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, Jun. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$55,101,604--3,641--$15,134$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$31,381,234-63%3,6150$8,681$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$23,887,914-50%3,95227$6,045$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$17,954,603-55%3,966-198$4,527$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$12,040,875-27%2,919-39$4,125$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$4,250,044-55%2,780-516$1,529$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$3,165,355-51%2,237-744$1,415$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,769,99244%14789$18,843$6,796,7313Sony Pictures Classics
2Something Borrowed$848,013-54%688-752$1,233$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
3Jumping the Broom$844,909-54%589-350$1,434$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
4Rio (2011)$738,518-59%691-981$1,069$136,690,3958Fox
5Water for Elephants$694,517-36%572-222$1,214$55,733,1957Fox
6Priest (2011)$376,365-79%583-1335$646$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$346,316-20%1224$2,839$3,253,7676IFC Films
8Rango$239,040-34%254-26$941$122,152,49414Paramount
9Source Code$234,874-27%288-11$816$53,850,55610Summit
10Soul Surfer$204,050-49%245-156$833$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$180,44911%160-26$1,128$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
12HOP$170,150-25%245-54$694$107,802,81010Universal
13Hanna$150,769-31%197-19$765$39,808,8089Focus
14Limitless$150,104-32%232-37$647$78,734,46512Relativity Media
15Everything Must Go$145,809-47%107-54$1,363$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$144,437-57%196-163$737$52,623,4387Lionsgate
17Win Win$124,838-36%14117$885$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$112,399-41%133-33$845$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$105,684-34%182-32$581$52,305,51211Fox
20Jane Eyre (2011)$100,817-37%128-15$788$10,867,43213Focus
21The Conspirator$86,697-44%110-27$788$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
22Scream 4$77,908-38%201-60$388$38,042,4858Weinstein Company
23Mars Needs Moms$55,432-43%100-28$554$21,275,65413Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$631,93569%2016$31,597$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Ready$460,238--97--$4,745$460,2381Eros International
3Born to Be Wild 3D$181,669-27%470$3,865$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$175,488-12%9018$1,950$1,179,6077Sony Pictures Classics
5Beginners$141,340--5--$28,268$141,3401Focus
6The Double Hour$121,367-26%6810$1,785$943,5808IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Hubble 3D$81,256-21%382$2,138$25,785,90164Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Meek's Cutoff$68,910-29%455$1,531$723,2479Oscilloscope
9Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$65,36667%110$5,942$2,906,723563D Entertainment
1013 Assassins$56,799-31%29-2$1,959$538,0156Magnolia / Magnet
11Gnomeo and Juliet$49,681-44%85-26$584$99,712,43517Disney
12The Beaver$48,595-54%68-41$715$873,9085Summit
13Arthur (2011)$46,211-46%62-15$745$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
14The First Grader$42,536-26%360$1,182$222,3604National Geographic
15Submarine$41,832--4--$10,458$41,8321Weinstein Company
16Empire of Silver$40,052--17--$2,356$40,0521NeoClassics Films
17I Am (2011)$38,590-54%42-12$919$1,447,32416Paladin
18Bill Cunningham New York$37,556-23%220$1,707$1,203,22312Zeitgeist Films
19Potiche$35,148-32%33-3$1,065$1,545,30711Music Box Films
20Under the Sea 3D$34,8121%19-2$1,832$28,653,213121Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Prom$32,599-71%39-59$836$9,933,1536Disney
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$30,552-54%80-123$382$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
23African Cats$30,039-60%72-75$417$14,868,1877Disneynature
24L'Amour fou$25,002-40%16-2$1,563$227,5774IFC Films
25In a Better World$21,670-43%324$677$788,69210Sony Pictures Classics
26Space Station 3D$18,415--2--$9,208$83,652,462477IMAX
27Of Gods and Men$18,338-48%29-8$632$3,893,41115Sony Pictures Classics
28The Princess of Montpensier$18,322-16%203$916$304,0098IFC Films
29The Last Mountain$17,570--2--$8,785$17,5701Dada Films
30Winter in Wartime$17,194-25%218$819$463,47612Sony Pictures Classics
31Queen to Play$16,644-36%10-1$1,664$304,82210Zeitgeist Films
32Beautiful Boy$16,162--4--$4,041$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
33Hobo with a Shotgun$12,888-39%14-7$921$627,4525Magnolia / Magnet
34Certified Copy$11,62850%124$969$1,324,19513IFC Films
35Hesher$8,606-71%6-5$1,434$348,1234Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$8,540-84%39-102$219$602,4797Sony Pictures Classics
37My Perestroika$7,025-15%121$585$204,50611International Film Circuit
38Rejoice and Shout$6,589--1--$6,589$6,5891Magnolia Pictures
39The King's Speech$6,499-44%16-2$406$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
40WAR: Women Art Revolution$5,791--2--$2,896$11,2331Zeitgeist Films
41Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,59049%4-2$1,398$174,99738Collective Eye
42Kill the Irishman$5,168-39%8-2$646$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
43Film Socialisme$4,526--1--$4,526$4,5261Lorber Films
44Tuesday, After Christmas$4,260-34%10$4,260$17,6892Lorber Films
45Blank City$4,1953%20$2,098$93,6679Insurgent Releasing
46City of Life and Death$3,914383%20$1,957$24,1634Kino International
47How To Live Forever$3,90344%20$1,952$22,1004Variance Films
4835 and Ticking$3,249-69%4-2$812$58,7373Image Entertainment
49Barney's Version$2,879-56%6-3$480$7,492,02721Sony Pictures Classics
50Small Town Murder Songs$2,81052%75$401$5,5152Monterey Media
51American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,529233%20$1,265$85,7459Variance Films
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,468411%21$1,234$114,21110Lorber Films
53Rubber$2,001-54%4-1$500$91,23510Magnolia / Magnet
54Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,931-40%50$386$169,50914Strand Releasing
55Nostalgia for the Light$1,918--1--$1,918$112,78812Icarus Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,890197%42$473$16,7164First Run Features
57Circo$1,736-68%21$868$63,01110First Run Features
58The Music Never Stopped$1,586-6%50$317$247,27912Roadside Attractions
59Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,5293%1-1$1,529$48,3027Variance Films
60Dumbstruck$1,415-39%10$1,415$15,0178Truly Indie
61Love, Wedding, Marriage$1,378--2--$689$1,3781IFC Films
62Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,340153%21$670$8,4424Strand Releasing
63Into Eternity$1,246-73%3-1$415$47,76418International Film Circuit
64Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$1,222--1--$1,222$11,53614Tostie Productions
65Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,0178%21$509$249,39322First Run Features
66Poetry$843-71%1-2$843$345,24017Kino International
67Biutiful$797-14%2-3$399$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions
68Skateland$71750%31$239$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
69The Salvation Poem$659-3%1-1$659$869,82734CanZion Films
70Pianomania$587-74%10$587$3,5742First Run Features
71Henry's Crime$578-51%10$578$101,8829Moving Pictures Film & Television
72Harvest$529-80%2-2$265$24,0735Monterey Media
73Carancho$326--1--$326$85,36317Strand Releasing
74Dum Maaro Dum$220-89%3-3$73$563,6997Fox Searchlight
75Armadillo$146--1--$146$10,3478Lorber Films
76Orgasm Inc.$101--1--$101$47,62217First Run Features
77The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$66-92%1-1$66$11,3744Argot Pictures