'The Martian' Continues to Impress on Monday with $4.40M; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Takes Second with $1.40M; 'Sicario' Claims Third with $1.05MOctober 06, 2015 12:51 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian took in $4.40 million on Monday to easily lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was down 68 percent from Sunday's performance. The Martian continues to perform towards the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $58.71 million. The film is currently running 7 percent ahead of the $54.94 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after four days of wide release and just 5 percent behind the $61.81 million four-day start of 2013's Gravity. Both comparisons are made even more impressive for The Martian when taking into account that unlike Interstellar and Gravity, The Martian hasn't received an added boost from higher priced IMAX admissions.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 placed in a distant second with $1.40 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was down 86 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed a stronger than expected $92.13 million through eleven days of release. That places the film an impressive 13 percent ahead of the $81.37 million eleven-day gross of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

Lionsgate's Sicario claimed third place with $1.05 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin fell 67 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The 18-day total for Sicario stands at a promising $16.20 million. Sicario will have a very good chance of holding up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and strong early word of mouth.

The Intern followed closely behind in fourth with $0.941 million. The Warner Bros. comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway declined 68 percent from Sunday and a very solid 38 percent from last Monday. The Intern has grossed $37.53 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 7 percent ahead of the $35.02 million eleven-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Black Mass and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials claimed fifth and sixth place for the day with respective daily grosses of $0.501 million and $0.475 million. Warner's Black Mass was down just 64 percent from Sunday, while Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was down 77 percent. Respective 18-day total grosses stand at $63.87 million for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and at $52.96 million for Black Mass.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Dec. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,506,46134%3,463-63$435$248,219,2804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,442,03719%4,008-62$360$257,255,3793Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,330,71050%2,9281$454$50,732,0102Fox
4Lincoln$1,316,73925%2,0180$652$85,934,5464Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$777,40337%3,67219$212$50,179,0042Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$703,54227%2,424--$290$8,070,7921Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$507,65723%2,78156$183$32,191,7432FilmDistrict
9Wreck-It Ralph$403,47331%3,087-172$131$158,897,0535Disney
10The Collection$236,3982%1,403--$168$3,572,3531LD Entertainment
11Argo$194,91733%1,043-212$187$101,332,1688Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$306,18231%3714$825$11,279,2673Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$272,78827%384318$710$4,593,9313Focus
3Talaash$120,24970%174--$691$1,828,9121Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$40,86130%226-289$181$4,654,4587Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$40,39717%496-267$81$137,238,4739Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,09016%403-89$75$63,155,34310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$27,73327%194-64$143$26,231,0706Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,78311%189-53$105$16,678,65111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,83664%16280$98$14,803,5648CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$15,57548%174-31$90$15,412,6155Universal
11Alex Cross$5,30026%114-30$46$25,494,7457Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,178-2%124-66$42$17,476,6116Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$4,13946%100-40$41$35,728,03411Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56028%102-7$35$160,890,40121Fox
16House at the End of the Street$3,061-8%108-30$28$31,558,16711Relativity Media
17Fun Size$2,741-3%116-28$24$9,368,2216Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$49,03432%5033$981$873,8502Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,49176%520$221$10,069,33433Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$11,15712%74-14$151$898,6135Entertainment One / RKO
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$5,179357%161$324$183,1612Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,14745%300$172$21,440,94587Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,81821%88-39$55$47,778,6698Lionsgate / Summit
7Hecho en Mexico$4,690-13%12--$391$86,2231Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Chasing Mavericks$3,9128%7919$50$5,839,6206Fox
9End of Watch$3,37830%24-10$141$39,232,44011Open Road
10The Master$3,25929%23-2$142$15,879,01112Weinstein Company
11The Dark Knight Rises$3,2080%80-28$40$448,100,21620Warner Bros.
12Arbitrage$2,588-15%35-13$74$7,856,66912Roadside Attractions
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,4521%70-38$35$53,722,7787Paramount
14Silent Night$1,218-3%11--$111$12,2521Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$1,00682%7-1$144$129,9565Weinstein Company
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91253%52-7$18$48,965,06918Fox
17The Intouchables$5933%19-7$31$13,044,27128Weinstein Company