'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 Mon, Mar. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,663,116-78%3,525--$472$28,865,3421Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$743,039-63%2,771--$268$9,497,2071Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$629,850-73%3,2308$195$108,063,1004Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,429-74%2,5110$214$25,016,1592Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$418,979-70%2,951-272$142$57,490,9923Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$394,372-72%1,836-176$215$115,697,02116Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$358,408-71%2,589-966$138$60,054,9353Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$333,661-84%3,110-243$107$43,440,5383Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$331,590-74%2,700--$123$8,059,9441CBS Films
10Dark Skies$232,046-70%2,3130$100$13,597,2862Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$155,027-75%1,930-714$80$62,092,9575Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$142,182-69%1,112-958$128$28,214,6354Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,026-72%1,075-1875$67$18,629,7703Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$174,414-66%725369$241$11,355,7308Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$169,678-75%62654$271$117,188,30315Fox
3Argo$143,298-73%985183$145$132,803,02521Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$92,602-72%722-475$128$93,667,40311Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$91,371-61%983324$93$160,360,30810Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$76,388-71%652-223$117$180,147,68117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$51,824-69%601-824$86$54,144,0676Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$45,760-72%352-110$130$147,677,40510Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,922-72%210-178$104$301,424,66812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$17,286-64%225125$77$79,700,01211Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$15,981-83%295-10$54$102,402,08815Paramount / DreamWorks
13Bless Me, Ultima$15,738-76%183-80$86$1,277,0312Arenas Entertainment
14The Impossible$14,131-66%151-122$94$18,336,71911Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$13,569-76%258-123$53$76,074,46110Fox
16Gangster Squad$10,969-59%138-64$79$45,764,3608Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$8,113-87%104-6$78$884,6812UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$6,935-70%133-53$52$37,107,94611Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,904-76%180-43$38$292,305,82716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$14,741-68%7--$2,106$175,2881Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,675-49%520$225$11,487,90846Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$7,359-52%38-27$194$6,223,35313Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,246-83%68--$77$148,7781Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,306-66%86-19$50$9,458,7105Warner Bros.
6Broken City$3,072-66%69-29$45$19,643,7637Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,544-69%300$85$22,089,085100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Stand Up Guys$2,262-60%17-24$133$3,303,3085Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,303-82%11--$118$21,6241eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$750-59%21$375$16,1622Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$436-54%6-1$73$1,552,28318Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$376-59%17-4$22$8,809,3596Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$82-77%2-7$41$221,9904UTV Motion Pictures