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, Feb. 10 - Sun, Feb. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$41,202,458--2,958--$13,929$41,202,4581Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$40,172,720--3,119--$12,880$40,172,7201Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,335,363--3,470--$7,878$27,335,3631Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$22,469,932--2,655--$8,463$22,469,9321Fox
5Chronicle$12,092,589-45%2,9081$4,158$39,959,8562Fox
6The Woman in Black$10,102,658-52%2,8561$3,537$35,258,1452CBS Films
7The Grey$5,045,620-46%2,801-406$1,801$42,787,8843Open Road
8Big Miracle$3,946,050-49%2,1334$1,850$13,281,9852Universal
9The Descendants$3,441,676-24%1,581-457$2,177$70,671,28913Fox Searchlight
10Underworld Awakening$2,480,156-55%1,657-979$1,497$58,914,5254Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$2,417,386-49%1,580-767$1,530$45,080,7724Fox
12One For the Money$2,300,953-56%2,056-681$1,119$23,679,6583Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,473,011-61%1,375-1130$1,071$29,406,9008Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$1,301,222-70%1,423-1575$914$17,471,4323Lionsgate
15Contraband$1,259,340-63%1,081-966$1,165$64,642,8255Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,240,252-14%808-197$2,773$24,002,03812Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,765,205-22%702-328$2,515$64,442,02412Paramount
3The Iron Lady$1,155,969-39%512-509$2,258$22,797,2647Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$840,111-67%678-1041$1,239$46,463,3065Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$706,967-58%469-608$1,507$206,514,7689Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$637,100--111--$5,740$637,1001UTV Communications
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$547,509-18%232-70$2,360$21,995,07810Focus
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$535,037-49%502-316$1,066$129,054,8919Fox
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$493,306-52%269-399$1,834$100,814,0958Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$489,616-66%686-664$714$29,890,1295Warner Bros.
11War Horse$451,793-53%502-661$900$78,200,1678Disney / DreamWorks
122012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$412,304--120--$3,436$412,3041Shorts International
13We Bought a Zoo$360,694-51%420-334$859$73,246,5998Fox
14The Adventures of Tintin$340,028-52%257-229$1,323$75,871,4868Paramount
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$328,902-68%265-592$1,241$184,573,2009Warner Bros.
16Albert Nobbs$274,819-44%151-94$1,820$2,034,3983Roadside Attractions
17The Muppets$271,985129%291122$935$87,777,65012Disney
18Puss in Boots (2011)$217,342-13%209-44$1,040$148,741,02016Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$208,012-18%125-46$1,664$13,344,06812Weinstein Company
20A Dangerous Method$205,193-36%107-128$1,918$4,948,36012Sony Pictures Classics
21Haywire$204,442-83%263-988$777$18,579,4514Relativity Media
22Happy Feet Two$185,955-29%202-53$921$63,675,13113Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$168,283-40%230-66$732$281,158,17213Lionsgate / Summit
24Jack and Jill$165,008-18%187-35$882$73,837,88614Sony / Columbia
25Agneepath$83,732-75%1320$634$1,912,8703Eros International
26New Year's Eve$62,518-43%155-67$403$54,493,44210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$265,801-5%455$5,907$1,622,3987Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$257,28635%6829$3,784$1,705,4628IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$102,09811%44-1$2,320$16,157,02345Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Shame$84,637-18%52-12$1,628$3,606,89711Fox Searchlight
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,81628%163$5,239$496,67010Oscilloscope
6Rampart$60,446--5--$12,089$60,4461Millennium Entertainment
7W.E.$59,64627%1713$3,509$123,7932Weinstein Company
8The Sitter$56,838-22%99-27$574$30,411,95010Fox
9Hubble 3D$43,39633%19-2$2,284$30,958,977100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Carnage (2011)$40,910-37%36-4$1,136$2,371,2259Sony Pictures Classics
11The Devil Inside$35,013-77%95-208$369$53,149,7766Paramount
12Coriolanus$31,267-30%11-3$2,842$267,9474Weinstein Company
13In Darkness$27,413--3--$9,138$49,1041Sony Pictures Classics
14Pariah (2011)$23,354-33%13-6$1,796$657,4377Focus
15Chico & Rita$20,654--1--$20,654$20,6541GKIDS
16Real Steel$19,451-55%55-35$354$85,463,30919Disney / DreamWorks
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$18,969-33%143$1,355$4,776,391923D Entertainment
18Immortals$18,764-39%33-29$569$83,488,54614Relativity Media
19Under the Sea 3D$17,595-19%12-2$1,466$30,521,582157Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Midnight in Paris$17,567-22%24-16$732$56,534,73739Sony Pictures Classics
21J. Edgar$13,703-67%42-93$326$37,293,47814Warner Bros.
22Young Adult$13,346-33%35-23$381$16,257,51210Paramount
23In Time$11,624-26%20-14$581$37,553,93216Fox
24In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,174-47%103$1,117$272,3768FilmDistrict
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,110-20%4-2$2,778$586,68619Strand Releasing
26The Help$10,474-29%13-7$806$169,653,84627Disney / DreamWorks
27Melancholia$9,219-25%8-5$1,152$3,012,97514Magnolia Pictures
28The Turin Horse$9,145--1--$9,145$9,1451Cinema Guild
29Death of the Virgin$8,628--3--$2,876$8,6281Indican Pictures
30The Viral Factor$8,167-58%4-3$2,042$204,3744China Lion Film
31My Reincarnation$7,492--2--$3,746$80,38716Long Shot Factory
32The Way$7,377-2%7-4$1,054$4,424,33919Producers Distribution Agency
33An Inconsistent Truth$7,356-40%21$3,678$46,1613Rocky Mountain Pictures
34The Innkeepers$7,201-76%13-7$554$66,8642Magnolia / Magnet
35The Darkest Hour$6,880-65%18-21$382$21,217,4898Summit
36Return$6,717--3--$2,239$6,7171Dada Films
37Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,824--3--$1,608$858,07832International Film Circuit
38Young Goethe In Love$4,645138%52$929$142,15915Music Box Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19287%20$2,096$56,1356Cinema Guild
40El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,713-60%2-2$1,857$230,18829Alive Mind Cinema
41The Flowers of War$3,301-38%61$550$211,5924Wrekin Hill Entertainment
42Vettai$3,268-66%2-2$1,634$198,1925UTV Communications
43Kung Fu Joe$3,158--2--$1,579$3,1581Indican Pictures
44Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$2,629--1--$2,629$96,27714Variance Films
45The Conquest$2,614-14%40$654$184,69114Music Box Films
46Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,596--2--$1,298$34,60517Zeitgeist Films
47Kill List$2,059-79%42$515$17,1492IFC Films
48The Skin I Live In$1,242-56%6-4$207$3,166,07118Sony Pictures Classics
49Tomboy (2011)$932120%30$311$119,96213Dada Films
50Addiction Incorporated$894-73%2-1$447$23,9709Variance Films
51Domain$862--1--$862$5,6955Strand Releasing
52The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$851-83%21$426$32,1154First Run Features
53Margin Call$743-18%20$372$5,353,58617Roadside Attractions
54Sing Your Song$66615%20$333$29,1105S2BN Films
55The Whale$548377%10$548$69,26723Paladin
56Take Shelter$522-65%4-4$131$1,723,81120Sony Pictures Classics
57Charlotte Rampling: The Look$322-84%20$161$17,58015Kino Lorber
58All's Well Ends Well 2012$319-97%1-9$319$47,5513China Lion Film
59Tyrannosaur$200-70%1-1$200$19,99813Strand Releasing
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$190-98%1-1$190$286,20117Submarine Deluxe
61Crazy Wisdom$102-54%10$102$53,94412Alive Mind Cinema
62Khodorkovsky$82--1--$82$30,11411Kino Lorber
63Windfall$80-96%1-1$80$2,4592First Run Features