Lionsgate’s Sicario is the week’s highest new entry with $2.5m (£1.6m) as Legend becomes StudioCanal’s second biggest release ever with $25.7m (£16.75m).
Falling just 19% (excluding previews), The Martian remained docked at the top of the UK box office for the second straight week.
Fox’s sci-fi adaptation enjoyed a strong $5.9m (£3.84m) second weekend for $20.3m (£13.2m), already making it director Ridley Scott’s fifth biggest UK release with Robin Hood’s $23.6m (£15.4m) shortly to be overtaken.
In comparison to recent notable sci-fi outings, The Martian is tracking ahead of Interstellar ($18.7m/£12.2m at same stage) but has fallen behind Gravity, which stood at $22.5m (£14.67m).
The Martian is unlikely to record a hat-trick at the top of the UK chart given the preview-boosted opening of Hotel Transylvania 2 and the seven-day Suffragette opening this coming weekend. However, it is well placed to hit £20m and potentially beyond.
Also for Fox, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is up to $12.9m (£8.38m) following a $492,000 (£320,656) fifth weekend, and will likely end up with a similar tally to The Maze Runner’s $13.6m (£8.89m).
The week’s highest new entry came in the form of Sicario as it landed second.
Lionsgate’s crime drama scored an excellent $2.5m (£1.6m) UK debut from its 434 sites, including $337,000 (£219,737) in previews.
That marks director Denis Villeneuve’s best-ever opening ahead of Prisoners’ $2.1m (£1.37m) from 400 sites, and that film’s $11.2m (£7.3m) result will now be Sicario’s target.
The Walk stumbled a touch with an uninspiring UK debut of $1.2m (£800,000) from its 481 sites through Sony.
That opening includes $427,000 (£278,000) from its IMAX and PLF previews since Oct 2, and overall it marks one of the lowest ever UK debuts for director Robert Zemeckis, behind Contact’s $1.4m (£932,114) from 282 sites.
Legend is now StudioCanal’s second biggest release of all time at the UK box office.
The well-received Krays biopic added $1.1m (£708,937) for $25.7m (£16.75m) after five weeks in play, taking it past The Imitation Game’s $25.2m (£16.4m).
It also means that it’s now the eighth biggest 18-rated film and looks well set to become the seventh biggest, currently The Silence of the Lambs’ $26.3m (£17.12m) result.
Also for StudioCanal, Macbeth fell around 30% (excluding previews) as it posted a second weekend of $711,000 (£463,068) for $2.8m (£1.84m) to date, a somewhat disappointing result so far given the marketing push for the film.
The Intern dropped a respectable 25% (excluding previews) on its way to a $777,000 (£506,000) second weekend.
Warner Bros’ dramedy is now up to $2.8m (£1.82m) and will likely end its run as director Nancy Meyers’ lowest grossing UK outing, currently The Parent Trap’s $7.7m (£5m).
Now in its fourth weekend, Universal’s Everest is on the cusp of £10m after trekking to an extra $764,000 (£497,869) for $15m (£9.77m) to date.
Also for Universal, Minions and The Visit have amassed $71.4m (£46.5m) and $4.6m (£3m), respectively.
Regression started its UK run with an underwhelming $329,000 (£214,489) from its 270 sites through Entertainment.
Rising 2% in its 12th weekend, Disney’s Inside Out added a further $284,000 (£185,000) for an excellent $59m (£38.4m) to date.
In its third weekend, eOne’s Miss You Already took $89,000 (£57,644) for $2.1m (£1.36m) to date.
CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE
Released in seven sites through Curzon Artificial Eye, Red Army recorded a UK bow of $9,800 (£6,388), including previews.
This week sees saturation releases for Fox’s Suffragette (opens today, Oct 12), Universal’s Crimson Peak, Warner Bros’ Pan and Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2.
StudioCanal’s The Program receives a wide release, while Picturehouse Entertainment’s The Lobster, Dogwoof’s Censored Voices and Metrodome’s Howl are among the films receiving a limited release.