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Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) Stock Climbs, 'The Martian' Excels at Box Office

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA - Get Report) shares are up 0.64% to $28.22 on Monday as the science-fiction film "The Martian," starring Matt Damon, topped estimates in its opening weekend at the box office.

The firm brought in $55 million, beating analysts' expectations of $45 million, Variety reports.

"The Martian," directed by Ridley Scott, is about Mark Watney, played Damon, and his survival on Mars as a stranded astronaut.

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This debut comes shortly after NASA's announcement last week that it found evidence of water on Mars' surface.

"It's got everything," said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst at "It's got suspense, action, heart, and humor, and the ending is really satisfying. People will walk out of the theater and talk it up to their friends."

Coming in second place was Sony Corp.'s (SNE) "Hotel Translyvania 2" bringing in...