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Going into the weekend, many box office prognosticators were wondering if director Ridley Scott's The Martian could break the October opening weekend record set two years ago by Gravity, which earned $55.7 million in its first weekend in theaters. As it turns out, The Martian gave a valiant effort, but came up just short, taking in an estimated $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Of course, the film is still in great shape, earning back nearly half of its $108 million budget after just three days in theaters.
The Martian was widely beloved by critics, earning a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, opening in 3,831 theaters for an impressive $14,357 per-screen average. If these estimates hold true when the actual numbers roll in tomorrow, The Martian will have fell just $700,000 short of Gravity's October box office record, but it is still an impressive showing nonetheless. The Martian was the only new movie opening wide this weekend, »
'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to »
- Zac Gille
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, The Sinister Six, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Damage Control, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Wolverine 3, Huck, New Mutants, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad, Watchmen, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Animated Series, Powers, Heroes Reborn and more…
To promote the home entertainment release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel debuted a second gag reel from the Joss Whedon-directed superhero sequel, while the folks at Screen Junkies also gave it the Honest Trailers treatment. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has been very busy this week on the press tour for the release, discussing virtually every aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Gary Collinson
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Bring him home! It's time! Time to take a journey to Mars. Ridley Scott's new adventure The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's bestselling novel of the same name, is now in theaters. Matt Damon plays Astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars alone after a storm during a manned mission to the red planet. He must figure out a way to survive until a crew can return and rescue him. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover. So how is it? As good as the book? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your thoughts on The Martian. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage »
- Alex Billington
Wide The Martian Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Aksel Hennie, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, Naomi Scott, Lili Bordan, Gruffudd Glyn Synopsis: "During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive." Criticwire Grade Average: A- (20 reviews) The Walk Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, James Badge Dale, Steve Valentine, Mark Camacho, Sergio Di Zio, Clément Sibony, Kwasi Songui, Melantha Blackthorne, Benedict Samuel, Jason Blicker, Larry Day, Karl Graboshas Synopsis: "As a »
- Steve Greene
The Martian, 2015.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
The Martian is a 142 minute movie that opens up with the above mentioned failed Nasa mission that ends up deserting team botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars thanks to a hailstorm. It’s a decision by director Ridley Scott (whose movies are all over the map in terms of quality lately) that pays »
- Robert Kojder
We’re almost a week into the Fall, a time for serious stuff at the cinema, not saucers and BEMs (bug-eyed monsters). Well, hold on to your ray-guns, this isn’t a Summertime sci-fi staple with a much delayed release date. You see, the title character is actually an Earthman, but he’s also an alien since he’s not on his home planet. Huh? And this isn’t a tale set hundreds of years in the future, or is it set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” (gotta’ wait another ten weeks or so for that). No, this is set in the very near future (unlike that other star franchise), plus it’s rooted pretty much in the realities of space travel. No warp drives or matter transporters here, so star hopping takes a long, l-o-n-g time. Oh, and this flick’s main setting has »
- Jim Batts
With its rather large roster of characters, many worry that Captain America: Civil War will make the titular character a secondary player in his own movie. Despite making claims about this not being the case already, Kevin Feige has reiterated that Captain America: Civil War is a Captain America movie.
“It is very much Cap’s story,” Feige told guests at an Avengers: Age of Ultron home entertainment release party. “It’s very much a sequel to The Winter Soldier. As that conflict builds, it is represented as a conflict between Cap and Tony.”
“There’s a lot of characters in The Winter Soldier, but it still felt like a very singular and relatively simple thrill ride,” he adds. “Cap, in Civil War, follows very much that same way. That something that we pride ourselves on. Our screenwriters — Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely — are excellent at giving each character just enough. »
- Luke Owen
"It's very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy," Feige told MTV.
"I think one day you'll look back and watch - Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War - and it'll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character."
Seeing that Captain America was killed (or at least seemingly killed - that's comics, folks!) in the aftermath of the Civil War comic, the question is whether Evans's character will be going the same way. »
There is a lot of speculation that Chris Evans' Steve Rogers will be killed off in Captain America: Civil War, because that's what happens in the Marvel Comics. Some believe that either Anthony Mackie's Falcon or Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes will pick up the shield and carry on the mantel of Captain America, because both of those scenarios also happen in the Marvel Comics upon which the film is based. While he wouldn't confirm any of that, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed that Captain America: Civil War will be the end of a trilogy that started with Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 and was carried through in last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Ever since Captain America: Civil War was announced, people have wondered how closely it will follow the Marvel comics. Not very, with the Superhero Registration Act getting turned into the Sokovia Accords. »
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
Which would you save? ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’? Han Solo or Indiana Jones? ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Breaking Bad’? Watch as Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis and Nasa Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson are forced to choose.
The post Watch ‘The Martian’ Cast Play “Save or Kill” appeared first on Collider. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Although there is only one new movie opening in wide release, plus another that expands nationwide, it is already shaping up to be a big weekend at the box office, following the record-breaking numbers put up by Hotel Transylvania last week. The animated sequel took in $47.5 million during its first few days, the highest opening ever in the month of September. But this weekend, Ridley Scott's The Martian is looking to set the box office on fire. According to the projections at BoxOffice.com, the outer space thriller is eyeing a massive $52 million debut, although it will face some competition from Lionsgate's Sicario, which goes wide after an incredible run in limited release. Still, The Martian has a shot of breaking some fall box office records of its own, if it opens higher than these projections
The Martian is expected to open in approximately 3,750 theaters nationwide starting October 2, with »
The best way to describe The Martian would be Castaway crossed with Apollo 13 with a sprinkling of Gravity and a hint of Interstellar. However, there’s no hint of any kind of Alien in this Ridley Scott drama/ adventure, which once again proves that the British director is always at his best when he’s up in space.
Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a astronaught and botanist who gets left behind on the Mars following a horrific storm. With the rest of his crew on their way home, presuming his death, Watney use his scientific skills to survive on the hostile planet while Nasa, and then ultimately his old crew, battle against the odds to ‘Bring Him Home.’
Scott has once again managed to »
- Paul Heath
Just how crazy is Jared Leto‘s Suicide Squad performance? Do Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan want to be the new Captain America? What would Hugh Jackman look like as Old Man Logan? Which Civil War side is Stan Lee on? Could CBS’ Supergirl influence the comics? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero […]
- Angie Han
While the sun, Earth and moon lined up to cause a “super blood moon” eclipse Sunday evening, 20th Century Fox held its own celestial event by presenting a sneak preview of Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi film “The Martian” in RealD 3D at the New York Film Festival. Scott, along with his starry cast members Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis, received thunderous applause for their performances in this outer space survival story based on the 2011 bestselling novel by Andy Weir.
The film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut-botanist, who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars by his crew. He is forced to find ways to survive as Nasa officials race to bring him home. Damon was absent from the screening at Alice Tully Hall — due to shooting the fifth installment of the “Bourne” franchise in Europe — but taped a message for the »
- Paul Chi
'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers to solve a series of difficult problems or all is lost. That man is Ridley Scott. The Oscar-nominated British director has been mired in a late-career slump after a run of middling films that only served to dent his legacy, namely The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, at the Omg age of 77, can still put together a movie, but fans have been wondering if he had any greatness left in him. The Martian answers that question with a pleasantly enthusiastic yes. That enthusiasm comes tempered as we wonder if Scott would have approached The Martian in the »
- Mark Keizer
This coming spring, Marvel will be asking us to choose a side as Phase Three of the McU kicks off with a bang with Captain America: Civil War, and taking part in a Q&A at the Edmonton Comic Expo, comic book legend Stan Lee has revealed whether his allegiance lies with Captain America or Iron Man.
“Whatever side Captain America was on, because he’s the best, pure-hearted person in the whole world,” said Lee (via Cbr). “By the way, he’s a great actor, too, the guy who plays Captain America does a beautiful job — Chris Evans. I say that because he likes me, and anyone who likes me is a great actor.”
Whose side are you on? Let us know in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story.
Helping this Matt-Damon-left-on-Mars survival thriller is a who's who of acting, producing and writing talent. From producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) to screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Daredevil), there's no weak link.
The crew that accidentally leave Damon's biologist Mark Watney on the red planet - Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie - are good enough to warrant their own spin-off movie (though that would make absolutely no sense), while the Nasa bods back home are similarly strong, notably space programme head honcho Jeff Daniels, PR guru Kristen Wiig and Mars mission supervisor Chiwetel Ejiofor. »
There are few professions cooler than being an astronaut. I don’t think anyone doubts the coolness of being paid to explore space. So, it only makes sense that there are scores of cool movies involving astronauts.
This week sees the long-anticipated release of space-movie-master Ridley Scott’s The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as he gets stranded on a foreign planet (again) and has to survive without the help of Nasa. The story is told from the point of view of the Damon’s character as well as that of the brainy people at Nasa back on Earth. If you’re a space fan, this is not one to miss.
The cast of The Martian is understandably stacked with Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Jeff Daniels all playing parts. We’ve compiled a quiz full of our favourite astronaut movies, and they »
- Amanda Wood
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