'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 Thu, Jul. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$9,153,130-5%3,99741$2,290$184,483,8801Universal
2The Heat$2,723,686-9%3,1843$855$98,363,4772Fox
3Monsters University$2,509,535-5%3,7390$671$227,139,4273Disney
4The Lone Ranger$2,305,414-11%3,9040$591$59,961,1921Disney
5World War Z$1,825,884-12%3,316-89$551$167,656,9203Paramount
6White House Down$1,292,691-17%3,2220$401$56,812,9332Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,011,103-18%2,905-60$348$276,169,8784Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$581,079-25%2,1040$276$88,788,4404Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$292,407-23%1,6060$182$111,977,7026Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$853,162-6%8760$974$21,378,3091Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$150,7455%565-95$267$223,674,7248Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$123,3953%617-69$200$235,985,3557Universal
5The Croods$64,2662%269-19$239$185,374,46916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$58,57911%170-52$345$3,266,2515Roadside Attractions
7The Internship$51,970-11%37912$137$43,002,9545Fox
8After Earth$51,651-1%2700$191$59,110,1426Sony / Columbia
9Iron Man 3$46,039-9%2940$157$406,609,68810Disney
10The Hangover Part III$45,527-11%3380$135$111,451,7877Warner Bros.
11The Bling Ring$39,573-14%1590$249$5,300,2454A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$35,1902%1850$190$143,050,4799Warner Bros.
13The Purge$24,320-21%256-105$95$63,671,9805Universal
14Mud$19,85711%113-55$176$20,934,66011Roadside Attractions
15The East$17,2477%102-20$169$2,032,2526Fox Searchlight
16Pain and Gain$16,044-6%1700$94$49,588,15011Paramount
1742 (2013)$15,0104%1820$82$94,867,04113Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$8,0353%110-55$73$98,925,64016FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$46,835-5%19--$2,465$744,4851Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$28,238-6%7051$403$545,4863Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$12,7660%513$250$1,134,7056CBS Films
4Girl Rising$5,370120%18--$298$1,451,15718Gathr Films
5Stories We Tell$4,8060%274$178$1,458,4059Roadside Attractions
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,5613%63-22$72$122,494,24115Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$3,938-15%24-10$164$1,423,25711Weinstein Company
8Escape From Planet Earth$3,85242%62-39$62$56,896,04921Weinstein Company
9Scary Movie 5$2,66310%43-79$62$31,878,09813Weinstein / Dimension
10The Sapphires$1,873-11%15-3$125$2,429,53316Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$927-42%15-44$62$115,0722Brainstorm Media
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$715-42%2-4$358$504,19410eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$5102%4-15$128$36,8952Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$4331%20$217$122,3055High Top Releasing
15Not Today$22-62%2-3$11$313,14713Freestyle Releasing