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, Apr. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$2,602,47936%3,205--$812$29,276,1401Fox
2Heaven is for Real$1,391,26038%2,705288$514$54,864,2472Sony / TriStar
3Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,340,24026%3,620-205$370$227,466,9934Disney
4Brick Mansions$799,84026%2,647--$302$10,953,9071Relativity Media
5Rio 2$740,60929%3,703-272$200$97,704,3583Fox
6Transcendence$507,38133%3,4550$147$19,520,9642Warner Bros.
7Bears$369,08844%1,7200$215$11,906,2502Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$315,25427%1,600-196$197$53,269,4346Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$301,80530%2,066-420$146$140,055,0476Lionsgate / Summit
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$274,43130%1,021-259$269$49,288,6678Fox Searchlight
11Draft Day$267,60430%2,080-701$129$24,634,6113Lionsgate / Summit
12The Quiet Ones$262,92419%2,027--$130$4,364,2141Lionsgate
13Noah$250,13527%1,604-933$156$97,760,9115Paramount
14A Haunted House 2$247,32312%2,3100$107$14,651,1112Open Road
15Oculus$214,22214%1,881-767$114$25,626,2633Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$63,80724%156130$409$1,010,4813Weinstein Company
22 States$35,72572%1372$261$1,798,9282UTV Motion Pictures
3300: Rise of an Empire$26,9575%32560$83$105,867,1638Warner Bros.
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,3524%468-312$54$108,097,5168Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Non-Stop (2014)$22,56537%252-108$90$90,529,7759Universal
6The LEGO Movie$21,131-1%303-37$70$252,840,91712Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$14,37818%227-63$63$400,201,94323Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,89521%119-10$83$453,2374Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$8,86727%211-292$42$59,585,7659Fox
10Bad Words$6,31714%114-109$55$7,690,7327Focus
11The Nut Job$6,11316%160-41$38$64,176,82715Open Road
12Gravity$3,76832%105-40$36$274,058,72930Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$21,57528%370$583$1,139,1774Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$5,307-4%45-72$118$5,493,3995Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$4,96626%85-25$58$30,619,75310Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$4,33718%41-7$106$306,3653Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$4,3023%75-55$57$10,440,2475Open Road
6The Unknown Known$1,55133%22-27$71$256,7834RADiUS-TWC
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,51014%87-27$17$15,970,9627Lionsgate
8Philomena$1,3831%33-68$42$37,678,45723Weinstein Company
9August: Osage County$1,111327%7-9$159$37,735,84418Weinstein Company
10Watermark$1,0828%167$68$66,3464eOne Films US
11Ernest & Celestine$8724%20-11$44$260,6689GKIDS
12Frankie & Alice$80337%24-19$33$694,5724Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$747-16%2--$374$35,66512Rialto Pictures
14Make Your Move$7051%40-102$18$123,6932High Top Releasing
15Gloria (2014)$694169%9-4$77$2,093,86114Roadside Attractions
16Dallas Buyers Club$63951%12-2$53$27,297,57626Focus
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$84-63%10$84$22,1862Rialto Pictures
18Gabrielle (2014)$8--10$8$4,8122eOne Films US