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 Thu, May. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,102,060-16%3,277--$336$26,319,0751Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$928,750-21%3,7929$245$70,171,9152Universal
342 (2013)$713,4074%3,405155$210$72,125,7703Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$578,155-7%2,633--$220$10,334,5651Lionsgate
5The Croods$286,565-5%3,283-152$87$164,518,1596Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$233,799-10%1,58442$148$17,396,6405Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$205,790-15%2,334-304$88$94,179,8796FilmDistrict
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$188,766-19%2,707-468$70$117,482,3165Paramount
9Jurassic Park 3D$166,650-14%1,848-482$90$42,859,9854Universal
10Evil Dead$141,576-20%2,186-637$65$52,585,4894Sony / TriStar
11Scary Movie 5$133,598-17%2,733-669$49$28,168,3083Weinstein / Dimension
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$115,8207%1,610-435$72$226,745,9328Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$185,554-1%363--$511$3,007,8981Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$63,117-17%942-463$67$50,953,9115Lionsgate
3The Host (2013)$28,542-8%611-745$47$25,992,0975Open Road
4Jack the Giant Slayer$28,2024%365110$77$63,856,1409Warner Bros. / New Line
5Filly Brown$25,063-18%25971$97$2,434,4242Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Identity Thief$21,4601%425-55$50$133,250,39512Universal
7The Sapphires$19,49214%12612$155$1,489,4826Weinstein Company
8Silver Linings Playbook$19,0620%361-506$53$131,504,96424Weinstein Company
9Snitch (2013)$14,8985%25291$59$42,388,29610Lionsgate / Summit
10The Lords of Salem$14,848-28%280-75$53$1,119,3292Anchor Bay Films
11Quartet$12,33116%130-46$95$18,052,57816Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$12,21812%259-66$47$71,134,56611Relativity Media
13Trance$12,081-12%157-286$77$2,175,5374Fox Searchlight
14Admission$11,371-11%279-206$41$17,744,2336Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$9,6062%28343$34$55,086,76211Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$8,1546%190-50$43$66,299,66513Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$7,6450%131-62$58$124,698,86123Fox
1821 And Over$7,3045%13686$54$25,625,5329Relativity Media
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$6,7881%185-80$37$22,493,3777Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$6,1212%108-537$57$32,019,87812Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$4,50811%122-48$37$67,252,59611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,73432%72-98$357$1,093,7878Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,27738%520$178$12,327,74354Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Spring Breakers$7,111-6%72-50$99$13,974,3287A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$5,91314%44-4$134$820,7407GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,199-36%300$140$22,551,264108Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Camp (2013)$2,769-5%28-4$99$304,15910Freestyle Releasing
7Kon-Tiki$2,618-20%2--$1,309$33,1761Weinstein Company
8Starbuck$2,175-58%27-2$81$3,736,8256eOne Films US
9Dark Skies$2,1675%63-28$34$17,353,17810Weinstein / Dimension
10Emperor$1,92524%26-38$74$3,300,9538Roadside Attractions
11Django Unchained$1,5441%38-39$41$162,796,04718Weinstein Company
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,536-53%10-21$154$523,5439Methinx Entertainment
13Parental Guidance$1,333-5%61-29$22$77,227,37218Fox
14Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$602-30%1--$602$20,1068Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$272-29%3-17$91$148,9913Freestyle Releasing
16Settai$9823%1-1$98$87,8384UTV Motion Pictures