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, Mar. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,497,7871%3,719--$4,167$41,325,8991Paramount
2The Croods$9,682,350-10%4,06519$2,382$82,568,9992Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,938,264-16%2,047--$3,878$17,343,9031Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$5,669,50118%3,1068$1,825$51,217,4512FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,456,3483%3,324-481$1,341$195,439,0554Disney
6The Host (2013)$3,487,001-35%3,202--$1,089$8,824,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,909,4229%2,439-68$783$38,336,0983Sony / TriStar
8Admission$1,302,96812%2,1611$603$10,977,1342Focus
9Spring Breakers$988,937-10%1,379--$717$9,389,8623A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$506,8393%1,575-1585$322$20,286,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$432,7858%1,082-1084$400$129,651,0158Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$368,946-4%1,080-1480$342$61,133,6835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$374,59124%752-292$498$128,488,25820Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$179,44114%746-1061$241$41,245,9386Lionsgate / Summit
3Quartet$164,98248%302-123$546$16,493,52012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$164,96413%340-149$485$123,204,83119Fox
5Safe Haven$149,213-5%550-729$271$69,729,2407Relativity Media
621 And Over$111,687-4%344-790$325$24,877,0035Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$78,700-18%977-517$81$53,866,2327Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$74,46511%202-7$369$55,178,95010Paramount
9Stoker$72,45223%194-81$373$1,430,1715Fox Searchlight
10Django Unchained$69,21917%233-63$297$162,271,01814Weinstein Company
11Emperor$65,35445%138-99$474$2,852,2904Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$63,33510%209-239$303$66,513,2817Fox
13Argo$58,01324%26075$223$135,693,42925Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$52,18129%102-123$512$31,200,1368Open Road
15Warm Bodies$48,544-2%162-137$300$65,221,5399Lionsgate / Summit
16Parental Guidance$35,135-6%140-45$251$76,882,49514Fox
17Mama$30,13514%123-7$245$71,570,99511Universal
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,5477%145-90$190$302,833,16916Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Last Exorcism Part II$24,4518%102-353$240$15,139,3665CBS Films
20Rise of The Guardians$24,180-8%134-28$180$103,280,87619Paramount / DreamWorks
21Dark Skies$23,6452%101-104$234$17,120,8346Weinstein / Dimension
22Les Miserables (2012)$21,2258%109-20$195$148,761,83514Universal
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$16,0485%115-73$140$19,388,9897Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$104,90910%4--$26,227$199,9361Focus
2Himmatwala$69,923-4%99--$706$142,4701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$46,39516%2519$1,856$250,9223GKIDS
4The Sapphires$32,70778%128$2,726$105,7082Weinstein Company
5Starbuck$21,81859%1714$1,283$3,513,4042eOne Films US
6To the Arctic 3D$19,961-27%520$384$11,900,85350Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$17,5995%86-37$205$18,807,77115Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$14,868-25%300$496$22,352,536104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$11,52012%75-537$154$10,757,7624FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$7,69614%500$154$45,992,12012Warner Bros.
11Parker$5,97250%36-19$166$17,606,69110FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$4,40219%11-10$400$1,533,3626Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$2,80821%5-13$562$1,114,8546UTV Motion Pictures
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,4157%7-21$202$363,1965Methinx Entertainment
15Camp (2013)$1,346-29%6-11$224$103,8126Freestyle Releasing
16Rangrezz$9645%2-9$48$5,9992UTV Motion Pictures