'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 Tue, Aug. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$4,344,20013%3,745--$1,160$46,344,3801Universal
2The Campaign$3,436,1969%3,205--$1,072$33,165,7381Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,674,36014%3,690-552$725$394,606,5794Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$2,092,72333%2,361--$886$22,767,5221Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,505,75535%3,40110$443$32,975,6882Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,307,90929%3,6010$363$46,421,5412Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,131,76138%3,103-439$365$145,645,2515Fox
8Ted (2012)$496,80022%2,208-559$225$210,753,8657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$493,14933%1,898-708$260$31,119,1323Lionsgate / Summit
10The Amazing Spider-Man$397,73234%1,585-840$251$256,159,2536Sony / Columbia
11The Watch$368,74620%2,463-705$150$32,071,5713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$162,308-7%800--$203$2,502,6551ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$102,19113%286-32$357$7,352,9227Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$100,57010%447-240$225$42,266,78212Focus
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$98,49452%306-198$322$211,849,32210Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$84,00434%450-752$187$112,385,4437Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$76,24426%261197$292$1,377,1893Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$61,71433%1940$318$9,406,84012Weinstein Company
8The Hunger Games$51,29310%260-31$197$407,392,20021Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$40,95015%273-36$150$154,375,50011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$31,40416%202-75$155$25,132,7986Paramount
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,62335%184-46$166$45,428,57615Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$29,75014%364-373$82$64,798,3327Lionsgate
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$15,16713%130-35$117$37,208,0258Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,14831%520$1,118$7,398,90917Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,25722%330$523$20,521,19871Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,549-4%73-48$117$3,620,52510FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,9278%45-87$87$79,719,24214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,50121%71$357$147,8225Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,223-7%57-88$39$38,513,9599Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$1,16621%12-2$97$289,84211GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$64518%10-24$65$5,670,27311ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$38419%456$9$64,934,37820Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$42200%2-48$21$38,8982Roadside Attractions