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, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,111,557-43%4,1370$8,004$302,450,7223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,514,080--3,192--$6,740$21,514,0801Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,285,453--2,674--$6,464$25,645,9351Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$14,732,121-56%3,5450$4,156$58,614,2122Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,095,140-39%3,61815$3,067$36,773,2422Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,001,381-33%3,009-139$3,324$109,413,7634Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,030,025-35%3,003-261$1,675$198,204,3756Universal
8John Carter$830,305-59%1,015-1382$818$67,983,6525Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$992,428-22%52441$1,894$4,656,4295CBS Films
2Housefull 2$847,132--121--$7,001$847,1321Eros International
3Safe House$575,990-26%482-247$1,195$124,746,1509Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$539,275-33%651-257$828$99,387,9519Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$531,103-47%708-531$750$68,764,3107Relativity Media
6The Raid: Redemption$526,29295%176130$2,990$1,249,9023Sony Pictures Classics
7A Thousand Words$478,424-47%507-500$944$17,422,3035Paramount
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$418,250-38%447-66$936$3,400,1204Paramount Vantage
9October Baby$365,385-53%339-48$1,078$3,780,58424IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10Project X (2012)$326,490-60%444-459$735$54,061,2686Warner Bros.
11The Vow$293,199-11%479-35$612$123,922,1809Sony / Screen Gems
12Casa de mi Padre$267,432-55%283-156$945$5,496,4174Lionsgate / Pantelion
13This Means War$237,031-43%321-254$738$53,477,1798Fox
14Friends With Kids$225,193-51%207-101$1,088$6,728,2525Roadside Attractions
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$222,443-27%277-103$803$51,114,8768Sony / Columbia
16The Artist$182,410-35%222-93$822$43,848,90020Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$159,218-41%204-117$780$34,664,6327Lionsgate
18A Separation$129,642-41%141-58$919$6,685,37615Sony Pictures Classics
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$128,157-38%195-27$657$132,644,09217Fox
20The Iron Lady$127,851-30%236-48$542$29,649,85615Weinstein Company
21Chronicle$121,015-10%162-36$747$63,951,66810Fox
22Silent House (2012)$115,147-35%214-111$538$12,555,2305Open Road
23The Woman in Black$91,762-40%159-20$577$54,107,36510CBS Films
24Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,159-35%102-48$688$209,364,92117Paramount
25Hugo$68,411-47%101-73$677$73,820,09420Paramount
26Gone$56,42465%12160$466$11,653,1237Summit
27The Secret World of Arrietty$52,212-50%130-53$402$18,574,6098Disney
28Agent Vinod$24,030-80%1220$197$687,7833Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$230,50419%7228$3,201$992,4215Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$136,895-43%655$2,106$817,7365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$126,379-7%5518$2,298$523,6014IFC Films
4Born to Be Wild 3D$103,5270%400$2,588$17,892,04953Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$98,416-40%522$1,893$495,5063Music Box Films
6Hubble 3D$89,08927%190$4,689$31,951,606108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bully (2012)$73,754-37%61$12,292$234,1642Weinstein Company
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$66,907-1%65-2$1,029$1,563,24918Oscilloscope
9Love in the Buff$63,810-30%133$4,908$208,1312China Lion Film
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$59,989-22%58-1$1,034$47,470,46113Disney
11Damsels in Distress$58,589--4--$14,647$58,5891Sony Pictures Classics
12We Bought a Zoo$57,388-47%99-37$580$75,406,97516Fox
13The Descendants$47,244-46%78-40$606$82,523,80921Fox Searchlight
14Under the Sea 3D$39,71741%140$2,837$31,067,675165Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$37,34154%4515$830$43,320,4119Fox
16Kahaani$36,280--17--$2,134$991,5025Viva Entertainment
17Fetih 1453$35,730--4--$8,933$35,7301NeoClassics Films
18We Have a Pope$31,368--3--$10,456$31,3681IFC Films
19Being Flynn$31,019-27%33-7$940$526,3226Focus
20The Salt of Life$29,26421%199$1,540$186,0596Zeitgeist Films
21Thin Ice$28,88920%322$903$737,4348IDP/ATO Pictures
22The Grey$26,569-57%67-137$397$51,533,60811Open Road
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,518-32%131$2,040$5,246,0771003D Entertainment
24Red Tails$25,380-58%55-46$461$49,759,62412Fox
25Coriolanus$25,07337%171$1,475$634,27212Weinstein Company
26Pina$25,003-42%21-12$1,191$3,418,92916IFC Films
27War Horse$24,317-60%49-47$496$79,837,51316Disney / DreamWorks
28In Darkness$23,998-46%41-8$585$912,7139Sony Pictures Classics
29Undefeated$23,369-26%15-1$1,558$460,1958Weinstein Company
30Chico & Rita$20,566--19--$1,082$341,6129GKIDS
31Boy$19,83618%134$1,526$142,4086Paladin
32The Hunter (2012)$19,032--4--$4,758$19,0321Magnolia Pictures
33Rampart$17,63029%4010$441$881,2879Millennium Entertainment
34Goon$17,541-64%16-15$1,096$4,088,6862Magnolia / Magnet
35W.E.$17,390-9%210$828$519,16510Weinstein Company
36One For the Money$15,964-57%49-53$326$26,404,75311Lionsgate
37The Island President$13,159-6%53$2,632$36,5402IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Albert Nobbs$11,969-47%301$399$2,962,47511Roadside Attractions
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$9,605486%64$1,601$102,55114Cinema Guild
40Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$8,203--3--$2,734$8,2031Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41Intruders$7,620-81%11-22$693$64,7272Millennium Entertainment
42Detachment$7,608-56%10-5$761$60,3554Tribeca Film
43Shame$6,944-48%8-6$868$3,982,93219Fox Searchlight
44Gerhard Richter Painting$6,755-41%4-1$1,689$96,7584Kino Lorber
45A Dangerous Method$6,442-18%12-8$537$5,689,93620Sony Pictures Classics
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,990-41%20$2,995$20,7812New Yorker Films
47Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$5,20614%110$473$196,7476Magnolia Pictures
48The Women on the 6th Floor$4,969-10%40$1,242$681,97527Strand Releasing
49Free Men$4,64051%31$1,547$37,2474Film Movement
50Surviving Progress$4,161--2--$2,081$4,1611First Run Features
51On the Ice$3,9392%20$1,970$61,5648PMK*BNC
52The Forgiveness of Blood$3,4009%93$378$119,6837IFC Films
53Keyhole$3,294--1--$3,294$3,2941Monterey Media
54Natural Selection$3,153-14%30$1,051$27,7514Cinema Guild
55Young Goethe In Love$3,148--2--$1,574$156,32323Music Box Films
56This Is Not A Film$3,067--3--$1,022$42,5046Palisades Tartan
57The Trouble with Bliss$2,53217%42$633$10,91137A Productions
58Musical Chairs$2,224-79%4-8$556$29,8763Paladin
59ATM$2,034--1--$2,034$2,0341IFC Films
60Attenberg$1,823124%21$912$12,1695Strand Releasing
61Let The Bullets Fly$1,753-49%2-1$877$60,0406Variance Films
62The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,598--2--$799$41,14512First Run Features
63The Flowers of War$1,534-77%2-1$767$295,87112Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Crazy Horse$1,498--2--$749$150,47712Zipporah Films
65Le Havre$1,163-42%1-2$1,163$609,45725Janus Films
66The FP$983-48%3-2$328$35,3514Drafthouse Films
67The Whale$982--1--$982$77,61731Paladin
68The Beat Hotel$918-37%32$306$3,0152First Run Features
69Sing Your Song$902-41%20$451$43,83413S2BN Films
70Sound of Noise$81852%10$818$24,3765Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$67734%1-1$677$8,0064Monterey Media
72Carnage (2011)$675-78%5-7$135$2,542,19817Sony Pictures Classics
73The Fairy$65293%21$326$7,9637Kino Lorber
74Love$604-64%10$604$308,8698China Lion Film
75My Reincarnation$599--1--$599$91,16024Long Shot Factory
76Ranchero$391-60%10$391$22,18339Indican Pictures
77Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$362-40%10$362$302,65225Submarine Deluxe
78The Understudy$350-44%10$350$9,5934Indican Pictures
79Windfall$112-54%10$112$5,83310First Run Features