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, Feb. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$13,535,374--2,950--$4,588$13,535,3741Warner Bros. / New Line
2Gnomeo and Juliet$13,400,130-30%3,03723$4,412$74,334,2363Disney
3Unknown (2011)$12,571,282-42%3,0430$4,131$42,976,4502Warner Bros.
4I Am Number Four$11,016,126-43%3,1562$3,491$37,723,9402Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$10,532,244-43%3,544-4$2,972$78,787,0663Sony / Columbia
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,387,250-29%2,810-308$3,341$62,963,7413Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,623,276-53%2,8210$2,702$28,647,5192Fox
8The King's Speech$7,339,75912%2,385299$3,077$114,231,03014Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$5,187,625--2,290--$2,265$5,187,6251Summit
10True Grit (2010)$1,947,092-19%1,222-243$1,593$167,132,44210Paramount
11The Roommate$1,940,609-50%1,726-434$1,124$35,818,2274Sony / Screen Gems
12The Eagle$1,587,177-56%1,568-728$1,012$18,341,8243Focus
13No Strings Attached$1,450,649-53%1,366-600$1,062$68,760,0386Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,576,1031%668-91$2,359$90,369,46312Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,8440%617-39$2,152$103,576,41813Fox Searchlight
3The Grace Card$1,010,299--352--$2,870$1,010,2991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Cedar Rapids$664,730-27%13634$4,888$2,349,9963Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$663,895-56%667-598$995$96,637,3217Sony / Columbia
6Barney's Version$568,751-24%299-23$1,902$5,387,9477Sony Pictures Classics
7The Rite$479,351-58%545-503$880$32,310,5295Warner Bros. / New Line
8Biutiful$460,500-12%18226$2,530$3,783,8189Roadside Attractions
9Tangled$421,474-21%337-52$1,251$194,881,26214Disney
10Sanctum$358,515-78%392-985$915$23,070,0454Universal
11TRON: Legacy$330,462-27%276-36$1,197$170,999,94311Disney
12The Mechanic$322,039-68%404-548$797$28,677,7195CBS Films
13127 Hours$301,367-6%220-20$1,370$17,915,44817Fox Searchlight
14Yogi Bear$247,874-47%366-359$677$97,857,39311Warner Bros.
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$239,617-33%303-18$791$294,325,81015Warner Bros.
16Little Fockers$234,770-12%261-24$900$147,980,23010Universal
17The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$234,241-18%248-16$945$103,777,01712Fox
18The Company Men$215,434-28%185-57$1,165$3,880,6396Weinstein Company
19Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$211,115-26%1179$1,804$1,104,8763Shorts International
20Blue Valentine (2010)$209,786-36%167-68$1,256$9,224,0119Weinstein Company
21Gulliver's Travels (2010)$156,440-18%204-31$767$42,439,63810Fox
22The Illusionist (2010)$148,769-21%12519$1,190$1,725,53610Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tourist$141,477-30%194-30$729$67,483,18512Sony / Columbia
24The Dilemma$139,725-21%243-50$575$48,430,3557Universal
25Another Year$134,859-35%107-14$1,260$2,733,3299Sony Pictures Classics
26The Social Network$109,95624%269156$409$96,917,89722Sony / Columbia
27Season of the Witch$102,987209%17139$602$24,648,1068Relativity Media
28Winter's Bone$71,703305%135115$531$6,502,66638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$308,895--33--$9,360$308,8951Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$160,777-14%50-2$3,216$22,307,54650Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$95,141--13--$7,319$1,307,371423D Entertainment
4Under the Sea 3D$70,230-5%191$3,696$27,301,994107Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$64,78821%168$4,049$146,8382Vitagraph
6From Prada to Nada$56,600-39%81-47$699$2,905,5255Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Rabbit Hole$53,034-6%835$639$2,063,10711Lionsgate
87 Khoon Maaf$44,955-73%683$661$253,2742UTV Communications
9Unstoppable (2010)$35,627-48%66-39$540$81,528,42116Fox
10Space Station 3D$35,216-10%3-2$11,739$82,906,844463IMAX
11Inside Job$33,56843%5329$633$4,019,20321Sony Pictures Classics
12The Last Lions$27,035-49%40$6,759$117,1902National Geographic
13Somewhere (2010)$25,907-23%27-2$960$1,768,41610Focus
14Poetry$19,87311%63$3,312$76,4113Kino International
15The Way Back$19,46331%150$1,298$2,701,8596Newmarket Films
16I Am (2011)$19,297--2--$9,649$32,7502Paladin
17Cold Weather$12,71249%41$3,178$63,2084IFC Films
18Casino Jack$12,46919%175$733$967,67811IDP/ATO Pictures
19Galapagos$12,002-15%2-1$6,001$17,886,603592IMAX
20Kaboom$9,003-22%115$818$79,0595IFC Films
21Waste Land$9,00168%62$1,500$169,21518Arthouse Films
22The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,803-40%82$1,100$103,7736IFC Films
23Brotherhood (2010)$8,4457%21$4,223$17,9602Phase 4 Films
24The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,880--3--$2,627$743,94430National Geographic
25Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,674--1--$7,674$7,6741Rialto
26Heartbeats$7,197--1--$7,197$7,1971IFC Films
27Vanishing on 7th Street$6,962140%65$1,160$11,6332Magnolia / Magnet
28Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$6,656-59%31$2,219$49,3393Phase 4 Films
29I Love You Phillip Morris$6,53728%156$436$1,954,17813Roadside Attractions
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$6,505290%31$2,168$415,42220Zeitgeist Films
31Public Speaking$6,260--1--$6,260$11,0001Rialto
32Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$4,610-36%6-1$768$176,4535Variance Films
33Made in Dagenham$4,562-49%10-5$456$1,031,14015Sony Pictures Classics
34The Salvation Poem$4,336-9%40$1,084$599,21220CanZion Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,224--2--$2,112$23,534,728178National Geographic
36The Other Woman (2011)$3,93632%94$437$20,5854IFC
37A Somewhat Gentle Man$3,644--2--$1,822$13,2727Strand Releasing
38My Dog Tulip$3,389119%21$1,695$213,56026New Yorker Films
39All Good Things$3,205-12%40$801$542,91813Magnolia Pictures
40Carancho$3,008-59%1-3$3,008$37,5313Strand Releasing
41Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,777-60%2-1$1,389$98,2178First Run Features
42Every Day$2,72874%20$1,364$34,2937Image Entertainment
43Four Lions$2,0708%1-5$2,070$306,68617Drafthouse Films
44Enemies of the People$1,839-23%2-2$920$67,94931International Film Circuit
45Nenette$1,6861305%21$843$15,91310Kino International
46Zero Bridge$1,663-50%10$1,663$8,2472The Film Desk
47Putty Hill$1,468-70%10$1,468$7,9722Cinema Guild
48Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,183-55%10$1,183$89,01610Saint Juste International
49Immigration Tango$1,087-92%2-28$544$23,8122Roadside Attractions
50What Women Want (2011)$1,017-82%1-2$1,017$122,0734China Lion Film
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$917171%21$459$106,57336Kino International
52The Woodmans$917--2--$459$31,5576Lorber Films
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$8926%31$297$5,188,97218Music Box
54Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$40,62416Film Desk
55Marwencol$629-59%1-2$629$99,11421Cinema Guild
56Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$520--1--$520$56,02437The Film Desk
57The Taqwacores$443--1--$443$9,79019Strand Releasing
58Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$39356%1-1$393$66,44418Variance Films
59Animal Kingdom$336-25%1-1$336$1,041,72329Sony Pictures Classics
60Orgasm Inc.$198-95%1-2$198$21,3653First Run Features
61Mesrine: Killer Instinct$129-60%10$129$551,66027Music Box