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. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$39,225,962--3,827--$10,250$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$18,692,090--3,305--$5,656$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$10,715,205-50%3,608-8$2,970$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$7,282,546-41%2,54510$2,862$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$7,268,502-31%2,2140$3,283$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$6,755,340-45%3,2760$2,062$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Insidious$6,744,623-28%2,233-186$3,020$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
8Source Code$6,209,058-28%2,557-414$2,428$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$4,019,710-57%2,7723$1,450$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$3,660,104-33%1,885-770$1,942$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$2,884,979-33%1,702-718$1,695$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,081,944-56%1,849-1032$1,126$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$3,506,602--707--$4,960$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$1,686,347--299--$5,640$1,686,3471Rocky Mountain
3Win Win$1,276,19611%384158$3,323$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
4Jane Eyre (2011)$993,232-14%27427$3,625$6,605,0356Focus
5Rango$715,526-69%976-1031$733$118,775,7317Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$624,468-28%2071$3,017$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sucker Punch$606,242-71%555-1200$1,092$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
8Battle: Los Angeles$507,452-67%554-854$916$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9Paul$485,080-72%536-1131$905$36,104,5005Universal
10Gnomeo and Juliet$407,89993%35571$1,149$97,767,31610Disney
11The Adjustment Bureau$356,615-59%348-435$1,025$60,735,1457Universal
12Just Go With It$270,6022%3266$830$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$254,196-49%315-360$807$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$245,653-58%189-37$1,300$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Hall Pass$234,838-12%333-33$705$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$170,928-38%275-90$622$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
17Red Riding Hood$126,735-75%248-529$511$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
18True Grit (2010)$104,950-50%177-86$593$170,938,57517Paramount
19Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$86,061-44%128-56$672$37,615,1519Fox
20Tangled$85,574-61%184-55$465$199,584,48421Disney
21Beastly$70,222-74%110-229$638$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$156,87413%6813$2,307$636,9804Music Box Films
2Of Gods and Men$152,437-16%982$1,555$2,996,0728Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$109,12914%33-8$3,307$24,187,79657Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thank You$85,872-65%71-21$1,209$392,1942UTV Communications
5Bill Cunningham New York$78,463-10%213$3,736$549,3235Zeitgeist Films
6Certified Copy$77,039-30%56-1$1,376$983,7626IFC Films
7The Salvation Poem$73,4281068%2111$3,497$801,02427CanZion Films
8In a Better World$72,12761%3018$2,404$182,9043Sony Pictures Classics
9I Am Number Four$66,052-33%80-65$826$54,152,7099Disney / DreamWorks
10Kill the Irishman$62,540-27%39-13$1,604$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
11The Green Hornet$54,246-47%95-66$571$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$47,150-18%11-2$4,286$2,211,846493D Entertainment
13Mars Needs Moms$41,154-65%99-127$416$20,781,9776Disney
14Under the Sea 3D$40,29341%14-5$2,878$28,084,100114Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Cedar Rapids$38,655-60%47-71$822$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
16Super$38,45633%2611$1,479$145,6853IFC Films
17Miral$33,956-38%26-3$1,306$304,9374Weinstein Company
18Barney's Version$30,271-30%50-17$605$7,400,65914Sony Pictures Classics
19The Double Hour$30,246--2--$15,123$30,2461IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Winter in Wartime$26,934-30%21-3$1,283$174,9885Sony Pictures Classics
21Drive Angry$25,179-58%71-55$355$10,706,7868Summit
22The Princess of Montpensier$23,456--3--$7,819$23,4561IFC Films
23Biutiful$22,586-40%32-6$706$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
24I Am (2011)$20,966-45%13-5$1,613$401,4069Paladin
25Black Swan$19,584-62%49-54$400$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
26Henry's Crime$18,494112%75$2,642$29,8002Moving Pictures Film & Television
27Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,571-49%35-34$502$72,772,10610Paramount
28The Company Men$15,273-31%20-12$764$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
29The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$15,06810%54$3,014$64,1033Lorber Films
30Meek's Cutoff$14,092-30%20$7,046$44,1622Oscilloscope
31My Perestroika$13,9988%53$2,800$90,7784International Film Circuit
32Queen to Play$13,353-44%93$1,484$90,1073Zeitgeist Films
33The Last Lions$12,22883%6143$200$607,8029National Geographic
34American: The Bill Hicks Story$12,056105%54$2,411$21,5812Variance Films
35Poetry$10,471-18%13-2$805$275,67010Kino International
36Blank City$9,184-34%10$9,184$41,3512Insurgent Releasing
37The Grace Card$8,416-56%18-21$468$2,428,2418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Rubber$8,2569%83$1,032$45,9043Magnolia / Magnet
39Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$7,272--9--$808$501,4649Vitagraph
40The Music Never Stopped$6,293-16%13-1$484$227,9105Roadside Attractions
41Take Me Home Tonight$6,193-83%42-60$147$6,923,8917Relativity Media
42The Illusionist (2010)$6,052-58%16-16$378$2,206,46217Sony Pictures Classics
43Another Year$5,806-37%13-3$447$3,191,23716Sony Pictures Classics
44Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,38192%3-1$1,794$138,2307Strand Releasing
45Trust (2011)$5,231-74%8-12$654$117,6233Millennium Entertainment
46Cold Weather$5,13314%102$513$141,35811IFC Films
47Blue Valentine (2010)$4,955-43%15-4$330$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
48Meet Monica Velour$4,440-40%42$1,110$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
49I Saw the Devil$4,277213%73$611$124,7787Magnolia / Magnet
50Circo$4,0705%21$2,035$18,9283First Run Features
51Armadillo$3,958--1--$3,958$3,9581Lorber Films
52Carancho$3,800850%43$950$66,13110Strand Releasing
53happythankyoumoreplease$2,965-58%4-5$741$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
54The Imperialists Are Still Alive!$2,832--1--$2,832$2,8321IFC Films
55Ceremony$2,801-60%30$934$11,6262Magnolia Pictures
56Heartbeats$2,784-11%6-3$464$62,9858IFC Films
57A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$2,421--1--$2,421$3,1151Film Movement
58Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,347-38%5-2$469$227,80315First Run Features
59Inside Job$2,177-45%4-11$544$4,306,23728Sony Pictures Classics
60Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,064-66%1-4$2,064$101,60131Collective Eye
61The Human Resources Manager$2,044--3--$681$52,3847Film Movement
62The Last Godfather$1,284-94%1-19$1,284$163,5913Roadside Attractions
63Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,214-62%2-1$607$202,25212Variance Films
64Dumbstruck$981--1--$981$9811Truly Indie
65Putty Hill$904-20%1-1$904$43,4679Cinema Guild
66Desert Flower$767-61%2-1$384$43,5845National Geographic
67Orgasm Inc.$500--1--$500$44,91610First Run Features
68The Strange Case of Angelica$489-8%1-1$489$43,88916Cinema Guild
69Korkoro$210-44%10$210$3,5044Lorber Films
70The Woodmans$202--1--$202$36,03613Lorber Films
71Bhutto$18313%10$183$99,23120First Run Features
72Winter's Bone$174-33%20$87$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions
73Marwencol$6255%10$62$111,60128Cinema Guild