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 Tue, Dec. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,162,08331%3,401-62$342$263,450,5325Sony / Columbia
2Life of Pi$1,002,93546%2,94618$340$62,638,9493Fox
3Lincoln$941,12420%2,014-4$467$98,863,9955Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$856,92820%3,646-362$235$270,260,1314Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$631,41031%3,639-33$174$62,887,3463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$578,75239%2,837--$204$6,745,9731FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$403,51332%2,4240$166$12,539,3872Weinstein Company
8Flight$378,30530%2,431-172$156$86,872,8266Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$365,05723%2,754-27$133$37,902,2643FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$318,99427%2,746-341$116$164,973,9696Disney
11The Collection$145,4447%1,4030$104$5,736,9952LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$110,09618%1,2491225$88$40,192,92212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$247,46430%3710$667$14,402,1224Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$215,69826%42238$511$6,989,4554Focus
3Argo$164,17727%944-99$174$103,453,0719Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$88,99427%181131$492$1,820,8003Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$42,222118%162-12$261$2,490,4922Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$38,54815%430-66$90$137,772,43210Fox
7The Sessions$29,13613%197-29$148$5,003,3488Fox Searchlight
8Pitch Perfect$28,89024%387-16$75$63,569,51811Universal
9Cloud Atlas$26,10521%191-3$137$26,500,6677Warner Bros.
10Looper$18,29419%232--$79$66,179,79011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,65629%175-14$95$16,887,92712Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$13,93425%214100$65$25,642,9848Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$13,57525%1817$75$15,546,4956Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$12,15448%141-21$86$14,924,2589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,25516%520$197$10,148,15734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$10,07216%63-11$160$1,014,4016Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$8,79425%171$517$330,6053Warner Bros.
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,340-9%4--$1,835$96,7611Focus
5Sinister$4,77328%77-11$62$47,832,3489Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,65850%300$155$21,483,68588Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,00417%76-48$40$17,513,0027Open Road
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,995-14%90-12$33$160,959,70622Fox
9Hecho en Mexico$2,90319%2614$112$126,8182Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,712-8%81-23$33$55,931,44917Focus
11Chasing Mavericks$2,629-10%67-12$39$5,880,1067Fox
12The Master$2,24382%230$98$15,899,21513Weinstein Company
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,09410%62-18$34$448,134,64021Warner Bros.
14Trouble with the Curve$2,0332%71-29$29$35,758,58212Warner Bros.
15Arbitrage$1,96447%25-10$79$7,880,73813Roadside Attractions
16Fun Size$1,9382%80-36$24$9,406,2527Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$1,716-13%68-40$25$31,592,62112Relativity Media
18Paranormal Activity 4$1,70313%48-22$35$53,748,6298Paramount
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8832353%2--$442$84,79510Roadside Attractions
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$76222%47-5$16$48,986,17819Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7062%5-2$141$137,7406Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$58466%1--$584$5,2371GKIDS
23The Intouchables$48350%12-7$40$13,049,88429Weinstein Company