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 Sat, Aug. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$10,749,286-3%3,284--$3,273$21,837,5141Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$10,321,17321%3,260--$3,166$30,325,7721Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$8,196,3100%3,702--$2,214$16,355,2821Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,550,49113%3,031--$1,831$19,307,5411Fox
52 Guns$4,617,82534%3,0283$1,525$45,443,5102Universal
6The Smurfs 2$3,685,01617%3,8671$953$43,980,0082Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$3,264,66834%2,867-1057$1,139$109,684,9813Fox
8The Conjuring$2,709,46126%2,650-465$1,022$118,896,3244Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$2,287,22520%2,395-812$955$336,757,4456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$1,513,32625%2,102-973$720$122,861,0455Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$932,59332%1,771-1214$527$74,411,0434Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$835,22330%1,351-723$618$153,093,1627Fox
13Red 2$830,02941%1,574-1181$527$48,829,8464Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$838,20710%196--$4,277$1,793,8881UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$635,28442%980-823$648$96,312,4165Warner Bros.
3The Way, Way Back$633,47230%780-221$812$15,939,3276Fox Searchlight
4Fruitvale Station$583,36839%828-258$705$13,051,9785Weinstein Company
5Man of Steel$298,63638%426122$701$288,446,6249Warner Bros.
6World War Z$271,19336%505-407$537$197,274,9598Paramount
7Monsters University$268,19221%405-474$662$259,977,2218Disney
8R.I.P.D.$193,59040%478-1225$405$31,843,4404Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$116,70434%256-44$456$226,716,71613Paramount
10White House Down$76,50449%159-194$481$71,912,9777Sony / Columbia
11Epic$64,31135%222-33$290$106,936,23212Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$60,08046%191-39$315$238,240,80012Universal
13Now You See Me$59,57531%143-63$417$115,711,49811Lionsgate / Summit
14This Is The End$45,71222%102-66$448$96,471,6799Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$40,82730%136-36$300$44,393,84310Fox
16The Croods$37,90428%142-20$267$186,827,41621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Great Gatsby (2013)$34,71737%135-93$257$144,685,76114Warner Bros.
18After Earth$31,66051%109-37$290$60,399,58611Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$105,96626%1915$5,577$458,2222A24
2In a World...$28,42831%3--$9,476$50,1821Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$26,38910%86-499$307$3,427,9583CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$25,65434%77-137$333$32,145,7956Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$23,72951%53-15$448$1,495,4658Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$15,35415%53-5$290$4,157,57110Roadside Attractions
7Mud$14,66756%44-18$333$21,530,09416Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$8,26333%46-57$180$112,181,13012Warner Bros.
9The Bling Ring$6,81323%401$170$5,801,8109A24
10Pain and Gain$4,72063%19-1$248$49,799,08716Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$3,43838%12-24$287$1,368,1754Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,44118%10-7$244$1,568,16914Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$78215%1-1$782$170,9657Brainstorm Media