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, Feb. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$3,188,270-65%3,009--$1,060$20,353,9671Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,844,478-60%3,3753$547$34,676,0682Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$1,169,510-72%2,809168$416$80,002,61612Weinstein Company
4Mama$945,540-72%2,78199$340$58,123,0703Universal
5Bullet to the Head$803,612-60%2,404--$334$4,548,2011Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$670,804-77%2,871-58$234$77,673,9787Sony / Columbia
7Parker$587,949-64%2,23814$263$12,527,2972FilmDistrict
8Les Miserables (2012)$462,010-62%1,848-362$250$141,504,1306Universal
9Django Unchained$449,696-72%1,777-230$253$150,942,9586Weinstein Company
10Lincoln$405,451-69%1,756-153$231$170,776,74213Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$394,035-61%1,300-375$303$296,193,6848Warner Bros. / New Line
12Parental Guidance$293,441-63%1,480-256$198$72,900,5906Fox
13Gangster Squad$256,266-73%1,625-965$158$43,092,1474Warner Bros.
14A Haunted House$235,003-71%1,501-501$157$37,756,0194Open Road
15Movie 43$233,594-71%2,0230$115$7,700,1232Relativity Media
16Broken City$197,583-75%1,786-836$111$18,135,4113Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$388,082-61%902-39$430$106,106,36311Fox
2Argo$316,655-72%935300$339$120,372,13917Warner Bros.
3Quartet$296,777-48%20239$1,469$3,482,7004Weinstein Company
4Stand Up Guys$244,401-66%659--$371$1,486,3901Lionsgate / Roadside
5The Impossible$234,879-65%765-17$307$15,214,0957Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$154,757-53%66072$234$183,223,81614Disney
7Skyfall$80,829-71%425-31$190$302,823,50413Sony / Columbia
8Rise of The Guardians$73,566-48%3072$240$100,560,40911Paramount / DreamWorks
9Race 2$60,623-57%139-14$436$1,371,8152UTV Motion Pictures
10Hotel Transylvania$56,642-59%224-4$253$147,938,70219Sony / Columbia
11The Last Stand$54,325-60%689-2224$79$11,704,4543Lionsgate
12This is 40$50,355-75%373-134$135$66,928,6057Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$39,871-57%1440$277$5,604,7719Focus
14Jack Reacher$39,608-77%450-438$88$78,754,4407Paramount
15The Guilt Trip$32,404-62%291-61$111$36,517,7187Paramount
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$25,895-63%189-27$137$291,281,77812Lionsgate / Summit
17Here Comes the Boom$20,359-68%175-16$116$45,064,66317Sony / Columbia
18Flight$18,801-68%200-63$94$93,640,92514Paramount
19Red Dawn (2012)$13,688-69%153-52$89$44,667,52611FilmDistrict
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$11,718-65%148113$79$13,027,1439FilmDistrict
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,678-73%121-164$47$34,070,6385Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$20,577-38%90-8$229$12,568,25012Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,247-38%520$293$11,081,39042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,154-37%50-46$203$12,449,7077Paramount
4The Master$9,219-57%28-9$329$16,202,31721Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,768-42%300$192$21,867,38796Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Taken 2$5,394-70%83-41$65$139,813,35718Fox
7The Sessions$4,854-58%29-33$167$5,909,88516Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$4,414-40%122$368$1,497,82714Entertainment One / RKO
9Hitchcock$3,917-50%44-46$89$5,892,43211Fox Searchlight
10Pitch Perfect$2,460-66%41-50$60$64,990,79819Universal
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,216-70%37-19$60$17,738,57020Lionsgate / Summit
12Girls Against Boys$894-62%2--$447$6,1111Anchor Bay Films
13LUV$631-77%8-13$79$151,5263Indomina Media