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, Apr. 1 - Sun, Apr. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$37,543,710--3,579--$10,490$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$14,812,094--2,961--$5,002$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$13,271,464--2,408--$5,511$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,040,822-58%3,1692$3,168$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$9,307,896-38%2,83833$3,280$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$6,829,050-36%2,7070$2,523$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$6,020,403-68%3,0330$1,985$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$4,505,572-54%3,134-511$1,438$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$4,245,560-46%2,550-256$1,665$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$3,536,435-53%2,263-855$1,563$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$2,142,630-50%1,525-757$1,405$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$1,776,234-59%1,788-927$993$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$1,133,162-27%1,007-55$1,125$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,215,13225%18090$6,751$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$1,138,864145%149126$7,643$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$821,881-62%821-764$1,001$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$755,155-56%703-501$1,074$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$632,813-58%597-519$1,060$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$429,732-72%735-629$585$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$346,864-85%701-1469$495$20,370,6104Disney
8Tangled$336,339-39%276-25$1,219$199,084,02819Disney
9True Grit (2010)$294,28562%324119$908$170,422,23915Paramount
10Unknown (2011)$228,488-65%325-363$703$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
11Cedar Rapids$208,923-49%210-132$995$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$200,244-51%250-156$801$37,271,5477Fox
13I Am Number Four$200,232-60%270-242$742$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
14Yogi Bear$174,857-46%265-61$660$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
15The Green Hornet$152,527-31%211-35$723$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
16Black Swan$105,270-43%162-45$650$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
17Barney's Version$92,540-49%112-43$826$7,236,71212Sony Pictures Classics
18No Strings Attached$81,406-40%145-68$561$70,625,98611Paramount
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$55,367-74%113-176$490$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$219,018-34%98-22$2,235$2,466,6746Sony Pictures Classics
2Certified Copy$146,208-24%557$2,658$704,0114IFC Films
3Hubble 3D$133,008-14%45-2$2,956$23,720,25055Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$112,386-27%5615$2,007$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
5Potiche$112,22130%2417$4,676$235,1162Music Box Films
6The Last Godfather$101,779--58--$1,755$101,7991Roadside Attractions
7Game$83,783--63--$1,330$83,7831Eros International
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$83,1163%140$5,937$1,996,446473D Entertainment
9Miral$73,04410%1511$4,870$163,1612Weinstein Company
10Bill Cunningham New York$68,7125%1512$4,581$267,3503Zeitgeist Films
11Trust (2011)$58,214--28--$2,079$58,2141Millennium Entertainment
12Under the Sea 3D$56,173-33%220$2,553$27,936,203112Warner Bros. / IMAX
13TRON: Legacy$55,972-21%63-16$888$171,989,90916Disney
14The Salvation Poem$46,7499%3019$1,558$699,41325CanZion Films
15Super$46,549--11--$4,232$46,5491IFC Films
16The Grace Card$45,209-55%61-53$741$2,377,5706IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Biutiful$43,264-41%58-8$746$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,781-37%66-19$557$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
19I Am (2011)$34,295-29%13-2$2,638$306,4627Paladin
20In a Better World$33,058--4--$8,265$33,0581Sony Pictures Classics
21The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$31,353-40%60-12$523$104,350,36317Fox
22The Company Men$30,220-30%45-3$672$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
23The Music Never Stopped$29,534-39%28-5$1,055$197,1013Roadside Attractions
24Queen to Play$28,092--6--$4,682$28,0921Zeitgeist Films
25The Rite$25,741-66%72-83$358$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
26Space Station 3D$23,218-2%20$11,609$83,221,141468IMAX
27The Eagle$22,508-51%57-40$395$19,478,3848Focus
28The Last Lions$22,138-57%36-8$615$573,2837National Geographic
29The Illusionist (2010)$21,885-40%32-17$684$2,166,98015Sony Pictures Classics
30Blue Valentine (2010)$18,871-41%39-5$484$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
31Winter in Wartime$18,751-28%102$1,875$78,8753Sony Pictures Classics
32Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$17,120-47%17-7$1,007$477,2137Vitagraph
33Another Year$16,766-43%24-12$699$3,162,06514Sony Pictures Classics
34Rubber$16,346--5--$3,269$16,3461Magnolia / Magnet
35The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$16,192--1--$16,192$20,9141Lorber Films
36The Mechanic$15,791-67%43-57$367$29,113,58810CBS Films
37Drive Angry$15,254-45%22-50$693$10,590,7486Summit
38happythankyoumoreplease$14,482-31%12-4$1,207$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
39Take Me Home Tonight$14,139-68%52-37$272$6,851,9375Relativity Media
40My Perestroika$13,498-24%10$13,498$49,9712International Film Circuit
41Gulliver's Travels (2010)$13,243-24%26-8$509$42,756,58815Fox
42Rabbit Hole$12,13217%6132$199$2,221,80916Lionsgate
43Poetry$10,555-50%12-1$880$233,4418Kino International
44The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,550--4--$2,388$826,58035National Geographic
45Inside Job$8,491-52%18-4$472$4,283,26526Sony Pictures Classics
46Desert Flower$8,295-22%82$1,037$35,5543National Geographic
47I Saw the Devil$8,006-49%153$534$112,1735Magnolia / Magnet
48I Love You Phillip Morris$7,932-24%123$661$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
49127 Hours$7,837-3%180$435$18,317,29922Fox Searchlight
50Nostalgia for the Light$6,368-31%31$2,123$58,2293Icarus Films
51Cold Weather$6,235-11%100$624$128,3599IFC Films
52Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,162-42%11-1$560$208,47313First Run Features
53Casino Jack$5,650-27%102$565$1,039,86916IDP/ATO Pictures
54Circo$5,403--1--$5,403$5,4031First Run Features
55Orgasm Inc.$4,866-11%31$1,622$40,8548First Run Features
56Carancho$4,805-29%41$1,201$59,4448Strand Releasing
57Made in Dagenham$4,083-57%5-7$817$1,091,90120Sony Pictures Classics
58Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$3,563666%10$3,563$45,15421Film Desk
59Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,260-76%51$652$125,9365Strand Releasing
60Heartbeats$3,0583%96$340$52,7926IFC Films
61Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,032-75%3-3$1,011$84,09129Collective Eye
62All Good Things$2,871-30%3-3$957$578,38218Magnolia Pictures
63Galapagos$2,794-41%20$1,397$17,938,111597IMAX
64Kaboom$2,428-63%10-2$243$114,54610IFC Films
65Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,421527%42$605$194,58610Variance Films
66Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$2,101-58%4-8$525$1,348,2078Shorts International
67Wrecked$2,054--1--$2,054$2,0541IFC Films
68Black Death$1,688-22%2-1$844$19,8934Magnolia / Magnet
69Into Eternity$1,529-18%2-1$765$25,7369International Film Circuit
70My Dog Tulip$1,427-7%2-1$714$232,97531New Yorker Films
71Putty Hill$1,416-22%10$1,416$39,7627Cinema Guild
72The Human Resources Manager$1,151-81%2-3$576$49,3475Film Movement
73Cracks$1,085213%32$362$17,5953IFC Films
74Public Speaking$1,008--1--$1,008$42,3716Rialto
75Monogamy$846-78%3-1$282$20,2024Oscilloscope
76The Woodmans$772841%21$386$34,87511Lorber Films
77The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$725-87%2-8$363$47,3833China Lion Film
78Enemies of the People$59622%10$596$73,17136International Film Circuit
79Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$580-80%1-1$580$18,9094Indican Pictures
80Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$573--1--$573$68,09423Variance Films
81The Trouble with Terkel$500100%10$500$34,18854Indican
82Korkoro$352-71%10$352$2,3982Lorber Films
83Winter's Bone$31355%32$104$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions
84The Strange Case of Angelica$245-75%10$245$42,53914Cinema Guild