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 Sun, Oct. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$4,473,532-53%3,412--$1,311$29,003,8661Paramount
2Argo$3,901,354-48%3,24715$1,202$43,011,9642Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$3,516,891-40%3,3849$1,039$118,522,3894Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$2,927,084-52%3,489-217$839$105,832,3393Fox
5Alex Cross$2,530,038-48%2,539--$996$11,396,7681Lionsgate / Summit
6Here Comes the Boom$2,038,308-46%3,0140$676$23,131,5292Sony / Columbia
7Sinister$2,006,617-47%2,54215$789$31,735,6432Lionsgate / Summit
8Pitch Perfect$1,502,910-49%2,660-127$565$45,516,7784Universal
9Frankenweenie$1,265,180-33%2,362-643$536$28,238,7793Disney
10Looper$1,048,854-44%2,223-382$472$57,842,8194Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$806,800-45%1,4800$545$9,161,4722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$504,631-46%74519$677$9,123,8725Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$231,535-35%751-800$308$37,895,5715Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$167,601-33%945-67$177$2,860,4202Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$162,174-51%925-887$175$34,084,5725Warner Bros.
5The Master$129,593-46%412-270$315$14,738,2136Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$93,283-42%345-120$270$446,764,06714Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$76,114-67%746-1120$102$30,782,8625Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$69,517-51%169-25$411$7,061,2676Roadside Attractions
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,013-34%222-15$257$160,072,50615Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$37,115-51%232-13$160$112,808,70011Universal
11Dredd 3D$32,079-28%1605$200$13,325,9685Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,762-35%149-27$200$48,574,36312Fox
13ParaNorman$29,012-40%168-8$173$54,664,35210Focus
14Resident Evil: Retribution$25,781-45%158-191$163$41,954,2986Sony / Screen Gems
15Lawless$22,808-39%184-103$124$37,264,1038Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$16,350-48%109-36$150$218,628,68017Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$14,824-46%131-84$113$63,536,01111Sony / Columbia
18Premium Rush$13,432-43%119-44$113$20,275,4469Sony / Columbia
19Won't Back Down$12,523-36%168-345$75$5,228,7704Fox
20The Possession$10,571-64%133-236$79$48,833,6308Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$30,862-36%4--$7,716$113,4671Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$25,609-22%520$492$9,272,18427Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$11,661-44%601$194$12,822,91222Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$11,512-45%92-54$125$84,573,29310Lionsgate
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,580-28%300$286$21,089,64981Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Campaign$8,110-46%74-27$110$86,437,56611Warner Bros.
7Simon and the Oaks$6,741-34%76$963$37,4772The Film Arcade
8The Other Dream Team$5,846-27%131$450$101,0054The Film Arcade
9Moonrise Kingdom$4,743-43%29-27$164$45,489,12522Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4,591-42%3530$131$24,2732Weinstein Company
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,374-43%28-8$156$11,186,65017Fox Searchlight
12Barfi!$3,105-39%10-24$311$2,799,4456UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$1,014-53%2-1$507$212,1454UTV Communications
14Husbands In Goa$55038%20$275$9,5355UTV Communications
15Gayby$457-43%1--$457$8,2272The Film Collaborative