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 Mon, Feb. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,494,064-83%3,775--$926$72,544,3431Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$1,622,380-70%3,083--$526$23,625,8131Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$559,845-76%2,800-67$200$105,872,3754Universal
4Frozen (2013)$443,330-79%2,460-294$180$369,080,76712Disney
5Lone Survivor$387,315-74%2,869-416$135$113,239,4617Universal
6That Awkward Moment$362,052-69%2,8090$129$16,907,2732Focus
7Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$260,121-71%2,139-768$122$44,660,8234Paramount
8Vampire Academy$242,653-72%2,676--$91$4,164,3951Weinstein Company
9Labor Day (2013)$238,648-70%2,5840$92$10,365,8292Paramount
10The Nut Job$227,223-80%3,004-468$76$55,252,9674Open Road
11American Hustle$220,841-72%1,640-576$135$138,306,5629Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$215,064-71%1,167-440$184$108,111,6527Paramount
13August: Osage County$126,375-70%1,327-992$95$34,416,8867Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$123,642-71%1,427-1326$87$17,607,4913Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$141,463-70%701-431$202$266,615,70019Warner Bros.
2Philomena$85,368-65%504-63$169$28,757,94312Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$73,739-69%678-494$109$47,421,57617Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$67,061-68%525-350$128$15,010,33613Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$66,202-67%537-396$123$255,464,5769Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$60,314-71%457-346$132$22,524,3468Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$53,522-69%488-564$110$23,733,43315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$50,119-71%529-293$95$422,461,57212Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,670-61%346-74$77$124,820,9828Paramount
10Devil's Due$25,522-65%385-905$66$15,430,6854Fox
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,298-75%248-350$74$18,407,3665Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,494-66%242-168$64$57,213,6647Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,330-73%251-72$61$35,215,1408Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$14,417-68%129-85$112$12,770,87710CBS Films
15Grudge Match$13,250-66%341100$39$29,534,2117Warner Bros.
16The Book Thief$10,231-60%135-43$76$20,960,13414Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,412-74%197-23$48$119,285,27420Sony / Columbia
18Captain Phillips$9,221-68%182-63$51$106,744,89618Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,684-71%103-47$55$32,390,7356Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,111-78%115-48$36$52,532,4419Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,220-80%109-26$20$55,569,72515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$21,359-72%6536$329$573,3363Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$15,528-83%88--$176$352,5141Reliance Entertainment
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,252-74%76-271$56$1,339,3173Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,907-50%46-31$63$8,188,11911Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$1,951-60%60-44$33$63,883,03815CBS Films
6Knights of Badassdom$1,257173%9-2$140$88,0533eOne Films US
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,249-43%1--$1,249$8,5471Rialto Pictures
8At Middleton$411-65%8-12$51$50,3642Anchor Bay / Freestyle
9All Is Lost$175-79%12-13$15$6,253,33717Roadside Attractions
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$171-73%11-41$16$116,631,48126Weinstein Company
11The Pretty One$147-66%1--$147$1,6311Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$102-14%3-3$34$7,7382Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$99-46%1--$99$7331Rialto Premieres