'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 Tue, Apr. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$2,602,47936%3,205--$812$29,276,1401Fox
2Heaven is for Real$1,391,26038%2,705288$514$54,864,2472Sony / TriStar
3Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,340,24026%3,620-205$370$227,466,9934Disney
4Brick Mansions$799,84026%2,647--$302$10,953,9071Relativity Media
5Rio 2$740,60929%3,703-272$200$97,704,3583Fox
6Transcendence$507,38133%3,4550$147$19,520,9642Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$315,25427%1,600-196$197$53,269,4346Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$301,80530%2,066-420$146$140,055,0476Lionsgate / Summit
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$274,43130%1,021-259$269$49,288,6678Fox Searchlight
11Draft Day$267,60430%2,080-701$129$24,634,6113Lionsgate / Summit
12The Quiet Ones$262,92419%2,027--$130$4,364,2141Lionsgate
14A Haunted House 2$247,32312%2,3100$107$14,651,1112Open Road
15Oculus$214,22214%1,881-767$114$25,626,2633Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$63,80724%156130$409$1,010,4813Weinstein Company
22 States$35,72572%1372$261$1,798,9282UTV Motion Pictures
3300: Rise of an Empire$26,9575%32560$83$105,867,1638Warner Bros.
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,3524%468-312$54$108,097,5168Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Non-Stop (2014)$22,56537%252-108$90$90,529,7759Universal
6The LEGO Movie$21,131-1%303-37$70$252,840,91712Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$14,37818%227-63$63$400,201,94323Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,89521%119-10$83$453,2374Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$8,86727%211-292$42$59,585,7659Fox
10Bad Words$6,31714%114-109$55$7,690,7327Focus
11The Nut Job$6,11316%160-41$38$64,176,82715Open Road
12Gravity$3,76832%105-40$36$274,058,72930Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$21,57528%370$583$1,139,1774Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$5,307-4%45-72$118$5,493,3995Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$4,96626%85-25$58$30,619,75310Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$4,33718%41-7$106$306,3653Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$4,3023%75-55$57$10,440,2475Open Road
6The Unknown Known$1,55133%22-27$71$256,7834RADiUS-TWC
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,51014%87-27$17$15,970,9627Lionsgate
8Philomena$1,3831%33-68$42$37,678,45723Weinstein Company
9August: Osage County$1,111327%7-9$159$37,735,84418Weinstein Company
10Watermark$1,0828%167$68$66,3464eOne Films US
11Ernest & Celestine$8724%20-11$44$260,6689GKIDS
12Frankie & Alice$80337%24-19$33$694,5724Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$747-16%2--$374$35,66512Rialto Pictures
14Make Your Move$7051%40-102$18$123,6932High Top Releasing
15Gloria (2014)$694169%9-4$77$2,093,86114Roadside Attractions
16Dallas Buyers Club$63951%12-2$53$27,297,57626Focus
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$84-63%10$84$22,1862Rialto Pictures
18Gabrielle (2014)$8--10$8$4,8122eOne Films US