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, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$54,806,191--3,648--$15,024$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$20,702,415-42%3,3950$6,098$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$15,729,455-57%3,7544$4,190$67,349,5202Universal
4The Change-Up$13,531,115--2,913--$4,645$13,531,1151Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$13,021,922-49%3,620-95$3,597$143,203,9673Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,445,031-43%3,175-970$3,920$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,017,146-37%3,0200$3,979$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$4,687,883-49%2,398-528$1,955$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$4,583,252-36%2,025-485$2,263$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,086,145-49%1,854-750$1,665$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$2,168,776-50%1,724-694$1,258$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$1,222,836-48%926-837$1,321$184,807,3307Disney
2Midnight in Paris$981,867-15%399-72$2,461$48,486,54112Sony Pictures Classics
3Winnie the Pooh$806,782-55%716-916$1,127$24,440,6284Disney
4Bridesmaids$555,400-35%374-110$1,485$166,499,06513Universal
5Kung Fu Panda 2$500,339-24%290-29$1,725$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$448,837119%274108$1,638$239,048,69812Disney
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$407,111-13%327-85$1,245$65,426,9698Fox
8X-Men: First Class$369,56829%236-18$1,566$145,292,35110Fox
9Bad Teacher$341,825-59%350-415$977$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part II$293,159-27%303-43$968$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$254,955-23%170-26$1,500$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
12Buck$190,3566%12615$1,511$3,309,0098IFC Films
13Beginners$183,659-21%126-21$1,458$5,344,57810Focus
14Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$182,337-48%1000$1,823$2,855,6734Eros International
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$177,931-3%11623$1,534$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$170,049-44%174-151$977$125,316,7999Paramount
17Larry Crowne$161,445-39%229-106$705$35,398,4856Universal
18Rio (2011)$138,837-25%139-35$999$143,323,28117Fox
19Monte Carlo$128,574-5%141-27$912$22,516,0996Fox
20Green Lantern (2011)$110,292-40%108-27$1,021$114,570,3848Warner Bros.
21Thor$109,104-47%141-49$774$180,825,65114Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$547,88349%6734$8,177$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$228,420-7%490$4,662$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$198,436106%3328$6,013$342,1512Lionsgate
4The Guard$192,336150%1915$10,123$307,5092Sony Pictures Classics
5Another Earth$170,55856%5535$3,101$452,7793Fox Searchlight
6The Trip (2011)$123,04024%605$2,051$1,596,6689IFC Films
7Le Sens de l'humour$111,893-31%61-8$1,834$2,875,5075Alliance Films
8Hubble 3D$110,399-6%324$3,450$27,916,55973Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$89,577-29%16-2$5,599$309,6492Viva Entertainment
10The Future$85,841216%1817$4,769$128,1422Roadside Attractions
11Attack the Block$77,741-44%80$9,718$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
12Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$77,477-34%38-5$2,039$941,2865Sony Pictures Classics
13The Whistleblower$61,002--7--$8,715$61,0021IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Fast Five$58,055-58%86-39$675$209,805,00515Universal
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$50,83943%80$6,355$268,9735International Film Circuit
16Point Blank$47,55016%93$5,283$109,6772Magnolia / Magnet
17Tabloid$45,813-38%27-10$1,697$478,3134IFC Films
18Under the Sea 3D$45,656-14%141$3,261$29,484,993130Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$44,0185%111$4,002$3,835,352653D Entertainment
20A Better Life$40,980-47%74-34$554$1,664,3397Summit
21Page One: Inside the New York Times$40,055-33%43-9$932$957,2198Magnolia Pictures
22Gun Hill Road$37,963--3--$12,654$37,9631Motion Film Group
23Life in a Day$35,839-21%198$1,886$152,2312National Geographic
24Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,189-1%28-4$1,257$5,164,55315IFC Films
25Terri$34,203-13%17-7$2,012$505,4476IDP/ATO Pictures
26Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,103-56%88-73$319$14,959,1599Relativity Media
27Project Nim$23,500-26%210$1,119$270,1235Roadside Attractions
28Bellflower$22,279--2--$11,140$22,2791Oscilloscope
29Turtle: The Incredible Journey$22,17084%158$1,478$311,4547Hannover House
30Incendies$19,287-5%15-7$1,286$6,779,97516Sony Pictures Classics
31Bride Flight$18,452-26%190$971$430,3859Music Box Films
32Passione: A Musical Adventure$16,18853%52$3,238$158,8217Abramorama
33Water for Elephants$15,428-38%24-17$643$58,700,24716Fox
34Magic Trip$14,367--4--$3,592$14,3671Magnolia Pictures
35The Double Hour$13,439-25%16-1$840$1,480,97717IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,308--2--$6,154$12,3081Music Box Films
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,149-5%10$12,149$44,1722Alive Mind Cinema
38Insidious$11,840-41%26-15$455$53,966,56919FilmDistrict
3935 and Ticking$11,2391868%53$2,248$106,33912Image Entertainment
40In a Better World$9,922-14%12-3$827$979,49419Sony Pictures Classics
41Life, Above All$8,67388%127$723$66,9614Sony Pictures Classics
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,58711%31$2,862$32,6053IFC Films
43Jig$8,420--4--$2,105$147,9598Screen Media Films
44Gerry (2011)$7,585--5--$1,517$1,955,1198Entertainment One Films
45Trollhunter$7,409-2%164$463$217,7189Magnolia / Magnet
46The Perfect Host$5,306117%51$1,061$32,4976Magnolia Pictures
47Queen to Play$4,858-30%5-1$972$468,92019Zeitgeist Films
48Salvation Boulevard$4,823197%31$1,608$22,3954IFC Films
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,78629%30$1,595$55,8797Rialto Pictures
50Delhi Belly$4,567-51%6-1$761$1,531,7576UTV Communications
51Meek's Cutoff$4,224-53%4-3$1,056$970,10318Oscilloscope
52Singham$3,937-94%9-30$437$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
53The Interrupters$3,557-55%21$1,779$16,0842Cinema Guild
54Bill Cunningham New York$3,421-34%4-1$855$1,459,80721Zeitgeist Films
55The Last Mountain$3,296276%31$1,099$115,97710Dada Films
56Everything Must Go$3,133-3%80$392$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
57Protektor$2,968--2--$1,484$2,9681Film Movement
58Submarine$2,822-73%10-9$282$459,23510Weinstein Company
59Rejoice and Shout$2,668198%52$534$92,47010Magnolia Pictures
60Poetry$2,064--1--$2,064$353,71426Kino International
61Pianomania$1,923469%21$962$17,41311First Run Features
62Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,832--3--$611$258,1237Abramorama
63Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,822295%32$607$20,01913Strand Releasing
64The Robber$1,70613%10$1,706$77,31015Kino International
65If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,62721%41$407$55,7317Oscilloscope
6613 Assassins$1,555-35%4-3$389$794,69815Magnolia / Magnet
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,376130%10$1,376$183,60523Strand Releasing
68Road to Nowhere$1,26926%1-1$1,269$37,0079Monterey Media
69The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,235-71%3-6$412$636,92816Sony Pictures Classics
70City of Life and Death$1,217--2--$609$99,07013Kino International
71The Arbor$1,214498%21$607$18,68515Strand Releasing
72The Salvation Poem$1,177-76%2-11$589$913,61743CanZion Films
73Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,058--1--$1,058$55,6285Eleven Arts
74Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$896--1--$896$47,74130Kino International
75Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$724-26%20$362$233,83847Collective Eye
76Hobo with a Shotgun$717-67%3-1$239$703,00214Magnolia / Magnet
77The Tree$498-76%2-1$249$20,1154Zeitgeist Films
78Good Neighbors$459-84%2-1$230$5,2382Magnolia Pictures
79Rapt$407-67%10$407$30,6885Lorber Films
80Into Eternity$300--1--$300$55,03727International Film Circuit
81Small Town Murder Songs$253--1--$253$30,19711Monterey Media
82The Conspirator$234-54%2-1$117$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions
83The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$214-88%10$214$25,93013Argot Pictures
84The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$124-57%10$124$150,29919Lorber Films