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, Jul. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$5,441,69510%3,173--$1,715$54,308,3551Universal
2Hercules (2014)$3,780,50313%3,595--$1,052$36,918,2831Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,506,84013%3,668-301$683$177,174,3773Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,657,8159%2,85650$580$55,043,2702Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,644,61410%3,83913$428$38,491,7202Disney
6Sex Tape$1,033,34219%3,0620$337$28,852,2952Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$764,30233%1,762--$434$5,983,2781Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$751,42612%2,476-748$303$237,875,6345Paramount
9Tammy$518,28814%2,562-840$202$79,175,7344Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$491,31113%1,358-811$362$166,590,5517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$438,5558%1,613-616$272$186,600,3577Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$363,0916%1,077-464$337$232,878,6359Disney
13Earth to Echo$268,9759%1,272-1178$211$36,046,5454Relativity Media
14Begin Again$218,15811%1,244-58$175$12,724,9555Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$274,2201%361--$760$3,231,8631Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$230,0511%10773$2,150$4,620,9443IFC Films
3Kick$200,707-2%177--$1,134$1,475,9801UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$155,0917%625557$248$2,179,4502Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$154,1887%432--$357$1,609,7351Open Road
6America (2014)$128,1480%760-270$169$13,499,3435Lionsgate
7The Fault in Our Stars$103,3865%387-170$267$122,905,9408Fox
8Chef$102,4563%405-147$253$27,464,60712Open Road
9Jersey Boys$84,00815%462-541$182$45,797,2986Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$83,16417%353-249$236$97,863,6958Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$67,79715%289-98$235$231,399,48410Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$58,0182%302-24$192$199,818,66411Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$45,78019%230-26$199$130,762,77516Fox
14The LEGO Movie$41,381328%2020$205$257,633,96225Warner Bros.
15Blended$35,28714%223-62$158$45,673,81010Warner Bros.
16Snowpiercer$32,6915%149-62$219$3,968,2785RADiUS-TWC
17Neighbors (2014)$28,1054%208-22$135$149,544,99512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,680-6%410$1,334$5,143,63717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,56724%74-16$224$3,129,1779eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,5439%7672$165$142,8652Fox Searchlight
4Belle$8,730-8%58-34$151$10,594,84513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,54614%58-5$113$111,354,17921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$4,48122%39-21$115$83,873,86714Fox
7Words and Pictures$4,20119%28--$150$2,120,02110Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$3,03169%8-3$379$247,1805Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$863-14%10--$86$6,0171Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$78545%9-2$87$60,748,03119Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$400123%6-2$67$8,461,56912Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$334-59%131$26$1,529,39412RADiUS-TWC
13A Long Way Off$194313%1--$194$29,1928Moving Visions Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$135-25%4-6$34$209,3728RADiUS-TWC
15The Hornet's Nest$11421%1--$114$312,18312Freestyle Releasing