'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, Mar. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,404,460-32%3,729--$5,740$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$5,298,439-31%3,055--$1,734$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,682,323-39%3,05314$1,206$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,978,575-43%2,553-499$775$108,355,4254Universal
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,937,173-40%3,060-290$633$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,811,595-47%2,1320$850$25,791,6932Lionsgate
7The Vow$1,402,822-49%2,826-212$496$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,297,483-42%2,487-687$522$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
9This Means War$1,290,112-50%2,342-847$551$41,399,9623Fox
10The Artist$994,382-41%1,756790$566$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
14The Secret World of Arrietty$478,537-32%1,431-91$334$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$345,774-35%731-887$473$42,218,7794Fox
3The Descendants$323,070-50%694-195$466$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$245,970-38%511-11$481$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
5The Woman in Black$244,842-57%812-915$302$52,241,3905CBS Films
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$101,600-41%3143$324$130,804,28112Fox
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$79,925-39%256131$312$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
8Big Miracle$78,980-44%359-269$220$19,362,1405Universal
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,259-51%126-38$526$23,665,41513Focus
10The Grey$66,111-45%308-609$215$50,735,5106Open Road
11We Bought a Zoo$65,027-44%266-14$244$74,406,78211Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$61,802-50%266-67$232$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,461-43%30323$200$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$54,319-40%215-57$253$77,167,15711Paramount
15Red Tails$49,403-43%249-240$198$49,023,7167Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$37,419-51%107-71$350$208,019,61312Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$36,383-41%120-282$303$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
18Joyful Noise$31,295-41%202-75$155$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$16,221-41%117-112$139$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,370-20%400$759$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$22,569-40%138$1,736$164,0583Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$20,275-30%68-32$298$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
4Underworld Awakening$20,003-40%79-181$253$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
5Happy Feet Two$16,054-18%850$189$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
6W.E.$14,027-27%194$738$327,5085Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$11,652-41%4--$2,913$43,9901Focus
8Coriolanus$10,826-37%146$773$410,2667Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$9,738-33%26-22$375$155,2472UTV Communications
10Shame$9,302-28%22-3$423$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$6,863-29%10--$686$20,5681UTV Communications
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,977-44%25-10$119$1,150,1304UTV Communications
13Pariah (2011)$2,692-52%130$207$730,36210Focus
14Haywire$2,014-60%32-5$63$18,852,9517Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,949-24%84$244$301,30511FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,473-33%17-8$87$53,201,7159Paramount