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, Mar. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$9,682,790-38%3,719--$2,604$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$6,318,946-35%4,06519$1,554$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,297,776-46%2,047--$2,100$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$3,672,634-35%3,1068$1,182$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,935,661-34%3,324-481$883$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,776,000-49%3,202--$555$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,269,793-33%2,439-68$521$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$767,007-41%2,1611$355$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$684,573-31%1,379--$496$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$343,061-32%1,575-1585$218$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$265,701-28%1,080-1480$246$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$265,090-39%1,082-1084$245$129,916,1058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$224,305-40%752-292$298$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$116,294-30%340-149$342$123,321,12519Fox
3Snitch (2013)$107,921-40%746-1061$145$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$106,144-36%302-123$351$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
5Safe Haven$82,196-45%550-729$149$69,811,4367Relativity Media
621 And Over$75,086-33%344-790$218$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$60,864-23%977-517$62$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8Django Unchained$43,665-37%233-63$187$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$43,651-40%194-81$225$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$41,538-44%202-7$206$55,220,48810Paramount
11Emperor$38,015-42%138-99$275$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$37,788-40%209-239$181$66,551,0697Fox
13Argo$36,706-37%26075$141$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$34,439-34%102-123$338$31,234,5758Open Road
15Warm Bodies$25,058-48%162-137$155$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
16Mama$17,225-43%123-7$140$71,588,22011Universal
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$16,324-41%145-90$113$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
18Parental Guidance$15,993-54%140-45$114$76,898,48814Fox
19Rise of The Guardians$14,961-38%134-28$112$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
20Les Miserables (2012)$13,625-36%109-20$125$148,775,46014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$13,513-45%102-353$132$15,152,8795CBS Films
22Dark Skies$9,914-58%101-104$98$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$9,356-42%115-73$81$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$79,521-24%4--$19,880$279,4571Focus
2Himmatwala$55,300-21%99--$559$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$32,527-30%2519$1,301$283,4493GKIDS
4The Sapphires$20,510-37%128$1,709$126,2182Weinstein Company
5To the Arctic 3D$16,222-19%520$312$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Starbuck$13,935-36%1714$820$3,527,3392eOne Films US
7The Impossible$11,191-36%86-37$130$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,010-39%300$300$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$6,851-41%75-537$91$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$4,598-40%500$92$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
11Girl Rising$3,550--30$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
12Parker$3,291-45%36-19$91$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
13Bless Me, Ultima$3,157-28%11-10$287$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
14Kai Po Che$1,440-49%5-13$288$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$641-55%7-21$92$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
16Camp (2013)$499-63%6-11$83$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
17Rangrezz$10914%2-9$55$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures