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. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
14All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
15No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
16Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
17Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
18The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
19The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
20Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
21Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
23The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
24Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
25What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
26Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
27My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
28Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
29Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
30Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
31Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
33The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
34The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
36White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
37Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
38Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
39Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
40Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
42The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
43Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
44The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
45Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
46Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
48Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
49Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
51Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
52Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
53Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
56Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
57You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
58The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
59Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
60Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
61Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
62Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
63Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
64Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
66To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement