Box Office, A Stellar Opening for The Martian

The Martian had been getting a lot of pre-opening buzz so it’s nice to see that the actual opening lived up to the hype with a $55 million debut. That figure easily secured the Top Spot for the Ridley Scott directed movie that stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The Martian almost beat the previous October Opening Record, which belongs to 2013’s Gravity, which took in $55.7 million.

Last week’s #1 movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, moved to #2 in it’s second weekend. Sicario, the action/drama starring Emily Blunt and
Benicio Del Toro, expanded from it’s initial limited release, and arrived at #3 on the weekend list.

[click the image above to see The Top 10 for the weekend of October 2 – 4]

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Box Office, Maze & Mass Run to Top

The Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials, took the top spot on the weekend Box Office List with $30.3 million. That’s slightly less than the first movie’s $32.5 million opening last year.

In 2nd place, Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, a movie about Whitey Bulger, took in $23.36 million. Although the story behind the movie sounds fascinating, I haven’t heard anyone say anything good about the movie.

The 3rd new release on the Top 10 list is Everest, a new thriller from Universal. The movie opened to a risky limited release on IMAX and premium large format screens (only). The risk paid off with the movie taking in $7.56 million, one week before it’s wide release.

[click the image above for The Top 10 for the weekend of September 18 – 20]

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Box Office, Perfect Opening for Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy, a thriller starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, opened at #1 over the weekend with $26.7 million. That’s more than double what it cost to produce the film ($12 million), which is an impressive accomplishment, and bonafide success. Speaking of budgets, M. Night Shyamalan made his latest horror, The Visit, for just $5 million. The movie debuted to almost $26 million, which is more than 5 times the production cost. The Visit has been getting “ok” reviews. As my sister, who saw it over the weekend, said, “It’s disturbing but not scary”.

[click the image above for The Top 10 for the weekend of September 11 – 13]

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