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. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$66,135,507--4,115--$16,072$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$31,603,106--3,049--$10,365$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$18,028,056-66%3,8160$4,724$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$12,028,092-44%3,42416$3,513$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,145,662-45%3,3423$3,036$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$6,680,480-44%2,633-742$2,537$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$5,574,179-45%2,755-705$2,023$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$5,260,290-26%2,031-542$2,590$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,928,925-26%2,244-498$2,196$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$4,173,144-54%2,527-942$1,651$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$4,171,047-15%951-87$4,386$28,270,6376Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,328,02614%215100$6,177$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
3Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$617,578-71%891-1633$693$13,447,5483Relativity Media
4Rio (2011)$532,1803%344-64$1,547$139,633,16311Fox
5Thor$511,300-55%404-471$1,266$177,223,3648Paramount
6Fast Five$508,335-42%458-271$1,110$207,752,2109Universal
7Water for Elephants$255,630-16%292-59$875$57,689,23210Fox
8Something Borrowed$226,13512%30391$746$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
9Soul Surfer$208,866-14%240-24$870$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$199,479242%1221$1,635$15,240,45610Disneynature
11The Lincoln Lawyer$137,259-31%189-31$726$57,626,05615Lionsgate
12The Art of Getting By$135,232-80%307-303$440$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
13Rango$116,786-21%156-32$749$123,010,65517Paramount
14Jumping the Broom$99,866-53%117-94$854$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
15Source Code$68,638-43%106-55$648$54,532,07313Summit
16Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$55,158-42%114-48$484$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$543,74748%950$5,724$1,256,1902Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$470,98133%7228$6,541$1,550,0554Focus
3Double Dhamaal$301,831--54--$5,589$301,8311Reliance Big Pictures
4Buck$291,503332%5450$5,398$386,7492IFC Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$225,9423%470$4,807$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Trip (2011)$155,327-12%388$4,088$530,1953IFC Films
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$142,275-41%75-41$1,897$4,423,2779IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$112,500-3%34-2$3,309$26,455,41967Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$97,043--24--$4,043$97,0431Abramorama
10Insidious$72,569-20%74-24$981$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
11Incendies$69,996-21%62-4$1,129$1,658,63410Sony Pictures Classics
12Turtle: The Incredible Journey$69,389--24--$2,891$69,3891Hannover House
13Beginning of the Great Revival$65,866--29--$2,271$65,8661China Lion Film
14A Better Life$62,087--4--$15,522$62,0871Summit
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$59,32113%110$5,393$3,236,297593D Entertainment
16The Double Hour$49,5145%30-9$1,650$1,238,72811IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Limitless$46,409-37%85-32$546$79,174,22415Relativity Media
18Page One: Inside the New York Times$45,24957%1715$2,662$87,3302Magnolia Pictures
19Submarine$42,103-28%26-2$1,619$288,9424Weinstein Company
20Hanna$40,222-31%59-32$682$40,201,35812Focus
21Under the Sea 3D$39,5200%15-1$2,635$28,912,741124Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Bride Flight$33,647-25%19-5$1,771$187,3433Music Box Films
23Jane Eyre (2011)$32,002-30%51-17$627$11,172,83116Focus
24The Names of Love$30,372--5--$6,074$30,3721Music Box Films
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$28,131-44%58-32$485$52,639,18014Fox
26Space Station 3D$25,61963948%20$12,810$83,811,972480IMAX
27Win Win$22,155-50%32-35$692$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
28Bill Cunningham New York$22,043-10%12-7$1,837$1,339,65015Zeitgeist Films
29Trollhunter$20,12551%94$2,236$52,5933Magnolia / Magnet
30Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$19,492-56%46-25$424$52,889,16310Lionsgate
31In a Better World$18,87181%21-3$899$882,00113Sony Pictures Classics
3213 Assassins$18,181-53%21-10$866$712,5179Magnolia / Magnet
33The Beaver$17,12838%6643$260$958,3198Summit
34Everything Must Go$15,636-46%33-22$474$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$15,377--1--$15,377$22,6981Abramorama
36Meek's Cutoff$15,236-44%17-13$896$876,30212Oscilloscope
37The Conspirator$13,426-44%25-19$537$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
38City of Life and Death$13,2930%94$1,477$73,0907Kino International
39The Last Mountain$13,008-36%6-1$2,168$83,1154Dada Films
40I Am (2011)$11,090-37%13-23$853$1,554,57119Paladin
41Rejoice and Shout$11,025251%53$2,205$41,5264Magnolia Pictures
42Viva Riva!$9,326154%52$1,865$31,5983Music Box Films
43Hobo with a Shotgun$9,25528%12-2$771$672,6488Magnolia / Magnet
44The First Grader$8,434-31%11-4$767$316,8197National Geographic
45L'Amour fou$8,320-16%13-1$640$298,7817IFC Films
46Queen to Play$7,290-24%4-5$1,823$344,81113Zeitgeist Films
47Winter in Wartime$7,101-31%10-4$710$517,03615Sony Pictures Classics
48Last Night (2010)$6,682113%51$1,336$108,7998Miramax / Tribeca
49Scream 4$6,406-55%18-21$356$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,922--1--$5,922$5,9221Rialto Pictures
51Of Gods and Men$5,827-17%7-10$832$3,954,65118Sony Pictures Classics
52If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$5,634--2--$2,817$13,7081Oscilloscope
53Beautiful Boy$5,609-64%4-4$1,402$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
54The Princess of Montpensier$5,30238%115$482$340,91711IFC Films
55Potiche$5,065-39%7-1$724$1,600,65814Music Box Films
56Pianomania$4,819--2--$2,410$8,3935First Run Features
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,620-41%6-4$770$212,64141Collective Eye
58My Perestroika$4,533-38%5-3$907$231,43414International Film Circuit
59How To Live Forever$4,351138%43$1,088$35,0607Variance Films
60Road to Nowhere$3,936-35%4-3$984$20,5983Monterey Media
61Small Town Murder Songs$3,74354%63$624$19,2595Monterey Media
62Farmageddon$3,013--1--$3,013$7,7122Undefined
63Leap Year (2011)$2,727--1--$2,727$2,7271Strand Releasing
64WAR: Women Art Revolution$2,554-36%40$639$29,9134Zeitgeist Films
65Battle for Brooklyn$2,253--1--$2,253$15,3032Rumur
66Poetry$1,856--2--$928$349,48320Kino International
67The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,850-50%6-3$308$621,95110Sony Pictures Classics
6835 and Ticking$1,831-45%10$1,831$75,5396Image Entertainment
69Kill the Irishman$1,73010%20$865$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
70Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,722-26%1-1$1,722$26,4887First Run Features
71Raw Faith$1,486--1--$1,486$1,4861Alive Mind Cinema
72Hesher$1,298-53%2-1$649$369,4437Wrekin Hill Entertainment
73Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,062-16%20$531$176,09117Strand Releasing
74The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$833-81%2-1$417$135,50513Lorber Films
75Blank City$792-68%1-1$792$106,82712Insurgent Releasing
76Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$761--2--$381$10,6637Strand Releasing
77Circo$749-56%20$375$67,82113First Run Features
78Film Socialisme$689-37%10$689$22,5214Lorber Films
79Into Eternity$640-68%1-1$640$52,05721International Film Circuit
80The Music Never Stopped$596119%2-1$298$250,00015Roadside Attractions
81Putty Hill$500--1--$500$48,13219Cinema Guild
82Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$251,56125First Run Features
83Octubre$284--1--$284$17,6988New Yorker Films
84Making The Boys$267-57%21$134$32,53716First Run Features
85Korkoro$240-74%1-1$240$7,81014Lorber Films
86The Robber$196-75%1-1$196$69,4899Kino International