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 Thu, Nov. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,157,426-10%4,0700$530$237,182,5042Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,864,2782%3,5260$529$229,029,1893Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,824,2653%2,0180$904$70,189,4733Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,323,0590%2,92725$452$36,361,1411Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$707,0567%3,6530$194$35,447,2531Paramount / DreamWorks
6Red Dawn (2012)$667,985-1%2,72546$245$24,772,7081FilmDistrict
7Flight$545,6642%2,6380$207$76,986,8364Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$435,8724%3,2590$134$151,236,2634Disney
9Argo$233,2093%1,2550$186$98,980,4177Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$364,6684%3670$994$7,649,9812Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$87,2786%5155$169$4,248,8666Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$55,74012%76324$73$136,695,5798Fox
4Cloud Atlas$37,2188%2580$144$25,938,1175Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$36,90015%492-5$75$62,712,1739Universal
6Looper$31,4994%2930$108$65,715,1759Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,29317%2420$121$16,428,55910Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$22,0877%490-860$45$42,127,4537Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$19,5005%2050$95$15,283,9454Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$13,45011%464-784$29$143,555,5259Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,6396%190-266$51$17,414,5315Open Road
12Alex Cross$6,80112%1440$47$25,433,0766Lionsgate / Summit
13The Dark Knight Rises$6,51861%108-52$60$448,052,93119Warner Bros.
14Sinister$5,8073%1270$46$47,729,3277Lionsgate / Summit
15Trouble with the Curve$5,742-7%1400$41$35,686,63610Warner Bros.
16House at the End of the Street$4,8325%1380$35$31,507,59910Relativity Media
17Paranormal Activity 4$4,13811%1080$38$53,691,7726Paramount
18ParaNorman$4,079-5%134-39$30$55,813,16515Focus
19Fun Size$3,9097%144-244$27$9,314,1755Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56230%109-7$33$160,832,22920Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$91,4889%663$1,386$1,861,3512Focus
2Hitchcock$24,3825%17--$1,434$378,8821Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$15,05215%88-12$171$784,1544Entertainment One / RKO
4To the Arctic 3D$11,354-20%520$218$10,000,05332Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Seven Psychopaths$10,156-24%824$124$14,676,5097CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$5,29319%60-15$88$5,789,1365Fox
7The Master$4,09440%250$164$15,855,83011Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,658-16%300$122$21,391,94286Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Arbitrage$3,407-19%48-32$71$7,830,94711Roadside Attractions
10End of Watch$3,34723%34-41$98$39,203,74810Open Road
11The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$3,010146%150$201$114,2041Warner Bros.
12This Must Be the Place$1,67211%80$209$121,8144Weinstein Company
13The Intouchables$1,3281%260$51$13,034,52827Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$757-36%59-3$13$48,941,08117Fox
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$58019%3520$17$3,336,0537Atlas Distribution
16Lawless$503-44%110$46$37,400,12713Weinstein Company