'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, May. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$4,627,880-25%3,644--$1,270$103,216,2451Universal
2Water for Elephants$902,451-15%2,8203$320$35,223,0862Fox
3Rio (2011)$641,632-17%3,708-134$173$106,115,1013Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$457,300-20%2,2880$200$42,467,9782Lionsgate
5African Cats$282,357-12%1,2244$231$11,484,5182Disneynature
7Source Code$200,401-16%1,645-718$122$49,509,0425Summit
8Soul Surfer$180,237-15%2,010-230$90$34,400,6254Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$178,214-15%2,505--$71$4,672,0901Weinstein Company
10Scream 4$171,492-24%2,221-1093$77$36,067,9673Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$88,388-17%1,251-1519$71$31,950,4374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$109,6640%695-154$158$9,074,7153Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$106,129-20%838-525$127$76,423,8827Relativity Media
3Jane Eyre (2011)$69,9340%294-25$238$8,936,4668Focus
4The Lincoln Lawyer$69,778-15%719-501$97$55,014,0067Lionsgate
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$65,412-5%875--$75$952,8081Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$57,884-4%302-86$192$7,773,6027Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$34,170-15%402-1208$85$21,212,6204Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$22,160-16%27714$80$61,752,1359Universal
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,484-18%503-425$29$51,052,2596Fox
12The King's Speech$12,591-18%185-49$68$138,576,16423Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$10,937-12%209-99$52$37,429,8378Warner Bros.
14Beastly$7,916-33%126-11$63$27,762,3249CBS Films
15Hall Pass$6,938-11%116-86$60$45,007,16210Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$4,601-3%101-61$46$63,653,64611Warner Bros.
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,145-27%109-57$38$72,959,85712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$59,28218%69-139$859$3,896,4684Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$18,5067%320$578$24,509,12759Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$7,070-5%74-170$96$36,082,7976Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$5,720-29%93-8$62$503,2152Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,099-10%307$137$1,078,1368Anchor Bay Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,675-10%45-44$59$1,283,4624Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,520-32%69-23$37$37,823,54711Fox
8Biutiful$2,242-13%221$102$5,062,62018Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,441-5%26-10$55$6,804,76112Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$1,32731%150$88$4,416,27315Weinstein Company
11Miral$722-14%10-10$72$362,5036Weinstein Company
12Meet Monica Velour$591-57%21$296$26,1614Anchor Bay Films
13Sympathy For Delicious$490-11%2--$245$11,2111Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$176-61%7--$25$463,4054UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$61-35%4-2$15$234,9627Roadside Attractions