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, Sep. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,398,150-69%3,107--$450$20,428,5251Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$662,659-68%3,3300$199$92,065,7654Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$577,143-68%3,4450$168$124,191,0745Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$267,852-66%2,241-298$120$85,386,4515Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$199,276-65%1,520-33$131$21,983,3873Focus
6This Is The End$187,068-60%2,1612127$87$99,034,98013Sony / Columbia
7Planes$184,201-85%3,033-226$61$79,309,1965Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$153,978-74%2,519-599$61$28,005,1823Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$144,106-72%2,1355$67$8,824,2692Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$128,778-87%2,7350$47$24,065,7432Sony / TriStar
11You're Next$122,591-66%1,902-535$64$17,029,6233Lionsgate
122 Guns$110,675-67%1,165-246$95$72,188,0956Universal
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,366-85%2,045-348$50$59,874,6715Fox
14Despicable Me 2$68,250-84%1,050-234$65$357,626,56510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$582,582-82%717369$813$20,943,4752Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$92,146-68%80455$115$5,051,1523Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$80,307-63%8700$92$5,103,9742Focus
4The Spectacular Now$58,474-65%41530$141$4,834,2106A24
5The Wolverine$57,273-68%698-290$82$129,468,4067Fox
6The Conjuring$56,061-65%716-187$78$135,242,0468Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-67%662-984$75$28,144,2104Universal
8The Ultimate Life$41,560-72%412--$101$701,4721High Top Releasing
9World War Z$37,908-68%374-873$101$201,396,92712Paramount
10Jobs$33,744-67%502-800$67$15,557,8724Open Road
11The Way, Way Back$32,277-68%550-104$59$20,441,41010Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$29,143-90%949-417$31$68,206,5696Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$25,379-68%350-43$73$157,922,04511Fox
14Pacific Rim$25,242-71%307-94$82$100,885,6329Warner Bros.
15Monsters University$25,221-81%596-1293$42$265,014,35712Disney
16Turbo$22,649-83%358-80$63$80,636,3978Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17In a World...$19,975-71%10211$196$1,689,0075Roadside Attractions
18Now You See Me$14,587-70%205-34$71$117,400,87715Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$12,223-66%250-11$49$52,455,5378Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,192-59%188-106$54$15,770,6799Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,955-76%1810$55$33,294,5858Universal
22Man of Steel$7,984-76%201-83$40$290,933,45513Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$6,001-61%106-852$57$228,762,23317Paramount
24Paranoia$4,935-58%178-214$28$7,197,8954Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,446-71%4--$1,612$93,4021Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$3,899-85%79-4$49$677,0362UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,323-85%53-40$44$5,223,2495UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$1,643-59%13-1$126$73,4892eOne Films US
5Populaire$1,477-64%3--$492$17,1671Weinstein Company
6Epic$1,457-88%56-24$26$107,493,74116Fox
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,233-44%1--$1,233$9,5551Rialto Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,134-66%214$54$1,648,88812Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$992-67%196$52$4,280,34014Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$942-49%9--$105$1,592,04918Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$347-64%50$69$30,0203Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$247-43%4-2$62$21,589,55420Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$114-76%1-1$114$36,7827Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$42147%10$42$34,8524Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$32-93%21$16$1,378,4588Roadside Attractions