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 Wed, Dec. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Les Miserables (2012)$12,158,640-33%2,808--$4,330$30,270,3050Universal
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,388,2291%4,10055$2,778$179,565,2902Warner Bros. / New Line
3Django Unchained$10,006,383-33%3,010--$3,324$25,017,5040Weinstein Company
4Parental Guidance$4,327,777-31%3,359--$1,288$10,645,3360Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,844,738-27%3,352--$1,147$26,993,9871Paramount
6This is 40$3,320,820-24%2,913--$1,140$20,784,2501Universal
7Lincoln$2,147,024-7%1,966-319$1,092$122,416,9727Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,663,644-36%2,4310$684$12,714,4281Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,651,36213%2,6180$631$10,194,2501Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,431,94021%2,055-1332$697$83,655,9515Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,332,898-2%1,637-1080$814$283,733,0387Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,112,716-15%1,111-1097$1,002$79,825,9235Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$583,55327%1,183-1859$493$283,023,7536Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$901,854-20%745374$1,211$22,282,6206Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$652,682-36%840--$777$4,370,1881Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$467,75532%913-950$512$173,079,5768Disney
4Argo$234,612-15%345-322$680$107,180,73611Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$136,894-5%237-151$578$10,039,0636Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$117,94576%301--$392$144,498,59613Sony / Columbia
7Flight$100,644-23%400-1423$252$91,331,4258Paramount
8Hitchcock$90,320-21%351-198$257$4,510,3505Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$88,3133%402-1145$220$42,916,3995FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$80,42352%269--$299$43,105,94511Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$53,20722%240-60$222$138,594,06312Fox
12Pitch Perfect$39,27059%190-101$207$64,202,53313Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$28,67810%268-2070$107$12,533,5813FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,74058%1261$173$17,193,58114Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$20,04311%1720$117$40,641,75814Open Road
16The Collection$2,401-48%112-509$21$6,825,9824LD Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$88,355-32%7943$1,118$1,211,7633Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$87,036-22%50$17,407$955,8201Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$34,135-38%15--$2,276$263,8821Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$21,9731017%520$423$10,342,04336Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Sessions$13,599-30%75-76$181$5,423,55710Fox Searchlight
6A Late Quartet$13,18725%39-7$338$1,199,4638Entertainment One / RKO
7Sinister$9,15930%82-102$112$48,006,64311Lionsgate / Summit
8Looper$9,03118%93-82$97$66,418,47613Sony / TriStar
9Killing Them Softly$8,927-27%68-1359$131$14,779,1034Weinstein Company
10Cloud Atlas$8,79830%45-53$196$26,746,8339Warner Bros.
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,73576%64-20$136$161,075,06624Fox
12Born to Be Wild 3D$8,649--300$288$21,564,31290Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Alex Cross$6,64210%76-99$87$25,818,35810Lionsgate / Summit
14The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,119--151$408$644,5395Warner Bros.
15Paranormal Activity 4$5,07365%50-107$101$53,858,96710Paramount
16Talaash$4,091-70%25-88$164$2,831,8524Reliance Entertainment
17Not Fade Away$3,259-62%3--$1,086$36,4811Paramount Vantage
18The Intouchables$2,771-55%7-18$396$13,106,94631Weinstein Company
19The Master$2,52128%13-1$194$15,940,87615Weinstein Company
20ParaNorman$2,14568%23-38$93$55,982,92019Focus
21Arbitrage$779-36%5-5$156$7,901,57115Roadside Attractions