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The Martian tops US box office with $55 million

The Martian

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott’s 3D space epic The Martian has shot to the top of the US box office with a $55 million debut.

The figures came in ahead of expectations and almost beat Gravity, which opened to $55.8 million almost two years ago. But they did beat Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which also starred Matt Damon (albeit in a much minor role), and which debuted just north of $47 million.

If The Martian again does better than expected on Sunday, then it could still beat Gravity and thereby become the new October record-holder.

Overseas, The Martian also placed No. 1, taking $45.2 million from 49 markets, including a whopping $10.3 million in the UK – the top showing ever for both director Scott and star Damon.

Drew Goddard wrote the adapted script for The Martian, which is based on Andy Weir’s best-selling book about a NASA astronaut left for dead on Mars. The film cost $108 million to produce.

Elsewhere, Denis Villeneuve’s critically acclaimed Sicario built upon the success of its limited release so far by grossing $12.1 million to land third spot at the box office behind The Martian and holdover Hotel Transylvania 2. The critically-acclaimed drug cartel drama stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin.

Sony’s Hotel Transylvania also continued to perform well in its second weekend, taking $33 million for a 10-day US total of $90.5 million. Overseas, it took another $20.4 million for a foreign total of $59.8 million and global haul of $150.3 million.

Nancy Meyers’ comedy-drama The Intern also held well in its second weekend, grossing $11.6 million for a US tally of $36.5 million.

And sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the US top five, grossing $7.7 million in its third outing for a total of $63.2 million. Globally, the movie jumped the $200 million mark after grossing another $13.7 million internationally.

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