It’s impressive to see The Martian bounce back to the number one spot at the box office, bringing its domestic take to $166 million. Gladiator is still Ridley Scott’s highest grosser to date, at $187 million, but The Martian will likely beat that without breaking a sweat. Alien, back in 1979 made $80 million, which is quite impressive considering it a brooding cyberpunk sci fi film. The Martian is succeeding at the box office primarily due to word of mouth and its grade A cinemascore. Adjusted for inflation, Gladiator is still tops, with The Martian at number 4. Not bad.
It’s been a while since a movie the people liked won Best Picture. It is reminiscent of The Departed’s ascent. Like Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese had never won Best Director. The year is too early to call, with so many big movies coming up but it’s one to look out for.
In other box office news, BoxOffice.com’s Phil Contrino is predicting Star Wars to become the highest grossing film of all time, with a total domestic take of $762,000,000, and an opening take of $215 million.