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. 25 - Sun, Nov. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$41,683,574-70%4,0665$10,252$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$29,239,026--3,440--$8,500$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$13,397,346-37%3,6115$3,710$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$12,068,931--3,376--$3,575$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$11,364,505--1,277--$8,899$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$10,000,142-15%3,029-409$3,301$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$8,875,905-28%2,677-443$3,316$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$7,511,036-30%3,005-410$2,500$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$7,174,6151%2,474-468$2,900$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$4,975,172-16%1,910-37$2,605$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$7,345,720517%433404$16,965$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,750,507--244--$7,174$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,594,054-45%875-933$1,822$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$775,107-55%457-910$1,696$35,050,9345Fox
5Desi Boyz$702,325--103--$6,819$702,3251Eros International
6Like Crazy$425,116-19%15041$2,834$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
7Real Steel$330,377-40%262-440$1,261$83,181,0498Disney / DreamWorks
8The Help$311,0764%283-74$1,099$168,753,48016Disney / DreamWorks
9Margin Call$293,728-31%139-34$2,113$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
10Footloose (2011)$288,787-66%384-834$752$50,833,8677Paramount
11Moneyball$285,687-44%187-222$1,528$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 3$275,373-72%355-1047$776$103,245,7706Paramount
13The Ides of March$254,648-45%159-139$1,602$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
14The Smurfs$239,51112%248-4$966$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$229,8306%22454$1,026$19,908,9286Summit
16Courageous$209,123-51%211-306$991$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
17The Way$205,441-25%101-36$2,034$3,374,4938Producers Distribution Agency
1850/50$197,651-15%21025$941$34,554,7819Summit
19Dolphin Tale$185,854-29%216-172$860$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$176,158-54%113-67$1,559$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
21Contagion$155,298-22%218-83$712$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
22Abduction$132,2817%163-18$812$27,840,89410Lionsgate
23Rise of the Planet of the Apes$77,065-11%103-28$748$176,585,29717Fox
24Rockstar$35,787-82%1120$320$972,2543Eros International
25RA. One$2,303-93%1890$12$2,509,1505Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Melancholia$329,622-2%9538$3,470$1,200,5993Magnolia Pictures
2The Artist$204,878--4--$51,220$204,8781Weinstein Company
3The Skin I Live In$184,737-34%91-22$2,030$2,420,4027Sony Pictures Classics
4A Dangerous Method$167,953--4--$41,988$226,6851Sony Pictures Classics
5The Lion King 3D$105,747-19%68-14$1,555$94,067,82911Disney
6Drive (2011)$93,34451%9347$1,004$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,02212%490$1,817$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$71,20158%211$3,391$29,860,88789Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Anonymous$69,211-61%72-107$961$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
10Midnight in Paris$58,95570%415$1,438$55,684,54128Sony Pictures Classics
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$55,299--19--$2,910$74,4701Warner Bros.
12The Rum Diary$54,243-63%54-98$1,005$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
13Take Shelter$50,282-45%49-25$1,026$1,444,3959Sony Pictures Classics
14Cars 2$28,394-20%63-23$451$191,434,78423Disney
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,764-28%48-22$558$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
16Le Havre$26,738-10%12-1$2,228$238,2656Janus Films
17Under the Sea 3D$25,08014%8-3$3,135$30,140,387146Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Big Year$25,014-11%53-6$472$7,160,6497Fox
19The Guard$19,930-24%231$867$5,257,69318Sony Pictures Classics
20Into the Abyss$19,002-55%19-8$1,000$148,9373IFC Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$18,335-25%93$2,037$53,0062First Run Features
22Tomboy (2011)$17,947154%65$2,991$31,7982Dada Films
23Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$17,514-45%11-4$1,592$162,5146Submarine Deluxe
24The Women on the 6th Floor$17,242-27%161$1,078$336,4958Strand Releasing
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$12,60964%90$1,401$4,399,140813D Entertainment
26The Mighty Macs$11,897-39%11-17$1,082$1,889,5226Quaker Media
27Mozart's Sister$10,974-34%13-9$844$619,14215Music Box Films
28Crazy Wisdom$10,304--1--$10,304$10,3041Alive Mind Cinema
29Sarah's Key$10,061-68%27-25$373$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
30Weekend$9,212-1%8-3$1,152$469,94710IFC Films
31Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,118-19%52$1,824$37,2513Variance Films
32Inni$7,00213%5-1$1,400$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,667293%31$2,222$178,91818Alive Mind Cinema
34The Whale$6,604-9%2-3$3,302$53,99112Paladin
35Love Crime$6,4392%8-3$805$538,35613IFC Films
36Another Happy Day$5,537-35%64$923$17,3102Phase 4 Films
37Young Goethe In Love$5,173-41%30$1,724$57,9534Music Box Films
38Garbo: The Spy$5,000-11%21$2,500$12,6772First Run Features
39House of Tolerance$4,766--1--$4,766$4,7661IFC Films
40Revenge of the Electric Car$4,727-14%30$1,576$119,2616Area23a
41Machine Gun Preacher$4,24721%9-10$472$537,58010Relativity Media
42The Other F Word$3,887-43%4-2$972$43,3014Oscilloscope
43The Mill and the Cross$3,762-19%4-5$941$247,17411Kino Lorber
44Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,986-69%7-6$427$825,16421International Film Circuit
45Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,867--1--$2,867$258,22223Abramorama
46Urbanized$2,566-26%10$2,566$36,2085Undefined
47Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$2,498--1--$2,498$15,86419The Film Desk
48London Boulevard$2,2056%21$1,103$10,4843IFC Films
49Blackthorn$2,201-49%3-3$734$162,7488Magnolia Pictures
50My Reincarnation$2,17110%20$1,086$28,0665Long Shot Factory
51Laugh at My Pain$2,167-66%4-7$542$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
52Senna$1,959-16%20$980$1,612,43016Producers Distribution Agency
53Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,5241781%32$508$34,86011International Film Circuit
54The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$1,360-52%3-1$453$29,5892Music Box Films
55Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$1,269-38%5-2$254$223,6159Magnolia / Magnet
56The Conquest$1,246-87%3-5$415$159,4663Music Box Films
57Amigo$1,193-51%2-2$597$172,09915Variance Films
58Bill Cunningham New York$1,172--1--$1,172$1,510,02637Zeitgeist Films
59Higher Ground$99251%60$165$829,98214Sony Pictures Classics
60Restless (2011)$835252%31$278$161,29911Sony Pictures Classics
61Tyrannosaur$804-89%3-2$268$11,5682Strand Releasing
62Rid of Me$715-65%21$358$3,3492Submarine Entertainment
63The Names of Love$654-45%10$654$513,83623Music Box Films
643 (2010)$599-76%2-3$300$58,91111Strand Releasing
65The Man Nobody Knew$529-90%1-2$529$140,09710First Run Features
66Rapt$495--1--$495$44,45621Lorber Films
67The Interrupters$404--3--$135$254,63118Cinema Guild
68Back Door Channels$346--2--$173$11,99711Fisher Klingenstein Films
69Project Nim$231--1--$231$407,21121Roadside Attractions
70OKA!$168-40%10$168$12,9377Dada Films
71I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$147--1--$147$8,70513Strand Releasing
72Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$143-90%2-6$72$489,95513Indomina Media