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 Mon, Jun. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$2,968,500-71%3,68628$805$173,972,4652Universal
2Now You See Me$2,967,115-65%2,925--$1,014$32,317,5041Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,056,562-72%3,401--$605$29,576,6021Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$1,632,233-69%3,585-322$455$183,169,6143Paramount
5The Hangover Part III$1,609,112-65%3,56510$451$90,150,0202Warner Bros.
6Epic$1,385,051-74%3,89412$356$66,762,5422Fox
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$807,367-58%2,635-455$306$129,315,5764Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$755,230-70%2,895-529$261$385,942,9665Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$113,259-69%579-133$196$16,998,2496Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$66,045-67%506-502$131$180,654,73011Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$51,194-66%501-414$102$92,382,8798Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$35,525-64%357-215$100$88,103,1957Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$28,818-64%286-60$101$121,617,42110Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$23,924-61%268-78$89$56,346,35116Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$13,372-66%207-796$65$49,069,0006Paramount
8The Place Beyond the Pines$10,751-59%103-25$104$21,146,41010Focus
9Identity Thief$10,500-69%150-37$70$134,465,67517Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$9,483-62%149-60$64$97,876,62211FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$7,137-68%126-139$57$21,293,1176Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$6,757-67%143-42$47$65,118,09114Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$5,158-71%121-364$43$9,045,8214Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$14,199-67%7410$192$911,3366Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,768-63%3913$302$913,1924Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,508-69%4--$1,877$84,5391Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,351-61%381$167$394,6855eOne Films US
5The Kings of Summer$5,987-67%4--$1,497$64,9491CBS Films
6The Sapphires$5,926-61%58-3$102$2,214,50511Weinstein Company
7To the Arctic 3D$5,269-9%520$101$12,699,04459Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,10464%300$170$22,729,345113Warner Bros. / IMAX
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,913-64%117$356$77,4792Focus World
10Not Today$2,559-72%1813$142$245,1558Freestyle Releasing
11Spring Breakers$2,361-39%40-30$59$14,115,70312A24
12Scary Movie 5$1,982-61%51-120$39$31,413,3368Weinstein / Dimension
13Quartet$1,593-45%17-13$94$18,263,65221Weinstein Company
14Girl Rising$1,380--30-33$46$1,345,72713Gathr Films
15From Up on Poppy Hill$1,276-68%12-12$106$984,22712GKIDS
16Silver Linings Playbook$748-67%23-12$33$132,089,65829Weinstein Company
17Admission$416-78%12-14$35$18,004,64111Focus
18Emperor$230-84%6-2$38$3,342,30013Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$98-72%10$98$17,9222Rialto Pictures