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 Tue, Apr. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$3,158,80517%3,783--$835$42,918,1351Universal
242 (2013)$1,392,20730%3,250247$428$56,219,1422Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$595,59936%1,5421028$386$12,675,6984Focus
4The Croods$530,49032%3,435-254$154$155,564,9925Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$474,46229%3,175-360$149$112,041,1244Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$449,86826%2,638-297$171$89,582,5045FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$415,37219%2,823-202$147$49,220,1403Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$390,36935%3,4020$115$23,477,3412Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$337,85026%2,330-448$145$39,131,1753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$204,10121%2,045-459$100$224,099,0567Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$188,73112%1,405-400$134$49,241,3714Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$87,03221%1,356-816$64$25,337,8304Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$90,88031%977-653$93$50,260,8306Sony / TriStar
2Filly Brown$80,1573%188--$426$1,636,2321Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Lords of Salem$59,5782%355--$168$760,9201Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$55,45424%867416$64$131,130,98223Weinstein Company
5Trance$52,28527%4435$118$1,919,8903Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$41,35321%645592$64$31,879,17411Open Road
7Identity Thief$40,80031%480-84$85$132,747,99511Universal
8Admission$37,34539%485-424$77$17,516,7895Focus
9Girl Rising$35,23670%170122$207$905,4827Gathr Films
10The Sapphires$27,65343%11421$243$1,184,6695Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$22,02932%32548$68$70,915,41110Relativity Media
12Quartet$20,95237%176-48$119$17,880,13015Weinstein Company
13Spring Breakers$18,55336%122-304$152$13,863,9086A24
14Life of Pi$17,73538%193-24$92$124,555,66122Fox
15The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$16,69522%265-9$63$22,370,0096Warner Bros. / New Line
16Jack the Giant Slayer$15,35032%255-76$60$63,288,1438Warner Bros. / New Line
17Warm Bodies$12,30314%240-39$51$66,141,70212Lionsgate / Summit
18Escape From Planet Earth$10,00924%240-36$42$54,867,46110Weinstein Company
19A Good Day to Die Hard$9,03016%170-40$53$67,170,29910Fox
20Snitch (2013)$7,97432%161-54$50$42,126,0119Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,3338%112-42$48$55,692,35713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,25522%520$216$12,218,45253Warner Bros. / IMAX
221 And Over$6,77556%50-57$136$25,516,5968Relativity Media
3Dark Skies$6,035-2%9166$66$17,305,2359Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$5,1323%48-1$107$732,5256GKIDS
5Django Unchained$4,17328%77-49$54$162,767,69017Weinstein Company
6Parental Guidance$3,71437%900$41$77,191,32817Fox
7Camp (2013)$3,68310%3211$115$237,0819Freestyle Releasing
8Emperor$3,416-4%64-32$53$3,281,2267Roadside Attractions
9Born to Be Wild 3D$3,32579%300$111$22,499,126107Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,257-16%31--$105$460,0528Methinx Entertainment
11Starbuck$2,85655%29-3$98$3,701,4805eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,08530%1--$2,085$14,0311Rialto Pictures
13Argo$1,98181%43-129$46$136,022,52428Warner Bros.
14Not Today$1,5996%20-21$80$141,7842Freestyle Releasing
15Stoker$1,50521%28-2$54$1,693,6408Fox Searchlight
16Settai$562293%2-13$281$85,1103UTV Motion Pictures
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$55212%51-4$11$303,002,27419Warner Bros. / New Line
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$353-28%2-11$177$125,2123CodeBlack Films
19Pawn$18555%1--$185$2,4411Anchor Bay Films
20Kai Po Che$115174%21$58$1,121,9739UTV Motion Pictures