'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. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
14Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
15The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
16All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
17The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
18Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
19Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
20Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
22Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
23Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
25Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
26Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
27Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
28Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
31Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
32White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
33Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
34Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
35The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
36The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
37Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
38Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
39Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
40Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
41The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
42The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
43Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
46Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
48A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
49Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
51My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
54Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
56Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
57Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
59Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
60Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
61Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
62Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
63Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International