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. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$35,451,168--3,379--$10,492$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$24,128,986-56%3,69251$6,535$98,023,3352Fox
3The Hangover Part II$17,667,329-44%3,67560$4,807$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$16,543,166-31%3,929-23$4,211$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,945,764-39%3,433-533$3,188$208,873,2584Disney
6Bridesmaids$10,066,290-16%2,9223$3,445$123,815,8655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,076,859--2,524--$2,408$6,076,8591Relativity Media
8Thor$2,435,215-43%1,782-998$1,367$173,664,7236Paramount
9Fast Five$1,727,330-45%1,329-908$1,300$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$5,830,723110%944797$6,177$13,909,1964Sony Pictures Classics
2Rio (2011)$670,101-9%527-164$1,272$137,780,8299Fox
3Water for Elephants$478,835-31%466-106$1,028$56,599,7948Fox
4Something Borrowed$464,296-45%366-322$1,269$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
5Jumping the Broom$458,349-46%365-224$1,256$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
6Soul Surfer$295,37145%31772$932$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$261,390-25%1231$2,125$3,727,3697IFC Films
8Rango$176,672-26%220-34$803$122,474,57915Paramount
9Source Code$173,626-26%248-40$700$54,162,13211Summit
10Insidious$136,696-24%134-26$1,020$53,235,90111FilmDistrict
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$120,099293%182102$660$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
12Priest (2011)$115,668-69%169-414$684$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
13Limitless$109,347-27%166-66$659$78,935,46713Relativity Media
14HOP$106,385-37%190-55$560$108,012,17011Universal
15Hanna$98,902-34%147-50$673$39,997,22310Focus
16The Lincoln Lawyer$84,670-25%101-32$838$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Win Win$76,654-39%100-41$767$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
18Prom$75,613132%141102$536$10,019,5947Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$75,462-48%112-84$674$52,764,4898Lionsgate
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$74,731-29%117-65$639$52,459,14412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$827,00931%4727$17,596$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$243,05972%1914$12,793$453,3292Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$205,42013%470$4,371$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ready$190,097-59%970$1,960$781,8552Eros International
5Incendies$132,144-25%85-5$1,555$1,388,4188Sony Pictures Classics
6Hubble 3D$93,65915%380$2,465$25,983,88965Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Double Hour$88,120-27%53-15$1,663$1,082,5549IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Trip (2011)$77,904--6--$12,984$77,9041IFC Films
9Everything Must Go$66,215-55%87-20$761$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$63,016-37%90-38$700$11,007,28114Focus
11Submarine$55,84834%1713$3,285$117,7672Weinstein Company
12Bride Flight$54,044--19--$2,844$54,0441Music Box Films
13The Conspirator$44,376-49%66-44$672$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$42,816-34%110$3,892$3,001,697573D Entertainment
15Meek's Cutoff$42,121-39%41-4$1,027$794,07510Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$40,64917%190$2,139$28,734,775122Warner Bros. / IMAX
1713 Assassins$38,426-32%26-3$1,478$608,6487Magnolia / Magnet
18Scream 4$37,465-52%80-121$468$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
19In a Better World$27,91229%331$846$830,48111Sony Pictures Classics
20Bill Cunningham New York$27,529-27%19-3$1,449$1,256,21313Zeitgeist Films
21The First Grader$26,052-39%30-6$868$270,1715National Geographic
22Gnomeo and Juliet$22,553-55%43-42$524$99,776,51018Disney
23Mars Needs Moms$22,480-59%53-47$424$21,345,45414Disney
24I Am (2011)$20,860-46%36-6$579$1,495,84417Paladin
25African Cats$16,725-44%39-33$429$14,912,4328Disneynature
26Of Gods and Men$16,192-12%26-3$623$3,921,81516Sony Pictures Classics
27The Beaver$15,633-68%46-22$340$914,1256Summit
28The Salvation Poem$13,8021994%3534$394$883,71235CanZion Films
29L'Amour fou$13,460-46%160$841$260,7255IFC Films
30Potiche$12,422-65%16-17$776$1,574,60612Music Box Films
31Hobo with a Shotgun$11,583-10%151$772$643,6556Magnolia / Magnet
32The Last Mountain$11,515-34%31$3,838$33,7232Dada Films
33Viva Riva!$10,314--3--$3,438$10,3141Music Box Films
34The Princess of Montpensier$9,546-48%11-9$868$325,1989IFC Films
35Winter in Wartime$8,765-49%16-5$548$483,79413Sony Pictures Classics
36Rejoice and Shout$8,53630%65$1,423$18,6352Magnolia Pictures
37City of Life and Death$7,76998%31$2,590$34,2295Kino International
38The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$6,939181%42$1,735$122,79911Lorber Films
39Queen to Play$6,856-59%6-4$1,143$318,45611Zeitgeist Films
4035 and Ticking$6,663105%1-3$6,663$67,3934Image Entertainment
41Beautiful Boy$5,603-65%40$1,401$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
42Trollhunter$5,585--1--$5,585$5,5851Magnolia / Magnet
43Rubber$5,450172%40$1,363$98,01711Magnolia / Magnet
44My Perestroika$5,358-24%9-3$595$213,55112International Film Circuit
45Summer (2011 re-issue)$4,957--1--$4,957$5,3491The Film Desk
46Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,680-16%40$1,170$183,69239Collective Eye
47Film Socialisme$4,5911%32$1,530$14,2572Lorber Films
48Blank City$4,144-1%31$1,381$99,30310Insurgent Releasing
49Barney's Version$4,13644%5-1$827$7,497,87122Sony Pictures Classics
50The Robber$3,861--3--$1,287$65,2357Kino International
51Certified Copy$3,807-67%5-7$761$1,337,38414IFC Films
52Hesher$3,689-57%3-3$1,230$358,1355Wrekin Hill Entertainment
53Small Town Murder Songs$3,66931%6-1$612$9,8893Monterey Media
54Kill the Irishman$3,424-34%5-3$685$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
55Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$3,33677%40$834$20,0935First Run Features
56The King's Speech$3,136-52%15-1$209$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
57Nostalgia for the Light$2,93653%21$1,468$117,60013Icarus Films
58How To Live Forever$2,765-29%20$1,383$26,9585Variance Films
59Road to Nowhere$2,521--3--$840$4,9841Monterey Media
60American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,217-12%20$1,109$90,27510Variance Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,1853211%32$728$13,8035Argot Pictures
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,340-84%10-29$134$611,3408Sony Pictures Classics
63WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,277-78%20$639$19,8532Zeitgeist Films
64Making The Boys$1,154--1--$1,154$29,71314First Run Features
65Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,109--1--$1,109$60,56352The Film Desk
66Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,082-29%10$1,082$48,3988Variance Films
67Poetry$8855%10$885$347,19518Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$838-57%1-4$838$172,64515Strand Releasing
69Into Eternity$804-35%2-1$402$49,08719International Film Circuit
70Tuesday, After Christmas$754-82%21$377$20,6663Lorber Films
71The Music Never Stopped$533-66%2-3$267$248,47013Roadside Attractions
72A Beautiful Life$465--1--$465$66,0604China Lion Film
73The Strange Case of Angelica$383--1--$383$48,78224Cinema Guild
74Circo$302-83%20$151$64,33711First Run Features