Box-office results: The Martian soars to $55M but can’t fight off Gravity

As expected “The Martian” from FOX took the box-office this weekend with a $55M domestic total. The film opened across 3,831 locations and easily won-over moviegoers across the country. The film narrowly missed beating out the film “Gravity” three-day total, which was $55.78M.

The sci-fi epic follows a manned mission to Mars, during the trip Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm hits the crew and he is left behind.

But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Ridley Scott directed the film, Drew Goddard wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Andy Weir. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chasten and Kristen Wiig.

Sony Pictures’ “Hotel Transylvania 2” dropped from first to second this week with $33M across the country. The animated comedy stars the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez, the film has earned $90M since it was released two-weeks ago.

“Sicario” from Lionsgate took third-place overall with $12M from 2,620 locations. In the drama an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. The film stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicia Del Toro. “Sicario” was directed by Denis Villeneuve, working off a script written by Taylor Sheridan.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ managed to hold-onto fourth-place this week with “The Intern”. The comedy made an additional $11.6M at the box-office this weekend, raising the film’s domestic total to just over $36.5M to date. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox” wraps up the top-five this weekend with $7.65M at the box-office. The YA action-film has earned over $63M since the film’s release three-weeks ago.

Not hitting the top-five but worth mentioning are “The Walk” from TriStar Pictures. The film earned $1.55M in its limited-release across 448 locations. Robert Zebecks directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon and Guillaume Baillargeon.

Other callouts in the limited release schedule are “He Named Me Malala” from Fox Searchlight with $56,000 in four locations, “Freehold” from Lionsgate with $40,000 in five locations and “Shanghai” from the Weinstein Company with $26,400 in 103 locations.

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