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 Wed, Aug. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$8,808,382-26%4,080--$2,159$126,759,4421Disney
2Lucy$1,904,220-26%3,20229$595$86,341,7552Universal
3Hercules (2014)$1,155,389-29%3,5950$321$56,866,3912Paramount
4Get On Up$949,160-29%2,468--$385$17,113,6301Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$944,221-27%3,283-385$288$192,693,7274Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$801,321-18%3,241-598$247$49,813,9923Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$702,560-23%2,656-200$265$65,731,7053Universal
8Sex Tape$464,307-20%2,500-562$186$35,465,4073Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$418,367-17%1,81654$230$11,699,0112Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$256,576-25%1,732-744$148$242,124,9106Paramount
11Tammy$173,203-16%1,415-1147$122$82,104,0445Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$865,204-19%652--$1,327$1,937,8040Screenvision
2A Most Wanted Man$302,635-9%726365$417$7,943,4832Roadside Attractions
3Boyhood$283,779-6%310203$915$8,313,1094IFC Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$201,136-20%861-497$234$169,251,5828Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Maleficent$181,037-17%681-396$266$235,350,30110Disney
622 Jump Street$154,779-25%828-785$187$189,009,8218Sony / Columbia
7Begin Again$86,078-9%727-517$118$14,026,7556Weinstein Company
8Earth to Echo$82,878-13%536-736$155$37,236,6375Relativity Media
9Chef$79,6500%350-55$228$28,552,23713Open Road
10Wish I Was Here$75,961-18%753128$101$3,303,9183Focus
11Edge of Tomorrow$74,035-20%40249$184$98,871,2979Warner Bros.
12The Fault in Our Stars$60,425-8%282-105$214$123,589,0329Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$59,108-20%4320$137$2,567,3992Open Road
14America (2014)$43,875-12%478-282$92$14,215,4586Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$40,748-1%286-176$142$46,342,0747Warner Bros.
16Kick$39,718-41%162-15$245$2,269,4162UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla (2014)$30,641-24%277-25$111$200,270,20912Warner Bros.
18Rio 2$29,921-13%212-18$141$131,111,89317Fox
19X-Men: Days of Future Past$23,973-22%190-99$126$231,779,70011Fox
20Blended$21,936-13%187-36$117$45,959,45811Warner Bros.
21Snowpiercer$19,88510%100-49$199$4,194,3806RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$19,505-4%177-31$110$149,830,42513Universal
23I Origins$10,759-2%12246$88$264,7013Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,54612%410$1,330$5,585,46418Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$12,28015%50-24$246$3,239,79710eOne Films US
3Calvary$8,34511%4--$2,086$98,3741Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,66039%591$130$111,409,62322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Words and Pictures$2,172-10%18-10$121$2,147,93011Roadside Attractions
6Yves Saint Laurent$1,494-18%80$187$268,0826Weinstein Company
7The LEGO Movie$1,229-80%38-164$32$257,725,90726Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$5548%7-2$79$60,755,26320Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$240-47%7-6$34$1,534,35513RADiUS-TWC
10As It Is in Heaven (2014)$11750%1--$117$10,0604Embark Visuals
11A Long Way Off$8512%10$85$30,0099Moving Visions Entertainment
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$77-79%40$19$211,1089RADiUS-TWC
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$75-37%1--$75$17,40511Rialto Pictures