'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, Sep. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$18,947,06373%3,349--$5,658$29,920,0751Sony / Columbia
2Looper$8,726,71628%2,992--$2,917$15,531,6671Sony / TriStar
3House at the End of the Street$3,381,96045%3,0830$1,097$20,793,1732Relativity Media
4Trouble with the Curve$3,375,40047%3,2120$1,051$21,868,3442Warner Bros.
5End of Watch$3,360,00240%2,78050$1,209$23,930,5872Open Road
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,871,98879%2,639-265$709$35,325,7993Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$1,324,91461%2,381-635$556$37,850,4743Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$1,100,31720%2,515--$438$2,018,0851Fox
9Dredd 3D$996,76044%2,55751$390$10,271,2822Lionsgate
10The Possession$663,81161%1,618-980$410$47,126,5975Lionsgate
11Lawless$391,99045%1,503-1111$261$36,071,3355Weinstein Company
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$304,71682%1,187-565$257$49,534,6987Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$2,128,21621%335--$6,353$3,884,1511Universal
2The Master$1,260,24660%85668$1,472$8,937,6073Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$467,15025%10298$4,580$1,165,1152Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$426,44681%25511$1,672$4,903,2763Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$383,16063%824-607$465$111,535,1558Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$378,65474%655-293$578$444,185,12011Warner Bros.
7The Expendables 2$244,20074%815-1005$300$83,885,3777Lionsgate
8The Campaign$233,95553%630-620$371$85,797,9358Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$197,23156%691-456$285$62,835,5388Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$182,349117%387-33$471$158,962,95112Fox
11Barfi!$148,30869%127-3$1,168$2,376,9183UTV Communications
12The Amazing Spider-Man$108,78959%204-49$533$261,721,10913Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91,381106%332-42$275$47,979,6609Fox
14Ted (2012)$80,98556%225-68$360$218,075,80014Universal
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$70,893112%203-37$349$216,051,55117Paramount / DreamWorks
16Total Recall (2012)$70,47046%239-83$295$58,690,1859Sony / Columbia
17The Words$67,58558%278-969$243$11,397,1344CBS Films
18The Intouchables$66,84095%121-35$552$12,436,12519Weinstein Company
19Premium Rush$63,21343%208-359$304$19,899,9886Sony / Columbia
20Sparkle (2012)$47,71591%22014$217$24,372,7297Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$30,05295%110-72$273$35,039,25910Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$17,50833%132-159$133$13,703,6336Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$15,03239%104-51$145$3,741,0914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$55,43929%45--$1,232$103,7631UTV Communications
2To the Arctic 3D$39,629115%520$762$8,773,92424Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Heroine$32,80535%97-17$338$541,6452UTV Communications
4Moonrise Kingdom$31,02967%82-38$378$45,278,67519Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$30,85256%69-63$447$11,010,97714Fox Searchlight
6For A Good Time, Call...$21,99128%84-21$262$1,190,6915Focus
710 Years$17,37534%6320$276$168,7023Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$17,22672%6530$265$4,890,4376Warner Bros.
9The Watch$15,27765%46-31$332$34,278,85310Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$13,13377%40-45$328$3,109,1294Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$11,39962%330$345$20,921,18878Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$10,97693%2--$5,488$16,6521The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,239141%32-15$320$46,302,80222Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$5,36927%34-6$158$3,977,69317FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$4,853100%17-26$285$2,496,01010Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$3,675105%60$613$57,3724Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$2,553190%1--$2,553$7,2551GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$96021%5-4$192$760,9577Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$92066%4-3$230$6,9392UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$81658%70$117$3,374,1578ARC Entertainment
21Branded$10-29%1-1$10$353,4684Roadside Attractions