'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along$21,200,000-49%2,75996$7,684$75,445,3102Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,600,000-43%3,162173$3,985$93,613,9615Universal
3The Nut Job$12,316,000-37%3,47245$3,547$40,271,2452Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,035,000-23%2,757-222$3,277$347,815,20510Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$8,800,000-43%3,3870$2,598$30,168,1332Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,275,000--2,753--$3,006$8,275,0001Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,100,000-28%2,304100$3,082$127,038,7537Sony / Columbia
8August: Osage County$5,041,000-32%2,411360$2,091$26,526,5015Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$5,000,000-29%1,804-126$2,772$98,030,4545Paramount
10Devil's Due$2,750,000-67%2,5440$1,081$12,885,9632Fox
11Her (2013)$2,285,000-43%1,325-404$1,725$19,175,4086Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,165,000-42%1,285-530$1,685$252,343,9247Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,135,000-45%1,660-789$1,286$79,212,3627Disney
14Dallas Buyers Club$2,045,000117%1,110691$1,842$20,373,70713Focus
15Gravity$2,020,0008%1,260316$1,603$261,203,46917Warner Bros.
1612 Years a Slave$2,015,00031%1,231470$1,637$43,543,81715Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,550,000-37%1,051-277$1,475$420,031,96810Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,200,000-65%1,371-733$875$17,012,2083Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Nebraska$1,435,00062%968560$1,482$11,602,97411Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,031,000-18%5050$2,042$25,769,57910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$830,000-62%824-907$1,007$123,815,8666Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$720,950--385--$1,873$720,9501Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$640,000-51%540-497$1,185$56,374,7335Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$504,000-50%289-296$1,744$11,993,3478CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$328,000-37%302-601$1,086$106,260,01816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$290,000-79%527-1042$550$32,087,3684Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$280,000-4%242-14$1,157$118,882,23018Sony / Columbia
10The Invisible Woman$277,545219%153127$1,814$601,9635Sony Pictures Classics
1147 Ronin$246,000-45%239-104$1,029$38,048,5005Universal
12Last Vegas$82,000-34%159-35$516$63,747,70713CBS Films
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$53,000-69%132-259$402$52,330,5807Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Past$110,95714%333$3,362$533,7386Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$108,893-21%51-3$2,135$1,455,90911Janus Films
3Gloria (2014)$58,775--3--$19,592$58,7751Roadside Attractions
4Blue Jasmine$33,016-27%368$917$33,202,45227Sony Pictures Classics
6American Mustang$4,400-44%10$4,400$13,0682Vitagraph / Just Media