'The Martian' Zooms Past $70M Mark After Leading Thursday with $3.80M; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Approaching $100M Mark After $1.30M Daily TakeOctober 09, 2015 01:18 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian rounded out its first week of release with a first place take of $3.80 million on Thursday. In the process, the critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday. The Martian was up a solid 2 percent over Wednesday's performance. The Martian was the week's top film with a healthy seven-day start of $71.71 million. The film is currently running 4.5 percent ahead of the $68.62 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after seven days of wide release and 9 percent behind the $79.13 million seven-day take of 2013's Gravity.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 held steady in second place with $1.30 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was up 5 percent over Wednesday and down just 27 percent from last Thursday. Hotel Transylvania 2 placed in second for the week with $38.98 million. That represented a 32 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to an impressive $96.52 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 is running 14 percent ahead of the $84.89 million two-week take of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

The Intern took in $1.04 million to remain in third. The Warner Bros. comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway was up a healthy 5 percent over Wednesday and down 33 percent from last Thursday. The Intern took fourth place for the week with $16.01 million. That represented a 36 percent fall from last week and places the film's two-week haul at $40.91 million. The Intern is running 7 percent ahead of the $38.09 million two-week take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario continued to claim fourth place with $0.917 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday. Sicario placed in third for the week with $16.35 million, which was in line with expectations.  With the addition of two weeks of platform release, the three-week total for Sicario stands at a promising $19.36 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 2 - Sun, Feb. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Messengers$14,713,163--2,528--$5,820$14,713,1631Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$13,124,048--2,526--$5,196$13,124,0481Universal
3Epic Movie$8,411,985-55%2,84039$2,962$29,556,0362Fox
4Night at the Museum$6,385,448-33%3,003-238$2,126$225,002,6727Fox
5Smokin' Aces$6,112,056-58%2,2191$2,754$24,742,4842Universal
6Stomp the Yard$4,055,695-47%2,16954$1,870$55,859,0864Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$4,001,125-41%2,79712$1,431$92,752,9116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$3,682,727-23%1,082259$3,404$21,712,3226Picturehouse
9The Pursuit of Happyness$2,966,369-40%2,233-455$1,328$157,216,9928Sony / Columbia
10The Queen$2,650,134-34%1,85020$1,433$45,409,28319Miramax