'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, Jul. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$5,552,403--3,551--$1,564$5,552,4030Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Despicable Me 2$5,233,395-24%3,891-106$1,345$246,099,5302Universal
3Grown Ups 2$4,145,979-21%3,491--$1,188$55,688,0151Sony / Columbia
4Pacific Rim$3,409,448-23%3,275--$1,041$49,168,2211Warner Bros.
5The Heat$1,920,418-12%2,995-189$641$118,230,4553Fox
6Monsters University$1,444,631-25%2,838-901$509$242,664,8214Disney
7The Lone Ranger$1,244,515-25%3,432-472$363$75,775,8282Disney
8World War Z$1,150,532-20%3,003-313$383$180,770,6044Paramount
9White House Down$803,847-13%2,566-656$313$65,454,7243Sony / Columbia
10Man of Steel$542,089-24%2,150-755$252$282,735,7425Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$406,667-16%1,394-710$292$92,955,4165Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$393,890-23%89216$442$27,542,7672Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$147,001-35%850-756$173$113,869,0357Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$86,425-22%403-162$214$224,655,8099Paramount
5Fast & Furious 6$61,180-22%322-295$190$236,739,4058Universal
6The Croods$49,482-12%232-37$213$185,778,84617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$42,6033%138-32$309$3,643,1416Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$42,537-9%238-32$179$59,514,6297Sony / Columbia
9The Internship$33,728-8%198-181$170$43,322,6956Fox
10The Hangover Part III$29,832-2%265-73$113$111,740,7028Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$26,367-20%125-60$211$143,303,07810Warner Bros.
12The Purge$24,805-8%160-96$155$63,912,5306Universal
13Mud$20,38811%1132$180$21,126,44112Roadside Attractions
1442 (2013)$10,150-1%105-77$97$94,957,46814Warner Bros.
15Pain and Gain$10,065-8%150-20$67$49,694,83712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$138,5885%7960$1,754$2,257,5682Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$51,171-3%7--$7,310$543,5111Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$36,4548%9121$401$881,2014Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$25,675-8%97-62$265$5,535,0905A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$13,214-11%55-7$240$56,996,85922Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,028-7%33-10$395$31,998,06614Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,282-1%67-35$183$2,161,2667Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,454-4%565$205$1,239,9147CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$3,02318%281$108$1,491,92710Roadside Attractions
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,558-6%41-22$62$122,520,13716Paramount
11Kon-Tiki$2,459-42%21-3$117$1,454,66912Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$2,02426%150$135$2,444,47717Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$743-28%15--$50$7,3371Anchor Bay Films
14Copperhead$469-37%5-10$94$120,7603Brainstorm Media
15Revelation Road 2$28116%5--$56$4,5011Freestyle Releasing
16Not Today$152217%1-1$152$317,56414Freestyle Releasing
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$144-29%20$72$511,19111eOne Films US