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, Nov. 18 - Sun, Nov. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$138,122,261--4,061--$34,012$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$21,237,068--3,606--$5,889$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$12,351,959-62%3,1208$3,959$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$11,738,573-53%3,4380$3,414$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$10,804,311-56%3,415-488$3,164$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$7,105,045-44%2,942-428$2,415$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$5,928,120-47%1,94737$3,045$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,902,434-51%1,808-1067$1,605$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$1,710,692-58%1,367-1224$1,251$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$1,000,518-72%1,402-1374$714$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$861,189-68%1,218-997$707$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$553,871-70%702-1056$789$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$522,3524%10939$4,792$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Moneyball$512,387-52%409-404$1,253$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
4The Ides of March$460,272-51%298-398$1,545$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$430,493-57%517-388$833$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$423,554-22%173-26$2,448$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$384,642-20%180-3$2,137$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8The Help$297,70221%35779$834$168,231,63215Disney / DreamWorks
9The Skin I Live In$281,980-5%11322$2,495$2,107,9776Sony Pictures Classics
10The Way$275,281-17%137-34$2,009$3,038,8867Producers Distribution Agency
11Dolphin Tale$260,991-62%388-317$673$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
1250/50$231,891-54%185-239$1,253$34,244,2638Summit
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$215,819-57%170-499$1,270$19,548,5505Summit
14The Smurfs$212,934-33%252-17$845$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$200,035-36%301-54$665$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
16Rockstar$196,166-68%1120$1,751$911,0642Eros International
17Anonymous$176,612-70%179-303$987$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
18The Rum Diary$148,070-82%152-795$974$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
19Abduction$124,18574%18154$686$27,626,7199Lionsgate
20Johnny English Reborn$86,945-58%108-102$805$8,269,1055Universal
21Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,291-34%131-33$659$176,454,88516Fox
22RA. One$33,727-72%1890$178$2,496,8254Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,190,096--29--$41,038$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Melancholia$337,53031%5738$5,922$709,2122Magnolia Pictures
3The Lion King 3D$130,006-33%82-14$1,585$93,883,13610Disney
4Take Shelter$91,829-23%74-8$1,241$1,359,7088Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$79,713-32%490$1,627$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$61,775-41%46-29$1,343$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$47,494-42%91-39$522$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
8Hubble 3D$45,121-18%20-2$2,256$29,725,66688Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Into the Abyss$42,519-11%2715$1,575$110,8932IFC Films
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,399-27%70-2$534$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
11Cars 2$35,637-47%86-15$414$191,382,06022Disney
12Midnight in Paris$34,691-25%36-2$964$55,600,12827Sony Pictures Classics
13Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$31,91464%156$2,128$133,3325Submarine Deluxe
14Sarah's Key$31,913-68%52-110$614$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
15Le Havre$29,627-24%13-4$2,279$198,8685Janus Films
16The Big Year$27,962-14%59-24$474$7,121,2456Fox
17The Guard$26,118-25%22-7$1,187$5,244,46717Sony Pictures Classics
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$25,423-53%78-7$326$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
19Eames: The Architect and the Painter$24,481--6--$4,080$29,8921First Run Features
20The Women on the 6th Floor$23,6878%153$1,579$310,3407Strand Releasing
21Under the Sea 3D$21,992-19%110$1,999$30,092,387145Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Mighty Macs$19,564-64%28-33$699$1,864,9525Quaker Media
23Mozart's Sister$16,609-26%224$755$600,61614Music Box Films
24Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,25330%32$3,751$23,7182Variance Films
25What's Your Number?$11,208-50%25-38$448$14,008,1938Fox
26Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$9,719-26%13-5$748$817,73520International Film Circuit
27The Conquest$9,592-41%82$1,199$155,0842Music Box Films
28Weekend$9,325-27%11-6$848$455,4599IFC Films
29Young Goethe In Love$8,80073%30$2,933$45,7083Music Box Films
30Shark Night 3D$8,558-46%27-2$317$18,872,52212Relativity Media
31Another Happy Day$8,464--2--$4,232$8,4641Phase 4 Films
32I Don't Know How She Does It$8,028-72%38-45$211$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
33Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,678-7%9-1$853$4,383,255803D Entertainment
34Tyrannosaur$7,635--5--$1,527$7,6351Strand Releasing
35The Whale$7,254469%54$1,451$45,64311Paladin
36Tomboy (2011)$7,078--1--$7,078$9,1181Dada Films
37The Other F Word$6,8216%63$1,137$36,7693Oscilloscope
38Laugh at My Pain$6,435-2%11-2$585$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
39Love Crime$6,33339%111$576$529,10312IFC Films
40Inni$6,182-59%6-1$1,030$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
41Garbo: The Spy$5,593--1--$5,593$5,5931First Run Features
42Revenge of the Electric Car$5,505-79%3-8$1,835$113,1055Area23a
43The Man Nobody Knew$5,310-19%3-3$1,770$137,9959First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$4,974542%32$1,658$29,6867Docurama Films
45The Mill and the Cross$4,657-61%9-1$517$241,00210Kino Lorber
46Blackthorn$4,332-16%60$722$158,8717Magnolia Pictures
47Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$4,140-27%5-5$828$225,50212Music Box Films
48Machine Gun Preacher$3,51467%197$185$531,5959Relativity Media
49Urbanized$3,476--1--$3,476$33,6424Undefined
50The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$2,830--4--$708$27,2691Music Box Films
513 (2010)$2,545737%54$509$56,61610Strand Releasing
52Amigo$2,416187%41$604$170,17214Variance Films
53Senna$2,333-39%2-1$1,167$1,607,37015Producers Distribution Agency
54Our Idiot Brother$2,211-70%6-6$369$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
55London Boulevard$2,077-39%10$2,077$6,9112IFC Films
56Rid of Me$2,070--1--$2,070$2,0701Submarine Entertainment
57Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,040-16%70$291$222,0118Magnolia / Magnet
58My Reincarnation$1,976-16%20$988$24,6624Long Shot Factory
59Breakaway$1,946-85%3-3$649$1,880,2998Alliance Films
60El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,695-56%2-1$848$170,67817Alive Mind Cinema
61Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,38486%87$173$489,08412Indomina Media
62Farmageddon$1,240--1--$1,240$52,91623Undefined
63The Names of Love$1,197-30%1-1$1,197$512,66822Music Box Films
64Happy, Happy$1,043-49%3-1$348$44,94710Magnolia Pictures
65Apollo 18$1,016-87%5-13$203$17,686,92912Weinstein Company
66Littlerock$892--1--$892$15,20715Variance Films
67Life, Above All$718-57%1-5$718$134,07819Sony Pictures Classics
68Higher Ground$656-85%6-11$109$828,63813Sony Pictures Classics
69Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$440--1--$440$43,21415Lorber Films
70Circumstance$432-72%2-3$216$441,40413Roadside Attractions
71Special Treatment$344--1--$344$8,85613First Run Features
72OKA!$280--1--$280$12,7026Dada Films
73Restless (2011)$237-52%2-2$119$160,22910Sony Pictures Classics
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$81-95%1-2$81$33,17110International Film Circuit
75The Future$25-93%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions