'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, Apr. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$13,017,3932%4,1370$3,147$295,156,3903Lionsgate
2American Reunion$7,485,240-19%3,192--$2,345$16,758,0001Universal
3Titanic 3D$6,658,708-6%2,674--$2,490$22,140,0651Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,675,1365%3,5450$1,601$54,960,4632Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$3,955,230-14%3,61815$1,093$34,241,0712Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,855,5726%3,009-139$1,281$106,899,8284Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,711,710-24%3,003-261$570$197,138,3106Universal
8John Carter$327,42512%1,015-1382$323$67,773,5045Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$422,95331%52441$807$4,409,9865CBS Films
2Safe House$228,9506%482-247$475$124,616,0029Universal
3Act of Valor$220,69117%708-531$312$68,641,8667Relativity Media
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$186,018-16%651-257$286$99,256,0899Warner Bros. / New Line
5A Thousand Words$181,4595%507-500$358$17,298,8015Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$172,19728%447-66$385$3,289,0144Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$122,1230%444-459$275$53,978,8316Warner Bros.
8The Vow$116,1883%479-35$243$123,857,6079Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$103,62829%283-156$366$5,412,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$93,6601%321-254$292$53,426,2808Fox
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$93,16115%277-103$336$51,066,5918Sony / Columbia
12Friends With Kids$89,87913%207-101$434$6,672,5035Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$75,49330%222-93$340$43,800,02020Weinstein Company
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$64,26318%204-117$315$34,624,1977Lionsgate
15The Iron Lady$54,38932%236-48$230$29,617,65215Weinstein Company
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,176-17%195-27$242$132,619,95017Fox
18Silent House (2012)$45,0128%214-111$210$12,526,8635Open Road
19The Woman in Black$43,0387%159-20$271$54,089,01510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,0241%102-48$285$209,352,51817Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,897-12%400$947$17,869,70453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,567-1%61$4,428$213,9422Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$21,870-9%99-37$221$75,395,43716Fox
4The Descendants$19,61416%78-40$251$82,513,08621Fox Searchlight
5Being Flynn$15,46571%33-7$469$519,7876Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,3890%4515$320$43,311,8199Fox
7The Grey$11,28831%67-137$168$51,526,95011Open Road
8Coriolanus$10,87041%171$639$627,78912Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$10,64010%55-46$193$49,754,56212Fox
10Undefeated$10,23929%15-1$683$455,0208Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,50534%210$357$514,90010Weinstein Company
12One For the Money$6,51211%49-53$133$26,401,16911Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$5,23729%301$175$2,959,80711Roadside Attractions