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, Feb. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$16,785,339-17%3,7750$4,446$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$6,593,235-20%3,372--$1,955$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
3About Last Night$4,847,031-39%2,253--$2,151$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
4The Monuments Men$4,556,228-23%3,0830$1,478$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$2,302,320-36%2,896--$795$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$2,139,450-32%2,517-283$850$116,082,6155Universal
7Frozen (2013)$2,099,578-13%2,101-359$999$376,417,79413Disney
8Winter's Tale$1,399,446-38%2,965--$472$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$1,167,540-30%2,013-856$580$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$806,139-29%1,922-887$419$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$688,192-29%1,072-568$642$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12The Nut Job$665,156-14%1,918-1086$347$57,589,5435Open Road
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$589,960-34%1,278-861$462$47,679,1365Paramount
14Philomena$522,099-11%1,225721$426$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$504,778-28%2,6760$189$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$301,926-34%1,664-920$181$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$297,816-14%1,010-317$295$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$636,125-14%751-416$847$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$337,960-16%355-346$952$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$197,974-15%386-292$513$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$188,166-12%324-201$581$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$176,367-24%255-202$692$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$155,908-21%285-252$547$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$146,772-32%326-203$450$423,111,43113Lionsgate
8I, Frankenstein$136,689-22%468-959$292$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$119,518-26%223-265$536$24,274,17016Focus
10Walking With Dinosaurs$59,658-15%248-3$241$35,409,7309Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$56,506-21%261-85$216$125,086,8519Paramount
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$48,840-40%201-41$243$57,456,5488Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$33,341-23%181-16$184$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
14Devil's Due$31,104-30%123-262$253$15,617,8545Fox
15Grudge Match$25,482-31%291-50$88$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$22,902-28%135-47$170$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$102,866-19%9833$1,050$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$46,979-17%77-11$610$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$39,893-20%86-43$464$12,940,12211CBS Films
4The Legend Of Hercules$23,772-8%90-158$264$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
5The Book Thief$23,345-30%94-41$248$21,078,31815Fox
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$13,102-17%62-41$211$32,447,6507Paramount
7Free Birds$11,230-21%75-34$150$55,608,78116Relativity Media
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,4439%34-12$160$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
9Last Vegas$4,257-42%41-19$104$63,908,21716CBS Films
10Knights of Badassdom$2,783513%2-7$1,392$100,7044eOne Films US
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,13930%15-61$143$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
12All Is Lost$1,122-12%9-3$125$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$794-19%10$794$15,1332Rialto Pictures
14The Pretty One$551-26%10$551$4,3342Dada Films
15At Middleton$517-27%1-7$517$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle