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. 26 - Sun, Aug. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,536,118-27%2,77888$5,233$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$10,408,176--2,614--$3,982$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,867,741-45%3,346-125$2,650$148,674,0184Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,525,728--2,760--$3,089$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
5Our Idiot Brother$7,011,631--2,555--$2,744$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,007,180-48%3,30510$1,818$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$4,754,766-39%2,861-196$1,662$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,185,094-68%3,0150$1,056$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,108,178-35%1,577-363$1,971$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$3,103,227-62%3,1140$997$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
1130 Minutes or Less$2,687,165-58%2,071-817$1,298$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,564,370-43%1,328-410$1,931$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
13Final Destination 5$2,555,039-67%2,085-1070$1,225$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
14One Day$2,516,061-50%1,7254$1,459$9,789,5232Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$2,377,475-44%1,559-654$1,525$93,523,9605Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$2,248,438-45%1,424-564$1,579$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$1,202,440-57%904-729$1,330$34,495,5754Universal
2Midnight in Paris$743,59435%652394$1,140$51,643,08115Sony Pictures Classics
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$640,2536%51834$1,236$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
4Horrible Bosses$639,246-50%465-290$1,375$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$634,242-18%27271$2,332$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
6The Guard$384,699-8%10724$3,595$1,777,9005Sony Pictures Classics
7Super 8$305,078200%242156$1,261$126,049,18712Paramount
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$261,040-14%239-35$1,092$67,029,42711Fox
9Zookeeper$242,766-40%225-145$1,079$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
10Green Lantern (2011)$234,313-30%222-20$1,055$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$234,298-33%233-64$1,006$187,360,98610Disney
12Winnie the Pooh$232,42931%37278$625$26,067,1037Disney
13Bridesmaids$227,555-19%222-22$1,025$168,048,76016Universal
14Friends With Benefits$213,321-60%214-199$997$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
15Kung Fu Panda 2$209,698-26%194-43$1,081$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$193,513-27%211-20$917$240,461,92415Disney
17Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$184,627-90%223-1759$828$11,686,3613Fox
18X-Men: First Class$113,522-14%110-36$1,032$146,123,66713Fox
19The Hangover Part II$65,646-50%128-65$513$254,302,05614Warner Bros.
20Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$9,257-74%1000$93$3,076,2267Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Senna$207,14630%2814$7,398$545,1813Producers Distribution Agency
2Born to Be Wild 3D$159,828-23%490$3,262$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Whistleblower$120,846-20%6824$1,777$602,5774IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Bad Teacher$100,214-6%75-25$1,336$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
5Another Earth$95,815-33%947$1,019$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$92,324-38%78-5$1,184$1,178,0565Lionsgate
7The Tree of Life$82,015-32%971$846$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
8Nothing to Declare$72,180--25--$2,887$72,1801Entertainment One Films
9Hubble 3D$66,602-29%301$2,220$28,492,09676Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Monte Carlo$56,821-19%91-16$624$22,900,5359Fox
11Attack the Block$56,813-32%30-14$1,894$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
12Buck$55,785-25%65-13$858$3,795,02211IFC Films
13Point Blank$44,658-41%29-7$1,540$381,0675Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$43,54921%100$4,355$4,074,023683D Entertainment
15Circumstance$43,318--7--$6,188$43,3181Roadside Attractions
16The Trip (2011)$39,464-39%481$822$1,907,98712IFC Films
17The Names of Love$38,774-11%221$1,762$378,88710Music Box Films
18Sur le Rythme$36,090-72%37-35$975$833,1803Entertainment One Films
19Brighton Rock (2011)$32,774--12--$2,731$32,7741IFC Films
20Beginners$31,144-45%50-19$623$5,707,60013Focus
21Aarakshan$29,586--36--$822$629,3253Reliance Big Pictures
22Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$28,295-6%173$1,664$431,8628International Film Circuit
23The Future$26,840-57%22-9$1,220$398,8295Roadside Attractions
24Rio (2011)$22,988-40%39-29$589$143,597,19920Fox
25Higher Ground$21,495--3--$7,165$21,4951Sony Pictures Classics
26Under the Sea 3D$21,052-37%10-1$2,105$29,702,827133Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Le Sens de l'humour$20,958-51%18-22$1,164$3,238,4678Alliance Films
283D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$20,056-52%9-1$2,228$97,6783China Lion Film
29Redemption Road$19,152--26--$737$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
30The Interrupters$17,87448%108$1,787$88,3185Cinema Guild
31Mozart's Sister$17,737-48%70$2,534$73,5862Music Box Films
32Evidence of a Haunting$16,800--10--$1,680$16,8001Nocturnal Features
33Tabloid$16,262-31%262$625$615,3657IFC Films
34Terri$15,198-33%213$724$601,0349IDP/ATO Pictures
35Amigo$14,637-61%7-3$2,091$69,1422Variance Films
36Incendies$11,97162%84$1,496$6,828,59319Sony Pictures Classics
37Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$11,822-42%15-22$788$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
38A Better Life$10,735-53%31-34$346$1,754,31910Summit
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,785-73%10-24$779$1,127,4488Sony Pictures Classics
40Project Nim$7,780-34%164$486$347,1648Roadside Attractions
41Magic Trip$7,6021%6-4$1,267$74,7484Magnolia Pictures
42Bellflower$7,502-54%7-1$1,072$101,2364Oscilloscope
43Bride Flight$6,8648%100$686$470,22412Music Box Films
44Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$6,457--7--$922$461,8085Viva Entertainment
45The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,461--6--$910$67,91610Rialto Pictures
46WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,9869%20$2,493$41,67813Zeitgeist Films
47Life, Above All$4,475-32%51$895$90,3567Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,173-31%53$835$87,3885Alive Mind Cinema
49Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$4,092--2--$2,046$4,0921Undefined
50Insidious$4,0630%7-2$580$53,991,13722FilmDistrict
51Gun Hill Road$3,959-72%3-2$1,320$119,5674Motion Film Group
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,928-48%30$1,309$355,89310Hannover House
53The Family Tree$3,658--2--$1,829$3,6581Entertainment One U.S.
54Circo$3,597--1--$3,597$77,46622First Run Features
55Farmageddon$3,547--3--$1,182$24,85411Undefined
56The Tree$3,473116%64$579$32,2437Zeitgeist Films
57CornerStore$3,416-54%20$1,708$32,3403Undefined
58Pianomania$2,776921%21$1,388$24,81414First Run Features
59Life in a Day$2,708-57%5-5$542$210,0325National Geographic
60Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,685203%1-1$2,685$265,07810Abramorama
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,676-77%5-11$535$1,028,69311Magnolia Pictures
62Jig$2,62690%10$2,626$163,67511Screen Media Films
63Griff the Invisible$2,578-49%4-2$645$11,2912Indomina Media
64The Last Circus$2,284-52%21$1,142$10,1512Magnolia / Magnet
65Vito Bonafacci$2,255--1--$2,255$5,28217CAVU Pictures
665 Days of War$1,524-76%1-1$1,524$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
67The Conspirator$1,387-7%3-1$462$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
68Trollhunter$1,314-45%4-1$329$243,75712Magnolia / Magnet
69The Perfect Host$1,100-71%2-8$550$46,2869Magnolia Pictures
70Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,095-55%1-2$1,095$187,62610Abramorama
71Rejoice and Shout$888-52%50$178$100,11913Magnolia Pictures
72Everything Must Go$842-70%3-1$281$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions
73The Little Traitor$833--1--$833$401,53890Westchester Films
74City of Life and Death$791--1--$791$104,59616Kino International
75Summer (2011 re-issue)$732-9%20$366$30,46812The Film Desk
76Singham$721--4--$180$349,7106Reliance Big Pictures
77Trigun: Badlands Rumble$698--2--$349$62,0278Eleven Arts
78Special Treatment$678--1--$678$6781First Run Features
79Mysteries of Lisbon$677-89%21$339$57,9084Music Box Films
80Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$671-90%1-1$671$32,0143Lorber Films
81The Arbor$66616%32$222$21,26818Strand Releasing
82Viva Riva!$643-73%1-1$643$57,92512Music Box Films
83The Salvation Poem$618--1--$618$914,81846CanZion Films
84The Sleeping Beauty$502-68%10$502$27,8858Strand Releasing
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$488--3--$163$151,88022Lorber Films
86Bill Cunningham New York$437-40%10$437$1,477,76024Zeitgeist Films
87The Woodmans$354-28%10$354$38,33032Lorber Films
88Leap Year (2011)$321-70%10$321$12,15610Strand Releasing
89In a Better World$277-54%1-1$277$1,006,52622Sony Pictures Classics
90Road to Nowhere$182-50%20$91$40,02712Monterey Media
91My Perestroika$150-30%10$150$241,28923International Film Circuit
92Queen to Play$149-66%10$149$478,57222Zeitgeist Films
93The Robber$74-88%10$74$81,27718Kino International
94Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-95%1-2$72$240,41750Collective Eye
95The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$50-90%10$50$638,47619Sony Pictures Classics