'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, Nov. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,988,381-65%2,808--$708$26,218,5041Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$1,334,823-68%3,23923$412$67,000,7952Paramount
3Jackass 3D$1,087,297-44%3,13928$346$102,744,8553Paramount
4Red (2010)$953,207-63%3,34976$285$59,776,6373Summit
5Hereafter$558,208-66%2,424243$230$22,822,0053Warner Bros.
7The Social Network$446,052-55%2,767-154$161$79,967,0365Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$441,308-49%2,860-159$154$43,974,6204Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$222,489-49%2,010-226$111$52,896,3176Warner Bros.
10The Town$217,037-55%1,608-310$135$87,843,9047Warner Bros.
11Easy A$124,687-43%1,262-370$99$56,424,9927Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$168,765-65%565510$299$2,552,4903Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$87,195-29%33040$264$4,680,3046Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$70,176-65%933-322$75$51,289,9096Fox
4Alpha and Omega$60,447-37%676-51$89$24,147,8457Lionsgate
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$58,067-45%477-83$122$5,845,1614Focus
7Inception$41,455-53%401-51$103$290,989,66316Warner Bros.
8Stone$30,390-54%12512$243$1,214,4814Relativity / Overture
9My Soul to Take$28,520-60%713-976$40$14,666,0104Universal / Rogue
11Despicable Me$26,775-58%33511$80$247,903,88017Universal
12Case 39$18,847-61%406-315$46$13,055,6505Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$17,392-62%378-135$46$11,913,8875Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$13,938-62%153-62$91$1,002,4714Weinstein Company
15Catfish$13,725-50%137-2$100$3,059,6687Universal / Rogue
16Never Let Me Go$11,270-55%126-52$89$2,194,9717Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,850-13%611$539$17,430,00933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$8,78429%160$549$24,649,93690Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lottery Ticket$3,081-59%70-22$44$24,711,78011Warner Bros.
5Wild Target$2,602-60%4--$651$25,7761Freestyle
7The Tillman Story$1,974-57%240$82$743,38211Weinstein Company
8I Want Your Money$1,946-52%59-113$33$427,8453Freestyle
9The American$1,754-62%42-34$42$35,597,9819Focus
10Jack Goes Boating$1,443-55%350$41$473,8377Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,169-59%49-5$24$36,646,47411Fox
12Winter's Bone$812-49%11-7$74$6,211,32821Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$669-51%19--$35$24,991,08111Weinstein Company
14The Concert$273-73%61$46$651,81415Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$60-89%3-5$20$89,8814Anchor Bay