For a while there, it looked as if Matt Damon’s latest effort, “The Martian,” would be setting a new October record. However, estimates show the Ridley Scott directed film came up just a tad shy of the $55.7 million October record set “Gravity” two years ago.
20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for “The Martian,” enough for first place this weekend, but just second place on the October chart. Don’t feel too bad for “the Martian” hough, with “A” CinemaScore and good word-of-mouth, the film should have a nice long run.
“The Martian” also opened in 49 international markets where it earned an estimated $45.2 million, bringing its worldwide opening to $100.2 million with openings in top markets such as Germany, Russia, South Korea, Spain, France, Japan and China still to come, some not until early 2016.
For Martian star Matt Damon, this is his second largest opening ever behind “The Bourne Ultimatum” ($69.2 million). The same goes for Ridley Scott whose largest opening weekend ever belongs to (believe it or not) “Hannibal” ($58 million) back in 2001.
The weekend’s other major new release was “The Walk,” Robert Zemeckis’ story of French wire-walker Philippe Petit starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The 3D feature opened in many IMAX theatres on Wednesday, but it never clicked with audiences. The film finished its five-day run with an estimated $1.9 million, $1.5 million of that coming from the three-day weekend.
But maybe the tepid debut was due to the weather or to high IMAX ticket prices? We’ll find our next week when “The Walk” expands to over 2,500 theaters next weekend.
Adding an additional 2,561 theaters this weekend, “Sicario” brought in $12 million this weekend. Those who saw the film liked it, giving it an “A-” CinemaScore. With good word-of-mouth, “Sicario” should do well as we head into award season.
In its second weekend, Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” took second place, dropping only 31.9% and bringing in $33 million as it continues to outperform its predecessor. In just two weeks of release, the animated sequel has earned $90.5 million, nearly $14 million more than where the first “Hotel Transylvania” was at this point two years ago.
Also performing well in its second weekend is Nancy Meyers “The Intern.” The film dropped only 34.5% for a $11.6 million second weekend, bringing its total to $36.5 million.