'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 Wed, Jan. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$4,551,813-51%3,0100$1,512$82,385,3101Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,449,012-53%4,1000$1,085$242,450,3373Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$3,601,920-53%2,8146$1,280$84,181,0301Universal
4Parental Guidance$2,142,142-54%3,3678$636$40,798,5661Fox
5Jack Reacher$1,945,286-54%3,3520$580$53,760,9792Paramount
6This is 40$1,748,395-52%2,9141$600$44,357,4252Universal
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,073,493-45%2,6180$410$23,031,8242Disney
8Lincoln$1,046,468-58%1,9660$532$137,698,8888Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$956,623-54%2,4310$394$25,791,4102Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$879,143-43%2,0550$428$93,770,7706Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$746,695-47%1,6370$456$293,046,8168Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$659,243-50%1,17867$560$87,610,3466Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$377,388-38%1,1918$317$287,405,2617Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$643,415-52%7450$864$30,455,9997Weinstein Company
2Wreck-It Ralph$376,623-39%9130$413$176,983,6039Disney
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$358,461-56%8400$427$9,267,1852Paramount
4Argo$141,319-56%3450$410$109,184,60312Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$89,012-45%218-19$408$11,076,6977Focus
7Hitchcock$59,762-52%349-2$171$5,276,3676Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$55,578-53%42523$131$43,640,6946FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$37,477-43%232-8$162$139,039,25513Fox
10Pitch Perfect$30,195-27%183-7$165$64,498,73814Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$21,406-45%2680$80$12,777,9464FilmDistrict
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,072-25%125-1$169$17,377,19415Lionsgate / Summit
13End of Watch$16,245-36%162-10$100$40,808,36315Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$77,604-33%50$15,521$1,636,6752Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$62,488-61%845$744$2,113,3304Focus
3The Impossible$29,852-57%150$1,990$628,6442Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$25,464-63%25--$1,019$319,7821Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$23,14440%520$445$10,558,32237Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$11,229-22%37-2$303$1,306,5229Entertainment One / RKO
7The Sessions$11,095-49%805$139$5,562,05211Fox Searchlight
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,390-37%62-2$135$161,161,24525Fox
9Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-20%300$275$21,651,11991Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$7,650-28%820$93$48,079,85712Lionsgate / Summit
11Not Fade Away$7,592-60%1916$400$138,9462Paramount Vantage
12Killing Them Softly$7,136-46%680$105$14,857,0915Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$4,692-51%771$61$25,883,82611Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$4,341-17%500$87$53,896,54111Paramount
15Cloud Atlas$4,243-42%450$94$26,797,27710Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$2,886-58%114$262$13,141,91832Weinstein Company
17Talaash$2,714-55%16-9$170$2,862,7265Reliance Entertainment
18The Master$2,556-41%130$197$15,966,45516Weinstein Company
20Arbitrage$1,049-45%72$150$7,912,58416Roadside Attractions