‘The Martian’ has become 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.

Variety reports that the chief analyst at 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 humour, 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.

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