Worldwide, the film has grossed $98.89 million in its opening weekend. Definitely a big hit for Scott and Damon, who both are going back to their previous popular franchises (Prometheus and Bourne, respectively) after this film.
1.) The Martian
2.) Hotel Transylvania 2
5.) The Walk
Featured Image: The Martian, 20th Century Fox