'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 Fri, Dec. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,190,587--3,903--$7,991$31,190,5871Warner Bros. / New Line
2Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,748,584--2,194--$2,620$5,748,5841Lionsgate
3Frozen (2013)$5,097,211197%3,716-26$1,372$147,301,2844Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,105,897127%3,563-600$1,152$347,937,8944Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$801,58698%2,264-810$354$196,227,2756Disney
6Out of the Furnace$756,058102%2,1010$360$7,904,5202Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$616,569105%2,041-864$302$26,739,2534Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$539,12493%1,158-158$466$13,740,8926Fox
9Homefront$500,03257%2,102-468$238$17,300,9013Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$563,29494%8350$675$9,826,2724Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$332,522102%574-160$579$13,459,3877Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$331,92091%922-655$360$68,295,9255Universal
4Nebraska$266,944318%250137$1,068$2,732,9435Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$215,25255%503-397$428$252,248,86011Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$205,37617%497-585$413$35,837,0649Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$182,65637%726-813$252$61,333,8787CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$83,80344%323-317$259$103,810,66110Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$78,53136%456-701$172$100,374,1238Paramount
10Ender's Game$59,44940%331-277$180$60,366,0417Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$44,932153%263116$171$5,592,0019Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$39,724-44%260-1265$153$6,774,2103Fox Searchlight
13Despicable Me 2$31,220175%223-29$140$367,243,27024Universal
14About Time$28,60013%143-123$200$15,129,7137Universal
15Escape Plan$25,651535%16786$154$24,652,7469Lionsgate / Summit
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,084164%175-137$138$115,334,43012Sony / Columbia
17Free Birds$20,62916%283-919$73$53,901,6627Relativity Media
18Oldboy (2013)$10,126-71%151-432$67$2,139,1393FilmDistrict
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,670155%123-17$79$68,342,98819Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$210,910--6--$35,152$210,9101Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$126,142--15--$8,409$126,1421Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$96,979181%1511$6,465$650,5112CBS Films
4Enough Said$13,05994%72-22$181$17,332,95013Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,92749%40$2,482$215,9223Weinstein Company
6Don Jon$9,21927%92-33$100$24,400,90312Relativity Media
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,382-81%61-946$121$116,080,00718Weinstein Company
8Insidious: Chapter 2$7,27476%99-23$73$83,553,29314FilmDistrict
9The Counselor$4,79759%60-11$80$16,911,4578Fox
10The Family (2013)$3,9277%56-40$70$36,877,64414Relativity Media
11Big Sur$289--2--$145$35,3617Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$6-99%2--$3$298,18411Ketchup Entertainment