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 Sat, Feb. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,91641%3,553--$2,861$25,609,3661Fox
2Identity Thief$9,906,45052%3,16524$3,130$63,714,2302Universal
3Safe Haven$8,381,64718%3,223--$2,601$24,337,2241Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$6,680,25480%3,288--$2,032$10,381,5081Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$3,662,06041%2,897-112$1,264$47,486,4143Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,037,09532%2,950--$1,030$7,876,9261Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$2,721,64178%2,202-607$1,236$96,622,05014Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$2,654,41758%2,6050$1,019$17,155,2642Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,487,34371%2,103-1182$707$48,588,4384Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$1,280,35891%1,527-1035$838$86,881,0829Sony / Columbia
11Mama$1,161,84053%1,648-1029$705$67,400,0955Universal
12Lincoln$705,08697%1,007-510$700$175,651,64915Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$641,49676%1,017-485$631$156,497,9748Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$961,47497%903-502$1,065$126,111,98019Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$644,14794%647-277$996$110,278,29913Fox
3Quartet$557,05264%33389$1,673$6,473,6056Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$426,39696%605-396$705$299,527,80410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$361,66075%676-771$535$145,233,8208Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$343,76297%506-251$679$185,252,04516Disney
7The Impossible$205,67974%422-317$487$17,350,7039Lionsgate / Summit
8Parental Guidance$204,21672%603-616$339$74,986,7258Fox
9Rise of The Guardians$178,40899%33863$528$101,227,85513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Parker$176,29353%705-1299$250$16,847,8874FilmDistrict
11A Haunted House$131,41175%340-573$387$39,454,2746Open Road
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$119,06172%25494$469$291,681,73814Lionsgate / Summit
13Skyfall$116,25660%262-108$444$303,819,94115Sony / Columbia
14Bullet to the Head$98,24460%470-1934$209$9,153,3613Warner Bros.
15Gangster Squad$79,84349%210-732$380$45,277,8876Warner Bros.
16Jack Reacher$56,19751%175-132$321$79,299,3299Paramount
17This is 40$41,75047%167-111$250$67,403,5809Universal
18Stand Up Guys$41,28747%119-551$347$3,124,4043Lionsgate / Roadside
19Hotel Transylvania$38,760107%144-47$269$148,248,97421Sony / Columbia
20Broken City$34,23344%133-622$257$19,462,9455Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$55,09647%40-260$1,377$2,909,5812Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$42,93461%86-44$499$5,982,99011Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$32,98773%520$634$11,251,62344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$24,46876%96-89$255$34,267,4347Lionsgate
5Here Comes the Boom$24,04880%96-48$251$45,257,85819Sony / Columbia
6ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$21,95891%22-3$998$159,5892UTV Motion Pictures
7The Guilt Trip$20,69644%88-137$235$36,778,1949Paramount
8Anna Karenina (2012)$15,20550%51-40$298$12,747,40714Focus
9Born to Be Wild 3D$14,62823%300$488$21,966,29198Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Red Dawn (2012)$11,95267%56-49$213$44,786,04613FilmDistrict
11The Last Stand$10,25068%54-185$190$11,950,1535Lionsgate
12Race 2$7,183114%11-52$653$1,559,7204UTV Motion Pictures
13Movie 43$7,08213%35-742$202$8,773,6524Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$5,397135%131$415$1,526,22516Entertainment One / RKO
15The Sessions$5,379115%16-2$336$5,950,09318Fox Searchlight
16Hitchcock$4,03549%14-22$288$5,941,20213Fox Searchlight
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,35948%23-58$146$13,097,41211FilmDistrict
18Lost in Thailand$3,06948%350$88$52,4172WAMCR
19Taken 2$2,53264%16-19$158$139,850,17020Fox
20The Package (2013)$422-25%1--$422$9811Anchor Bay Films