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 Wed, Dec. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,306,29577%3,92825$2,369$149,945,7752Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Wolf of Wall Street$9,150,379--2,537--$3,607$9,150,3790Paramount
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,100,307189%3,50757$2,310$56,153,1831Paramount
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$7,813,372--2,909--$2,686$7,813,3720Fox
5American Hustle$7,364,551154%2,5072501$2,938$34,082,0062Sony / Columbia
647 Ronin$7,031,735--2,689--$2,615$7,031,7350Universal
7Frozen (2013)$6,354,22233%3,335-280$1,905$210,412,7735Disney
8Saving Mr. Banks$5,131,170168%2,1102095$2,432$19,145,7542Disney
9Grudge Match$3,957,484--2,838--$1,394$3,957,4840Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,964,726127%1,803-391$1,644$34,089,4682Lionsgate
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,528,15086%2,305-1258$1,097$377,884,0115Lionsgate
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,732,94066%3,231--$536$11,526,0651Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,250,000--1,037--$1,205$1,250,0000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,252,13120454%975971$1,284$1,556,6684Weinstein Company
2Dhoom 3$865,37434%239--$3,621$5,386,2011Yash Raj Films
3Inside Llewyn Davis$451,430119%160145$2,821$3,000,7753CBS Films
4Philomena$417,07087%727-108$574$14,202,1835Weinstein Company
5Nebraska$192,60178%2500$770$4,782,3216Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$156,13511%463-524$337$17,093,8537Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$151,326-42%319-1604$474$201,558,6227Disney
8Gravity$136,41318%175-328$780$253,946,40312Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$85,06615%147-267$579$37,323,11110Fox Searchlight
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,23027%303128$235$115,961,80613Sony / Columbia
11Dallas Buyers Club$69,448-3%137-341$507$15,377,5298Focus
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,152183%257-199$222$100,968,2269Paramount
13The Best Man Holiday$53,250-13%195-475$273$69,979,3106Universal
14Ender's Game$51,043173%236-95$216$60,824,5908Lionsgate / Summit
15Last Vegas$47,34118%221-505$214$62,381,0528CBS Films
16Captain Phillips$34,0686%111-212$307$104,387,09911Sony / Columbia
17Delivery Man$30,915-57%136-1366$227$29,497,0695Disney / DreamWorks
18Free Birds$30,548112%243-40$126$54,156,5478Relativity Media
19Despicable Me 2$20,12514%175-37$115$367,573,53525Universal
20Escape Plan$17,808146%110-57$162$24,870,87310Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,618-79%102-1999$114$11,068,7523Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$262,861458%4741$5,593$725,3331Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$36,842--2--$18,421$36,8420Universal
3Homefront$25,526-71%75-1175$340$20,016,9614Open Road
4All Is Lost$10,61241%83-180$128$5,867,98310Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,19785%42-30$148$17,422,64114Fox Searchlight
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,67727%85-38$67$68,436,54320Fox
7About Time$4,745-25%73-47$65$15,314,8188Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,51578%34-27$133$116,139,90019Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,596-66%63-83$41$6,985,3284Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,86861%31-61$60$24,462,37313Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,25664%29-27$43$36,905,01315Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$962185%21-130$46$2,183,3714FilmDistrict