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, May. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,560,737-14%4,324--$823$110,700,7221Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,105,850-11%3,23833$342$52,480,0432Fox
3Heaven is for Real$611,388-7%2,930225$209$68,220,0393Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$509,053-5%3,179-441$160$239,377,7455Disney
5Rio 2$341,2601%3,314-389$103$108,040,2444Fox
6Brick Mansions$231,446-23%2,6470$87$16,847,8182Relativity Media
7Bears$186,62219%1,79070$104$15,011,0443Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$168,692-6%1,330-270$127$56,262,8167Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$143,746-16%1,639-427$88$143,323,9197Lionsgate / Summit
10Draft Day$110,256-20%1,354-726$81$26,914,7914Lionsgate / Summit
11Transcendence$98,157-21%1,775-1680$55$21,856,0733Warner Bros.
12The Quiet Ones$98,081-25%2,0270$48$7,276,3892Lionsgate
13A Haunted House 2$75,433-21%1,328-982$57$16,499,7863Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$184,571-1%884-137$209$52,281,1289Fox Searchlight
2Noah$80,004-9%929-675$86$99,375,5426Paramount
3Oculus$57,027-23%884-997$65$26,985,9574Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$46,774-9%1648$285$1,822,7964Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,756-2%410-58$43$108,620,6919Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,5491%220-83$80$253,178,10613Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$14,065-7%218-34$65$90,775,93510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$13,108-9%235-90$56$106,091,5029Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,5871%126-85$28$59,646,23610Fox
10The Nut Job$3,43818%101-59$34$64,251,53816Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$33,04431%370$893$1,424,8205Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Belle$11,01316%4--$2,753$147,1011Fox Searchlight
3Blue Ruin$9,93216%60--$166$156,7582RADiUS-TWC
42 States$8,740-26%96-41$91$2,068,6003UTV Motion Pictures
5Decoding Annie Parker$6,60861%13--$508$38,2641eOne Films US
6Cesar Chavez$4,625-22%9752$48$5,571,4976Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$3,481-38%51--$68$59,2091Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,22413%60-15$54$10,484,1636Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$3,210-2%47-72$68$509,5305Fox Searchlight
10Bad Words$3,19025%40-74$80$7,729,6118Focus
11Joe (2014)$2,936-7%39-2$75$354,1914Roadside Attractions
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,664144%1210$222$48,6213Rialto Pictures
133 Days to Kill$2,6132%64-21$41$30,665,66211Relativity Media
14Gravity$2,10910%65-40$32$274,092,70531Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,100-33%22-11$50$37,697,01824Weinstein Company
16Watermark$1,02933%11-5$94$79,9485eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$46710%1-1$467$41,89413Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$35812%15-7$24$264,8235RADiUS-TWC
19Gloria (2014)$252-26%90$28$2,103,54315Roadside Attractions
20August: Osage County$77-29%3-4$26$37,738,81019Weinstein Company