'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 Sat, Aug. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,991,64546%3,110177$2,248$47,039,5212Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,583,68638%3,445120$1,621$87,866,0193Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$3,764,61620%3,118--$1,207$11,643,1631Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$3,125,185-11%1,551--$2,015$6,640,0391Focus
6Elysium$2,897,32843%2,913-371$995$66,872,5243Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$2,502,592-16%2,437--$1,027$5,487,7971Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,292,39352%2,730-350$840$46,944,3233Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,766,98530%2,9455$600$21,274,8202Universal
102 Guns$1,454,39049%1,841-630$790$64,424,2904Universal
11Jobs$1,195,00131%2,3810$502$11,248,2992Open Road
12The Smurfs 2$1,173,25756%1,852-497$634$61,742,9734Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$1,100,57554%1,402-416$785$349,916,0158Universal
14The Wolverine$1,077,05250%1,449-609$743$124,390,3945Fox
15The Conjuring$919,19741%1,355-646$678$131,181,8186Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$552,64726%2,4590$225$5,928,7502Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$417,84048%620-621$674$128,744,5247Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$278,61565%470-289$593$78,589,7906Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$248,29845%409-282$607$156,267,6529Fox
4The Spectacular Now$237,07326%15499$1,539$1,709,8944A24
5The Way, Way Back$181,65947%302-155$602$18,526,0668Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$174,79447%260-184$672$99,066,4137Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$170,99158%144-46$1,187$4,579,0983UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$154,67552%303-62$510$290,132,37711Warner Bros.
9Red 2$152,88248%389-326$393$51,514,8916Lionsgate / Summit
10Now You See Me$142,13543%246112$578$116,338,40713Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$134,75647%239-68$564$198,766,66210Paramount
12White House Down$118,63250%229122$518$72,357,4179Sony / Columbia
13Fruitvale Station$117,12943%392-85$299$15,108,0117Weinstein Company
15Star Trek Into Darkness$46,29058%144-66$321$227,347,08215Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$125,38356%7538$1,672$654,2963Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$53,37337%7--$7,625$92,2291Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$23,52078%98-43$240$238,534,62514Universal
4This Is The End$18,60536%38-20$490$96,757,72711Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$17,89090%69-45$259$187,060,89423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$6,40115%27-16$237$1,605,76310Weinstein Company
7Savannah$6,2057%14--$443$11,9981Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,8855%27-9$181$4,249,05012Roadside Attractions
9Mud$3,64253%16-12$228$21,580,01518Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$2,12913%2-2$1,065$27,1742Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,60498%6-2$267$1,581,96416Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$1,502154%7-11$215$5,831,14011A24
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,2272%1--$1,227$20,3725Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$86618%22-64$39$49,874,33018Paramount
15Inch'Allah$72532%21$363$457,5292eOne Films US
16Girl Most Likely$36541%1-1$365$1,375,8166Roadside Attractions