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, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$14,605,135-40%3,12441$4,675$110,035,1573Paramount
2Little Fockers$13,487,245-48%3,675121$3,670$123,687,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$10,612,375--2,816--$3,769$10,612,3751Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$10,090,002-46%3,013-352$3,349$148,212,4204Disney
5Black Swan$8,113,011-9%1,58431$5,122$61,218,5046Fox Searchlight
6Country Strong$7,326,16517551%1,4241422$5,145$7,463,4543Sony / Screen Gems
7The Fighter$7,001,504-30%2,528-6$2,770$57,845,9465Paramount
8Yogi Bear$6,641,250-46%3,288-227$2,020$75,436,7714Warner Bros.
9Tangled$5,111,098-48%2,383-199$2,145$175,779,4967Disney
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,601,403-55%2,814-134$1,635$94,532,1965Fox
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,588,731-51%2,964-125$1,548$34,448,3213Fox
12The Tourist$3,766,574-43%2,442-314$1,542$61,157,9445Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,353,398-49%1,507-225$1,562$287,661,7708Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$1,876,869-59%1,902-581$987$28,833,6574Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$6,414,407-18%75858$8,462$32,896,6657Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$653,20941%603354$1,083$94,077,47015Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$342,784-35%398-52$861$80,023,2479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$290,02841%21237$1,368$31,683,1727Fox
5Megamind$274,872-56%375-389$733$144,674,38410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Burlesque$256,319-42%228-102$1,124$38,239,9177Sony / Screen Gems
7Due Date$255,304-40%244-160$1,046$99,652,53210Warner Bros.
8I Love You Phillip Morris$217,27610%10032$2,173$1,435,4806Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$199,992-31%261-42$766$89,842,93713Summit
10Life As We Know It$152,285-26%188-60$810$53,133,72714Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$145,743-34%225-22$648$59,291,17714Disney
12Despicable Me$118,355-31%178-19$665$251,384,62027Universal
13Morning Glory (2010)$96,016106%17852$539$30,883,9799Paramount
14Fair Game (2010)$72,887-25%103-6$708$9,241,95210Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$704,339264%4036$17,608$1,144,5842Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$227,473--48--$4,739$227,4731UTV Communications
3127 Hours$216,964-24%88-15$2,466$10,824,59910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$163,31818%179$9,607$663,9893Focus
5Casino Jack$156,39395%5234$3,008$425,3634IDP/ATO Pictures
6Hubble 3D$137,923-2%547$2,554$20,535,39143Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rabbit Hole$109,944-23%340$3,234$627,9814Lionsgate
8Another Year$87,261-22%71$12,466$303,7152Sony Pictures Classics
9Made in Dagenham$86,685-9%606$1,445$626,6848Sony Pictures Classics
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$56,534-35%95-63$595$55,638,92816Warner Bros.
11Inside Job$55,9492%469$1,216$3,539,37014Sony Pictures Classics
12Faster (2010)$51,630-23%79-40$654$22,941,2317CBS Films
13All Good Things$43,03840%3010$1,435$381,0036Magnolia Pictures
14Jackass 3D$39,030-41%70-67$558$117,190,30013Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$34,132-40%90-55$379$84,723,15612Paramount
16The Illusionist (2010)$32,988-29%30$10,996$178,4103Sony Pictures Classics
17The Warrior's Way$29,596120%32-6$925$5,604,9206Relativity Media
18The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$26,004-35%42-5$619$5,072,74411Music Box
19Tiny Furniture$19,49214%194$1,026$317,0909IFC
20White Material$19,202248%2117$914$268,9148IFC
21Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$18,7291056%54$3,746$26,8213Saint Juste International
22Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$18,211--1--$18,211$26,8461First Run Features
23Tees Maar Khan$14,355-87%38-66$378$1,072,6863UTV Communications
24Summer Wars$13,60467%1412$972$35,9543GKIDS
25My Dog Tulip$13,039144%41$3,260$167,93919New Yorker Films
26Bhutto$12,7841822%43$3,196$48,8346First Run Features
27Hereafter$12,779-66%33-95$387$32,741,59613Warner Bros.
28Four Lions$11,9986%11-7$1,091$260,70710Drafthouse Films
29Kings of Pastry$11,20063%40$2,800$286,29717First Run
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,92138%51$1,984$333,48813Zeitgeist Films
31Tamara Drewe$7,721128%195$406$538,02914Sony Pictures Classics
32Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,9661476%21$3,483$81,29329Kino International
33The Time That Remains$6,453--1--$6,453$6,4531IFC
34The Salvation Poem$5,859128%10$5,859$500,06413CanZion Films
35The Strange Case of Angelica$5,594-25%21$2,797$21,6492Cinema Guild
36Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$5,267-74%12-8$439$231,8356Oscilloscope
37For Colored Girls$5,122-53%21-7$244$37,686,27410Lionsgate
38The Tempest$4,875-55%3-3$1,625$242,1295Disney
39Howl$4,774-29%61$796$602,36016Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$4,759131%64$793$6,254,38231Roadside Attractions
41You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,4341%62$739$3,235,09116Sony Pictures Classics
42Feed the Fish$4,41179%43$1,103$90,1868Strand
43Marwencol$3,583--4--$896$68,54114Cinema Guild
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,422-15%20$1,711$23,490,133171National Geographic
45Carlos$3,23949%53$648$140,76013IFC
46Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$3,18890%62$531$175,46810Magnolia
47If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$2,999--1--$2,999$5,2281Film Movement
48Night Catches Us$2,808-19%40$702$59,5856Magnolia
49To the Sea$2,610--1--$2,610$58,29326Film Movement
50The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,100-55%30$700$697,70623National Geographic
51Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,772--2--$886$21,32910Variance Films
52Animal Kingdom$1,594-3%42$399$1,018,71822Sony Pictures Classics
53Waste Land$1,38548%21$693$103,83911Arthouse Films
54Red Hill$1,361-11%1-1$1,361$20,21910Strand
55Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$830-43%21$415$34,7019Film Desk
56Get Low$674-49%2-1$337$9,112,53824Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$545243%21$273$534,72420Music Box
58The Girl Who Played With Fire$41288%1-2$412$7,637,72127Music Box
59The Red Chapel$400-84%21$200$5,0502Lorber Films
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$398115%10$398$33,2908Oscilloscope
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$376-53%1-1$376$10,094,59743Music Box
62Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$365139%20$183$263,23519Music Box