Weekend Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Tops Weekend with $55M

Ridley Scott's 3D Epic

The Martian, an epic 3D space film from 20th Century Fox, touched down in theaters with an estimated $55 million at the weekend box office, the second best debut for October, Ridley Scott, and Matt Damon. Two years ago, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity set the current record with $55.8 million.

Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s bestseller earned a glowing A CinemaScore from audiences. The filmmaker and crew hit it out of the park.

Sony’s animated comedy sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 dropped to second place with $33 million after falling a scant 32 percent from its record-setting opening weekend.

Denis Villeneuve‘s drug war thriller Sicario expanded nationwide into 2,620 theaters (from 59 theaters last weekend) and came in third with an estimated $12.1 million. The film’s domestic total is now at $15.1 million.

Nancy Meyer’s comedy The Intern dropped 34% in its second weekend to fourth place with $11.6 million.

Fox sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials dropped to fifth place with $7.7 million in its third outing, down 47%. Enjoy this Box Office Mojo top-ten list.

Top Ten List

Elsewhere, Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit, opened on 448 IMAX screens but took in only $1.5 million.

Next weekend sees Warner Bros,’ delayed Pan and the limited debut of Universal’s Aaron Sorkin-written, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs.