Monday, October 5, 2015
The Ridley Scott film could be the biggest October opening ever.
Story by Matt CummingsIf August 2015 broke all kinds of box office records for infamy, October 2015 could do the same but in the more preferred direction. The beginning of the Oscar season kicked off with two very good showings, even though the specter of serious disappointment has already claimed one hopeful submission. HERE), so it was no surprise it resonated with both fans and critics. The impressive performance is just another indication that audiences will watch well-made, scientifically-centered Science-Fiction this late in the year. We'll have to wait to see if it will pull away from the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron game-changer. HERE). HERE). The Intern, which took home $11.6m for a total haul of $36.5m. It only experienced a 34.5% drop, which should guarantee a profit for the Anne Hathaway/Robert DeNiro dramedy. Rounding out the top five was Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which took in $7.6m for a total haul of just $63.2m. The film is off nearly $10m from the original Maze Runner over the same 15-day period, so it's clear that audiences might be ready to bid YA a fond farewell. HERE). The Walk took in only $1.9m, and that's for a five-day haul ($1.5m over the weekend); that's pretty awful, but perhaps a wider release this week will help its very sluggish start. It failed to finish in the top 10. The weekend finally showed evidence of sustainability again, but there are several potholes through October that could see a return to mostly empty theaters. A quick check of local theaters on both Tuesday Thursday revealed mostly empty parking lots, proving that a lull in the action near Halloween might result in low numbers once again. But, it's clear that in terms of quality, the box office is back with several must-sees, including the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass and the decent Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice. Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.