'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 Tue, Mar. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,432,07012%2,80549$511$43,819,0252Relativity Media
2Sucker Punch$1,348,138-4%3,033--$444$21,810,3711Warner Bros.
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,146,693-9%3,167--$362$26,157,5731Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$1,094,30816%2,7070$404$30,756,9322Lionsgate
7Battle: Los Angeles$630,024-1%3,118-299$202$73,825,7453Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$399,55513%2,282-378$175$55,670,1304Universal
9Red Riding Hood$377,3479%2,715-315$139$33,147,4063Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$204,8971%2,170-947$94$19,633,1973Disney
11Beastly$183,91115%1,585-225$116$25,639,6794CBS Films
12Hall Pass$171,1931%1,204-701$142$42,664,1035Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$150,4012%1,062-187$142$135,149,70718Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$142,5651%1,364-384$105$96,156,3557Disney
15Just Go With It$141,8557%1,116-592$127$100,525,1787Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$68,8998%688-713$100$62,372,2606Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$44,6923%512-443$87$53,576,9676Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$41,20911%342-120$120$6,200,7147Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$35,00620%326-112$107$99,934,70315Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$29,9029%406-144$74$37,017,0946Fox
6Black Swan$24,50816%20716$118$106,624,06317Fox Searchlight
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$18,6222%289-191$64$72,593,9157Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$18,56018%205-63$91$170,092,97514Paramount
9No Strings Attached$18,32022%213-19$86$70,511,12810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,3672%179-137$64$93,594,26916Paramount
11The Rite$7,5293%155-47$49$32,997,2509Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$6,78520%1001$68$29,087,0959CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$102,80118%9064$1,142$2,075,1633Focus
2Win Win$33,1925%2318$1,443$737,1452Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$31,5719%42-7$752$23,183,13654Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$14,503-16%4120$354$569,8683Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$10,18036%0-88--$4,842,58213Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$6,136-24%85-9$72$294,929,41519Warner Bros.
7The Music Never Stopped$5,67365%331$172$159,6262Roadside Attractions
8The Eagle$5,6564%975$58$19,445,6867Focus
9Drive Angry$5,59743%72-23$78$10,567,7395Summit
10Blue Valentine (2010)$5,52840%441$126$9,638,72813Weinstein Company
11Miral$5,422-15%4--$1,356$78,0411Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$5,36411%89-192$60$6,827,2734Relativity Media
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,04115%72-10$70$104,308,82816Fox
14The Company Men$4,899-18%48-10$102$4,282,15910Weinstein Company
15From Prada to Nada$4,56313%9164$50$3,024,8469Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,9056%34-9$85$42,737,77014Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$1,9502%164$122$173,1284Anchor Bay Films
18I Love You Phillip Morris$1,85242%9-2$206$2,017,02417Roadside Attractions
19Rabbit Hole$1,089-11%290$38$2,206,29915Lionsgate
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$126-38%2-3$63$85,5527Phase 4 Films