‘The Martian’ Tops Foreign Box Office, ‘Ant-Man’ Nears $500 Million Mark

The Martian” topped foreign box office charts, adding $30 million to its total and pushing the science fiction epic toward the $400 million mark globally.

As it currently stands, “The Martian” is director Ridley Scott’s third highest-grossing picture when not adjusted for inflation, behind “Gladiator” ($457.6 million) and “Prometheus” ($403.3 million). Given that it has yet to touch down in China, the picture, which has made $385.1 million so far, should have no trouble becoming the filmmaker’s biggest hit.

In second place, “Hotel Transylvania 2” picked up $28.7 million, pushing its global haul to $315.8 million. At this rate, the animated sequel should pass its predecessor’s $358.4 million haul.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” got a big lift from China, where the superhero picture is doing brisk business. It added $22 million to its $493 million global gross, with the bulk of that coming from the People’s Republic. It has made $81.9 million after just 10 days of release in the Asian nation. “Ant-Man” should pass $500 million worldwide next week.

The top five was rounded out by “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” with $18 million and Vin Diesel’s “The Last Witch Hunter” with $13.4 million. Both pictures flopped domestically and their weak foreign showings mean that they will likely end up in the red. “The Last Witch Hunter” cost $70 million to make and has only eked out $24.2 million globally. The latest “Paranormal Activity” cost a comparatively modest $10 million to produce, but has earned a disappointing $26.2 million worldwide.

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