'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 Sat, Jul. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$34,487,8845%4,088--$8,436$132,242,1141Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$9,518,93220%4,1150$2,313$108,385,9812Disney
3Bad Teacher$5,049,67012%3,0490$1,656$55,019,7092Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,741,93517%2,973--$1,595$8,800,0801Universal
5Super 8$2,854,62724%3,088-336$924$105,706,1514Paramount
6Monte Carlo$2,383,698-24%2,473--$964$5,535,6001Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$2,359,60521%3,280-536$719$99,999,8163Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,892,77011%2,861-481$662$48,630,1843Fox
10X-Men: First Class$1,065,15427%1,602-1031$665$137,614,0695Fox
11The Hangover Part II$866,18624%1,568-1187$552$247,415,5886Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$788,04520%1,473-771$535$232,992,0757Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$596,45527%1,281-1246$466$156,259,9636Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$389,85647%22813$1,710$7,157,7686Fox Searchlight
3Rio (2011)$169,05320%308-36$549$140,342,86012Fox
5Fast Five$122,31025%302-156$405$208,191,90510Universal
6Water for Elephants$65,64128%234-58$281$57,971,77011Fox
7Soul Surfer$61,39712%205-35$299$43,353,11213Sony / TriStar
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$46,6916%221-670$211$13,892,2704Relativity Media
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,57740%14094$318$52,975,07011Lionsgate
10Something Borrowed$37,17413%191-112$195$38,646,5729Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$35,36146%138-51$256$57,756,87316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$204,43620%89--$2,297$374,8081UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,1189%470$1,556$8,115,79813Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Source Code$40,154243%66-40$608$54,629,24214Summit
4Hubble 3D$37,6507%330$1,141$26,256,82268Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Better Life$35,78342%117$3,253$144,5992Summit
6Double Dhamaal$28,3948%41--$693$446,1732Reliance Big Pictures
8Limitless$11,20027%55-30$204$79,223,19416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,76424%68-46$158$10,046,61310Weinstein Company
10Submarine$10,21152%20-6$511$331,7185Weinstein Company
12Jane Eyre (2011)$5,15227%26-25$198$11,205,37517Focus
13Win Win$4,394101%18-14$244$10,139,12116Fox Searchlight
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,1602%31-27$134$52,667,79715Fox
15Everything Must Go$3,24859%19-14$171$2,645,5908Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$3,05025%15-10$203$11,499,52512Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$1,24720%21$624$78,1547Image Entertainment
18The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$866-40%1--$866$17,8608Argot Pictures
19Beautiful Boy$8354%40$209$68,1265Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$760-5%7-300$109$1,425,3323Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$2066%53$41$250,67516Roadside Attractions