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, Dec. 17 - Sun, Dec. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$44,026,211--3,451--$12,758$44,026,2111Disney
2Yogi Bear$16,411,322--3,515--$4,669$16,411,3221Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$12,388,662-48%3,5550$3,485$42,752,2372Fox
4The Fighter$12,135,4683945%2,5032499$4,848$12,569,4032Paramount
5Tangled$8,775,344-39%3,201-364$2,741$127,918,2764Disney
6The Tourist$8,522,287-48%2,7560$3,092$30,613,5202Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$7,484,696--2,483--$3,014$7,484,6961Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,022,361-41%2,860-717$1,756$265,723,6185Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$1,843,696-50%1,874-1093$984$77,386,3046Fox
10Burlesque$1,425,855-55%1,510-1366$944$35,537,7654Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$1,262,257-51%1,157-833$1,091$97,327,1797Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$1,111,878-63%1,093-1147$1,017$30,201,1414Fox
13Megamind$690,573-73%1,025-1400$674$141,641,5357Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$8,383,479154%959869$8,742$15,791,7533Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$556,044-45%307-109$1,811$9,321,5717Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$433,950-75%660-1446$658$22,500,4984CBS Films
4Red (2010)$336,572-22%439-125$767$88,429,99310Summit
5The Social Network$282,025-1%2281$1,237$91,840,92612Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$219,973-60%268-168$821$8,650,3887Summit
7The Next Three Days$183,486-82%361-1065$508$20,946,5365Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$171,325-10%233-25$735$250,493,64024Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$117,651-77%263-741$447$30,568,9896Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$107,164-32%210-78$510$55,194,66613Warner Bros.
11The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$92,964-40%114-55$815$4,855,6298Music Box
12The Warrior's Way$84,571-91%217-1405$390$5,504,3883Relativity Media
13Paranormal Activity 2$82,53882%17449$474$84,436,9789Paramount
14Secretariat$76,032-41%155-108$491$58,325,41011Disney
15Easy A$73,468-27%161-42$456$58,401,46414Sony / Screen Gems
16Hereafter$71,078126%232145$306$32,576,84110Warner Bros.
17The Town$57,591-56%144-111$400$92,074,85714Warner Bros.
18Skyline$55,965-63%123-154$455$21,371,4256Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,097,13185%4324$25,515$2,936,9594Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$148,301-3%4914$3,027$522,8123Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$101,1664%56-1$1,807$19,351,72340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$96,049-18%150$6,403$478,6467Warner Bros.
5Inside Job$70,055-44%75-41$934$3,266,35711Sony Pictures Classics
6The Tempest$58,13637%2116$2,768$121,5262Disney
7Rabbit Hole$53,778--5--$10,756$53,7781Lionsgate
8All Good Things$51,365-18%3515$1,468$194,2083Magnolia Pictures
9Made in Dagenham$41,53495%3116$1,340$268,6095Sony Pictures Classics
10Life As We Know It$40,499-31%75-45$540$52,275,97311Warner Bros.
11For Colored Girls$37,322-75%79-164$472$37,626,0457Lionsgate
12Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$35,68044%169$2,230$87,9113Oscilloscope
13Casino Jack$34,528--7--$4,933$34,5281IDP/ATO Pictures
14Under the Sea 3D$28,76413%110$2,615$25,084,93297Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Inception$25,929-48%62-46$418$292,511,47323Warner Bros.
16Tiny Furniture$20,385-48%20-1$1,019$228,8116IFC
17Jackass 3D$17,885-60%50-58$358$116,875,62110Paramount
18White Material$16,072-2%141$1,148$220,0465IFC
19Tamara Drewe$14,952-59%29-30$516$509,22111Sony Pictures Classics
20Stone$13,93763%6445$218$1,796,02411Relativity / Overture
21Conviction$11,968-65%33-42$363$6,768,06310Fox Searchlight
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,960-34%6-4$1,660$290,87610Zeitgeist Films
23Bhutto$9,919228%42$2,480$26,1353First Run Features
24You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$9,297-53%18-46$517$3,208,29613Sony Pictures Classics
25Waiting for 'Superman'$8,083-61%33-22$245$6,410,25713Paramount Vantage
26Howl$6,461-34%102$646$570,41113Oscilloscope
27Night Catches Us$6,147-45%5-4$1,229$41,3293Magnolia
28Enter the Void$5,59816%4-6$1,400$332,01913IFC Films
29Kings of Pastry$5,379-49%7-3$768$249,10014First Run
30Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5,096-64%14-24$364$52,474,61613Fox
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$5,094-39%9-5$566$162,8787Magnolia
32Budrus$4,61688%30$1,539$65,53311Balcony Releasing
33And Everything is Going Fine$4,131-41%10$4,131$16,8362IFC
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,725-27%30$1,242$23,468,520168National Geographic
35Monsters (2010)$3,688-19%6-5$615$235,1998Magnolia
36Winter's Bone$3,54231%41$886$6,237,37128Roadside Attractions
37The Salvation Poem$3,464-46%1-9$3,464$487,00410CanZion Films
38Inspector Bellamy$3,458-50%2-2$1,729$105,8938IFC Films
39Carlos$2,601118%52$520$126,55110IFC
40Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,495100%20$1,248$17,6847Variance Films
41Breathless (2010 re-issue)$2,42055%31$807$363,03030Rialto
42Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,3081090%21$1,154$159,76315Lorber
43Mademoiselle Chambon$2,255123%42$564$529,51130Lorber
44Marwencol$2,190-61%3-3$730$63,29211Cinema Guild
45Leaving$2,185-61%3-8$728$174,69412IFC
46Shoah$1,740-39%10$1,740$6,9962IFC
47Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$1,710--1--$1,710$256,24222Arthouse Films
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,677-75%2-2$839$681,23020National Geographic
49Undertow (2009)$1,639-5%32$546$53,77514Wolfe Releasing
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,550-53%2-3$775$53,5798Variance Films
51The Legend of Pale Male$1,444-73%3-1$481$30,5734Balcony
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,404-89%5-9$281$20,9522Roadside Attractions
53Last Train Home$1,348-80%3-3$449$285,84816Zeitgeist Films
54William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,229158%21$615$30,2485Oscilloscope
55My Dog Tulip$1,081-66%2-1$541$142,53816New Yorker Films
56Get Low$1,031-62%4-6$258$9,106,80221Sony Pictures Classics
57Waste Land$865-74%1-2$865$99,8478Arthouse Films
58Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$786--2--$393$23,95523Flicker Alley
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$746-20%30$249$533,05617Music Box
60Feed the Fish$684-62%1-3$684$80,7725Strand
61Lebanon$577122%10$577$367,79862Sony Pictures Classics
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$487-63%2-1$244$190,66616Sony Pictures Classics
63Animal Kingdom$389--1--$389$1,011,75619Sony Pictures Classics
64Hideaway (2009)$207--1--$207$34,42215Strand
65What If...$203-81%1-3$203$767,54518Five & Two Pictures
66Cool It$146-86%2-8$73$62,5666Roadside Attractions
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$135--1--$135$529,60333Kino International
68Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$40-98%1-2$40$262,17616Music Box
69To the Sea$26--1--$26$55,70923Film Movement
70The Girl Who Played With Fire$20-98%1-2$20$7,634,78024Music Box
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$20-96%10$20$10,091,30840Music Box