'The Martian' Leads on Columbus Day with $4.90M; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' a Strong Second with $3.81M; 'Pan' Remains Soft in Third with $2.00MOctober 13, 2015 12:51 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian grossed $4.90 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an eleventh consecutive day. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was down 53 percent from Sunday and up 11 percent over last Monday thanks in part to the Columbus Day holiday and the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Canada. The Martian continues to impress with an eleven-day take of $113.62 million. The film is currently running 15 percent ahead of the $99.09 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after eleven days of wide release and 12 percent behind the $128.52 million eleven-day take of 2013's Gravity.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 placed in second with $3.81 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was down just 39 percent from Sunday and up 173 percent over last Monday. Columbus Day is traditionally a strong day at the box office for family fare and that was certainly the case for Hotel Transylvania 2 yesterday. Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed $120.75 million in 18 days, which places the film an impressive 17 percent ahead of the $102.96 million 18-day gross of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

Pan took third place for the day with $2.00 million.  Warner's pricey 3D adventure fantasy starring Hugh Jackman fell 52 percent from Sunday's performance, which suggests that the film isn't skewing all that heavily towards family audiences. Pan continues to perform below its already held in check expectations and poorly with its expensive price tag in mind. The film has grossed just $17.32 million in four days, which places it a disappointing 44 percent behind the $30.73 million four-day start of 2011's Real Steel.

Fellow Warner Bros. release The Intern followed in fourth with $1.14 million. The Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway decreased 50 percent from Sunday and increased 21 percent from last Monday. The Intern surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $50.73 million in 18 days. That places the film 7.5 percent ahead of the $47.21 million 18-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario rounded out Monday's top five with $1.04 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin fell 54 percent from Sunday and 2 percent from last Monday. That represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases. Sicario has grossed a solid $27.97 million through 25 days of release.

Sony's The Walk continued to under-perform in a big way with a seventh place take of just $0.531 million. The critically acclaimed 3D Robert Zemeckis directed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt declined 48 percent from Sunday. Despite strong critical reviews, The Walk hasn't been able to catch on with moviegoers and has managed to gross only $6.96 million in thirteen days.

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Universal's Steve Jobs continued to excel in platform release with $67,991 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Danny Boyle directed drama starring Michael Fassbender an exceptional per-location average of $16,998 for the day. The four-day total for Steve Jobs stands at $589,513. Steve Jobs will be playing in an estimated 60 locations this coming weekend and will expand into wide release on October 23rd.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Dec. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,615,0275%4,045--$1,635$113,152,9001Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Guilt Trip$1,000,880-3%2,431--$412$2,030,6140Paramount
3Lincoln$893,8618%2,285271$391$111,147,8246Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$858,44539%3,387-252$253$73,794,2304Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$841,26313%2,717-684$310$275,091,7746Sony / Columbia
6Life of Pi$708,87014%2,208-738$321$72,356,2444Fox
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$706,068-9%2,618--$270$1,484,9810Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$553,43512%3,042-604$182$279,005,7345Lionsgate / Summit
9Wreck-It Ralph$354,17441%1,863-883$190$169,922,5257Disney
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$255,2857%2,338-499$109$11,986,3582FilmDistrict
11Red Dawn (2012)$238,14028%1,547-1207$154$41,831,9034FilmDistrict
13Killing Them Softly$81,3791%1,427-997$57$14,623,0873Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$271,5403%3710$732$18,080,0425Weinstein Company
2Argo$141,2908%667-277$212$105,535,67010Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$140,4482%388-34$362$8,970,1875Focus
4Hitchcock$119,130-4%549368$217$3,615,2924Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$36,192-3%621-782$58$6,730,5523LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$34,13319%300-130$114$138,265,10011Fox
7Pitch Perfect$30,5555%291-96$105$63,993,81312Universal
8The Sessions$19,4629%151-46$129$5,283,7879Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,02512%125-50$128$17,069,63613Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$15,1956%175-57$87$66,362,51712Sony / TriStar
11End of Watch$12,5663%172-1077$73$40,522,07213Open Road
12Talaash$11,517-14%113-49$102$2,766,1173Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$11,0584%184107$60$47,959,84910Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$8,88018%175-39$51$25,773,9939Lionsgate / Summit
15Paranormal Activity 4$7,7946%157109$50$53,837,7479Paramount
16Seven Psychopaths$7,545-7%100-41$75$15,024,04910CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$104,164-17%5--$20,833$229,0120Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$27,856-13%3632$774$528,9922Focus
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$18,748-1%14-3$1,339$514,9574Warner Bros.
4Cloud Atlas$14,54610%98-93$148$26,682,0728Warner Bros.
5To the Arctic 3D$13,6261%520$262$10,261,05335Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$7,885-5%46-17$171$1,117,4287Entertainment One / RKO
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,27069%84-6$87$161,029,98923Fox
8The Man With the Iron Fists$5,460-8%91-90$60$15,634,0907Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,214-12%300$174$21,533,47589Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Intouchables$4,37533%2513$175$13,085,74530Weinstein Company
11The Master$3,01891%14-9$216$15,921,88414Weinstein Company
13Arbitrage$1,3947%10-15$139$7,895,58614Roadside Attractions
14House at the End of the Street$1,24214%41-27$30$31,611,91613Relativity Media
15Hecho en Mexico$1,003-30%10-16$100$151,1333Lionsgate / Pantelion
16This Must Be the Place$207-36%3-2$69$143,9797Weinstein Company