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, Dec. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$888,168-66%3,401-62$261$262,288,4495Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$785,424-66%2,014-4$390$97,922,8715Disney / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,174-70%3,646-362$195$269,403,2034Lionsgate / Summit
4Life of Pi$687,721-71%2,94618$233$61,636,0143Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$481,744-85%3,639-33$132$62,255,9363Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$416,933-67%2,837--$147$6,167,2211FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$305,236-59%2,4240$126$12,135,8742Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$296,287-71%2,754-27$108$37,537,2073FilmDistrict
9Flight$291,980-64%2,431-172$120$86,494,5216Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$252,041-82%2,746-341$92$164,654,9756Disney
11The Collection$136,223-67%1,4030$97$5,591,5512LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$93,060-58%1,2491225$75$40,082,82612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$190,253-66%3710$513$14,154,6584Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$170,715-63%42238$405$6,773,7574Focus
3Argo$128,879-65%944-99$137$103,288,8949Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$70,136-65%181131$387$1,731,8063Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,580-65%430-66$78$137,733,88410Fox
6The Sessions$25,870-55%197-29$131$4,974,2128Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$23,220-64%387-16$60$63,540,62811Universal
8Cloud Atlas$21,591-63%191-3$113$26,474,5627Warner Bros.
9Talaash$19,351-85%162-12$119$2,448,2702Reliance Entertainment
10Looper$15,416-58%232--$66$66,161,49611Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$12,878-64%175-14$74$16,871,27112Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$11,153-63%214100$52$25,629,0508Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$10,860-60%1817$60$15,532,9206Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$8,219-57%141-21$58$14,912,1049CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,859-24%520$170$10,137,90234Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$8,687-61%63-11$138$1,004,3296Entertainment One / RKO
3Hyde Park on Hudson$8,059-65%4--$2,015$89,4211Focus
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$7,044-78%171$414$321,8113Warner Bros.
5Sinister$3,721-62%77-11$48$47,827,5759Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,487-79%90-12$39$160,956,71122Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,105-55%300$104$21,479,02788Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$2,958-77%81-23$37$55,928,73717Focus
9Chasing Mavericks$2,907-57%67-12$43$5,877,4777Fox
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,559-66%76-48$34$17,509,9987Open Road
11Hecho en Mexico$2,443-79%2614$94$123,9152Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Trouble with the Curve$1,994-54%71-29$28$35,756,54912Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,973-69%68-40$29$31,590,90512Relativity Media
14Fun Size$1,904-80%80-36$24$9,404,3147Paramount
15The Dark Knight Rises$1,904-67%62-18$31$448,132,54621Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$1,512-62%48-22$32$53,746,9268Paramount
17Arbitrage$1,333-66%25-10$53$7,878,77413Roadside Attractions
18The Master$1,233-72%230$54$15,896,97213Weinstein Company
19This Must Be the Place$695-52%5-2$139$137,0346Weinstein Company
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$623-89%47-5$13$48,985,41619Fox
21The Rabbi's Cat$352-81%1--$352$4,6531GKIDS
22The Intouchables$323-40%12-7$27$13,049,40129Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$36-56%2--$18$83,91210Roadside Attractions