'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 Sun, Apr. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$11,413,055-35%3,827--$2,982$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$3,770,698-44%3,305--$1,141$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
5Soul Surfer$1,854,474-43%2,2140$838$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$1,621,145-46%3,2760$495$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Source Code$1,508,811-47%2,557-414$590$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$1,095,905-35%2,7723$395$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$904,723-46%1,885-770$480$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$676,251-52%1,702-718$397$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$555,126-47%1,849-1032$300$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$832,086-47%707--$1,177$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$303,820-53%384158$791$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$274,796-39%27427$1,003$6,605,0356Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$209,620-22%2071$1,013$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$165,462-37%555-1200$298$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$133,558-43%554-854$241$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$104,89621%189-37$555$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Adjustment Bureau$78,285-55%348-435$225$60,735,1457Universal
11Just Go With It$66,597-47%3266$204$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
12The King's Speech$59,453-50%315-360$189$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
13Hall Pass$56,443-45%333-33$169$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
14Unknown (2011)$41,197-47%275-90$150$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$28,304-53%248-529$114$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
16Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,709-42%128-56$185$37,615,1519Fox
17True Grit (2010)$22,176-56%177-86$125$170,938,57517Paramount
18Beastly$17,066-46%110-229$155$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$33,842-18%321$1,058$23,841,64957Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$26,519-31%71-21$374$392,1942UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$16,232-47%39-13$416$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$13,679-46%95-66$144$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
5Miral$10,288-33%26-3$396$304,9374Weinstein Company
6Cedar Rapids$8,763-55%47-71$186$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
7Biutiful$7,121-25%32-6$223$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
8Drive Angry$7,024-36%71-55$99$10,706,7868Summit
9Black Swan$4,605-51%49-54$94$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,875-51%35-34$111$72,772,10610Paramount
11The Company Men$3,581-49%20-12$179$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$1,785-30%42-60$43$6,923,8917Relativity Media
13The Music Never Stopped$1,738-42%13-1$134$227,9105Roadside Attractions
14Blue Valentine (2010)$1,525-24%15-4$102$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,404-21%42$351$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$736-42%4-5$184$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$332-47%1-19$332$163,5913Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$24-73%20$12$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions