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, Oct. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$18,461,32947%3,66085$5,044$110,197,3162Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$10,450,28323%3,020--$3,460$18,938,8701Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,050,03570%3,874-127$1,562$73,440,4713Sony / Columbia
4Prisoners$1,575,82250%2,855-381$552$52,583,2954Warner Bros.
5Runner Runner$1,556,12233%3,0260$514$13,110,9682Fox
6Machete Kills$1,407,293-2%2,538--$554$2,850,0401Open Road
7Insidious Chapter 2$1,234,13953%2,156-451$572$77,836,4585FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$1,001,15540%2,130-178$470$21,551,9744Universal
9Baggage Claim$963,95368%1,320-710$730$17,734,2143Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$961,63426%1,996-426$482$19,526,0123Relativity Media
11We're the Millers$501,79252%1,150-456$436$146,255,36810Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$257,59054%1,050-973$245$35,649,1105Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$864,20561%606169$1,426$7,654,1254Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$485,40093%42841$1,134$3,711,4002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$419,31797%711-147$590$42,306,8787Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$277,82565%980-583$283$113,367,0679Weinstein Company
5Despicable Me 2$227,85069%434-51$525$362,916,90515Universal
6Grace Unplugged$215,14040%502-9$429$1,592,6222Roadside Attractions
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$198,3823%461--$430$390,9911Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$153,31251%404-109$379$66,376,04410Fox
9Grown Ups 2$124,48669%261-74$477$132,755,13514Sony / Columbia
10Riddick$111,80058%430-365$260$41,585,3206Universal
11The Smurfs 2$111,78866%268112$417$70,261,93611Sony / Columbia
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$108,48839%147--$738$186,6961Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Wolverine$78,88753%227-14$348$131,796,57712Fox
14Turbo$71,05365%187-35$380$82,399,43313Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$60,61366%210-697$289$8,747,5094Sony / Screen Gems
162 Guns$50,63053%166-34$305$75,390,31511Universal
17Red 2$46,27239%168-35$275$53,189,83013Lionsgate / Summit
18The Heat$44,44358%139-43$320$159,255,68716Fox
19Elysium$37,65539%140-82$269$92,346,96910Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$32,26165%126-91$256$614,3212Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$31,84365%145-57$220$137,257,55613Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$19,77115%167$1,236$169,6742Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$19,40563%8742$223$18,460,7778Lionsgate
3In a World...$18,08931%54-24$335$2,767,60510Roadside Attractions
4The World's End$14,95458%73-58$205$25,895,2148Focus
5A.C.O.D.$14,69959%1815$817$50,4042The Film Arcade
6Pacific Rim$13,84642%52-40$266$101,775,64614Warner Bros.
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$12,53480%50-196$251$5,482,4614Warner Bros.
8The Way, Way Back$10,56857%63-68$168$21,419,43915Fox Searchlight
9Haute Cuisine$9,49733%30-30$317$145,1084Weinstein Company
10The Spectacular Now$7,40510%33-25$224$6,772,70111A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$6,24620%135$480$42,6893eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$4,86864%41-35$119$16,069,41014Weinstein Company
13Salinger$3,80735%16-5$238$572,8946Weinstein Company
14Thanks for Sharing$3,09686%16-49$194$1,030,0604Roadside Attractions
15The Grandmaster$2,95030%16-19$184$6,582,8668Weinstein Company
16Populaire$2,28029%21-37$109$165,6016Weinstein Company
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$793153%20$397$18,2533Rialto Pictures
18Cassadaga$186-87%3--$62$1,6161Archstone Distribution
19C.O.G.$159--1-3$159$55,2184Screen Media / Focus World