'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, May. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$3,715,485-74%4,39010$846$214,916,3612Paramount
2Robin Hood$3,257,790-64%3,503--$930$39,321,1751Universal
3Letters to Juliet$1,141,212-64%2,968--$385$14,681,6981Summit
4Just Wright$581,843-71%1,831--$318$8,866,8321Fox Searchlight
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$419,000-61%3,075-257$136$56,486,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
6How to Train Your Dragon$352,917-75%2,620-383$135$208,000,6138Paramount / DreamWorks
7Date Night$315,044-60%2,481-253$127$86,837,6666Fox
8The Back-up Plan$201,942-63%2,497-506$81$34,326,7244CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$117,704-82%2,695-307$44$15,206,7743Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$113,000-65%1,300-857$87$160,241,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$106,590-64%1,062-644$100$40,602,5545Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
4The Losers$44,000-61%701-1749$63$22,805,0004Warner Bros.
5The Last Song$42,225-67%802-501$53$61,282,6137Disney
7Alice in Wonderland (2010)$39,557-68%403-179$98$331,573,47211Disney
8Hot Tub Time Machine$38,000-54%458-344$83$49,223,0008MGM
9City Island$33,607-70%2536$133$3,640,7959Anchor Bay
10Shutter Island$26,822-61%310121$87$127,240,49213Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$19,625-82%468-157$42$61,998,3199Fox
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$15,048-67%281-123$54$59,696,4337Lionsgate
13The Ghost Writer$11,123-59%150-81$74$15,095,23713Summit
14She's Out of My League$10,365-69%206-55$50$31,595,08710Paramount
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$8,455-76%209-12$40$88,362,90514Fox
16Our Family Wedding$5,121-73%103-16$50$20,097,36010Fox Searchlight
17The Crazies$4,896-63%111-38$44$39,108,27412Overture
18The Tooth Fairy$4,824-79%132-28$37$59,833,25117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,000-6%480$1,521$5,817,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$23,186-60%33--$703$210,1811Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$13,00060%180$722$22,005,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Runaways$3,451-43%49-16$70$3,531,9059Apparition
6The Joneses$3,380-49%56-12$60$1,404,0625Roadside Attractions
7The Secret of Kells$3,017-65%264$116$463,94311GKIDS
8Letters to God$2,800-62%74-38$38$2,797,0006Vivendi
9Crazy Heart$2,269-43%50-25$45$39,438,89222Fox Searchlight
10Cop Out$2,100-65%53-38$40$44,869,00012Warner Bros.
11Brooklyn's Finest$2,022-52%64-49$32$27,156,44811Overture
12The Square (2010)$1,193-70%14-3$85$243,6456Apparition
13Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$658-56%1--$658$7,0101Cinema Purgatorio
14The Blind Side$150-79%11-14$14$255,951,00026Warner Bros.