'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 Thu, Jan. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$2,831,8751%2,8752846$985$50,810,1213Universal
2American Hustle$1,254,10024%2,629111$477$105,831,1915Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,034,2753%2,521-36$410$82,776,5983Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$823,10310%3,239-79$254$320,631,3618Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$597,2060%3,075-655$194$244,819,8455Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$566,0333%2,671561$212$71,244,2975Disney
7Her (2013)$553,0859%1,7291682$320$10,999,4274Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$418,246-13%2,104--$199$10,975,6511Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$368,642-7%3,012-395$122$119,931,3494Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$289,827-15%2,88316$101$29,933,1082Paramount
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$285,555-2%1,762-381$162$414,999,7928Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$268,607-7%2,584-338$104$53,795,8183Fox
1347 Ronin$142,695-13%1,359-1331$105$37,150,8753Universal
14Grudge Match$93,305-20%2,005-851$47$28,904,1043Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$60,5151%1,339-1221$45$33,976,6464Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$42,028-9%1,040-434$40$52,051,7185Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$736,5105%905900$814$10,589,2703Weinstein Company
2Philomena$238,15219%6070$392$22,762,4848Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$176,8961%729573$243$10,038,2616CBS Films
4Nebraska$168,32030%521281$323$8,774,7179Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$63,15543%903798$70$105,117,66214Sony / Columbia
6Dallas Buyers Club$60,54643%125-3$484$16,872,01311Focus
7Gravity$58,12852%155-10$375$256,410,66915Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$56,64525%114-37$497$39,104,29813Fox Searchlight
9The Book Thief$50,4699%303-26$167$19,930,40010Fox
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,64011%363-647$98$7,896,3867Weinstein Company
11Thor: The Dark World$27,1025%257-34$105$204,041,76210Disney
12Last Vegas$22,0396%240-17$92$63,478,37511CBS Films
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,6064%264-14$63$118,134,54216Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,7595%192-28$61$101,877,20912Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,04618%1363$74$116,464,75122Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$8,1965%232-21$35$55,155,82011Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,1201%137-14$30$368,065,38528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,345-6%69-2$77$6,136,13713Roadside Attractions
2Escape Plan$3,7374%77-7$49$25,135,96513Lionsgate / Summit
3Out of the Furnace$1,939-3%37-22$52$11,222,4566Relativity Media
4Justin Bieber's Believe$1,003-78%75-962$13$6,206,5663Open Road
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77525%33-6$23$68,540,61923Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$501318%1--$501$4,0571Anchor Bay Films