HOLLYWOOD—It was a fantastic weekend at the multiplex for space lovers. Ridley Scott, the guy behind such epic sci-fi flicks as “Alien” and “Prometheus” returned to space with his sci-fi drama “The Martian” which was a hit with moviegoers. The flick debuted in first take place taking in around $55 million. Just a few thousand shy of the record set back in 2012 by the visually stunning “Gravity.” Could one dare argue “The Martian” to be an awards contender?

Nabbing second place was last weekend’s box-office champ, “Hotel Transylvania 2” with an impressive $33 million. Not bad for the sequel which has already crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office in less than 10 days. After a limited release in theaters, the drama “Sicario” saw a nationwide release that piqued the interest of moviegoers with a $12.1 million debut.

Seems “The Intern” has a soft spot for moviegoers, as the dramedy landed in fourth place with $11.6 million. Not bad as the flick dropped less than 50 percent in its second week. Rounding out the top five was the sequel “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” which added another $7.7 million to its total. Looks like “The Martian” will remain on top in theaters this weekend, as the only threat is the live-action flick “Pan” which was supposed to be released this past summer. Never a good sign when a flick’s release date gets pushed back.