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, Feb. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$844,4059%2,867108$295$94,318,2553Universal
2That Awkward Moment$777,70427%2,809--$277$10,129,8971Focus
3Lone Survivor$688,22510%3,285123$210$106,103,8916Universal
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$585,81127%2,907-480$202$39,925,6953Paramount
5Labor Day (2013)$570,32443%2,584--$221$6,145,7061Paramount
6Frozen (2013)$529,7009%2,754-3$192$360,652,00411Disney
7American Hustle$439,42127%2,216-88$198$134,266,6358Sony / Columbia
8I, Frankenstein$396,71423%2,7530$144$15,444,4742Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$393,49022%1,607-197$245$104,643,4436Paramount
10August: Osage County$370,28440%2,319-92$160$32,216,5646Weinstein Company
11The Nut Job$347,15611%3,4720$100$50,570,7873Open Road
12Gravity$208,13214%1,132-128$184$264,379,61818Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$203,18033%1,172-59$173$46,206,72916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$154,00718%1,052-58$146$22,826,61514Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$112,13321%1,075-585$104$81,246,8498Disney
16Devil's Due$85,83111%1,290-1254$67$14,952,9053Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$169,08137%875-93$193$13,952,50012Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$137,11036%56762$242$27,618,64411Weinstein Company
3Her (2013)$131,23911%803-522$163$21,486,3737Warner Bros.
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$124,46015%933-352$133$254,497,5168Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$101,08023%822-229$123$421,592,06511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$53,8534%598-773$90$18,067,2574Lionsgate / Summit
7Inside Llewyn Davis$36,77532%214-75$172$12,538,2229CBS Films
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$31,76411%410-130$77$56,947,6166Fox
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,3730%420-404$75$124,474,0047Paramount
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$21,9410%347-38$63$1,236,1442Roadside Attractions
11Captain Phillips$21,88516%245-57$89$106,586,05817Sony / Columbia
1247 Ronin$20,88034%174-65$120$38,333,7656Universal
13The Book Thief$19,4211%178-19$109$20,800,90713Fox
14Walking With Dinosaurs$15,37819%323-7$48$34,997,9017Fox
15Grudge Match$9,37224%241-3$39$29,359,7266Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,816-11%220-22$40$119,131,59519Sony / Columbia
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,405-2%150-377$56$32,303,4555Paramount
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,8653%16331$42$52,446,9168Lionsgate
19Last Vegas$5,35818%104--$52$63,844,37314CBS Films
20Free Birds$2,916-3%135-36$22$55,526,01114Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,26236%2926$526$274,1702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,573118%77-25$111$8,153,58210Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,3824%20--$169$40,4041Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$1,836442%11-2$167$70,8552eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,281-13%52-49$25$116,626,88425Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,164-39%25-5$47$6,247,36716Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$1,12312%36-38$31$11,328,9619Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$3923%6--$65$5,7091Focus World