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 Tue, Oct. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,900,2303%3,336--$869$37,760,0521Paramount
2Gravity$1,844,12523%3,707-113$497$202,996,1774Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,188,07232%3,143123$378$72,000,9373Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$796,89323%3,044--$262$9,287,8131Fox
5Carrie (2013)$592,55917%3,1570$188$27,209,1752Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$528,94133%2,8830$183$18,569,4052Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,126-6%3,111-491$96$101,400,9925Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$126,43334%1,347-813$94$59,347,8696Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$87,34132%1,7690$49$3,001,9752Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$57,3212%1,229-436$47$82,247,2577FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$54,16810%1,253-1285$43$7,372,0313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$213,88210%123104$1,739$3,803,3382Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$187,73334%83578$225$13,381,4906Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$88,01037%677-520$130$26,008,8596Universal
4Runner Runner$73,07729%969-1042$75$18,949,1204Fox
5Don Jon$67,65025%540-574$125$23,623,4015Relativity Media
6We're the Millers$67,36220%786-95$86$148,685,17512Warner Bros. / New Line
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$42,36412%4581$92$1,796,8042High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$42,01911%594-271$71$20,917,8425Fox Searchlight
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$39,21046%444-158$88$114,808,86011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$24,635-7%379-16$65$364,299,82017Universal
11Pulling Strings$21,21213%315-123$67$5,614,6384Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$20,0175%301-174$67$43,995,2789Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,709-7%303-47$49$67,251,60812Fox
14The Family (2013)$12,40427%218-265$57$36,507,6857Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$10,0675%164-43$61$132,263,78214Fox
16Grace Unplugged$9,28012%208-105$45$2,384,6874Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,79511%156-97$50$42,012,6058Universal
18Turbo$4,114-17%108-41$38$82,738,77015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,73724%100-13$27$137,392,21615Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$61,16716%8276$746$764,4872Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,41682%91-370$114$1,086,8333Relativity Media
3The Heat$4,04448%80-23$51$159,476,06918Fox
4Thanks for Sharing$2,873195%11-3$261$1,063,0876Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$2,10114%26-14$81$25,959,67010Focus
6In a World...$1,9912%32-15$62$2,883,04112Roadside Attractions
7Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,83980%1--$1,839$9,8651Cinepix
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,83111%49-98$37$490,8343Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Haute Cuisine$1,66365%14-7$119$214,7406Weinstein Company
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,2324%149$88$34,1775Rialto Pictures
11The Spectacular Now$1,0132%24-30$42$6,832,53813A24
12We Are What We Are (2013)$960-13%175$56$78,6985eOne Films US
13Linsanity$95438%8-1$119$254,4384Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$464-39%16-4$29$16,096,72216Weinstein Company