'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, Aug. 24 - Sun, Aug. 26

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables 2$13,423,579-53%3,35539$4,001$52,237,5232Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$9,336,005-45%3,654-99$2,555$85,522,2203Universal
4The Campaign$7,472,397-43%3,30247$2,263$64,575,5693Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$7,222,317-34%2,606-551$2,771$422,255,2186Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$7,122,552-34%2,5980$2,742$27,077,0422Disney
72016: Obama's America$6,509,433423%1,091922$5,966$9,347,3097Rocky Mountain Pictures
8Premium Rush$6,030,164--2,255--$2,674$6,030,1641Sony / Columbia
9Hope Springs (2012)$5,725,107-37%2,40241$2,383$44,806,5713Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$4,526,222--2,870--$1,577$5,719,2561Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$3,983,822-66%2,2440$1,775$18,656,8962Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,245,917-41%1,965-772$1,143$42,883,5174Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$1,760,436-49%1,576-858$1,117$55,173,7734Sony / Columbia
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,751,301-42%1,550-724$1,130$153,500,0767Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Apparition$2,841,488--810--$3,508$2,841,4881Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$947,430-39%783-386$1,210$214,762,8059Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$605,801-14%374-32$1,620$213,689,06212Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up Revolution$493,908-53%428-477$1,154$33,703,3215Lionsgate / Summit
6The Amazing Spider-Man$491,890-35%418-180$1,177$258,355,8278Sony / Columbia
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$463,125-18%212-24$2,185$8,859,7189Fox Searchlight
8Ek Tha Tiger$434,516-62%1191$3,651$2,347,7742Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$401,929-20%33250$1,211$43,671,69714Focus
10The Intouchables$351,378-4%1940$1,811$10,446,57514Weinstein Company
11Celeste and Jesse Forever$288,90117%11548$2,512$1,029,4974Sony Pictures Classics
12Men in Black 3$239,554-21%232-26$1,033$178,515,57714Sony / Columbia
13The Watch$230,558-54%250-263$922$33,465,2355Fox
14Magic Mike$228,44215%355100$643$113,086,5449Warner Bros.
15To Rome with Love$194,542-20%22161$880$15,879,76610Sony Pictures Classics
16Ruby Sparks$163,534-46%135-83$1,211$2,105,3805Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$155,225-26%194-50$800$154,917,25513Universal
18Marvel's The Avengers$115,335-23%123-19$938$617,800,44617Disney
19The Hunger Games$114,851-44%189-41$608$407,884,01123Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$92,812-14%112-16$829$45,753,83617Fox Searchlight
22Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$75,038-76%130-294$577$3,296,6283ARC Entertainment
23Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$60,096-47%106-93$567$65,054,6389Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Robot & Frank$284,105699%4644$6,176$335,4142IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2The Queen of Versailles$191,192-8%9613$1,992$1,538,3856Magnolia Pictures
3Cosmopolis$154,529120%6360$2,453$448,3492Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$135,729-14%520$2,610$7,955,83419Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Searching For Sugar Man$121,21114%292$4,180$495,1535Sony Pictures Classics
6Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi$119,743--54--$2,217$119,7431Eros International
72 Days In New York$95,442-5%4121$2,328$284,1163Magnolia Pictures
8The Imposter$80,391-4%245$3,350$385,5097Indomina Releasing
9Red Hook Summer$79,944243%2920$2,757$168,6853Variance Films
10Farewell, My Queen$79,856-17%644$1,248$1,089,5397Cohen Media Group
12Sleepwalk With Me$68,801--1--$68,801$68,8011IFC Films
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$52,719-28%75-30$703$37,397,11710Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$47,80917%540$885$3,754,73712FilmDistrict
16Born to Be Wild 3D$47,2081%330$1,431$20,675,87473Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Bernie$45,123-27%52-19$868$9,117,65618Millennium Entertainment
18Compliance$44,749172%1110$4,068$88,0952Magnolia Pictures
19Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$34,695-29%36-3$964$383,8865IFC Films
20Hubble 3D$34,473-29%12-2$2,873$34,254,170128Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,239-55%66-74$428$25,309,9108Paramount
22Little White Lies$25,654--3--$8,551$25,6541MPI Media
23Under the Sea 3D$25,631-13%6-1$4,272$32,269,187185Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$24,340-4%100$2,434$6,032,6721203D Entertainment
25Hermano$18,835--49--$384$18,8351Music Box Films
26The Well-Digger's Daughter$18,538-38%10-4$1,854$212,3556Kino Lorber
27Beloved (2012)$15,417-40%72$2,202$55,4342IFC Films
28Deep Sea 3D$14,610-17%20$7,305$44,953,239339Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Neighboring Sounds$12,666--2--$6,333$12,6661Cinema Guild
30Your Sister's Sister$11,237-36%15-11$749$1,597,48611IFC Films
31People Like Us$9,263-46%23-31$403$12,431,7929Disney / DreamWorks
32Take This Waltz$8,743-52%17-7$514$1,194,4749Magnolia Pictures
33Easy Money (2012)$8,435-36%50$1,687$180,2077Weinstein Company
34Somewhere Between$7,799--1--$7,799$7,7991Long Shot Factory
35360$7,445-18%124$620$77,1224Magnolia Pictures
36Chicken With Plums$6,527-42%20$3,264$85,4952Sony Pictures Classics
37Painted Skin: The Resurrection$6,424-64%4-2$1,606$33,2122Well Go USA
38Neil Young Journeys$5,732-47%13-10$441$176,6059Sony Pictures Classics
39Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,511--1--$5,511$18,0813Rialto Pictures
40Teddy Bear$5,388--2--$2,694$6,7611Film Movement
41Hysteria$5,230-40%8-6$654$1,771,00715Sony Pictures Classics
42A Cat In Paris$5,12460%6-1$854$302,81213GKIDS
43Kumare$4,63514%63$773$101,86610Kino Lorber
44Dark Horse$3,973-33%5-1$795$166,22812Vitagraph
45Nobody Else But You$3,8464534%21$1,923$38,16816First Run Features
46Wild Horse, Wild Ride$3,610--1--$3,610$3,6101Screen Media Films
47Unforgivable$3,54759%20$1,774$117,3539Strand Releasing
48Death by China$3,286-42%10$3,286$10,5722Area23a
49Trishna$3,208-41%110$292$240,3817IFC Films
50The Day I Saw Your Heart$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Film Movement
51Meet The Fokkens$2,682-41%10$2,682$25,3243Kino Lorber
52Side By Side$2,500-64%21$1,250$11,3852Tribeca Film
53Where Do We Go Now?$2,4601%61$410$527,42316Sony Pictures Classics
54The Magic of Belle Isle$2,356-2%73$337$97,9318Magnolia Pictures
55The Invisible War$2,097458%43$524$56,41710Cinedigm
56Monsieur Lazhar$1,833-39%3-3$611$1,995,36544Music Box Films
57Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,777--2--$889$43,3377Strand Releasing
58$upercapitalist$1,65749%10$1,657$15,9193Truly Indie
59Klown$1,528-43%3-2$509$61,2745Drafthouse Films
60Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,417-16%10$1,417$30,83117New Yorker Films
61Elena (2012)$1,286-44%1-1$1,286$210,46015Zeitgeist Films
62Turn Me On, Dammit!$93629%10$936$122,05022New Yorker Films
63Oslo, August 31st$888-66%1-1$888$77,14314Strand Releasing
64Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$830116%32$277$76,13811Music Box Films
65You've Been Trumped$795-12%53$159$12,0794International Film Circuit
66Union Square (2012)$758-75%20$379$41,3857Dada Films
67Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$722-60%10$722$145,77516Rialto Pictures
68We Won't Grow Old Together$564--1--$564$8,55812The Film Desk
695 Broken Cameras$361-67%10$361$66,77313Kino Lorber
70OC87$339--1--$339$40,66714Fisher Klingenstein Films
71Alps$312--1--$312$6,6457Kino Lorber
72The Color Wheel$238156%10$238$17,33315Cinema Conservancy