By Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso
A rescue mission MAKES money as The Martian rules the box office
Good Monday morning, Mixers! We know the weekend was a bit wet for some of you, but we’re glad you could make it out to at least one flick this weekend. Hopefully, you found a great rainy day cocktail or two to help you through the weekend at the movies. And it looks like at least that’s what some of you did if the box office totals below are any indication.
Seriously, there are some awesome numbers reporting out of this weekend, and with the top film falling just shy of the record, we wouldn’t be surprised if we heard some news this afternoon that the record was broken. And remember, this is October! Right?
— C&M —
The following estimates are from Box Office Mojo, and are fresh as of yesterday. Be aware that these numbers could change by this afternoon’s actuals:
- The Martian: $55 mil.
- Hotel Transylvania 2: $33 mil.
- Sicario: $12 mil.
- The Intern: $11.6 mil
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: $7.6 mil.
- Black Mass: $5.9 mil.
- Everest (2015): $5.5 mil.
- The Visit: $3.9 mil.
- War Room: $2.8 mil.
- The Perfect Guy: $2.4 mil.
Just as everyone had predicted The Martian managed to sweep through theaters this weekend, with a whopping $55 million in its coffers. To provide some perspective, Gravity raked in $55.8 million in the same October weekend that The Martian claimed – so Ridley Scott’s spacefaring adventure is just a little off the mark when it comes to the record books. With weak competition this upcoming weekend, we’re expecting this champ to rally another weekend of dominance, with a possibility for a third if the crowded field of October 16th’s box office can’t pick a clear winner. With the film sitting at $100 mil. internationally, and the film being budgeted at $108 mil., it’s looking like The Martian was a successful gambit for 20th Century Fox. With the film getting amazing reviews, especially “stellar” reviews from Tim’s mom and dad, this should spend a few weeks at the time of the heap.
— C&M —
Elsewhere in the charts, we saw Hotel Transylvania 2 take the second spot, with an admirable $33 million dollars. This really wasn’t a surprise as, again, kids flicks tend to have legs when latched onto by the public. What was a surprise is seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario jump from 10th to 3rd place in its wide release debut. It’s not that buzz was negative on the film, it’s just that the title seemed way too niche to jump that high that quickly. Whether it will be a sustainable high, we’ll see, but our guess is we’ll see this one fall off the top 5 next weekend with a slow climb out of the top 10.
Speaking of falling out of the top 5, we saw Black Mass fall out of the upper echelon, with The Intern and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials both hanging on for dear life. Both will probably have another weekend in the top tier, as not many films are being released this weekend that will make a huge splash. At least, that’s the indication if the negative buzz around The Walk’s limited IMAX release is anything to listen to. With reports of motion sickness, and even some snark around the film’s lighthearted, cavalier tone hitting the internet, the IMAX exclusive release window generated only $1.6 million in a weekend of release. For comparison, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol made $12.8 million in five days of IMAX exclusivity, and went on to top the box office the next week. While it may look grim for the Robert Zemeckis film’s chances of replicating such success, it is a film of more limited scope and appeal, so it will need more time to grow.
Finishing out the rest of the field, we saw Everest continue its descent to the base of the box office, while The Visit, War Room, and The Perfect Guy all took another weekend of easy money without big competition. With The Walk expanding, Steve Jobs opening in New York and LA, and Pan doing… something; it doesn’t look like the weekend will be bringing us any huge game changers. Of course, we’ve been wrong before – despite not wanting to admit it, so let’s see what this week brings before we go any further down that rabbit hole. May your week be filled with dry weather, cool drinks, and warm thoughts. It’s October, and the magic is just around the corner!
by Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso
Survival on Mars, extreme feats, the drug war – THIS is October?
Mixers, do us a favor. Take a look at whatever calendar you’re using, and tell us what month it is. It’s October, right? Seriously, the movies we’re looking ahead to this month belong in tentpole season; but with the business becoming more and more flooded with product, we the audience have less time to save our pennies. If this keeps up, we might have to start saving on drink money and buying a large martini before each showing!
OK, maybe we won’t go that far, but we’re still going to have a hard choice at what flicks to pick this weekend. Here’s your starting line-up for October!
by Tim Barley
An iced coffee cocktail for a hot day in SoCal
Good morning, Mixers! We’re introducing a new feature today (and every Tuesday) called the “Tipsy Tuesday” cocktail. Why Tuesday? Well, because drinking on a Monday isn’t good for you after last weekend and starting on Wednesday is just a bit too early for next weekend.
Every Tuesday, we’ll bring you a new cocktail to try out at home, or if you are like us, at the office. We’ll leave it up to you to pair it with a movie. Feel free to share this with friends on social media using the hashtag: #TipsyTuesdayCocktail. And don’t forget to include #CocktailsandMovies.
Now, on to that cocktail in celebration of National Coffee Day…
Iced Mexican coffee
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- Ice cubes
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
- 1/2 cup cold café de olla
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream or half-and-half
Drizzle chocolate syrup on the bottom of a glass.
Add ice cubes, coffee liqueur and café de olla and cream.
Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.
Of course, you can always just blend this all together and throw on some whipped cream.
By Tim Barley
Hotel Transylvania scares away the competition
This past weekend gave us a new record holder as Hotel Transylvania 2 broke the box office record for biggest September opening. Apparently, there were a lot of kids that just had to get out to a movie and with Halloween right around the corner, this is probably the open pure “kids” Halloween movie. Goosebumps looks like it might be a little too intense for those living in their single digit years.
With $47.5 million, HT2 more than blew away my prognostications from last Friday and it doubled up the nearest competition, The Intern which brought in $18 million. On the other end of the spectrum and coming in at position nine, The Green Inferno only brought in $3.5 million. Is this the end of the torture porn genre? Let’s take a look at the weekend and some thoughts from here in the office.
by Tim Barley and Duwayne Tso
MORE from Transylvania, GORE from the jungle and tales of the un-retired
Well, another weekend at the box office, mixers. It’s going to be a hot one here in the Southwest, so maybe audiences will be driven into the theaters to enjoy a strong cocktail and a great movie. With three very different options to choose from this weekend, there is something for the kids and the adults and the Eli Roth fans, who looks to be doing all he can to turn off the younger audiences to missionary work…
Here’s what’s happening, so grab a cocktail and come along as we ask “Whaddya Got On Tap?”