'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 Wed, Feb. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$1,481,389-25%3,043--$487$28,901,6711Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,314,838-27%3,01420$436$59,546,0522Disney
3Just Go With It$1,256,901-21%3,5480$354$66,980,5042Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$1,182,552-24%3,154--$375$25,491,4681Disney / DreamWorks
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$686,263-29%3,11813$220$52,886,4432Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$685,157-27%2,821--$243$20,355,8101Fox
7The King's Speech$668,743-9%2,086-177$321$106,182,71913Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$276,470-20%2,2960$120$16,462,2552Focus
9No Strings Attached$258,055-13%1,966-790$131$67,043,1775Paramount
10The Roommate$246,488-22%2,160-374$114$33,624,2723Sony / Screen Gems
11True Grit (2010)$183,256-6%1,465-607$125$164,980,8099Paramount
13The Green Hornet$112,945-17%1,265-825$89$95,850,0226Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$82,193-11%1,048-1159$78$31,749,1714Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$152,8571%759-290$201$88,626,15011Paramount
2Black Swan$140,422-1%656-413$214$102,100,60712Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$87,784-14%952-934$92$28,267,2574CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$63,988-5%10287$627$1,622,3012Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$53,538-12%157-34$341$3,265,5598Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$53,455-14%725-386$74$97,558,20210Warner Bros.
8127 Hours$38,640-2%240-119$161$17,570,75616Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$35,580-6%235-158$151$8,975,2868Weinstein Company
10TRON: Legacy$35,117-18%312-52$113$170,630,25410Disney
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$30,872-6%321-88$96$294,052,85214Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$26,020-17%242-35$108$3,639,2695Weinstein Company
13Megamind$24,225-8%214-38$113$148,388,10816Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$23,315-24%264-29$88$103,516,58211Fox
15Little Fockers$19,950-13%285-139$70$147,725,4359Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,742-22%235-73$63$42,267,1769Fox
17The Dilemma$13,185-10%293-949$45$48,277,4106Universal
18The Social Network$8,9592%113-65$79$96,798,31021Sony / Columbia
19From Prada to Nada$6,127-19%128-124$48$2,841,8644Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Unstoppable (2010)$4,322-14%105-42$41$81,487,76015Fox
21Season of the Witch$3,173-4%132-44$24$24,541,6717Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,611-3%502$712$21,872,47149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,389-7%78-34$95$2,002,42510Lionsgate
37 Khoon Maaf$7,345-32%65--$113$202,9631UTV Communications
4Somewhere (2010)$3,669-11%29-3$127$1,738,9839Focus
5Winter's Bone$1,82311%20-6$91$6,429,24537Roadside Attractions
6Immigration Tango$1,821-14%30--$61$20,8341Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,51533%10$1,515$40,5602Phase 4 Films
8Brotherhood (2010)$31211%1--$312$8,8131Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$2390%9-14$27$1,947,37112Roadside Attractions