'The Martian' Sets October Record with $18 Million Opening Day; 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Still Rolling at $7.5 Million; 'Sicario' Expands Well to $4.3 MillionOctober 03, 2015 04:40 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Fox reports that The Martian landed with a fantastic opening day of $18 million on Friday, including the adaptation's $2.5 million Thursday night haul. That gives it the best opening day of all-time for an October release, edging out Gravity's $17.5 million two years ago this weekend. That figure also tops Interstellar's $16.9 million first Friday (although it earned $2.15 million in limited release over the previous two days), while giving Matt Damon his best career opening day outside the Bourne franchise (The Bourne Ultimatum debuted to $24.7 million; Supremacy to $18.44 million. Last but not least, this is also director Ridley Scott's third best opening day after Prometheus ($21.5 million) and 2001's Hannibal ($19.3 million) -- in other words, making it his best first day gross among non-sequels and non-franchises.

Even better news for the adaptation of Andy Weir's best-selling novel is the fact that early word of mouth is lining up with critical reviews. Flixster users and Rotten Tomatoes critics each give it a high 94 percent score as of Saturday morning, both of which rank among the best scores by any wide release this year. Worth noting is that the film did earn a bit less on Friday "proper" ($15.5 million without Thursday grosses) than Gravity did ($16.1 million), and for that reason we're not quite pulling the trigger on calling an October opening weekend record (Gravity holds it at $55.8 million). Still, it should be pretty close even if it does fall short, and all of the aforementioned good signs point to a leggy run. BoxOffice's official projection as of Saturday morning is for a stellar $54 million debut frame.

Moving down to second place yesterday, Hotel Transylvania 2 eased 44 percent from its first day last Friday to $7.5 million. That gives the hit animated sequel an eight-day domestic take of $65.04 million -- putting it 16 percent ahead of its 2012 predecessor at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $31 million sophomore frame.

Expanding into wide release after two weeks of strong limited play, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario pulled an encouraging $4.28 million from 2,620 theaters on Friday in third place. That gives the strongly reviewed film a $7.28 million domestic total now, and early buzz is very positive with a 90 percent Flixster score alongside the well-documented 92 percent critical vote. BoxOffice is projecting a $13 million weekend.

In fourth place, The Intern eased 43 percent from opening day last week to $3.57 million yesterday. Writer/director Nancy Meyers' latest success has pulled $28.47 million through eight days of release, putting it 45 percent ahead of the pace of her 2006 film, The Holiday. BoxOffice is projecting a second weekend of $11.5 million.

In fifth, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted $2.1 million for a 49 percent week-to-week drop. With a sum of $57.7 million domestically so far, BoxOffice projects a $7.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Walk is unfortunately not off to the kind of start in IMAX theaters that was hoped for. The strongly reviewed (86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) film based on tight-rope walker Philippe Petit (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) earned just $390,000 from its 448 locations yesterday, giving it a three-day total of $0.81 million. That falls well short of the benchmark achieved by Everest's early IMAX release just a couple of weeks ago, however audience reception is trending upward as its Flixster score has increased from 77 percent to 84 percent since Wednesday evening. Given the amount of competition in the marketplace right now, the film's nationwide expansion could benefit from that positive word of mouth in the weeks ahead. For now, BoxOffice is projecting a $1.25 million three-day weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Under the Sea 3D$48,45211%162$3,028$26,830,449102Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
15All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
16No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
17Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
18Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
19The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
21Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
22Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
24The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
25Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
26What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
27Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
28My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
29Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
33Deep Sea 3D$6,127-34%30$2,042$43,987,982256Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
35The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
36The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
37William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
38White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
39Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
40Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
41Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
42Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
44The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
45Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
46The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
47Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
48Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
50Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
51Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
52Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
53Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
54Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
55Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
56The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
58Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
59You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
60The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
62Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
63Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
64Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
65Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
66Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
67Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
68To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement