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. 25 - Sun, Jun. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$59,337,669-46%4,0280$14,731$226,889,3512Disney
2Grown Ups$40,506,562--3,534--$11,462$40,506,5621Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$20,139,985--3,098--$6,501$27,428,5131Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$15,547,421-48%3,74077$4,157$135,788,7213Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$6,204,454-57%3,242-302$1,914$63,047,4323Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$3,140,780-49%2,189-403$1,435$54,616,4954Universal
7Shrek Forever After$3,101,365-45%2,340-867$1,325$229,539,0896Paramount / DreamWorks
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,845,684-49%1,851-754$1,537$86,221,8795Disney
9Killers$1,938,681-62%2,271-348$854$43,938,7544Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$1,627,442-70%2,8250$576$9,171,0832Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$1,436,378-50%1,169-443$1,229$306,943,6478Paramount
12Marmaduke$977,386-60%1,110-1385$881$30,008,9414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$1,219,345-49%901-779$1,353$93,072,6155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$648,925-54%669-377$970$103,301,7707Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$477,499186%333120$1,434$215,422,52814Paramount / DreamWorks
4Solitary Man$476,43112%17770$2,692$2,070,9156Anchor Bay
5Letters to Juliet$406,548-49%509-297$799$49,537,4297Summit
6Please Give$276,398-42%219-53$1,262$3,134,6889Sony Pictures Classics
7Date Night$241,385-33%286-59$844$97,320,41912Fox
8Splice$240,365-74%340-604$707$16,229,1064Warner Bros
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$222,990-14%134-12$1,664$8,680,92215Music Box
10The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$217,193-23%143-23$1,519$5,301,16811Sony Pictures Classics
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$164,383-34%226-41$727$162,697,60813Warner Bros.
12Death at a Funeral (2010)$141,926-5%156-5$910$42,594,45311Sony / Screen Gems
13City Island$131,342-28%105-28$1,251$6,156,28715Anchor Bay
14The Back-up Plan$124,57934%147-19$847$37,243,20210CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$123,35210%157-78$786$17,286,2759Summit
16The Bounty Hunter$99,460-53%104-70$956$66,944,67815Sony / Columbia
17Mother and Child$94,75173%11966$796$790,4328Sony Pictures Classics
18Raavan$89,972-81%115-4$782$663,2862Reliance Big Pictures
19The Last Song$85,334-38%123-76$694$62,787,21913Disney
20A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$80,064-33%172-56$465$62,902,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
21Oceans$77,336157%12768$609$19,249,65010Disneynature
22Just Wright$74,184-56%111-47$668$21,219,0927Fox Searchlight
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid$61,842-18%105-41$589$63,694,61815Fox
24Kick-Ass$34,926-54%102-55$342$48,043,50511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$437,35524%7031$6,248$1,064,3083Roadside Attractions
2Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$362,55360%8658$4,216$954,2323IFC
3Cyrus$301,22766%1713$17,719$566,2592Fox Searchlight
4I Am Love$248,120104%2719$9,190$439,4512Magnolia
5Hubble 3D$231,858-13%500$4,637$9,161,46415Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Micmacs$79,381-20%521$1,527$715,1405Sony Classics
7Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$78,28117%208$3,914$356,8863Sony Pictures Classics
8Exit Through the Gift Shop$74,791-11%36-5$2,078$2,658,82911Producers Distribution Agency
9Harry Brown$65,150-25%56-8$1,163$1,604,8999Samuel Goldwyn
10Ondine$63,6068%3916$1,631$256,17117Magnolia
11Babies$45,041-51%64-33$704$7,198,2848Focus
12Avatar$44,572-1%15-2$2,971$749,535,57428Fox
13Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$39,162--5--$7,832$39,1621Sony Pictures Classics
14Restrepo$35,581--2--$17,791$35,5811National Geographic
15Under the Sea 3D$33,931-3%13-2$2,610$22,587,88772Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Alice in Wonderland (2010)$27,399-67%65-75$422$334,162,18217Disney
17Magnificent Desolation$25,0905%1-4$25,090$33,192,421249IMAX
18South of the Border$21,545--1--$21,545$21,5451Cinema Libre
19The City of Your Final Destination$20,15134%150$1,343$409,90211Screen Media Films
20Mademoiselle Chambon$19,48642%92$2,165$144,6905Lorber
21The Killer Inside Me$19,24874%43$4,812$37,5102IFC Films
22The Square (2010)$17,804-4%8-4$2,226$379,69712Apparition
23Stonewall Uprising$16,2383%62$2,706$50,3012First Run Features
24Let It Rain$15,660-4%53$3,132$41,0562IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,785-37%13-2$1,137$572,79715Zeitgeist
268: The Mormon Proposition$14,093-67%12-4$1,174$77,6722Red Flag Releasing
27Holy Rollers$12,956-19%130$997$262,62822First Independent Pictures
28Agora$12,565-39%3-2$4,188$194,3085Newmarket
29The Secret of Kells$10,438-6%150$696$637,99517GKIDS
30The Lottery$10,064174%30$3,355$34,8853Variance Films
31La Mission$9,066-61%11-6$824$997,22512Screen Media
32Kings of the Evening$8,936-44%4-1$2,234$72,57920Indican Pictures
33Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$8,883-26%19-7$468$88,761,72020Fox
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,935-43%3-1$2,645$158,0295Rialto
35Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,686--2--$3,343$6,6861Kino International
36Princess Kaiulani$6,253-65%8-8$782$826,6247Roadside Attractions
37Only the Brave (2010)$6,232-28%2-1$3,116$132,4595Indican Pictures
38Ajami$5,179122%52$1,036$608,33041Kino International
39OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,595-9%3-1$1,532$76,62163Music Box
40The Little Traitor$4,4444%10$4,444$354,99629Westchester Films
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,395-2%30$1,465$23,233,180143National Geographic
42Survival of the Dead$3,98842%102$399$93,6365Magnolia / Magnet
43The Joneses$3,799-63%3-4$1,266$1,465,19111Roadside Attractions
44The Father of My Children$3,723-3%3-1$1,241$144,0226IFC Films
45A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$3,202139%20$1,601$2,084,63718Sony Classics
46John Rabe$2,998-33%3-1$999$43,3516Strand
47Looking for Eric$2,935-27%9-1$326$55,8047IFC
48Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,899-77%1-5$2,899$258,2108Kino International
49The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,857-30%82$357$128,48612IFC
50Best Worst Movie$2,6103%10$2,610$58,57010Area23a
51The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,335--1--$2,335$79,77812International Film Circuit
52The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,307-40%7-3$330$181,4679IFC
53The Oath$2,154-31%20$1,077$32,4358Zeitgeist
54Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,888-49%4-3$472$172,7398Magnolia
55Cropsey$1,680-7%20$840$25,1244Cinema Purgatorio
56Chloe$1,631-89%3-24$544$3,070,99214Sony Pictures Classics
57Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,414--1--$1,414$21,8957Cinema Purgatorio
58Racing Dreams$1,190-49%31$397$44,7236Hanover House
59Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,132-62%10$1,132$34,8374Indican Pictures
60Space Station 3D$934-45%10$934$81,958,961428IMAX
61Everyone Else$535-50%1-1$535$69,00454Cinema Guild
62Letters to God$461--2--$231$2,848,58712Vivendi
63Whiz Kids$300--1--$300$5,0164Shadow Distribution
64Dream Boy$173--1--$173$6,31914Regent