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, Dec. 16 - Sun, Dec. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$39,637,079--3,703--$10,704$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,244,744--3,723--$6,244$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$7,310,413-44%3,5050$2,086$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$4,608,681-53%2,7522$1,675$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,197,893-46%2,958-646$1,419$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$3,707,848-39%2,532-76$1,464$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$3,554,286-45%2,929-343$1,213$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$3,520,926-50%2,808-520$1,254$70,994,5714Disney
9Jack and Jill$1,228,843-60%1,910-877$643$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$1,077,329-71%1,780-1060$605$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$901,025-62%1,315-754$685$75,788,7407Universal
12Immortals$851,371-65%1,216-1083$700$81,889,3766Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,785,204--425--$30,083$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$3,403,159997%986978$3,451$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$3,268,357-25%8782$3,723$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$591,385-24%2440$2,424$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$465,209-71%757-1086$615$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$386,494-67%703-852$550$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$193,092-28%281-61$687$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$175,064-63%202-268$867$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$163,354-53%273-81$598$36,732,6948Fox
10Melancholia$133,914-42%131-14$1,022$2,243,2066Magnolia Pictures
11Footloose (2011)$123,74677%25352$489$51,292,77610Paramount
12Courageous$102,879-47%101-90$1,019$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$98,178-45%121-27$811$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Paranormal Activity 3$91,616-36%206-96$445$103,783,4789Paramount
15Real Steel$80,352-39%155-51$518$83,737,28211Disney / DreamWorks
16The Help$72,053-32%156-56$462$169,345,70519Disney / DreamWorks
17Like Crazy$57,513-65%100-62$575$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
18Midnight in Paris$53,678-53%116-79$463$56,293,47431Sony Pictures Classics
19The Three Musketeers (2011)$50,210-42%123-45$408$20,315,3249Summit
2050/50$37,370-43%111-35$337$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$456,77747%1612$28,549$879,5482Focus
2Shame$307,2548%5130$6,025$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$287,367-3%171$16,904$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4A Dangerous Method$150,85596%1713$8,874$719,8574Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$108,303-6%250$4,332$460,0484Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$79,795--5--$15,959$79,7951Sony Pictures Classics
7The Way$79,295-36%93-27$853$3,988,53311Producers Distribution Agency
8Moneyball$75,535-50%98-110$771$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
9Born to Be Wild 3D$57,088-8%490$1,165$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Skin I Live In$51,798-53%71-38$730$2,942,23010Sony Pictures Classics
11The Ides of March$45,589-62%72-115$633$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
12Drive (2011)$41,947-13%56-14$749$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
13Hubble 3D$36,4477%200$1,822$30,081,07492Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,828-19%54-7$534$176,740,65020Fox
15Take Shelter$27,608-42%58-5$476$1,627,47012Sony Pictures Classics
16Le Havre$24,258-37%21-2$1,155$358,7069Janus Films
17The Lion King 3D$23,694-11%32-6$740$94,197,68914Disney
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$21,602-58%39-33$554$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
19The Women on the 6th Floor$18,684-20%12-1$1,557$428,09711Strand Releasing
20Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$13,903344%83$1,738$208,2769Submarine Deluxe
21The Rum Diary$12,429-58%30-33$414$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
22Pastorela$10,616-66%19-25$559$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Tomboy (2011)$9,881-14%90$1,098$89,7535Dada Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,800132%90$1,089$4,433,633843D Entertainment
25Mozart's Sister$9,421-44%10-6$942$669,08118Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$9,190-30%8-2$1,149$30,204,281149Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Cook County$7,579--5--$1,516$7,5791Hanover House
28The Big Year$7,546-13%250$302$7,204,13810Fox
29Young Goethe In Love$7,298-42%80$912$93,2117Music Box Films
30Into the Abyss$6,389-60%17-13$376$216,2626IFC Films
31Crazy Wisdom$6,381105%42$1,595$43,1064Alive Mind Cinema
32The Guard$6,341-38%12-3$528$5,325,09021Sony Pictures Classics
33The Interrupters$6,282377%32$2,094$267,76321Cinema Guild
34Eames: The Architect and the Painter$5,614-65%6-5$936$123,3695First Run Features
35Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$5,014-56%70$716$80,4876Variance Films
36Blackthorn$4,5357%94$504$182,09711Magnolia Pictures
37Sleeping Beauty (2011)$4,529-24%40$1,132$29,0043IFC Films
38Amigo$3,489191%32$1,163$178,28518Variance Films
39The Man Nobody Knew$3,410-45%3-3$1,137$166,27713First Run Features
40My Reincarnation$3,12169%31$1,040$38,0118Long Shot Factory
41Outrage$3,082-62%70$440$26,1593Magnolia / Magnet
42House of Tolerance$2,91237%30$971$19,3274IFC Films
43London River$2,145105%21$1,073$3,7192Cinema Libre
44Khodorkovsky$1,759-70%10$1,759$25,4803Kino Lorber
45Rid of Me$1,660--1--$1,660$5,3825Submarine Entertainment
46Addiction Incorporated$1,629--1--$1,629$3,6831Variance Films
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,628136%21$814$193,61321Alive Mind Cinema
48The Conquest$1,276--1--$1,276$161,4456Music Box Films
49The Mill and the Cross$1,045-46%3-1$348$259,72114Kino Lorber
50The Whale$1,0283%10$1,028$57,98615Paladin
51American Teacher$994--2--$497$32,28012First Run Features
52Jane's Journey$982--1--$982$19,55714First Run Features
53Higher Ground$84718%3-2$282$836,50317Sony Pictures Classics
54Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$789-65%1-1$789$838,23524International Film Circuit
55I Melt With You$670-75%20$335$4,7952Magnolia Pictures
56Charlotte Rampling: The Look$645-32%10$645$12,6647Kino Lorber
57Littlerock$581--1--$581$17,07919Variance Films
58Inni$572-66%1-3$572$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
59Revenge of the Electric Car$470-83%1-2$470$150,3079Area23a
60Summer (2011 re-issue)$349-56%10$349$37,80428The Film Desk
61Hell and Back Again$346-14%10$346$34,63711Docurama Films
623 (2010)$288--2--$144$59,77414Strand Releasing
63Answers to Nothing$157-82%1-6$157$22,0293Roadside Attractions
64Restless (2011)$141-79%1-2$141$163,14114Sony Pictures Classics
65Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$80-84%10$80$18,16922The Film Desk
66Paul Goodman Changed My Life$17-97%1-1$17$24,3339Zeitgeist Films