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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers$5,035,755-37%2,619-240$1,923$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
10Marmaduke$2,474,195-59%2,495-718$992$27,711,0003Fox
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
20Kick-Ass$76,597-29%157-21$488$47,950,72810Lionsgate
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
7Babies$91,002-46%97-49$938$7,081,1937Focus
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
12Ondine$58,69218%239$2,552$166,30516Magnolia
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$45,181-30%17-9$2,658$749,434,95027Fox
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Oceans$30,138-23%59-13$511$19,147,8119Disneynature
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
21Agora$20,704-16%50$4,141$171,2384Newmarket
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
27Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
28Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
29Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
30The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
31Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
32Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
33Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
35The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
36The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
37The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
38Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
39Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
41John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
43Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
44The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
45The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
46Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
47The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
48The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
49Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
50The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
51The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
52Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
53The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
54Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
55The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
56Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
57Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
58Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
59Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
60Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
61The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
62Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
63The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
64A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
65A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
66Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
67The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
68Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
69October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
70After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
71Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
72The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
73Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing