Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.5M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.8M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 19, 2014 08:54 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $23.5 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened a slim 7 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 20.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.83 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.13 million and is estimated to fall 39 percent on Sunday to gross $5.55 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.66 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with an estimated $17.8 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 33 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $107.07 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become David Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with an estimated $17.0 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from opening a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.98 million on Friday, increased 38 percent on Saturday to take in $6.87 million and is estimated to decline 25 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.42 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with an estimated $12.04 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 34 percent from last weekend. That represented a very nice hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.87 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and is very solid with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with an estimated debut of $10.2 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.14 million on Friday, fell 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and is estimated to fall 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.27 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.46 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places with respective estimates of $9.9 million and $7.94 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a very solid 39 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.75 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.84 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with an estimated $7.93 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.13 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with an estimated $415,000 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $103,750 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Sep. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$18,947,06373%3,349--$5,658$29,920,0751Sony / Columbia
2Looper$8,726,71628%2,992--$2,917$15,531,6671Sony / TriStar
3House at the End of the Street$3,381,96045%3,0830$1,097$20,793,1732Relativity Media
4Trouble with the Curve$3,375,40047%3,2120$1,051$21,868,3442Warner Bros.
5End of Watch$3,360,00240%2,78050$1,209$23,930,5872Open Road
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,871,98879%2,639-265$709$35,325,7993Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$1,324,91461%2,381-635$556$37,850,4743Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$1,100,31720%2,515--$438$2,018,0851Fox
9Dredd 3D$996,76044%2,55751$390$10,271,2822Lionsgate
10The Possession$663,81161%1,618-980$410$47,126,5975Lionsgate
11Lawless$391,99045%1,503-1111$261$36,071,3355Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$366,72791%1,209-408$303$53,712,3287Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$304,71682%1,187-565$257$49,534,6987Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$2,128,21621%335--$6,353$3,884,1511Universal
2The Master$1,260,24660%85668$1,472$8,937,6073Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$467,15025%10298$4,580$1,165,1152Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$426,44681%25511$1,672$4,903,2763Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$383,16063%824-607$465$111,535,1558Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$378,65474%655-293$578$444,185,12011Warner Bros.
7The Expendables 2$244,20074%815-1005$300$83,885,3777Lionsgate
8The Campaign$233,95553%630-620$371$85,797,9358Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$197,23156%691-456$285$62,835,5388Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$182,349117%387-33$471$158,962,95112Fox
11Barfi!$148,30869%127-3$1,168$2,376,9183UTV Communications
12The Amazing Spider-Man$108,78959%204-49$533$261,721,10913Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91,381106%332-42$275$47,979,6609Fox
14Ted (2012)$80,98556%225-68$360$218,075,80014Universal
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$70,893112%203-37$349$216,051,55117Paramount / DreamWorks
16Total Recall (2012)$70,47046%239-83$295$58,690,1859Sony / Columbia
17The Words$67,58558%278-969$243$11,397,1344CBS Films
18The Intouchables$66,84095%121-35$552$12,436,12519Weinstein Company
19Premium Rush$63,21343%208-359$304$19,899,9886Sony / Columbia
20Sparkle (2012)$47,71591%22014$217$24,372,7297Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$30,05295%110-72$273$35,039,25910Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$17,50833%132-159$133$13,703,6336Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$15,03239%104-51$145$3,741,0914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$55,43929%45--$1,232$103,7631UTV Communications
2To the Arctic 3D$39,629115%520$762$8,773,92424Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Heroine$32,80535%97-17$338$541,6452UTV Communications
4Moonrise Kingdom$31,02967%82-38$378$45,278,67519Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$30,85256%69-63$447$11,010,97714Fox Searchlight
6For A Good Time, Call...$21,99128%84-21$262$1,190,6915Focus
710 Years$17,37534%6320$276$168,7023Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$17,22672%6530$265$4,890,4376Warner Bros.
9The Watch$15,27765%46-31$332$34,278,85310Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$13,13377%40-45$328$3,109,1294Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$11,39962%330$345$20,921,18878Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$10,97693%2--$5,488$16,6521The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,239141%32-15$320$46,302,80222Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$5,36927%34-6$158$3,977,69317FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$4,853100%17-26$285$2,496,01010Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$3,675105%60$613$57,3724Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$2,553190%1--$2,553$7,2551GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$96021%5-4$192$760,9577Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$92066%4-3$230$6,9392UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$81658%70$117$3,374,1578ARC Entertainment
21Branded$10-29%1-1$10$353,4684Roadside Attractions