'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, Jul. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$35,010,665--3,956--$8,850$35,010,6650Universal
2The Lone Ranger$9,651,118--3,904--$2,472$9,651,1180Disney
3Monsters University$5,404,009-29%3,739-265$1,445$191,309,0302Disney
4The Heat$5,268,590-2%3,181--$1,656$55,091,8591Fox
5World War Z$4,034,822-2%3,405-202$1,185$136,225,3172Paramount
6White House Down$2,666,733-9%3,222--$828$33,494,6621Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$2,353,137-15%2,965-1242$794$256,758,9833Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$1,224,149-1%2,104-951$582$78,663,0633Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$497,591-33%1,606-1217$310$106,972,2855Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$4,773,916--876--$5,450$4,773,9160Lionsgate / Summit
2Fast & Furious 6$222,950-20%686-1731$325$234,202,4506Universal
3Star Trek Into Darkness$222,447-15%660-905$337$221,431,3767Paramount
4Iron Man 3$120,249-7%294-630$409$405,806,5209Disney
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$103,09034%22216$464$2,454,0754Roadside Attractions
7The Internship$81,287-53%367-1549$221$42,207,6964Fox
8The Croods$80,581-23%288-36$280$184,691,74415Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Bling Ring$77,355-43%159-491$487$4,717,9403A24
10After Earth$67,23127%270-896$249$58,418,5285Sony / Columbia
11The Purge$57,760-55%361-1840$160$63,174,4554Universal
12The Hangover Part III$53,79159%338-192$159$110,841,7176Warner Bros.
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$51,530-18%185-177$279$142,557,4808Warner Bros.
14The East$35,5007%122-73$291$1,741,8885Fox Searchlight
15Mud$24,901-10%168-45$148$20,653,18310Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$24,809-26%182-143$136$94,653,48312Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$17,100956%170120$101$49,380,50910Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$13,037-22%165-12$79$98,815,30115FilmDistrict
19Scary Movie 5$7,074-39%122-12$58$31,844,15912Weinstein / Dimension
20Escape From Planet Earth$4,463-45%101-37$44$56,870,73320Weinstein Company
21The Big Wedding$2,915-55%101-40$29$21,814,76210Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$13,607-5%48-17$283$965,5375CBS Films
2Unfinished Song$12,6234%1917$664$168,3942Weinstein Company
3Ghanchakkar$8,092-48%89--$91$180,8841UTV Motion Pictures
4Copperhead$7,860-17%59--$133$83,7381Brainstorm Media
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$7,286-40%85-54$86$122,431,93614Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,21431%300$174$22,910,175117Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$4,93826%23-10$215$1,397,9608Roadside Attractions
8To the Arctic 3D$4,654-27%520$90$12,943,56763Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Kon-Tiki$3,966-14%34-19$117$1,375,18810Weinstein Company
10The Sapphires$3,176-11%18-11$176$2,404,26315Weinstein Company
11Redemption (2013)$1,717-36%19--$90$27,5961Roadside Attractions
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,526115%1--$1,526$35,38211Rialto Pictures
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$55991%6-2$93$499,1099eOne Films US
14Not Today$480-54%52$96$312,23512Freestyle Releasing
15Lost and Found in Armenia$240-59%21$120$119,9544High Top Releasing
16Detention of the Dead$158276%2--$79$1,6061Anchor Bay Films
17The Stroller Strategy$56115%1--$56$3,3743Rialto Premieres