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. 24 - Sun, Dec. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$30,833,665--3,536--$8,720$45,083,8001Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,830,443--3,047--$8,149$36,041,0621Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$19,151,498-56%3,4510$5,550$87,373,7032Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,478,043-23%3,532-23$2,683$62,597,0303Fox
5Yogi Bear$7,897,342-52%3,5150$2,247$35,912,1812Warner Bros.
6The Fighter$7,580,116-38%2,5118$3,019$26,659,7143Paramount
7Tangled$6,427,816-27%2,582-619$2,489$143,695,3235Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,307,691--2,546--$2,477$6,307,6911Fox
9Black Swan$6,254,986-25%1,466507$4,267$28,689,0604Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$5,371,896-37%2,7560$1,949$40,850,3403Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$3,548,965-53%2,4830$1,429$15,001,5872Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$3,176,348-37%1,732-1128$1,834$272,994,6356Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$4,484,352309%700657$6,406$8,329,7355Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$539,793--108--$4,998$741,1621UTV Communications
3Due Date$378,227-70%404-753$936$98,320,5698Warner Bros.
4Megamind$356,859-48%764-261$467$142,686,3588Paramount / DreamWorks
5Burlesque$338,101-76%330-1180$1,025$36,738,5085Sony / Screen Gems
6Unstoppable (2010)$329,895-82%526-1348$627$78,511,8597Fox
7The Social Network$280,000-1%24921$1,124$92,338,82713Sony / Columbia
8Red (2010)$197,833-41%330-109$599$88,891,55311Summit
9127 Hours$190,258-66%145-162$1,312$9,862,1588Fox Searchlight
10Secretariat$130,67772%259104$505$58,568,00512Disney
11Love and Other Drugs$123,779-89%241-852$514$30,863,1325Fox
12Fair Game (2010)$119,031-46%161-107$739$8,895,8678Summit
13Life As We Know It$111,595176%248173$450$52,457,57312Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$102,290-40%193-40$530$250,791,65025Universal
15Faster (2010)$59,921-86%123-537$487$22,726,7075CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$51,117186%13787$373$116,962,07311Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,593-57%158-52$295$55,345,59114Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 2$39,944-52%145-29$275$84,537,84310Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$26,804-77%126-137$213$30,663,0717Paramount
20The Next Three Days$23,372-87%111-250$211$21,052,2936Lionsgate
21Hereafter$22,139-69%128-104$173$32,641,81911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$154,7424%6920$2,243$761,7564Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$119,086--7--$17,012$172,9971Focus
3Hubble 3D$96,590-5%47-9$2,055$19,621,38341Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$85,93160%3429$2,527$166,7702Lionsgate
5Casino Jack$48,80041%158$3,253$110,0652IDP/ATO Pictures
6Inside Job$41,902-40%39-36$1,074$3,353,62512Sony Pictures Classics
7The Illusionist (2010)$38,594--3--$12,865$38,5941Sony Pictures Classics
8Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$37,1864%215$1,771$162,5094Oscilloscope
9Made in Dagenham$35,335-15%376$955$330,7016Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$31,301-39%30-5$1,043$262,1514Magnolia Pictures
11Country Strong$30,452--2--$15,226$43,8651Sony / Screen Gems
12The Tempest$27,941-52%14-7$1,996$188,9663Disney
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$25,810-72%67-47$385$4,943,6419Music Box
14The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$23,822-75%150$1,588$598,0088Warner Bros.
15The Town$15,910-72%62-82$257$92,123,69515Warner Bros.
16Under the Sea 3D$13,797-52%121$1,150$25,139,74798Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiny Furniture$11,651-43%200$583$255,7147IFC
18Inception$9,057-65%28-34$323$292,537,64924Warner Bros.
19For Colored Girls$7,558-80%39-40$194$37,650,8948Lionsgate
20The Warrior's Way$6,823-92%34-183$201$5,549,7324Relativity Media
21You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$6,240-33%7-11$891$3,222,78214Sony Pictures Classics
22White Material$5,059-69%9-5$562$235,3296IFC
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,042--1--$4,042$4,0421Saint Juste International
24Four Lions$4,011--8--$501$224,9728Drafthouse Films
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9356%2-1$1,968$23,475,841169National Geographic
26Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,861-61%5-1$772$299,40811Zeitgeist Films
27Shoah$2,78760%10$2,787$11,3853IFC
28Tamara Drewe$2,732-82%14-15$195$518,94612Sony Pictures Classics
29Carlos$2,574-1%2-3$1,287$130,80711IFC
30Night Catches Us$2,311-62%50$462$47,6374Magnolia
31Bhutto$2,119-79%3-1$706$31,8084First Run Features
32Howl$2,049-68%4-6$512$578,11214Oscilloscope
33Animal Kingdom$2,031422%54$406$1,013,93520Sony Pictures Classics
34Hadewijch$1,892--1--$1,892$1,8921IFC Films
35The Salvation Poem$1,816-48%10$1,816$489,88611CanZion Films
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,6770%31$559$683,98321National Geographic
37Kings of Pastry$1,476-73%4-3$369$252,91315First Run
38Summer Wars$1,412--1--$1,412$1,4121GKIDS
39Conviction$1,411-88%15-18$94$6,783,12911Fox Searchlight
40Get Low$1,28425%51$257$9,108,66422Sony Pictures Classics
41Nenette$1,176--1--$1,176$1,7521Kino International
42Winter's Bone$1,160-67%51$232$6,241,61229Roadside Attractions
43Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,132-78%4-5$283$167,2378Magnolia
44Enter the Void$1,017-82%1-3$1,017$336,46714IFC Films
45And Everything is Going Fine$822-80%21$411$21,0733IFC
46Monsters (2010)$808-78%4-2$202$237,3019Magnolia
47Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$794-66%1-1$794$161,59316Lorber
48The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3631715%10$363$10,091,67141Music Box
49Feed the Fish$266-61%10$266$81,2416Strand
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$226-82%1-1$226$31,3896Oscilloscope
51Mademoiselle Chambon$202-91%2-2$101$530,36931Lorber
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137-90%1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$124520%10$124$7,634,90425Music Box
54Mesrine: Killer Instinct$64-91%1-2$64$533,32018Music Box
55Cool It$11-92%20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions