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, Apr. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$7,085,264-38%3,003--$2,359$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2The Croods$3,904,398-37%3,689-190$1,058$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,004,636-39%3,535-199$850$102,520,1133Paramount
4Scary Movie 5$2,617,199-57%3,402--$769$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
5Jurassic Park 3D$2,486,310-37%2,7787$895$31,970,9852Universal
6Evil Dead$2,269,080-44%3,0250$750$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,927,514-41%2,935-124$657$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,348,945-41%2,504-401$539$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,080,941-47%1,805-242$599$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$573,009-46%2,172-1030$264$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$489,522-45%1,630-372$300$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$984,674-41%514484$1,916$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$226,420-41%438434$517$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
3Admission$191,434-53%909-498$211$16,795,2474Focus
4Identity Thief$124,080-53%564-157$220$132,022,26510Universal
5Spring Breakers$98,661-36%426-646$232$13,529,1905A24
6Silver Linings Playbook$91,246-54%451-73$202$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
7Jack the Giant Slayer$87,652-42%331-171$265$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$63,577-42%217-52$293$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$60,741-42%224-28$271$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$55,821-44%279-8$200$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$46,845-38%276-156$170$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,030-41%274-261$146$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$39,368-44%210-15$187$67,006,7659Fox
14Safe Haven$39,122-53%277-83$141$70,604,6969Relativity Media
15Snitch (2013)$33,290-46%215-89$155$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$29,367-37%154-26$191$55,587,13912Paramount
1721 And Over$21,229-33%107-73$198$25,431,6767Relativity Media
18Django Unchained$18,729-51%126-57$149$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
19Argo$13,958-45%1720$81$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$66,836-43%9333$719$784,3464Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$28,561-33%498$583$608,9775GKIDS
3Not Today$24,250-28%41--$591$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
4Emperor$14,926-31%96-24$155$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
5The Impossible$14,370-47%77-3$187$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
6Side Effects (2013)$13,288-46%53-27$251$31,479,38910Open Road
7To the Arctic 3D$12,436-37%520$239$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parental Guidance$11,691-56%90-20$130$77,118,97716Fox
9Dead Man Down$8,721-24%94-52$93$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
10Starbuck$8,639-45%321$270$3,658,8314eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$8,452-37%55-22$154$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,782-13%13-3$522$110,6542CodeBlack Films
13Dark Skies$6,435-61%25-3$257$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
14Settai$4,666-37%15-18$311$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
15Girl Rising$3,650--4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
16Born to Be Wild 3D$2,988-52%300$100$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Stoker$2,941-45%30-59$98$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
18Himmatwala$144-61%3-58$48$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$92-70%1-1$92$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures