'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. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

1The Wolverine$53,113,752--3,924--$13,536$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$22,208,389-47%3,022119$7,349$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,424,135-34%3,476-344$4,725$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$13,740,247-36%3,8093$3,607$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,600,811-42%3,258-233$3,561$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,337,197-48%3,0160$3,096$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,703,461-52%2,602-683$2,961$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,914,664-26%2,384-305$2,900$141,309,4085Fox
10Fruitvale Station$4,590,219521%1,0641030$4,314$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,854,838-44%1,470-716$1,942$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$2,800,685-46%1,440-626$1,945$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$1,684,417-62%1,267-1006$1,329$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Way, Way Back$3,445,81457%886582$3,889$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,579,402--591--$2,672$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$913,848-62%676-778$1,352$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$749,233-59%501-549$1,495$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$728,502-64%498-250$1,463$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$503,525-57%270-352$1,865$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$370,518-7%14712$2,521$3,002,7697RADiUS-TWC
9Fast & Furious 6$311,055-3%267-12$1,165$237,614,90510Universal
10Now You See Me$287,148-34%215-118$1,336$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$267,014-20%271-31$985$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
12Star Trek Into Darkness$250,053-35%180-70$1,389$225,602,79611Paramount
13The Internship$201,574-11%197-5$1,023$43,923,1718Fox
14Girl Most Likely$191,352-72%227-124$843$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
15The Croods$178,981-15%194-18$923$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$167,062-15%167-22$1,000$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$117,750-9%1571$750$64,265,6208Universal
18Iron Man 3$116,814-24%124-21$942$407,358,76613Disney
19The Hangover Part III$66,942-41%147-55$455$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Blue Jasmine$612,064--6--$102,011$612,0641Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$172,954128%2116$8,236$295,6672Magnolia Pictures
3Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$149,373-54%60-36$2,490$1,445,4053Reliance Entertainment
4I'm So Excited$143,892-6%7626$1,893$900,1655Sony Pictures Classics
5Only God Forgives$117,544-63%813$1,451$576,2392RADiUS-TWC
6Unfinished Song$113,667-27%82-6$1,386$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
7Before Midnight$112,615-34%78-29$1,444$7,598,76710Sony Pictures Classics
8The Attack$106,474-16%44-2$2,420$1,069,5576Cohen Media Group
9The Hunt$105,91887%4031$2,648$259,1103Magnolia Pictures
10Still Mine$94,29223%3415$2,773$666,9873IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Hubble 3D$81,698-11%161$5,106$39,774,012176Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Mud$78,081-18%73-4$1,070$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$74,602-49%77-18$969$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
14The Bling Ring$49,872-29%34-4$1,467$5,726,5067A24
15The Act of Killing$41,67152%32$13,890$84,0152Drafthouse Films
16Fill the Void$40,790-51%42-19$971$1,644,66610Sony Pictures Classics
17Bajatey Raho$37,801--44--$859$37,8011Eros International
18Space Station 3D$34,70523%20$17,353$88,633,065589IMAX
19Frances Ha$32,121-36%23-9$1,397$3,931,21811IFC Films
20Crystal Fairy$27,3417%1910$1,439$109,1793IFC Films
21Deep Sea 3D$24,844130%96$2,760$45,727,997387Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hannah Arendt$24,794-10%15-6$1,653$438,0649Zeitgeist Films
23Under the Sea 3D$22,559-9%90$2,507$33,338,551233Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$22,169-14%14-3$1,584$13,282,62067Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The East$20,473-43%20-11$1,024$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
26Computer Chess$18,47091%86$2,309$43,0382Kino Lorber
27A Hijacking$17,809-24%19-2$937$354,1246Magnolia Pictures
28Born to Be Wild 3D$17,618-10%183$979$22,783,538121Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Museum Hours$15,588-31%74$2,227$188,1815Cinema Guild
30Pain and Gain$14,870-49%35-35$425$49,768,38714Paramount
31Kon-Tiki$13,72336%145$980$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
32Renoir$13,422--9--$1,491$2,229,53918IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
33The Rooftop$12,503-74%6-11$2,084$74,3732Well Go USA
34Tiny Times$12,294--3--$4,098$12,2941China Lion Film
35Storm Surfers 3D$8,516-48%4-3$2,129$104,74214XLrator Media
36The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,859--1--$7,859$7,8591Rialto Pictures
37Love Is All You Need$7,626-35%9-9$847$1,557,88813Sony Pictures Classics
38Dirty Wars$6,85310%13-4$527$356,0778IFC Films
39Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$6,841-64%8-1$855$83,8994Magnolia Pictures
40Drug War$5,926--1--$5,926$5,9261Variance Films / Well Go USA
41Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$5,31864%42$1,330$143,78215Kino Lorber
42Stories We Tell$4,714-78%14-8$337$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
43What Maisie Knew$4,618-2%6-2$770$1,065,00013Millenium Entertainment
44Byzantium$3,282-24%5-6$656$81,8885IFC Films
45Free the Mind$3,063--3--$1,021$88,86213International Film Circuit
46The Iceman$2,976-61%8-6$372$1,967,21913Millennium Entertainment
47Copperhead$2,782-88%2-34$1,391$161,5155Brainstorm Media
48More Than Honey$2,772-50%2-1$1,386$56,6767Kino Lorber
49One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,573-53%3-2$858$90,17912Zeitgeist Films
50A Band Called Death$2,25610%62$376$110,2145Drafthouse Films
51No Place on Earth$2,088-15%30$696$197,93817Magnolia Pictures
52Pandora's Promise$2,041-43%21$1,021$65,9197Abramorama
53V/H/S/2$1,942-60%5-6$388$21,3683Magnolia / Magnet
54Shadow Dancer$1,88176%2-1$941$99,1349Magnolia Pictures
55The Look of Love$1,842--6--$307$14,5804IFC Films
56Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,645-57%20$823$15,8343Variance Films
57Stuck in Love$1,557-20%1-2$1,557$72,1584Millennium Entertainment
58At Any Price$1,43145%40$358$379,79114Sony Pictures Classics
59The Company You Keep$1,259-87%6-3$210$5,132,44217Sony Pictures Classics
60Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,112--2--$556$362,08522International Film Circuit
61Augustine$1,080-74%2-2$540$97,45011Music Box Films
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$930-71%1-1$930$65,97514Variance Films
63Viola$924-32%21$462$14,7123Cinema Guild
64The Wall$798-36%10$798$22,4129Music Box Films
65Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$797-45%20$399$104,80415Kino Lorber
66You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$621--2--$311$15,1708Kino Lorber
67Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$23,73521Rialto Pictures
68Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$42,50315Rialto Pictures
69The Silence$472--2--$236$95,14121Music Box Films
70√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$43458%10$434$14,8108Magnolia Pictures
71Searching For Sugar Man$356-45%21$178$3,692,40253Sony Pictures Classics
72Sound City$270--1--$270$419,36126Variance Films
73The History of Future Folk$176--1--$176$15,9439Variance / FilmBuff