'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 Fri, May. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$29,223,517136%4,3490$6,720$299,242,8902Disney
2Dark Shadows$9,673,463--3,755--$2,576$9,673,4631Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$1,570,870179%2,05242$766$77,187,6024Sony / Screen Gems
4The Lucky One (2012)$1,300,460195%2,839-166$458$50,981,2014Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$1,187,702155%2,531-263$469$383,689,3888Lionsgate
6The Five-Year Engagement$963,37593%2,569-372$375$22,272,7853Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$740,538143%3,079-279$241$20,644,0963Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$408,17450%1,888-321$216$13,753,1023Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$387,33843%1,690-581$229$14,657,5933Lionsgate
11The Cabin in the Woods$303,07362%1,029-640$295$39,085,5205Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$270,834199%1,416-758$191$40,346,2645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$672,210705%178151$3,776$1,744,7262Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$408,134--322--$1,267$408,1341Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$208,68388%589-451$354$134,681,1179Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$145,880101%521-335$280$55,763,6206Universal
5Mirror Mirror$135,651153%607-315$223$60,529,9207Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$106,925242%455-66$235$209,266,61511Universal
7Wrath of the Titans$72,32776%265-450$273$81,847,5627Warner Bros.
8Bully (2012)$64,22828%2630$244$2,793,4707Weinstein Company
9Lockout$54,709257%255-56$215$14,011,3595Open Road
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$52,237202%260-43$201$102,397,43714Warner Bros. / New Line
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,20439%200-47$236$8,400,43010CBS Films
12Titanic 3D$39,850-13%157-176$254$57,496,3136Paramount
13The Artist$39,7101964%751710$53$44,290,33925Weinstein Company
14Safe House$25,160120%136-39$185$126,089,80014Universal
15This Means War$22,073142%132-39$167$54,541,42213Fox
16A Thousand Words$17,898151%127-13$141$18,232,37610Paramount
17The Vow$16,527--111-46$149$124,978,29314Sony / Screen Gems
18Act of Valor$12,23337%118-75$104$69,874,17612Relativity Media
19Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,200318%11770$104$4,215,7349Paramount Vantage
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$11,55890%110-33$105$34,975,28412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,83635%49-1$1,507$1,277,6734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,5022%340$779$18,750,15758Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Road (2012)$17,147--50--$343$17,1471Freestyle Releasing
4Sound of My Voice$16,735136%4618$364$147,9103Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$7,70080%56-12$138$5,873,2369Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,748143%23-7$250$1,152,3645Code Black Entertainment
8Friends With Kids$4,455136%362$124$7,197,85710Roadside Attractions
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$4,312--10--$431$4,3121UTV Communications
10Project X (2012)$3,93313%40-32$98$54,715,79311Warner Bros.
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,715-16%67-8$55$133,045,66422Fox
12Red Tails$2,804710%9-3$312$49,862,78417Fox
13Coriolanus$1,636-12%11-7$149$736,09317Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,49752%130$115$538,04113Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,203-22%11-9$109$585,0465Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,07847%12-5$90$43,450,27014Fox
17Touchback$78569%6-6$131$199,9805Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$680--2--$340$6801Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$3862657%2-3$193$3,014,25216Roadside Attractions