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, Mar. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$3,882,331-66%3,470--$1,119$48,920,7911Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,231,679-77%3,934--$567$34,438,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,291,895-68%3,11323$415$53,860,4252Universal
4The LEGO Movie$967,028-70%3,290-480$294$225,845,0255Warner Bros.
5Son of God$860,014-75%3,27111$263$42,734,2442Fox
6Frozen (2013)$277,633-70%1,660-86$167$393,272,30116Disney
7The Monuments Men$273,919-63%2,001-1001$137$70,850,2095Sony / Columbia
83 Days to Kill$273,330-64%2,348-524$116$25,777,4573Relativity Media
9RoboCop (2014)$210,205-64%1,714-1171$123$54,975,0104Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$183,862-67%1,065654$173$53,226,70921Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$177,985-62%1,323-546$135$130,166,2558Universal
12Pompeii$170,452-60%1,658-1000$103$21,232,1093Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$165,875-61%1,074-730$154$46,667,7524Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$87,306-62%605-340$144$148,471,47113Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$83,872-68%4960$169$3,572,6573Disney
3Gravity$71,163-69%38444$185$271,885,95923Warner Bros.
4Philomena$68,465-62%670-427$102$35,975,84216Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$58,293-65%359-146$162$115,750,08111Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$49,182-68%31296$158$26,237,72819Focus
7The Nut Job$45,789-55%490-262$93$61,444,7948Open Road
8Lone Survivor$40,120-62%472-545$85$124,167,45111Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$38,030-62%333118$114$257,435,54613Warner Bros. / New Line
10Endless Love (2014)$32,160-57%536-1338$60$23,134,2354Universal
11That Awkward Moment$29,117-38%188-420$155$25,616,9126Focus
12Repentance$26,077-67%1575$166$943,9152Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$22,040-68%155-95$142$25,020,47112Warner Bros.
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,434-55%304-1013$54$127,273,14912Paramount
15Nebraska$15,390-67%180-109$86$17,483,02917Paramount Vantage
16Stalingrad (2014)$14,014-62%143-165$98$883,1302Sony / Columbia
17August: Osage County$13,375-58%196-150$68$37,318,24911Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,583-61%133-65$80$424,098,84316Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$10,292-61%164-31$63$35,903,25512Fox
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,190-48%107-260$95$50,108,8948Paramount
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,892-52%133-30$67$58,032,51111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$88,166-65%4--$22,042$899,3321Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$9,690-59%92-77$105$18,980,0317Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,565-73%76-26$126$1,788,0437Roadside Attractions
4The Legend Of Hercules$6,520-57%61-28$107$18,827,7999Lionsgate / Summit
5Inside Llewyn Davis$6,103-24%52-13$117$13,220,35814CBS Films
6Labor Day (2013)$5,939-51%84-23$71$13,325,9566Paramount
7The Book Thief$4,310-40%49-24$88$21,349,83518Fox
8Winter's Tale$3,045-57%82-623$37$12,474,0244Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$2,888-76%7426$39$55,728,81819Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,454-55%32-79$45$7,751,6685Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,066-63%45-30$24$29,803,82711Warner Bros.
12Ernest & Celestine$1,010-72%65$168$26,9702GKIDS
13Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$991-64%42-49$24$8,295,31115Weinstein Company
14Highway$369-87%9-71$41$525,3953UTV Motion Pictures