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 Fri, Aug. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,791,06396%3,110177$1,541$40,047,8762Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$4,042,134104%3,445120$1,173$82,282,3333Warner Bros. / New Line
3The World's End$3,514,854--1,551--$2,266$3,514,8541Focus
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$3,127,14579%3,118--$1,003$7,878,5471Sony / Screen Gems
5You're Next$2,985,205--2,437--$1,225$2,985,2051Lionsgate
6Planes$2,335,11562%3,378-338$691$53,359,8103Disney
7Elysium$2,021,25860%2,913-371$694$63,975,1963Sony / TriStar
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,505,47777%2,730-350$551$44,651,9303Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,354,70051%2,9455$460$19,507,8352Universal
102 Guns$975,73077%1,841-630$530$62,969,9004Universal
11Jobs$910,01171%2,3810$382$10,053,2982Open Road
12The Smurfs 2$753,59810%1,852-497$407$60,569,7164Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$717,66671%1,449-609$495$123,313,3425Fox
14Despicable Me 2$715,02055%1,402-416$510$348,815,4408Universal
15The Conjuring$651,91379%1,355-646$481$130,262,6216Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$439,06148%2,4590$179$5,376,1032Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$282,05399%620-621$455$128,326,6847Sony / Columbia
2The Spectacular Now$187,643273%15499$1,218$1,472,8214A24
3The Heat$171,476111%409-282$419$156,019,3549Fox
4Turbo$169,17252%470-289$360$78,311,1756Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Way, Way Back$123,46433%302-155$409$18,344,4078Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$119,26047%260-184$459$98,891,6197Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$108,257104%144-46$752$4,408,1073UTV Motion Pictures
8Red 2$103,12062%389-326$265$51,362,0096Lionsgate / Summit
9Man of Steel$101,72672%303-62$336$289,977,70211Warner Bros.
10Now You See Me$99,445311%246112$404$116,196,27213Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$91,88561%239-68$384$198,631,90610Paramount
12Fruitvale Station$81,80523%392-85$209$14,990,8827Weinstein Company
13White House Down$78,844--229122$344$72,238,7859Sony / Columbia
14R.I.P.D.$59,965165%179-24$335$32,584,7156Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$29,3047%144-66$204$227,300,79215Paramount
16Epic$19,49319%115-53$170$107,298,83414Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$80,128176%7538$1,068$528,9133Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$38,856--7--$5,551$38,8561Weinstein Company
3This Is The End$13,725--38-20$361$96,739,12211Sony / Columbia
4Fast & Furious 6$13,23018%98-43$135$238,511,10514Universal
5The Croods$9,437-4%69-45$137$187,043,00423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Savannah$5,793--14--$414$5,7931Ketchup Entertainment
7Unfinished Song$5,573-17%27-16$206$1,599,36210Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,631-9%27-9$172$4,244,16512Roadside Attractions
9Mud$2,38348%16-12$149$21,576,37318Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$1,887115%2-2$944$25,0452Freestyle Releasing
11Girl Rising$1,740-70%1-6$1,740$1,524,76825Gathr Films
12The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,20514%1--$1,205$19,1455Rialto Pictures
13Stories We Tell$809169%6-2$135$1,580,36016Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$733-90%22-64$33$49,873,46418Paramount
15The Bling Ring$592-57%7-11$85$5,829,63811A24
16Inch'Allah$55159%21$276$456,8042eOne Films US
17Girl Most Likely$259111%1-1$259$1,375,4516Roadside Attractions