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. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$8,653,455-42%3,141--$2,755$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$2,762,229-48%3,0090$918$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,387,111-42%2,605--$916$9,303,1451Open Road
4Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,714,824-35%3,285-90$522$43,836,0183Paramount
5Silver Linings Playbook$1,712,863-45%2,8090$610$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,111,772-42%2,562-309$434$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
7Mama$963,725-54%2,677-104$360$63,951,8104Universal
8Argo$667,703-42%1,405470$475$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$664,572-39%1,502-275$442$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$653,743-28%2,4040$272$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Parker$561,975-33%2,004-234$280$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
12Lincoln$541,764-40%1,517-239$357$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$455,974-35%1,001-299$456$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
14Les Miserables (2012)$455,835-37%1,447-401$315$143,983,7057Universal
15Parental Guidance$311,863-40%1,219-261$256$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$647,583-18%300--$2,159$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$555,150-32%92422$601$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$348,787-32%75797$461$184,414,53215Disney
4Quartet$286,473-33%24442$1,174$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$278,741-36%739-26$377$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
6Gangster Squad$244,975-38%942-683$260$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$209,012-45%913-588$229$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$190,889-33%67011$285$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$137,415-40%755-1031$182$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$110,236-47%370-55$298$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$87,817-27%275-32$319$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Movie 43$66,495-48%777-1246$86$8,661,1803Relativity Media
13Jack Reacher$54,079-51%307-143$176$79,116,9448Paramount
14Hotel Transylvania$49,243-38%191-33$258$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
15This is 40$43,090-54%278-95$155$67,255,6208Universal
16Hyde Park on Hudson$40,375-35%130-14$311$5,832,37710Focus
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$30,251-34%18564$164$34,185,7916Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$28,304-42%225-66$126$36,695,5628Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$26,408-46%160-29$165$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
20The Last Stand$26,101-39%239-450$109$11,904,8354Lionsgate
21Here Comes the Boom$25,034-47%144-31$174$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
22Flight$14,606-47%115-85$127$93,749,20315Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$13,593-47%105-48$129$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$30,171-33%25--$1,207$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$23,919-39%63-76$380$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$20,528-21%911$226$12,679,18713Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$18,643-22%520$359$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,627-23%300$488$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$11,317-4%35--$323$32,2061WAMCR
7Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,654-22%47-3$227$12,495,8658Paramount
8The Master$7,896-29%291$272$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,720-48%81-67$83$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
10Hitchcock$6,623-18%36-8$184$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$3,675-50%35-48$105$139,840,85419Fox
12The Sessions$3,553-33%18-11$197$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,154-15%120$263$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$970-48%15-26$65$64,998,36820Universal
15Brief Reunion$483-53%1--$483$5,8914Striped Entertainment
16LUV$416-34%3-5$139$156,2514Indomina Media