UK Box Office October 2-4: THE MARTIAN Lands on Earth, THE INTERN needs hired!

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Debuting at number 1 with a strong $9.9 million was The Martian. Also opening in the top 5 were The Intern (4th) and Macbeth (5th).

Also opening in the top 10 was another instalment of the Met Opera 2015 (7th) and Singh is Bling (9th).

Here is the top 10:

1. The Martian - $9.91 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $9.91 million
2. Legend - $1.60 million - Week 4 - Down 42% - Total: $23.31 million
3. Everest - $1.29 million - Week 3 - Down 57% - Total: $13.24 million
4. The Intern - $1.15 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.15 million
5. Macbeth - $1.13 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.13
6. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $911,724 - Week 4 - Down 48% - Total: $11.94 million
7. Met Opera 2015 - $355,589 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $355,589
8. Miss You Already - $306,276 - Week 2 - Down 59% - Total: $1.68 million
9. Singh is Bling - $293,498 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $293,498
10. Inside Out - $272,825 - Week 11 - Down 57% - Total: $57.88 million

The top 10 made approximately $17.22 million this weekend which is up 59.1% on last weekend and is also up 0.62% on the same time frame last year which saw a very good $6 million+ opening from Gone Girl. It is surprising to see the numbers so close year on year but it is great to see 2015 ahead.

Lands onto the top spot this weekend was The Martian which took in $9.91 million. This is actually the 8th biggest opening in the UK this year-  just behind Taken 3 and a little above Home. This is only a little below fellow space flick Gravity which opened to $9.99 million - that movie went on to make over $50 million in the UK because of rave reviews- The Martian has pretty similar - will it fly that high? - It actually good. However, Gravity was around an hour shorter than The Martian which means more showings could fit in and audiences may be more comfortable seeing a shorter film than  a longer one. I think The Martian will definitely pass $25 million but may struggle to hit $50 million due to fierce competition this Autumn from Spectre, Mockingjay and other big films. Least it puts Matt Damon back into one of Hollywood's big box office draws?

Holding onto second place this weekend was Legend. The gangster film dropped a solid 42% and took in $1.6 million. The film has so far made $23.3 million in the UK which shows that you don't need raving reviews to become a box office success. Legend has also performed extremely well to a film that is rated 18! Least it puts Tom Hardy back into one of Hollywood's big box office draws?

Despite holding onto the box office crown for two weeks in a row, Everest slid a steep 57% in its 3rd weekend - this may be because IMAX screens were taken over by The Walk (which couldn't even crack the top 10- it was in limited release though). Everest has solid reviews and has so far made $13.24 million at the UK box office which kind of should be classed as a surprise hit! The film will definitely surpass $15 million and could head towards $20 million.

The other new entry this week was The Intern. The Robert DeNiro/Anne Hathaway flick took in $1.15 million - this is 5X less than The Holiday, around a million less than Something's Gotta Give and a little less than It's Complicated. This makes The Intern quite a weak UK debut for Nancy Meyers. However, the film had a strong hold for its second weekend in the US which could reflect its UK performance - I predict The Intern will take into $3-4 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is Macbeth. The acclaimed Michael Fassbender flick had a limited release and still managed to crack the top 5! The film took in $1.13 million in the UK which is pretty strong. The film should have strong holds due to its critical acclaim. I predict, Macbeth will close with $3.5-5 million.

6. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - Another average drop for the average sequel. Prediction: $13-15 million.

7. Met Opera 2015

8. Miss You Already- the film clearly didn't have good word of mouth as it saw a close to 60% drop in its second weekend. Prediction: $1.9-2.5 million.

9. Singh is Bling - Another non British or Hollywood film cracks the 2015 box office! Prediction: $0.5-0.7 million.

10. Inside Out - A surprisingly steep drop for the film in its 11th weekend. Prediction: $58 million.

Source: Rentrak

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