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 Wed, Oct. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$1,552,486-34%2,992--$519$26,491,0091Sony / TriStar
2Hotel Transylvania$1,540,030-30%3,349--$460$48,054,9241Sony / Columbia
3End of Watch$649,935-27%2,78050$234$28,222,0082Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$523,076-32%3,2120$163$25,281,8212Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$365,229-28%3,0830$118$23,448,3562Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$266,325-24%2,381-635$112$39,590,5973Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$249,144-28%2,55751$97$11,797,3912Lionsgate
8Finding Nemo 3D$225,618-18%2,639-265$85$37,171,5893Disney
9Won't Back Down$188,972-33%2,515--$75$3,274,7761Fox
10Lawless$91,419-22%1,503-1111$61$36,578,3685Weinstein Company
11The Possession$85,790-12%1,618-980$53$47,682,2085Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$53,210-4%1,187-565$45$49,868,6687Disney
13ParaNorman$43,045-18%1,209-408$36$54,074,0517Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$391,950-16%335--$1,170$6,383,9081Universal
2The Master$181,370-36%85668$212$10,245,5843Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$79,499-15%10298$779$1,684,3582Lionsgate / Summit
4The Dark Knight Rises$73,197-18%655-293$112$444,613,16411Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$61,371-40%25612$240$5,343,1513Roadside Attractions
6The Bourne Legacy$53,560-19%824-607$65$111,872,9958Universal
7The Campaign$44,233-23%630-620$70$86,042,3478Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$39,533-26%815-1005$49$84,158,3987Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,578-22%387-33$53$159,149,40512Fox
10Ted (2012)$19,125-15%225-68$85$218,177,05014Universal
11Barfi!$16,168-32%127-3$127$2,514,5263UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$12,237-42%121-35$101$12,516,08119Weinstein Company
13The Words$11,725-45%278-969$42$11,479,2234CBS Films
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,049-19%332-42$27$48,065,1219Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$8,444-23%203-37$42$216,122,87417Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$5,588-9%132-159$42$13,730,3826Open Road
17Step Up Revolution$4,209-9%110-72$38$35,070,44310Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$3,191-33%104-51$31$3,760,2854Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$15,91831%520$306$8,845,58024Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$7,463-22%82-38$91$45,317,91719Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,27472%330$190$20,943,02178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,183-27%69-63$90$11,051,52514Fox Searchlight
5For A Good Time, Call...$6,137-12%84-21$73$1,224,0175Focus
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$5,0317%32-15$157$46,328,95622Fox Searchlight
7Heroine$4,800-47%97-17$49$578,1732UTV Communications
810 Years$4,585-8%6320$73$191,4653Anchor Bay Films
9The Watch$3,586-6%46-31$78$34,298,55310Fox
10Thaandavam$3,409-48%45--$76$143,8481UTV Communications
11The Apparition$3,158-10%6530$49$4,911,1376Warner Bros.
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$2,438-7%40-45$61$3,121,8314Paramount
13Ruby Sparks$1,090-34%17-26$64$2,502,84310Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$970-47%34-6$29$3,984,89617FilmDistrict
15Cosmopolis$488152%5-4$98$762,8807Entertainment One Films
16Toys in the Attic$3357%60$56$60,7164Hannover House
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$17422%70$25$3,375,1428ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$4014%4-3$10$7,5752UTV Communications
19Branded$40700%1-1$40$353,5134Roadside Attractions