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, May. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$8,029,310-59%3,658--$2,195$125,066,3051Universal
2The Hangover Part III$4,212,347-51%3,555--$1,185$66,264,1761Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$3,438,458-65%3,90739$880$159,452,3372Paramount
4Epic$2,305,662-75%3,882--$594$45,126,6331Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,632,255-53%3,090-460$528$119,386,4643Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,559,997-71%3,424-813$456$374,335,9284Disney
7The Croods$91,905-78%1,008-1365$91$179,749,45110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$79,845-45%1,003-1426$80$48,781,6505Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$202,260-64%712-248$284$15,327,2125Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$116,281-74%915-1465$127$91,630,0477Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$69,095-66%401-134$172$232,485,22512Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$66,005-61%572-1505$115$87,569,9006Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$42,574-61%346-63$123$121,239,2749Paramount
6The Big Wedding$30,491-44%265-1178$115$21,169,8095Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$29,394-73%485-1556$61$8,925,6703Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$28,750-65%346-347$83$56,068,15015Weinstein Company
9The Place Beyond the Pines$21,480-48%128-189$168$21,018,6529Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$18,377-61%209-257$88$97,745,23310FilmDistrict
11Identity Thief$13,005-59%187-54$70$134,301,83016Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$11,141-70%185-65$60$65,017,27413Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,549-59%131-19$58$51,962,0739Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$4,604-52%171-337$27$31,384,1147Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,998-62%643$266$725,6665Weinstein Company
2Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,603-52%3713$287$327,3404eOne Films US
3Stories We Tell$10,375-66%263$399$763,7993Roadside Attractions
4Girl Rising$10,120--6326$161$1,297,78512Gathr Films
5To the Arctic 3D$9,74624%520$187$12,639,22858Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,817-62%61-41$128$2,136,94110Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,504-64%29-10$190$2,838,8876Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,742-7%300$158$22,700,598112Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Spring Breakers$4,728-37%7059$68$14,092,47111A24
10Snitch (2013)$3,620-66%93-60$39$42,922,71614Lionsgate / Summit
11Quartet$3,348-57%30-12$112$18,246,06520Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$3,272-57%59-172$55$26,620,2719Open Road
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,175-51%4--$794$37,3661Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,977-69%24-12$82$967,73111GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,708-59%35-96$49$132,077,01928Weinstein Company
16Not Today$1,45221%5-1$290$197,5367Freestyle Releasing
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,401-27%1--$1,401$13,3091Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$1,240-60%26-25$48$124,889,79027Fox
19Admission$946-71%26-103$36$17,996,19010Focus
20Safe Haven$850-52%36-54$24$71,347,78015Relativity Media
21Emperor$818-34%81$102$3,335,75712Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$620-80%65$103$18,8133GKIDS