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 Thu, Feb. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,441,25912%3,775--$647$80,302,9301Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$2,136,914-24%3,372--$634$4,945,6120Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,545,6427%3,083--$501$28,668,6671Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$496,72516%2,685-182$185$107,373,7954Universal
5Frozen (2013)$398,42729%2,460-294$162$370,191,21412Disney
6That Awkward Moment$360,77712%2,8090$128$18,062,9462Focus
7Lone Survivor$359,66516%2,480-805$145$114,326,1667Universal
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$255,51319%2,139-768$119$45,446,8614Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$245,9002%2,5840$95$11,194,5682Paramount
10American Hustle$237,42814%1,488-728$160$139,020,2589Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$208,14514%1,167-440$178$108,746,1327Paramount
12Vampire Academy$180,73111%2,676--$68$4,751,9991Weinstein Company
13The Nut Job$170,21316%3,004-468$57$55,750,6564Open Road
14August: Osage County$149,6904%1,327-992$113$34,881,8077Weinstein Company
15I, Frankenstein$60,4214%1,427-1326$42$17,864,8783Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$101,745-2%504-63$202$29,073,12712Weinstein Company
2Nebraska$82,1696%525-350$157$15,260,12313Paramount Vantage
3Gravity$71,37714%701-431$102$266,921,61019Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$69,3168%566-606$122$47,651,97617Fox Searchlight
5Her (2013)$61,0017%457-346$133$22,708,9908Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$51,8061%488-564$106$23,900,32115Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$49,13717%537-396$92$255,625,3779Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,74116%529-293$66$422,575,81912Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$23,7128%346-74$69$124,894,4308Paramount
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,60912%242-168$65$57,260,0057Fox
11Inside Llewyn Davis$15,3053%129-85$119$12,818,80110CBS Films
12Devil's Due$15,119-7%299-991$51$15,491,7294Fox
13The Book Thief$12,83521%135-43$95$20,996,29614Fox
14Grudge Match$12,07514%341100$35$29,569,4457Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$11,86522%182-63$65$106,778,48818Sony / Columbia
16The Legend Of Hercules$9,349-10%248-350$38$18,445,2805Lionsgate / Summit
17Walking With Dinosaurs$8,63712%251-72$34$35,243,0598Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,29826%197-23$32$119,303,05320Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,2192%103-47$51$32,406,9106Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,66627%115-48$32$52,543,3549Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,14422%109-26$20$55,575,37015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$19,304-28%6536$297$643,2053Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$9,096-44%88--$103$402,3311Reliance Entertainment
3Knights of Badassdom$5,079252%9-2$564$97,2083eOne Films US
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,98457%46-31$108$8,200,92811Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$3,11744%60-44$52$63,890,50915CBS Films
6Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,176-2%76-271$29$1,347,7343Roadside Attractions
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$840-46%1--$840$12,2671Rialto Pictures
8All Is Lost$321-79%12-13$27$6,255,56217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$257104%11-41$23$116,632,09526Weinstein Company
10At Middleton$1981%7-13$28$51,2182Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11The Pretty One$12237%1--$122$2,3541Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$115-65%3-3$38$8,4252Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$5816%1--$58$9431Rialto Premieres