The Mar­tian blasts off to top of box of­fice

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Open­ing just days af­ter NASA an­nounced find­ings show­ing wa­ter on Mars, The Mar­tian soaked up movie­go­ers at the box of­fice.

Ri­d­ley Scott’s 3D space epic touched down in the­atres with a ro­bust $55 mil­lion (U.S.) over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day. The re­sults again proved movie­go­ers’ abid­ing thirst for space ad­ven­tures, par­tic­u­larly ones that rely more on math­e­mat­ics than mon­sters.

The 20th Cen­tury Fox re­lease, star­ring Matt Damon as an as­tro­naut left for dead on Mars, ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions to nearly rank as the top Oc­to­ber de­but ever. The es­ti­mated North Amer­i­can open­ing of The Mar­tian sur­passed that of Christo­pher Nolan’s In­ter­stel­lar ($47.5 mil­lion) and vir­tu­ally equalled the de­but of Al­fonso Cuaron’s Grav­ity ($55.8 mil­lion).

Oc­to­ber is prov­ing es­pe­cially busy with well-re­viewed stu­dio re­leases seek­ing broad au­di­ences. Another ac­claimed 3D spec­ta­cle, Sony’s The Walk, took a back seat to The Mar­tian.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Cana­dian the­atres, ac­cord­ing to Ren­trak: 1. The Mar­tian, $55 mil­lion. 2. Ho­tel Transylvania 2, $33 mil­lion. 3. Si­cario, $12.1 mil­lion. 4. The In­tern, $11.6 mil­lion. 5. Maze Run­ner: The Scorch Tri­als, $7.7 mil­lion

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