Two big Oscar contenders dominated the box office this weekend. "The Martian" sat atop the chart for a second week in a row, adding $37.3 million to its haul which now totals $108 million. And "Steve Jobs" did boffo business in just four theaters, taking in $521,000 (a jaw-dropping $130K per venue). While "The Martian" played on a staggering 3,854 screens, "Steve Jobs" is being rolled out slowly, with 23 more cities coming online next weekend before it goes wide on Oct. 23.
While 19 of our 20 Oscar experts (journalists who cover this beat for major media including Variety, Yahoo, USA Today, and Huffington Post) are predicting that Danny Boyle's biopic of Apple's patron saint will reap a Best Picture bid, only a dozen are doing the same for Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller. But that is likely to change in the coming days as "The Martian" continues to rake in money. It was boosted into the box office stratosphere by stellar reviews, scoring a jaw-dropping 94 at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 81 at MetaCritic.
Likewise Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars determined to find a way home (think "Gravity" meets "Castaway"), should see a rise in his ranking on our Best Actor chart. He is currently in sixth place because only ten of our 20 Oscar experts are predicting that he will be nominated. And none of us is predicting him to prevail. Compare that to the first-place standing of "Steve Jobs" player Michael Fassbender. All of us predict he will be nominated and 11 of us expect him to win his first Oscar.
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