'The Martian' Zooms Past $60M Mark After Leading Tuesday with $5.46M; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Remains Strong in Second with $1.85MOctober 07, 2015 01:13 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian grossed $5.46 million on Tuesday to claim first place at the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was up a solid 24 percent over Monday. The Martian surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and continues to perform towards the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $64.17 million. The film is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $61.84 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after five days of wide release and 6 percent behind the $68.45 million five-day take 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 took in $1.85 million to remain in second. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was up 32.5 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed a stronger than expected $93.98 million through twelve days of release. That places the film an impressive 14 percent ahead of the $82.76 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

The Intern was up one spot and a strong 44 percent over Monday to claim third on Tuesday with $1.36 million. The Warner Bros. comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway was down 44 percent from last Tuesday. The Intern has grossed $38.89 million in twelve days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 7.5 percent ahead of the $36.18 million twelve-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario fell one spot to land in fourth place with $1.31 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin was up 25 percent over Monday's performance. The 19-day total for Sicario stands at a promising $17.52 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.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the day's top five with $0.646 million. The young adult sequel from Fox was up 36 percent over Monday and down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed a softer than expected $64.52 million in 19 days. That places the film 14 percent behind the $75.03 million 19-day gross of last year's The Maze Runner.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jan. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$16,683,69516%2,663--$6,265$31,090,5251Universal
2Lone Survivor$10,312,05055%2,989114$3,450$67,787,6414Universal
3The Nut Job$8,752,00082%3,427--$2,554$13,559,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,852,03828%3,387--$2,023$12,202,2291Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$5,282,199110%2,979-260$1,773$328,428,8369Disney
6American Hustle$4,615,70363%2,204-425$2,094$113,287,1996Sony / Columbia
7The Wolf of Wall Street$3,236,56359%1,930-591$1,677$88,050,9554Paramount
8August: Osage County$3,234,37755%2,0511146$1,577$15,916,2814Weinstein Company
9Devil's Due$3,007,853-13%2,544--$1,182$6,477,3471Fox
10Saving Mr. Banks$1,788,51063%2,449-222$730$74,131,3176Disney
11Her (2013)$1,765,51552%1,7290$1,021$13,923,0665Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,751,11196%1,815-1260$965$247,465,1766Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,476,85263%2,1040$702$13,357,4342Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,144,41981%1,328-434$862$416,775,2769Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$974,28749%1,731-1281$563$121,561,5785Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$600,66362%1,037-1547$579$54,768,3444Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$571,01529%1,569-1314$364$30,947,9043Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$910,71696%944789$965$257,786,78816Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$710,15380%761647$933$40,208,81214Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$560,93061%505-102$1,111$23,672,1669Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$484,63477%585-144$828$10,797,1237CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$421,62877%419294$1,006$17,531,39312Focus
6Nebraska$417,02571%408-113$1,022$9,436,06610Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$251,97982%903789$279$105,508,00915Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$190,36539%343-1016$555$37,476,4554Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$150,348136%454-885$331$34,190,7185Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$138,894124%256-8$543$118,335,32517Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$101,40452%190-113$534$20,098,38211Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$81,74680%391-649$209$52,178,9576Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$72,36362%408-1597$177$29,021,1094Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$58,29265%194-46$300$63,572,09212CBS Films
15Free Birds$56,748143%199-33$285$55,235,89912Relativity Media
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,19360%154-38$242$101,937,61513Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,87213%122-241$253$7,954,5398Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,42254%119-17$247$116,513,32823Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$19,78176%62-7$319$6,167,13414Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$18,77155%9760$194$11,253,3287Relativity Media
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,19745%2--$1,099$37,89420Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$165-53%10$165$4,5742Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$76-96%1--$76$1,7771Striped Entertainment