'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 Sun, Jan. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$5,406,158-36%3,0100$1,796$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,744,023-38%3,755-345$1,263$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$4,167,240-39%2,90490$1,435$103,503,0402Universal
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,596,145-55%2,654--$1,355$21,744,4701Lionsgate
5Parental Guidance$2,295,950-46%3,3681$682$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$2,215,656-45%3,288-64$674$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$1,993,080-45%2,93117$680$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$1,417,275-41%1,901-65$746$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,128,699-34%2,103-515$537$27,981,5543Disney
10The Guilt Trip$1,064,539-44%2,312-119$460$31,111,8823Paramount
11Promised Land (2012)$954,691-47%1,6761651$570$4,395,4392Focus
12Rise of The Guardians$779,071-27%1,507-548$517$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks
13Skyfall$704,431-48%1,307-330$539$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$942,103-40%7450$1,265$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$782,141-34%965-213$811$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$776,662-35%572557$1,358$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$369,708-33%817-23$453$10,878,3623Paramount
5Wreck-It Ralph$339,004-29%709-204$478$178,501,64010Disney
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$322,860-47%825-366$391$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$276,410-43%222138$1,245$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$203,307-44%302-43$673$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$125,542-37%267-34$470$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$103,147-35%163-55$633$11,537,7638Focus
11Not Fade Away$69,300-43%565546$123$416,8863Paramount Vantage
12Here Comes the Boom$68,416-44%243-9$282$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
14Taken 2$52,332-43%213-19$246$139,284,76414Fox
15Hitchcock$40,506-40%118-231$343$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
16Red Dawn (2012)$40,016-50%252-173$159$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,525-45%165-18$185$64,655,85815Universal
18Cloud Atlas$28,995-33%155110$187$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$19,018-32%140-22$136$40,891,82016Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$11,334-51%139-129$82$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$821,032-23%6055$13,684$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$20,294-39%98-27$207$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$17,164-43%520$330$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$15,871-41%41-39$387$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$11,107-35%23-14$483$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$10,460-41%51-17$205$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,218-42%53-9$174$161,204,08226Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,955-40%300$265$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$4,982-20%110$453$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,70511%12-1$392$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
11Talaash$1,983-30%8-8$248$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$573-48%4-3$143$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$140-42%1--$140$86,81014Roadside Attractions