‘The Martian’ has had the second-highest grossing October opening weekend in history, one place behind Alfonso Cuaròn’s space-set film ‘Gravity’.
Ridley Scott’s film, which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who becomes stranded on the Red Planet, drew $55m in the USA and $100m worldwide. ‘Gravity’ opened in October 2013 to $55.8m.
BoxOffice.com has commented positively about the film’s broad appeal. “It’s going to hold up really well. It’s got everything. It’s got suspense, action, heart and humor, and the ending is really satisfying. People will walk out of the theatre and talk it up to their friends.”
The subject of the $108 million film – the possibility of staying alive on Mars – was recently echoed in the news, after NASA discovered signs of liquid water on Mars.
The finding was credited to an ex-musician – Nepalese-American Lujendra Ojha – who used to be in a heavy metal band called Gorkha.
Now a graduate student at Georgia Tech, he was the person to first propose the findings which led to NASA‘s investigation.
He said: “Yeah, that was an old life. I was kind of in poverty with music. I wasn’t making enough money so I said screw music, let’s go to science, maybe there’s more money in it. But there isn’t money in science either.”
Describing his life since the announcement, Ojha added, “Yeah, yeah. It’s been great. I’m not on a vacation… I’m here trying to do some experiments, but yeah… tough luck, right?”