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. 29 - Sun, May. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$86,198,765--3,644--$23,655$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$14,787,836-44%3,708-134$3,988$104,014,8513Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,860,929-61%2,2880$4,310$40,891,0432Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$9,342,413-45%2,8203$3,313$32,480,2142Fox
5Prom$4,712,638--2,730--$1,726$4,712,6381Disney
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,108,630--2,505--$1,640$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$3,367,867-38%2,010-230$1,676$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8Insidious$2,689,676-48%1,584-546$1,698$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
9HOP$2,683,720-78%3,176-440$845$105,403,2855Universal
10Source Code$2,509,824-51%1,645-718$1,526$48,887,1885Summit
11African Cats$2,403,808-60%1,2244$1,964$10,668,8292Disneynature
12Hanna$2,252,257-57%1,569-815$1,435$35,953,4704Focus
13Scream 4$2,179,521-69%2,221-1093$981$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$1,008,363-75%1,251-1519$806$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,102,851-50%697-152$1,582$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$1,098,447-59%838-525$1,311$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$789,202-56%719-501$1,098$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$754,779--875--$863$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$666,175-40%302-86$2,206$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Your Highness$629,125-63%402-1208$1,565$21,102,0704Universal
7Jane Eyre (2011)$511,827-31%294-25$1,741$8,739,7678Focus
8Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$468,573-47%371-94$1,263$3,947,8273Rocky Mountain
9The Adjustment Bureau$459,80586%27714$1,660$61,682,8859Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$382,659-59%503-425$761$51,001,8136Fox
11Paul$299,04023%224-21$1,335$36,943,0107Universal
12Gnomeo and Juliet$293,710-12%293-52$1,002$98,765,13612Disney
13Rango$253,026-34%277-280$913$119,931,7209Paramount
14I Am Number Four$138,096-25%1790$771$54,598,34111Disney / DreamWorks
15Red Riding Hood$132,495-29%209-99$634$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
16Just Go With It$127,588-36%199-66$641$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
17The King's Speech$117,338-40%185-49$634$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
18Beastly$89,9480%126-11$714$27,731,1329CBS Films
19Battle: Los Angeles$71,775-65%102-118$704$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
20Hall Pass$60,455-55%116-86$521$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
21Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$59,519-11%109-57$546$72,945,02912Paramount
22Unknown (2011)$45,176-50%101-61$447$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$298,578-55%69-139$4,327$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cave of Forgotten Dreams$139,101--5--$27,820$139,1011IFC Films
3I Am (2011)$128,850-1%4622$2,801$736,57011Paladin
4Potiche$119,266-21%716$1,680$1,040,1326Music Box Films
5Hubble 3D$110,188-26%363$3,061$24,809,28359Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Of Gods and Men$106,142-28%94-9$1,129$3,414,61310Sony Pictures Classics
7Dum Maaro Dum$92,332-72%93-8$993$483,9882Fox Searchlight
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$90,25767%110$8,205$2,512,742513D Entertainment
9The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$89,578-25%3618$2,488$240,8472Sony Pictures Classics
10In a Better World$71,255-2%410$1,738$395,9105Sony Pictures Classics
11Bill Cunningham New York$65,886-27%343$1,938$797,5007Zeitgeist Films
12Incendies$64,62228%107$6,462$133,6392Sony Pictures Classics
13The Double Hour$57,35291%75$8,193$144,9443IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$56,829-24%69-23$824$37,814,42811Fox
15Sucker Punch$56,218-80%74-170$760$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
16Certified Copy$47,937-15%44-1$1,089$1,151,8678IFC Films
1713 Assassins$45,854--4--$11,464$45,8541Magnolia / Magnet
18Kill the Irishman$40,62510%307$1,354$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
19Chalo Dilli$38,268--31--$1,234$38,2681Eros International
20Winter in Wartime$37,10822%150$2,474$272,1507Sony Pictures Classics
21The Princess of Montpensier$36,1390%198$1,902$126,4453IFC Films
22Super$35,695-26%380$939$268,8405IFC Films
23Exporting Raymond$35,292--13--$2,715$35,2921IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$35,209-70%45-44$782$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Meek's Cutoff$34,724-3%115$3,157$140,1944Oscilloscope
26Under the Sea 3D$29,582-40%184$1,643$28,255,789116Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Mars Needs Moms$22,277-28%52-26$428$20,888,8218Disney
28Henry's Crime$17,28264%83$2,160$70,7954Moving Pictures Film & Television
29Tangled$16,475-47%48-32$343$199,695,81123Disney
30Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$16,17530%100$1,618$542,64511Vitagraph
31Cedar Rapids$13,971-43%26-10$537$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
32Queen to Play$12,7301%60$2,122$130,2865Zeitgeist Films
33Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,60732%5-5$2,521$134,85533Collective Eye
34Rubber$11,133354%124$928$64,6755Magnolia / Magnet
35The Robber$11,084--5--$2,217$15,7651Kino International
36Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$10,244-10%95$1,138$25,9932Variance Films
37American: The Bill Hicks Story$10,142-38%7-4$1,449$65,7594Variance Films
38The Warring States$9,632-73%230$419$60,5252China Lion Film
39Sympathy For Delicious$9,448--2--$4,724$9,4481Maya Entertainment
40Stake Land$8,43716%54$1,687$18,4692IFC Films
41Biutiful$7,983-42%221$363$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
42The Company Men$7,582-6%150$505$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
43Barney's Version$7,146-58%21-3$340$7,446,98516Sony Pictures Classics
44Lebanon, PA$6,675--2--$3,338$6,6751Truly Indie
45Miral$5,826-71%10-10$583$360,2376Weinstein Company
46The Salvation Poem$5,697-71%8-5$712$849,14929CanZion Films
47The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,262-37%4-1$1,316$87,8645Lorber Films
48Meet Monica Velour$5,184415%10$5,184$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
49Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$4,458-24%3-3$1,486$154,0879Strand Releasing
50Making The Boys$4,160195%32$1,387$24,9918First Run Features
51Circo$3,767-45%3-1$1,256$36,8335First Run Features
52The Illusionist (2010)$3,289-29%10-2$329$2,227,54819Sony Pictures Classics
53Poetry$3,225-44%6-4$538$294,42312Kino International
54Blank City$3,117-35%10$3,117$64,4884Insurgent Releasing
55Carancho$3,110-52%52$622$78,83112Strand Releasing
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,085-1%20$1,543$23,599,042187National Geographic
57Thank You$2,897-89%7-13$414$462,6094UTV Communications
58The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,869-44%2-1$1,435$857,60339National Geographic
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,663197%21$1,332$235,76717First Run Features
60The Arbor$2,638--1--$2,638$3,5711Strand Releasing
61My Dog Tulip$2,545--2--$1,273$242,42635New Yorker Films
62Black Swan$1,570-72%8-12$196$106,952,32722Fox Searchlight
63Inside Job$1,458-41%3-5$486$4,311,83430Sony Pictures Classics
64Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,433931%21$717$204,38014Variance Films
65Ceremony$952-64%2-2$476$17,6574Magnolia Pictures
66Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$945--1--$945$44,92316Kino International
67A Somewhat Gentle Man$463-28%20$232$36,36816Strand Releasing
68The Music Never Stopped$344-83%4-2$86$234,7007Roadside Attractions
69Armadillo$255-84%10$255$10,0063Lorber Films
70Bhutto$162--2--$81$99,43922First Run Features
71The Last Lions$148-98%2-57$74$628,39311National Geographic
72The Strange Case of Angelica$118-85%10$118$45,58018Cinema Guild
73Desert Flower$66-35%10$66$44,3487National Geographic