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Matt Damon stranded on Mars looks like the perfect box office formula for 20th Century Fox, as Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” topped the weekend box office with an estimated $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
The performance by “The Martian” exceeded industry expectations, which had the film opening in the mid $40 million range.
The adaptation of Andy Weir‘s novel of a NASA astronaut who must survive with limited supplies on Mars after being stranded on the Red Planet had an impressive opening Friday with $18 million (including Thursday night previews). The film then had a 26% increase in ticket sales on Saturday, according to Deadline.
The weekend was strong for many films.
Coming in second place is “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The Adam Sander-voiced animated comedy scored an estimated $33 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, just a 28% decrease from its record-breaking opening weekend last week.
The drug war thriller “Sicario” came in third with an estimated $12 million, according to THR. Its first weekend in wide release, the Emily Blunt-starrer has built a strong audience through positive reviews and word-of-mouth during the previous few weekends in limited release.