'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, May. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$17,792,788-7%4,248--$4,189$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$12,956,164-8%3,918-331$3,307$513,371,6594Disney
4The Dictator$3,180,042-4%3,0146$1,055$41,124,6642Paramount
5Dark Shadows$2,596,147-8%3,404-351$763$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,267,060-13%3,0210$750$22,149,1672Lionsgate
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,253,914-8%1,233879$1,828$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
8Chernobyl Diaries$2,039,237-15%2,433--$838$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$829,474-6%1,421-643$584$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$499,739-11%786-936$636$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$390,660-8%884-956$442$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
321 Jump Street$207,625-24%364103$570$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
4The Lucky One (2012)$182,171-14%615-1390$296$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$156,738-19%42215$371$62,200,7599Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,050-23%39011$395$210,839,55513Universal
7The Three Stooges$111,157-16%325-269$342$42,303,9277Fox
8The Five-Year Engagement$97,270-14%274-901$355$27,949,8405Universal
9Wrath of the Titans$81,250-9%255-105$319$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
10The Cabin in the Woods$62,801-2%203-245$309$40,933,1457Lionsgate
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$59,601-14%175-70$341$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
12Girl in Progress$52,32614%143-179$366$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
13American Reunion$31,350-41%165-125$190$56,706,7558Universal
14Safe (2012)$23,102-1%112-391$206$16,799,1285Lionsgate
15The Raven$21,494-5%111-321$194$15,735,5035Relativity Media
16Bully (2012)$11,8817%104-100$114$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$172,443-3%4--$43,111$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$80,1291%501$1,603$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$48,09814%6712$718$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
4The Intouchables$37,7012%4--$9,425$103,5071Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$30,024-11%87-47$345$8,865,97812CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,789-6%340$582$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sound of My Voice$13,106-13%425$312$310,3815Fox Searchlight
8Titanic 3D$12,518-1%42-28$298$57,801,0228Paramount
9A Thousand Words$10,776-12%59-51$183$18,429,08112Paramount
10This Means War$7,158-35%44-46$163$54,719,74715Fox
11The Artist$4,4281%20-83$221$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
12Act of Valor$3,40524%39-57$87$70,002,49814Relativity Media
13Friends With Kids$2,48816%9-16$276$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$1,58722%6-3$265$555,16515Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$70245%74$100$49,871,44019Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$68335%3--$228$5,0863Roadside Attractions
17Coriolanus$68035%4-4$170$756,02619Weinstein Company
18Lovely Molly$345-54%2-3$173$17,9772Image Entertainment
19Blue Like Jazz$21222%3-4$71$594,4677Roadside Attractions