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 Mon, Mar. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,903,718-75%3,9120$742$146,960,0442Disney
2The Call$1,253,974-69%2,507--$500$18,372,7191Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$747,190-68%3,160--$236$10,924,4471Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$488,063-73%3,357-168$145$54,495,6983Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$356,505-66%2,842-160$125$123,962,6806Universal
621 And Over$295,567-55%2,424-347$122$22,214,3073Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$264,020-71%2,35313$112$37,525,9154Lionsgate / Summit
8Silver Linings Playbook$235,211-60%1,602-125$147$124,786,99318Weinstein Company
9Dead Man Down$226,668-63%2,1880$104$9,600,0372FilmDistrict
10Safe Haven$195,667-62%2,206-335$89$67,106,7065Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$163,568-77%2,211-338$74$52,341,5685Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$103,976-66%1,117-608$93$65,575,6225Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$80,038-66%1,575-1125$51$14,461,2123CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$105,953-68%646-25$164$121,450,77917Fox
2Quartet$104,516-60%688-27$152$14,938,10710Weinstein Company
3Emperor$67,971-58%31150$219$2,096,5522Roadside Attractions
4Argo$51,267-58%540-201$95$135,229,51823Warner Bros.
5Warm Bodies$49,402-63%659-393$75$64,629,6027Lionsgate / Summit
6Side Effects (2013)$49,081-65%402-200$122$30,531,8626Open Road
7Dark Skies$45,547-60%703-802$65$16,692,6634Weinstein / Dimension
8Lincoln$41,290-60%46634$89$181,449,75719Disney / DreamWorks
9Zero Dark Thirty$39,282-64%450-72$87$95,353,56313Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$33,256-53%266-70$125$161,616,52712Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$28,605-68%305-32$94$302,421,62614Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$21,690-59%241-45$90$148,500,08012Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$14,933-71%213-62$70$103,020,59817Paramount / DreamWorks
14Mama$13,260-62%204-10$65$71,338,5909Universal
15Parental Guidance$12,668-66%2223$57$76,556,56812Fox
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,977-63%130-95$77$54,689,0838Paramount
17Jack Reacher$8,862-54%130-64$68$80,042,50513Paramount
18The Impossible$7,549-66%105-9$72$18,622,17313Lionsgate / Summit
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,116-59%125-156$57$19,181,0085Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$28,074-62%9477$299$673,7313Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$10,570--9-15$1,174$389,4462Gathr Films
3Parker$6,956-61%9258$76$17,543,3008FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,855-18%300$229$22,213,682102Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Bless Me, Ultima$5,940-64%45-7$132$1,471,0724Arenas Entertainment
6To the Arctic 3D$5,144-56%520$99$11,695,02948Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Gangster Squad$4,170-56%50-40$83$45,924,55010Warner Bros.
8From Up on Poppy Hill$3,956-81%2--$1,978$61,5401GKIDS
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,011-77%45-11$67$314,8963Methinx Entertainment
10Hyde Park on Hudson$2,700-53%31-8$87$6,339,38315Focus
11Camp (2013)$2,136-56%1511$142$67,0124Freestyle Releasing
12Kai Po Che$1,368-88%42-29$33$1,081,7524UTV Motion Pictures