'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, Jul. 13 - Sun, Jul. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Ice Age: Continental Drift$46,629,259--3,881--$12,015$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$34,628,104-44%4,3180$8,019$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$22,410,855-30%3,30347$6,785$159,257,2503Universal
6Magic Mike$9,021,123-42%3,090-30$2,919$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,584,027-45%2,004-157$2,786$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,800,607-47%2,7322$1,391$18,653,5442Paramount
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,669,675-51%2,285-576$1,606$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$3,704,507-18%92440$4,009$32,483,0028Focus
2To Rome with Love$2,469,235-20%744-62$3,319$8,587,8624Sony Pictures Classics
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,398,754-35%747-378$1,872$613,660,48611Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$1,022,270-42%677-475$1,510$151,630,8007Universal
6Men in Black 3$875,835-48%497-382$1,762$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
7People Like Us$793,313-64%961-1094$826$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$767,753-61%655-1002$1,172$35,915,8424Fox
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$651,051-12%342-17$1,904$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
10Safety Not Guaranteed$339,23434%18273$1,864$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
11That's My Boy$309,444-50%172-228$1,799$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
12The Hunger Games$279,755-11%212-16$1,320$404,864,65117Lionsgate
13Rock of Ages$271,991-57%255-446$1,067$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dark Shadows$226,926-26%239-64$949$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
16Bernie$215,932-14%103-10$2,096$8,106,28012Millennium Entertainment
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$176,230-15%221-15$797$40,729,8809Lionsgate
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$174,655-29%232-25$753$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
19Your Sister's Sister$153,8211%1016$1,523$1,215,7375IFC Films
20Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$143,6358%168-7$855$213,745,89520Universal
21The Dictator$103,450-28%161-25$643$59,504,4279Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beasts of the Southern Wild$790,535111%8162$9,760$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2Cocktail (2012)$647,956--96--$6,750$647,9561Eros International
3The Intouchables$356,33331%8323$4,293$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
4Bol Bachchan$228,752-57%980$2,334$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
5To the Arctic 3D$207,585-15%520$3,992$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Take This Waltz$147,306-3%482$3,069$629,0253Magnolia Pictures
7The Three Stooges$105,596106%72-4$1,467$44,053,04214Fox
8The Obama Effect$83,896--25--$3,356$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Farewell, My Queen$72,100--4--$18,025$72,1001Cohen Media Group
10Hubble 3D$63,4341%141$4,531$33,608,970122Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,402-3%330$1,800$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
12For Greater Glory$54,84416%423$1,306$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
13Mirror Mirror$50,829-20%91-28$559$64,757,06416Relativity Media
142016: Obama's America$31,610--1--$31,610$31,6101Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Trishna$29,140--3--$9,713$29,1401IFC Films
16Under the Sea 3D$27,77924%104$2,778$31,872,457179Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,44932%100$2,545$5,800,3301143D Entertainment
18Easy Money (2012)$24,684--2--$12,342$27,7831Weinstein Company
19The Imposter$22,379--1--$22,379$22,3791Indomina Releasing
20The Lucky One (2012)$20,853-53%41-31$509$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
21Ballplayer: Pelotero$20,628--10--$2,063$20,6281Strand Releasing
22Headhunters$17,740-28%20-5$887$1,123,94412Magnolia Pictures
23A Cat In Paris$17,21819%186$957$208,7507GKIDS
24Neil Young Journeys$16,57151%94$1,841$56,5153Sony Pictures Classics
25Monsieur Lazhar$16,1142%10-3$1,611$1,919,84938Music Box Films
26Chernobyl Diaries$14,897-20%23-15$648$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
27Union Square (2012)$14,406--4--$3,602$14,4061Dada Films
28Where Do We Go Now?$13,5791%135$1,045$475,18210Sony Pictures Classics
29Deep Sea 3D$13,242-32%20$6,621$44,758,206333Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Hysteria$13,105-41%28-7$468$1,667,7779Sony Pictures Classics
31Elena (2012)$12,707200%63$2,118$156,2079Zeitgeist Films
32Red Lights (2012)$10,340--2--$5,170$10,3401Millennium Entertainment
33Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,166-3%8-3$1,271$2,518,24519Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$9,244-11%85$1,156$24,9242Magnolia Pictures
35Unforgivable$6,312-61%4-2$1,578$77,4783Strand Releasing
36Dark Horse$6,22631%63$1,038$85,7626Vitagraph
37Damsels in Distress$5,805-38%9-6$645$947,18515Sony Pictures Classics
385 Broken Cameras$5,7004900%10$5,700$55,6097Kino Lorber
39Elles$5,232102%51$1,046$151,24812Kino Lorber
40Kumare$5,1442%21$2,572$53,7304Kino Lorber
41Runaway Slave$4,901--1--$4,901$9,3812Rocky Mountain Pictures
42Crooked Arrows$4,866-12%9-2$541$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films
43Natural Selection$4,655697%32$1,552$52,80818Cinema Guild
44I Wish$4,196-10%3-1$1,399$120,39910Magnolia Pictures
45Marley$3,556-55%6-2$593$1,388,80913Magnolia Pictures
46Crazy Wisdom$2,946--1--$2,946$71,29434Alive Mind Cinema
47The Woman in the Fifth$2,681-32%4-2$670$112,4985IDP/ATO Pictures
48Alps$2,628--2--$1,314$2,6281Kino Lorber
49Gerhard Richter Painting$2,184225%1-1$2,184$233,93718Kino Lorber
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,95228%31$651$1,105,04117Music Box Films
51Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,744--1--$1,744$136,82910Rialto Pictures
52Nobody Else But You$1,727-47%30$576$23,84710First Run Features
53Teri Meri Kahani$1,668-92%940$18$781,1964Eros International
54The Invisible War$1,661-26%1-3$1,661$42,9624Cinedigm
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,658-35%4-1$415$52,6149Magnolia / Magnet
56The Salt of Life$1,650--1--$1,650$313,70820Zeitgeist Films
57Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,552-42%1-2$1,552$108,51416New Yorker Films
58Bel Ami$1,421-72%2-3$711$114,3716Magnolia Pictures
59China Heavyweight$1,168-69%10$1,168$6,2672Zeitgeist Films
60Crazy Eyes$1,157-64%20$579$5,4622Strand Releasing
61The Fairy$706--1--$706$36,65721Kino Lorber
62Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$668-38%2-1$334$14,0759Music Box Films
63The Color Wheel$654126%10$654$14,6329Cinema Conservancy
64Bonsai$571--1--$571$16,78710Strand Releasing
65Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$521-80%30$174$60,3095Music Box Films
66How To Grow A Band$502--1--$502$12,45114International Film Circuit
67FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$484-85%2-1$242$109,53111International Film Circuit
68Darling Companion$401-81%40$100$774,19013Sony Pictures Classics
69The Turin Horse$377-74%20$189$54,06723Cinema Guild
70Paul Williams Still Alive$370-54%10$370$33,1206Abramorama
71Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$254--1--$254$20,84352The Film Desk
72Pink Ribbons, Inc.$194-85%20$97$18,7627First Run Features