Australian Box Office Report: The Martian finds revenue on Mars!

Surely NASA and Fox are in cahoots here. First the earth shattering announcement that they have found water on Mars and now The Martian, Ridley Scott’s newest has done some amazing numbers in the box office. I’m probably a nut, but conspiracy theories aside, Mars is getting all the spotlight lately as the space drama rakes in an impressive $6 million in its opening weekend in Australia. Debuting simultaneously in The States, it made $54 million bringing its worldwide gross to a very comfortable $98 million.

The race is on to see which space epic wins the biggest opening in October as The Martian faces off against 2013’s GravityThe Martian came up just shy on its opening weekend figures (Gravity made $55 million) so stay tuned to see how it progresses.

Another nice little comedy from Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, The Holiday) has secured second spot in its opening weekend, with The Intern earning $1.9 million here. It still sits in 4th spot in the USA despite being surrounded by blockbusters, dropping down from 2nd spot last week.

Families let their voices be heard in the final week of the holidays as three films round out the top 5. Australians own Oddball is still doing extremely well – possibly due to lack of choice – with $1.5 million; Pixels continues to defy expectations with $1.4 million; while Pan stays just above the million mark.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 THE MARTIAN FOX $6,088,059
2 THE INTERN WARNER BROS $1,990,627
3 ODDBALL ROADSHOW $1,504,249
4 PIXELS SONY PICTURES $1,467,726
5 PAN WARNER BROS $1,445,048
6 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS FOX $899,762
7 EVEREST UNIVERSAL $856,487
8 SICARIO ROADSHOW $741,118
9 THE VISIT UNIVERSAL $552,571
10 BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE STUDIOCANAL $423,587

This week sees the release of Black Mass, the Johnny Depp led true story of Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant who invades a mafia family in South Boston.
Miss You Already also opens. It stars Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette as two best friends whose friendship is tested when one of them falls ill.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo.