‘The Martian’ Rockets to $50 Million in China, Tops $500 Million Globally

Fox’s sci-fi epic starring Matt Damon becomes director Ridley Scott’s highest-grossing film ever at overseas box office

Matt Damon‘s space epic “The Martian” had an out-of-this-world $50 million No. 1 debut in China this weekend and blasted past $500 million at the worldwide box office, distributor Fox reported Sunday.

This weekend’s $51.3 million foreign haul lifted the international total for the sci-fi thriller to $326 million, making this director Ridley Scott‘s highest-grossing film ever at the overseas box office. With its $218 million domestic total, “The Martian” has taken in $544 million at the worldwide box office since opening in early October.

“The Martian” was on 4,848 screens in China, and 249 IMAX theaters delivered $6.6 million. It’s the last major opening for the film, before it closes its international run in Japan in February.