The female android isn’t dead. In fact, she’s still running around, on the rental charts that is. After amassing $25.3M at the domestic B.O., A24’s Ex Machina hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes hours after becoming available for rental, as well as becoming the best-seller in Movies & TV on Amazon on its first day of home entertainment availability. It’s the first indie film to claim the No. 1 spot on iTunes since The Imitation Game.
Digitally, Ex Machina is outstripping such major studio movies like Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart’s Get Hard, the Colin Firth-Samuel L. Jackson action adventure Kingsman: The Secret Service, and DreamWorks Animation’s Home.
A24 rolled out Alex Garland’s directorial debut on April 10-12 in four theaters in LA and New York where it made an awesome $59K per venue. Heat immediately accumulated on the title stateside and by May 8-10, Ex Machina was in 2,000-plus engagements. Scott Rudin-produced Ex Machina, including foreign, has made $36.7M worldwide. Universal financed a majority of Ex Machina and handled distribution abroad. The film reportedly cost an estimated $15M.
In May, Deadline’s Mike Fleming spoke with Garland who mentioned that a sequel was unlikely as the sci-fi film was envisioned as a self-contained story. At the time, as Garland was fielding various directing offers, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation was on the top of his list as his next project. Swedish star Alicia Vikander has also been reaping spoils in the wake of Ex Machina, landing a part opposite Matt Damon in the next Jason Bourne sequel. In regards to the remainder of 2015, she’ll be on screen three times: Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. on August 14, John Wells’ Adam Jones on October 2, and The Danish Girl bowing November 27