'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 Mon, May. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$19,661,750-27%3,658--$5,375$117,036,9951Universal
2Star Trek Into Darkness$9,896,297-23%3,90739$2,533$156,013,8792Paramount
4The Hangover Part III$8,591,168-32%3,555--$2,417$62,051,8291Warner Bros.
5Iron Man 3$5,368,815-19%3,424-813$1,568$372,775,9314Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,484,035-23%3,090-460$1,128$117,754,2093Warner Bros.
7The Croods$414,328-6%1,008-1365$411$179,657,54610Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$145,104-31%1,003-1426$145$48,701,8055Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$569,633-17%712-248$800$15,124,9525Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$450,6490%915-1465$493$91,513,7667Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$201,566-13%401-134$503$232,416,13012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$168,740-44%572-1505$295$87,503,8956Universal
5The Iceman$111,565--258--$432$1,463,9034Millennium Entertainment
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$108,607-29%346-63$314$121,196,7009Paramount
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$107,6486%485-1556$222$8,896,2763Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$81,636-13%346-347$236$56,039,40015Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$54,688-28%265-1178$206$21,139,3185Lionsgate
10Olympus Has Fallen$47,346-21%209-257$227$97,726,85610FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$41,388-23%128-189$323$20,997,1729Focus
12The Call$38,443-31%166--$232$51,595,37211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$37,139-3%185-65$201$65,006,13313Warner Bros. / New Line
14Identity Thief$31,790-51%187-54$170$134,288,82516Universal
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$18,608-13%131-19$142$51,954,5249Lionsgate
16Scary Movie 5$9,612-50%171-337$56$31,379,5107Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$134,436--60--$2,241$888,9122IFC Films
2Before Midnight$59,061--5--$11,812$305,9751Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$54,829--63--$870$477,1344Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$44,532-19%643$696$708,6685Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$41,676--27--$1,544$301,3334Millenium Entertainment
6Renoir$39,887--75--$532$1,735,5699IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
7Stories We Tell$30,570-24%263$1,176$753,4243Roadside Attractions
8The Company You Keep$29,856--96--$311$4,780,0048Sony Pictures Classics
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$22,296-11%3713$603$314,1384eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$20,940--3--$6,980$80,1041Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$20,337-13%61-41$333$2,129,12410Weinstein Company
12At Any Price$19,798--81--$244$282,1305Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$15,622--18--$868$38,394,506167Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Filly Brown$15,363-13%29-10$530$2,833,3836Lionsgate / Pantelion
15The Reluctant Fundamentalist$15,294--51--$300$456,1575IFC Films
16Snitch (2013)$10,781-17%93-60$116$42,919,09614Lionsgate / Summit
17To the Arctic 3D$7,886-55%520$152$12,629,48258Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Quartet$7,73411%30-12$258$18,242,71720Weinstein Company
19In the House$7,565--21--$360$361,8106Cohen Media Group
20The Host (2013)$7,55139%59-172$128$26,616,9999Open Road
21Spring Breakers$7,472-15%7059$107$14,088,74311A24
22We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$6,502-29%4--$1,626$34,1911Focus World
23From Up on Poppy Hill$6,2772%24-12$262$965,75411GKIDS
24The Angels' Share$5,912--23--$257$287,9217IFC Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$5,077-4%300$169$22,695,856112Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$4,427--13--$341$87,916,598580IMAX
27Silver Linings Playbook$4,161-29%35-96$119$132,075,31128Weinstein Company
28Evil Dead$4,150-37%58--$72$54,115,7828Sony / TriStar
30Life of Pi$3,115-7%26-25$120$124,888,55027Fox
31The Painting (2013)$3,0502%65$508$18,1933GKIDS
32Augustine$2,926--4--$732$34,2642Music Box Films
33Free the Mind$2,870--6--$478$49,0744International Film Circuit
34No (2013)$2,657--23--$116$2,308,79115Sony Pictures Classics
35Venus and Serena$1,964--8--$246$37,5783Magnolia Pictures
36A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,911-37%1--$1,911$11,9081Rialto Pictures
37Safe Haven$1,76917%36-54$49$71,346,93015Relativity Media
38Home Run$1,729--10--$173$2,844,9536IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39To the Wonder$1,616--16--$101$549,0197Magnolia Pictures
40The Gatekeepers$1,453--10--$145$2,402,28317Sony Pictures Classics
41Lore$1,440--6--$240$920,48316Music Box Films
42Something in the Air$1,406--10--$141$66,3864IFC Films
43A Green Story$1,352--4--$338$9,5151Indican Pictures
44Emperor$1,237-46%81$155$3,334,93912Roadside Attractions
45Not Today$1,202-38%5-1$240$196,0847Freestyle Releasing
46An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,194--4--$299$35,1255Variance Films
47Deep Sea 3D$1,165--5--$233$45,565,466378Warner Bros. / IMAX
48A Wedding Invitation$994--2--$497$4,1771CJ Entertainment
49Trance$968--11-12$88$2,310,3978Fox Searchlight
50One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$867--3--$289$25,2093Zeitgeist Films
51Searching For Sugar Man$755--6--$126$3,673,46244Sony Pictures Classics
52Pieta$673--5--$135$13,6672Drafthouse Films
53The Silence$610--4--$153$89,78612Music Box Films
54Hava Nagila (The Movie)$581--3--$194$321,71913International Film Circuit
55Under the Sea 3D$577--13--$44$32,975,647224Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Sightseers$566--2--$283$26,3853IFC Films
57The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$476--1--$476$8,74025Indican Pictures
58No Place on Earth$453--3--$151$150,1518Magnolia Pictures
59Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$417--1--$417$31,6838First Run Features
60Post Tenebras Lux$386--1--$386$21,8184Strand Releasing
61Sound City$379--2--$190$415,31217Variance Films
62Kiss of the Damned$148--2--$74$13,1314Magnolia / Magnet
63Paradise: Love$139--3--$46$20,8395Strand Releasing
6456 Up$69--1--$69$695,64021First Run Features