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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$13,177,790--2,823--$4,668$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$11,416,164--2,670--$4,276$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$10,876,732-47%2,2060$4,931$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$7,341,976-64%2,8740$2,555$32,114,3602Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$6,884,964--3,030--$2,272$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$6,620,133-31%3,3980$1,948$92,187,9034Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$5,287,889-16%2,607-574$2,028$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$4,800,758-30%2,663-445$1,803$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
9Inception$4,572,249-6%1,704-366$2,683$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$3,533,925-25%2,708-90$1,305$22,399,9003Universal
11Vampires Suck$3,196,167-39%2,434-799$1,313$32,494,8243Fox
12The Switch (2010)$3,119,557-32%1,885-132$1,655$21,494,6973Miramax
13Despicable Me$2,984,0154%1,600-233$1,865$240,434,9659Universal
14Piranha 3D$2,432,258-43%1,789-702$1,360$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$2,151,388-44%1,310-663$1,642$20,509,0853Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$1,944,80192%1,520920$1,279$408,100,17412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$2,257,595-44%8120$2,780$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,553,475-38%807-759$1,925$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$1,257,471-33%705-463$1,784$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Get Low$1,204,465-27%560-10$2,151$5,403,3976Sony Pictures Classics
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,031,661-42%804-697$1,283$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$794,628-35%434-467$1,831$41,083,5405Disney
7Grown Ups$602,662125%383120$1,574$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$466,048-31%455-368$1,024$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$447,51669%35745$1,254$61,623,5278Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$434,120-16%396-80$1,096$298,687,34110Summit
11The Kids Are All Right$393,425-25%239-103$1,646$19,790,6479Focus
12The Last Airbender$321,488-23%257-49$1,251$131,058,41910Paramount
13Hubble 3D$278,1196%123-28$2,261$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Ramona and Beezus$265,647-17%305-49$871$25,205,0487Fox
15The Karate Kid (2010)$246,132-1%227-28$1,084$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$236,420-20%157-19$1,506$6,577,8199Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$195,3581%179-28$1,091$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$155,110-27%220-113$705$30,966,9006Universal
19Knight and Day$136,333-25%142-87$960$76,203,92211Fox
20Predators$100,312-34%111-76$904$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$338,17913%9520$3,560$1,676,1893Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$296,907--78--$3,807$296,9071UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$173,596-5%557$3,156$857,0975IFC
4The Tillman Story$136,399331%2419$5,683$260,4793Weinstein Company
5Winter's Bone$117,359-17%90-27$1,304$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
6Animal Kingdom$111,583-10%5617$1,993$536,5054Sony Pictures Classics
7What If...$106,3959%6914$1,542$289,0793Five & Two Pictures
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$91,376-40%346$2,688$307,4532Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$74,449--31--$2,402$74,4491Music Box
10Under the Sea 3D$63,69418%160$3,981$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
11I Am Love$63,555-2%49-3$1,297$4,673,07312Magnolia
12The A-Team$58,938-12%54-38$1,091$77,179,35713Fox
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$53,379-50%93-64$574$90,684,97615Disney
14Flipped$50,905-28%282$1,818$751,0465Warner Bros.
15The Concert$45,001-14%200$2,250$439,2467Weinstein Company
16Soul Kitchen$43,422255%156$2,895$111,3703IFC
17The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$38,059-25%18-3$2,114$413,6015National Geographic
18Marmaduke$37,459-7%45-21$832$33,620,74114Fox
19Lebanon$31,32112%173$1,842$192,12247Sony Pictures Classics
20Restrepo$29,801-27%33-4$903$1,172,86111National Geographic
21Peepli Live$29,695-51%26-19$1,142$748,1284UTV Communications
22Centurion$28,730-33%197$1,512$90,7602Magnolia
23A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$27,330--5--$5,466$27,3301Sony Pictures Classics
24Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,884-29%18-3$1,438$485,1947NeoClassics
25The Extra Man$23,705-9%284$847$369,4626Magnolia
26Last Train Home$20,418--1--$20,418$20,4181Zeitgeist Films
27The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$18,006-20%24-5$750$10,014,65025Music Box
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,5792%24-4$649$1,619,66913Sony Pictures Classics
29Cyrus$14,874-9%26-6$572$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
30A Film Unfinished$14,203-30%50$2,841$119,6823Oscilloscope
31Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,452-2%72$1,922$194,8067Arthouse Films
32Agora$13,109106%6-3$2,185$573,86915Newmarket
33Micmacs$11,80636%229$537$1,205,74815Sony Classics
34My Dog Tulip$11,550--1--$11,550$16,4221New Yorker Films
35Exit Through the Gift Shop$11,423-11%5-4$2,285$3,215,53221Producers Distribution Agency
36Solitary Man$10,232-6%245$426$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
37Change of Plans$9,278-40%20$4,639$33,3372IFC
38The Disappearance of Alice Creed$8,888-15%6-1$1,481$144,4205Anchor Bay
39La Soga$8,700-49%5-7$1,740$159,39247-57 Releasing
40Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$7,635-6%164$477$2,918,65513IFC
41The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,980-7%12-1$582$6,346,00621Sony Pictures Classics
42Ondine$6,69057%3-1$2,230$540,75627Magnolia
43Life During Wartime$6,363-56%8-6$795$256,0997IFC
44Date Night$6,045-41%11-2$550$98,710,29022Fox
45White Wedding (2009)$5,859--4--$1,465$5,8591Dada Films
46The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,646232%1-20$5,646$103,20422International Film Circuit
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$5,101-19%9-1$567$361,70011Sony Pictures Classics
48Winnebago Man$4,674-37%70$668$138,8699Kino International
49The People I've Slept With$3,94315%21$1,972$16,3834People Pictures
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$3,2561202%32$1,085$364,49318Kino International
51Army of Crime$3,143-28%20$1,572$24,8133Lorber
52The Milk of Sorrow$3,02258%21$1,511$6,4162Olive Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,85897%21$1,429$50,65411Kino International
54Spoken Word$2,546393%20$1,273$26,6227Variance
55Mademoiselle Chambon$2,508-72%5-6$502$313,52415Lorber
56The Nature of Existence$2,297-49%20$1,149$46,74512Walking Shadows
57Please Give$2,105-93%13-32$162$4,020,90619Sony Pictures Classics
58Princess Kaiulani$1,88981%32$630$874,79817Roadside Attractions
59Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,425--1--$1,425$23,294,011153National Geographic
60Two in the Wave$1,289--1--$1,289$27,82416Lorber Films
61The Little Traitor$1,275--1--$1,275$374,52339Westchester Films
62Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,053-47%1-1$1,053$672,36025Zeitgeist
63Countdown to Zero$1,0110%51$202$253,3907Magnolia
64Mother and Child$975-41%2-2$488$1,100,26218Sony Pictures Classics
65Mugabe and the White African$964--1--$964$6,4497First Run
66The Sicilian Girl$789-43%2-1$395$23,6745Music Box
67John Rabe$578--1--$578$56,18516Strand
68Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$45080%10$450$67,66514Indican Pictures
69Everyone Else$31396%10$313$93,60064Cinema Guild
70Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$88--1--$88$12,5104First Run Features