'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, Mar. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

2The Adjustment Bureau$21,157,730--2,840--$7,450$21,157,7301Universal
3Beastly$9,851,102--1,952--$5,047$9,851,1021CBS Films
4Hall Pass$8,861,053-35%2,9500$3,004$26,846,8082Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$7,240,315-46%2,984-53$2,426$84,022,3254Disney
6Unknown (2011)$6,520,232-48%2,913-130$2,238$53,029,4963Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$6,431,246-39%2,920-624$2,202$88,131,3164Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$6,230,227-15%2,240-145$2,781$123,546,10415Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$5,750,190-48%2,903-253$1,981$46,488,6063Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,277,128-54%2,254-556$1,898$68,828,5394Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$3,464,679--2,003--$1,730$3,464,6791Relativity Media
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,281,157-57%1,642-1179$1,998$33,250,8353Fox
13Drive Angry$2,225,659-57%2,2900$972$9,103,9512Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Fighter$1,118,397-29%575-93$1,945$92,037,54613Paramount
2Black Swan$1,012,346-24%68164$1,487$105,118,88614Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$975,388-50%725-497$1,345$168,681,08811Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$821,12424%23599$3,494$3,391,0354Fox Searchlight
6The Roommate$585,489-70%606-1120$966$36,845,7725Sony / Screen Gems
7The Grace Card$464,774-54%296-56$1,570$1,697,6152IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Barney's Version$402,033-29%215-84$1,870$5,999,2988Sony Pictures Classics
9No Strings Attached$370,321-74%425-941$871$69,659,7947Paramount
10Biutiful$274,256-40%146-36$1,878$4,232,81810Roadside Attractions
11The Eagle$265,380-83%327-1241$812$19,143,4224Focus
12TRON: Legacy$243,434-26%239-37$1,019$171,363,35012Disney
13Yogi Bear$228,330-8%266-100$858$98,153,68112Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$217,521-67%269-398$809$97,037,5918Sony / Columbia
15Little Fockers$177,905-24%221-40$805$148,219,53511Universal
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$158,423-34%208-95$762$294,562,16216Warner Bros.
17The Rite$157,972-67%201-344$786$32,622,5196Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$151,178-35%185-63$817$103,994,95413Fox
19127 Hours$122,976-59%135-85$911$18,136,89918Fox Searchlight
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$99,350-36%156-48$637$42,572,63911Fox
21The Company Men$94,750-56%112-73$846$4,057,4397Weinstein Company
22The Tourist$91,513-35%142-52$644$67,631,15713Sony / Columbia
23The Mechanic$68,389-79%109-295$627$288,805,3346CBS Films
24Season of the Witch$56,965-45%109-62$523$24,744,4169Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Of Gods and Men$279,011-10%429$6,643$818,2462Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,181-8%49-1$3,024$22,552,19351Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Blue Valentine (2010)$95,826-54%96-71$998$9,408,65210Weinstein Company
4Another Year$85,335-37%66-41$1,293$2,901,26310Sony Pictures Classics
5The Illusionist (2010)$80,212-46%76-49$1,055$1,867,83811Sony Pictures Classics
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$70,973-25%130$5,459$1,457,229433D Entertainment
7Inside Job$68,431104%42-11$1,629$4,121,15322Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Sea 3D$61,621-12%17-2$3,625$27,388,824108Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$61,101-71%44-73$1,389$1,240,5254Shorts International
10The Last Lions$59,589120%1410$4,256$184,5603National Geographic
11Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$55,987-14%193$2,947$230,0733Vitagraph
12happythankyoumoreplease$35,063--2--$17,532$35,0631Anchor Bay Films
13I Am (2011)$31,90465%53$6,381$70,1963Paladin
14Poetry$30,30552%115$2,755$114,8804Kino International
15Rabbit Hole$28,738-46%55-28$523$2,119,97312Lionsgate
16Space Station 3D$27,517-22%52$5,503$82,966,770464IMAX
17Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$23,540--3--$7,847$27,8301Strand Releasing
18Unstoppable (2010)$19,491-45%34-32$573$81,557,47917Fox
19Casino Jack$17,35939%3013$579$991,31612IDP/ATO Pictures
20From Prada to Nada$15,800-72%35-46$451$2,939,1286Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$14,953438%75$2,136$117,4659First Run Features
22I Saw the Devil$13,567--2--$6,784$13,5671Magnolia / Magnet
23Putty Hill$13,231801%32$4,410$22,0203Cinema Guild
24Cold Weather$10,808-15%62$1,801$78,7675IFC Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,55221%52$1,910$756,26931National Geographic
26Winter's Bone$9,318-87%13-122$717$6,520,14539Roadside Attractions
27The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,7840%124$732$117,2847IFC Films
28Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,9033%10$7,903$22,8112Rialto
29Heartbeats$7,90110%21$3,951$18,6582IFC Films
30Public Speaking$6,4383%10$6,438$23,4582Rialto
31Waste Land$6,022-33%5-1$1,204$179,67219Arthouse Films
32Every Day$5,912117%20$2,956$41,7248Image Entertainment
33Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,857-12%41$1,464$59,8774Phase 4 Films
34I Love You Phillip Morris$5,485-16%13-2$422$1,963,87714Roadside Attractions
367 Khoon Maaf$5,333-88%15-53$356$268,6623UTV Communications
37Deep Sea 3D$5,243-40%2-1$2,622$44,052,378262Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541Tostie Productions
39Made in Dagenham$4,9549%6-4$826$1,043,69916Sony Pictures Classics
40A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,90935%31$1,636$19,3218Strand Releasing
41Kaboom$4,691-48%6-5$782$89,8286IFC Films
42Marwencol$4,188566%32$1,396$104,10022Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,015-5%20$2,008$23,540,631179National Geographic
44Vanishing on 7th Street$4,000-43%5-1$800$19,3163Magnolia / Magnet
45The Way Back$3,777-81%5-10$755$2,705,6367Newmarket Films
46All Good Things$3,71416%51$743$547,95014Magnolia Pictures
47Bhutto$3,629--3--$1,210$91,16614First Run Features
48Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,143-52%30$1,048$419,82021Zeitgeist Films
49Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,659-42%3-3$886$181,8796Variance Films
50My Dog Tulip$2,245-34%1-1$2,245$216,95727New Yorker Films
51Four Lions$2,0831%21$1,042$308,76918Drafthouse Films
52Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,970--2--$985$20,1338Kino International
53Carancho$1,433-52%10$1,433$39,9574Strand Releasing
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,233--2--$617$38,37110Cinema Guild
55Into Eternity$835--2--$418$15,6795International Film Circuit
56What Women Want (2011)$782-23%10$782$123,3255China Lion Film
57The Taqwacores$62742%10$627$11,17520Strand Releasing
58Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$502-26%10$502$41,12617Film Desk
59Enemies of the People$323-82%1-1$323$69,50632International Film Circuit
60Brotherhood (2010)$314-96%1-1$314$19,5253Phase 4 Films
61Orgasm Inc.$31157%10$311$21,7964First Run Features
62Animal Kingdom$297-12%10$297$1,042,34930Sony Pictures Classics
63The Woodmans$114-88%1-1$114$32,8807Lorber Films