'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 Wed, Jun. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Now You See Me$2,977,310-15%2,925--$1,018$38,812,5681Lionsgate / Summit
2Fast & Furious 6$2,819,790-21%3,68628$765$180,349,2452Universal
3After Earth$1,754,562-25%3,401--$516$33,659,3851Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$1,631,132-13%3,585-322$455$186,681,7183Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$1,518,412-21%3,56510$426$93,578,4582Warner Bros.
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$838,084-12%2,635-455$318$131,101,1044Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$808,293-8%2,895-529$279$387,631,5855Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$142,3102%579-133$246$17,280,5316Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$83,9822%506-502$166$180,820,83711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$54,222-7%501-414$108$92,495,2878Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$37,655-19%357-215$105$88,187,3557Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$32,158-5%286-60$112$121,683,32210Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,221-2%268-78$105$56,403,46316Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$15,668-3%207-796$76$49,100,7446Paramount
8Identity Thief$14,1755%150-37$95$134,493,35017Universal
9Olympus Has Fallen$11,936-3%149-60$80$97,900,91211FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$11,176-12%103-25$109$21,170,28110Focus
11The Big Wedding$9,492-19%126-139$75$21,314,2676Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,1120%143-42$57$65,134,34014Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,120-12%121-364$51$9,058,9144Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$17,6246%7410$238$945,5266Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$13,980280%30-33$466$1,363,38713Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$12,0424%3913$309$936,8294Roadside Attractions
4The East$7,8960%4--$1,974$100,3461Fox Searchlight
5The Sapphires$7,4979%58-3$129$2,228,87911Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$7,27311%520$140$12,712,86459Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,121-4%381$187$409,2435eOne Films US
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,10931%300$237$22,741,886113Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Kings of Summer$5,6435%4--$1,411$75,9841CBS Films
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,12811%117$466$87,2112Focus World
11Not Today$3,7266%1813$207$252,3858Freestyle Releasing
12Scary Movie 5$2,29123%51-120$45$31,417,4968Weinstein / Dimension
13Spring Breakers$2,224-21%40-30$56$14,120,74312A24
14Quartet$1,37410%17-13$81$18,266,27021Weinstein Company
15From Up on Poppy Hill$1,2600%12-12$105$986,74712GKIDS
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,1453%23-12$50$132,091,91129Weinstein Company
18Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$595--3--$198$1,3701Cinema Purgatorio
19Emperor$56532%6-2$94$3,343,29313Roadside Attractions
20A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$12013%10$120$18,1482Rialto Pictures
21The Painting (2013)$3260%1-5$32$20,8874GKIDS