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 Fri, Apr. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$13,297,245--3,783--$3,515$13,297,2451Universal
242 (2013)$5,217,573169%3,250247$1,605$41,249,6742Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,232,251208%3,435-254$650$147,629,9935Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,065,872294%3,4020$607$18,713,4642Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,546,211131%3,175-360$487$106,982,4774Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$1,417,571291%1,5421028$919$8,142,6714Focus
7Evil Dead$1,361,136124%2,823-202$482$45,706,0863Sony / TriStar
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,243,077110%2,638-297$471$85,544,3295FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$1,071,88593%2,330-448$460$35,542,9753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$764,634137%2,045-459$374$221,486,7427Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$658,642133%1,405-400$469$47,322,8074Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$308,11169%1,356-816$227$24,486,8644Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$676,688--188--$3,599$676,6881Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lords of Salem$285,242--355--$803$285,2421Anchor Bay Films
3The Call$255,55062%977-653$262$49,477,6996Sony / TriStar
4Silver Linings Playbook$148,357282%867416$171$130,631,57223Weinstein Company
5Identity Thief$139,185253%480-84$290$132,330,39511Universal
6Trance$114,29743%4435$258$1,536,9083Fox Searchlight
7Admission$100,27933%485-424$207$17,211,0235Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$78,0131173%645592$121$31,580,84311Open Road
9The Sapphires$64,352164%11421$564$947,1105Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$63,806316%32548$196$70,731,35810Relativity Media
11Jack the Giant Slayer$55,701151%255-76$218$63,106,8658Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,715278%265-9$173$22,228,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$42,23397%193-24$219$124,405,35222Fox
14Warm Bodies$42,186126%240-39$176$66,010,21512Lionsgate / Summit
15Quartet$38,65542%176-48$220$17,727,42015Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$33,822204%240-36$141$54,738,81110Weinstein Company
17Spring Breakers$32,936-25%122-304$270$13,761,4636A24
18Girl Rising$28,70614%170--$169$779,5227Gathr Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$25,81093%170-40$152$67,084,03010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$24,363132%161-54$151$42,055,7319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$14,67071%112-42$131$55,635,18713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Camp (2013)$22,588663%32--$706$203,5039Freestyle Releasing
2To the Arctic 3D$21,021104%520$404$12,172,97853Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dark Skies$20,6431101%9166$227$17,245,7139Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$18,76672%48-1$391$666,9536GKIDS
5Parental Guidance$15,028448%900$167$77,144,33117Fox
621 And Over$12,47983%50-57$250$25,478,7378Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$10,41436%77-49$135$162,732,06117Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,677-11%300$256$22,484,529107Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Starbuck$7,490151%29-3$258$3,678,3255eOne Films US
10Emperor$6,469-17%64-32$101$3,254,6667Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,158186%51-4$121$302,988,57019Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,1581%20-21$308$125,2442Freestyle Releasing
13Argo$5,27632%43-129$123$136,007,85028Warner Bros.
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,965--1--$2,965$2,9651Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$2,93754%28-2$105$1,683,6908Fox Searchlight
16Pawn$1,438--1--$1,438$1,4381Anchor Bay Films
17Settai$1,092100%2-13$546$81,3813UTV Motion Pictures
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$625-84%2-11$313$122,1053CodeBlack Films
19Kai Po Che$1841740%21$92$1,121,0809UTV Motion Pictures