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 Sun, Nov. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$9,300,119-45%3,8410$2,421$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$7,154,840-42%2,024--$3,535$30,107,5551Universal
3Free Birds$2,404,285-39%3,510-226$685$42,024,3563Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$2,018,082-48%3,237155$623$46,532,5273CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,743,464-49%3,1903$547$89,953,1744Paramount
6Ender's Game$1,505,436-46%3,236-171$465$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
7Gravity$1,448,373-51%2,560-160$566$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$1,180,810-43%1,411267$837$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$1,013,885-51%2,626-20$386$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$780,800-48%1,28080$610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$613,866-37%1,645-191$373$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$466,928-40%184149$2,538$3,012,2953Focus
2All Is Lost$231,161-44%48384$479$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$152,987-37%687-362$223$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$128,047-51%933-579$137$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$113,217-55%393-36$288$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
6Despicable Me 2$108,275-48%305-5$355$365,943,52020Universal
7The Counselor$89,786-43%481-541$187$16,584,6844Fox
8Prisoners$60,834-45%355130$171$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$50,434-52%303-55$166$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$41,975-44%215-1$195$67,924,68315Fox
11Elysium$31,731-39%181-11$175$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,468-43%176-38$145$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
13Rush (2013)$21,615-52%131-33$165$26,903,7099Universal
14Insidious Chapter 2$18,679-61%167-62$112$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
15Baggage Claim$10,244-67%108-27$95$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$124,465-36%2925$4,292$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$45,122-24%4--$11,281$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$29,925-47%55-19$544$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
4The Smurfs 2$16,062-30%88-6$183$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
5Diana$16,017-28%83-17$193$298,1333eOne Films US
6Don Jon$15,646-41%48-44$326$24,194,5418Relativity Media
7Grown Ups 2$13,654-49%91-20$150$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
8Turbo$12,665-31%53-9$239$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pulling Strings$11,8901%760$156$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$10,727-23%47-5$228$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Wolverine$9,433-48%65-12$145$132,481,84317Fox
12Runner Runner$5,754-43%76-43$76$19,285,2217Fox
13In a World...$3,958-29%9-9$440$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$3,523-38%30-27$117$36,648,64510Relativity Media
15Reaching for the Moon$2,876-28%20$1,438$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
16Grace Unplugged$2,637-49%29-8$91$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$1,851-59%27-1$69$159,545,15721Fox
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,478-55%298$51$1,142,6106Relativity Media
19The World's End$919-46%8-1$115$25,989,73313Focus
20Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$728-46%2-1$364$28,4494Cinepix
21The Spectacular Now$290-40%8-4$36$6,850,01316A24
22Big Sur$205-23%1-4$205$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment