'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 Mon, Jul. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Hercules (2014)$3,337,517-61%3,595--$928$33,137,7801Paramount
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$2,211,648-58%3,668-301$603$174,667,5373Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,526,550-50%2,85650$535$53,385,4552Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,499,628-51%3,83913$391$36,847,1062Disney
6Sex Tape$865,371-51%3,0620$283$27,818,9532Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$669,180-55%2,476-748$270$237,124,2085Paramount
8And So It Goes$576,647-59%1,762--$327$5,218,9761Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$456,136-52%2,562-840$178$78,657,4464Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$435,441-44%1,358-811$321$166,099,2407Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$407,232-47%1,613-616$252$186,161,8027Sony / Columbia
13Earth to Echo$245,744-40%1,272-1178$193$35,777,5704Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,044-60%1,244-58$158$12,506,7975Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$270,416-67%361--$749$2,957,6431Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$228,212--10773$2,133$4,390,8933IFC Films
3Kick$203,900-31%177--$1,152$1,275,2731UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$144,571-60%625557$231$2,024,3592Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$144,101-61%432--$334$1,455,5471Open Road
6America (2014)$128,691-56%760-270$169$13,371,1955Lionsgate
7Chef$99,225-61%405-147$245$27,361,90912Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$98,560-35%387-170$255$122,802,5548Fox
9Jersey Boys$73,274-55%462-541$159$45,713,2906Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$71,014-52%353-249$201$97,780,5318Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$58,817-51%289-98$204$231,331,68710Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$56,621-54%302-24$187$199,760,64611Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$38,333-41%230-26$167$130,716,99516Fox
15Blended$31,033-49%223-62$139$45,638,52310Warner Bros.
16Neighbors (2014)$26,965-50%208-22$130$149,516,89012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$9,667-28%2020$48$257,592,58125Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,431-4%410$1,425$5,088,95717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$13,370-38%74-16$181$3,112,6109eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,493-55%7672$151$130,3222Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,505-49%58-34$164$10,586,11513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,766-26%58-5$99$111,347,63321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$3,665-35%39-21$94$83,869,38614Fox
7Words and Pictures$3,531-62%28--$126$2,115,82010Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$1,791-67%8-3$224$244,1495Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$998-20%10--$100$5,1541Freestyle Releasing
10Fed Up$820-61%131$63$1,529,06012RADiUS-TWC
11God's Not Dead$542-63%9-2$60$60,747,24619Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$180-22%4-6$45$209,2378RADiUS-TWC
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$179-52%6-2$30$8,461,16912Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$94-71%10$94$312,06912Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$47-77%1--$47$28,9988Moving Visions Entertainment