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 Mon, Oct. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,757,061-64%3,232--$544$21,215,1701Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,670,581-67%3,70645$451$87,802,5602Fox
3Sinister$1,306,146-65%2,527--$517$19,313,7801Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$827,401-84%3,37523$245$102,961,3353Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$713,140-77%3,014--$237$12,529,7361Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$626,825-72%2,78717$225$36,642,2283Universal
7Looper$561,978-64%2,605-388$216$51,906,0683Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$453,888-79%3,0050$151$22,528,8902Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$431,539-59%1,480--$292$4,606,4541CBS Films
10End of Watch$183,017-60%1,551-819$118$36,557,2404Open Road
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$149,005-64%1,012--$147$1,900,3951Atlas Distribution
12Trouble with the Curve$133,169-65%1,812-1191$73$32,906,6664Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$74,612-69%1,866-854$40$30,070,9594Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$189,695-64%726505$261$6,325,2044Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$78,365-63%682-182$115$13,988,6525Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$47,064-64%465-110$101$446,247,06013Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$26,626-69%194-50$137$6,679,7755Roadside Attractions
5Won't Back Down$26,609-43%513-2004$52$5,125,3013Fox
6Finding Nemo 3D$26,108-81%480-1266$54$40,141,2805Disney
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,061-78%237-63$64$159,833,56814Fox
8Dredd 3D$14,236-51%155-676$92$13,171,2814Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$13,475-62%245-237$55$112,596,21510Universal
10Ted (2012)$11,600-52%145-42$80$218,523,40016Universal
11The Possession$10,574-66%369-452$29$48,742,6227Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$7,658-75%176-166$44$54,538,1359Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,233-80%176-81$41$48,447,99111Fox
14The Expendables 2$6,006-66%146-167$41$84,507,9649Lionsgate
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,450-80%122-33$45$216,372,18319Paramount / DreamWorks
16Lawless$5,246-64%287-324$18$37,161,4457Weinstein Company
17The Campaign$4,226-60%101-202$42$86,387,05410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,931-62%520$210$9,132,98526Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$7,098-61%59-25$120$12,756,75521Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$4,109-60%30-3$137$21,035,24380Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Moonrise Kingdom$3,700-56%56-36$66$45,455,02121Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$3,445-62%36-15$96$11,155,71116Fox Searchlight
6Barfi!$2,206-81%34-76$65$2,781,3785UTV Communications
7Safety Not Guaranteed$1,161-14%18-6$65$4,008,95319FilmDistrict
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$677-49%6-6$113$48,4352Roadside Attractions
9War of the Buttons (2012)$428-74%5--$86$5,1651Weinstein Company
10Thaandavam$197-90%3-18$66$206,2223UTV Communications