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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$56,217,700--3,773--$14,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$28,075,210-49%4,2480$6,609$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$20,486,418-44%3,670-248$5,582$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$5,092,295-54%3,144-558$1,620$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$4,702,004-49%2,649-365$1,775$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,483,083-30%1,29461$3,465$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$4,408,741-38%2,907-114$1,517$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$3,703,205-51%3,002-402$1,234$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,127,107-61%2,4330$1,285$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$1,567,186-32%1,099-322$1,426$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$1,885,608--757--$2,491$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2Bernie$897,7173%302108$2,973$3,611,1176Millennium Entertainment
3Think Like a Man$671,479-54%509-277$1,319$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$632,423360%327260$1,934$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$630,622-42%585-299$1,078$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$381,784--120--$3,182$381,7841UTV Communications
721 Jump Street$376,391-43%330-34$1,141$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
8Mirror Mirror$368,669-24%357-65$1,033$62,911,80810Relativity Media
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$340,200-28%315-75$1,080$211,485,86014Universal
10The Lucky One (2012)$323,193-43%404-211$800$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$269,381-16%285-40$945$42,746,8128Fox
12The Five-Year Engagement$179,845-39%218-56$825$28,284,6006Universal
13Chimpanzee$159,852-49%269-99$594$28,116,6767Disneynature
14Wrath of the Titans$156,016-33%205-50$761$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
15John Carter$136,834-45%153-22$894$72,724,71513Disney
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$126,779-28%155-20$818$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
17Battlefield America$113,882--188--$606$113,8821Cinedigm Entertainment
18The Cabin in the Woods$111,925-36%136-67$823$41,164,3408Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$104,08067%17563$595$16,940,7926Lionsgate
20High School$82,740--200--$414$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$876,88168%1612$54,805$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$321,951211%5046$6,439$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$210,470-7%500$4,209$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$182,237--86--$2,119$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Hysteria$171,19824%6533$2,634$454,8953Sony Pictures Classics
6Headhunters$105,249-16%516$2,064$749,7576Magnolia Pictures
7First Position$87,002-42%582$1,500$685,1715IFC Films
8Where Do We Go Now?$79,65937%3712$2,153$246,0744Sony Pictures Classics
9Monsieur Lazhar$78,375-31%59-6$1,328$1,596,21832Music Box Films
10Darling Companion$60,535-6%632$961$619,7307Sony Pictures Classics
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,081-9%33-1$1,790$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Hardflip$49,879--22--$2,267$49,8791Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,884-43%60-27$815$9,025,10713CBS Films
14A Cat In Paris$34,554--6--$5,759$34,5541GKIDS
15Titanic 3D$34,0682%5210$655$57,859,4199Paramount
16Hubble 3D$32,873-48%191$1,730$32,911,654116Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Jiro Dreams of Sushi$32,811-26%29-6$1,131$2,337,69613Magnolia Pictures
18Girl in Progress$32,436-75%50-93$649$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Marley$31,662-55%35-18$905$1,249,5587Magnolia Pictures
20The Artist$30,063159%8767$346$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
21Polisse$29,034-37%217$1,383$131,8633IFC Films
22Sound of My Voice$28,187-25%486$587$361,5376Fox Searchlight
23Bully (2012)$22,347-47%88-16$254$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
24Under the Sea 3D$22,283-30%15-5$1,486$31,571,597173Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$20,611-7%100$2,061$5,595,1351083D Entertainment
26The Raven$19,167-68%61-50$314$15,791,1066Relativity Media
27Damsels in Distress$16,76541%209$838$847,8879Sony Pictures Classics
28We Have a Pope$16,709-42%16-6$1,044$461,3139IFC Films
29Cowgirls n' Angels$15,757-71%32-18$492$107,0262IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
30Footnote$15,304-23%23-8$665$1,915,56313Sony Pictures Classics
31Hide Away$15,208--5--$3,042$16,5222Joule Films
32The Kid With A Bike$15,050-9%222$684$1,371,30112IFC Films
33Oslo, August 31st$13,25239%53$2,650$29,8522Strand Releasing
34Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$13,214-10%2-1$6,607$90,5854Rialto Pictures
35This Means War$11,987-56%25-19$479$54,746,72516Fox
36I Wish$11,2276%83$1,403$50,2364Magnolia Pictures
37Elena (2012)$10,745-27%64$1,791$52,8233Zeitgeist Films
38God Bless America$9,547-13%11-4$868$91,6844Magnolia / Magnet
39The Secret World of Arrietty$8,943-51%16-10$559$19,192,51016Disney
405 Broken Cameras$6,674--1--$6,674$8,5861Kino Lorber
41A Separation$5,834-34%9-1$648$7,088,89823Sony Pictures Classics
42Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,75254%31$1,917$79,22010New Yorker Films
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,697-46%10-9$570$1,070,34711Music Box Films
44FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$5,501-38%6-3$917$76,9455International Film Circuit
45Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$5,026--3--$1,675$5,0261First Run Features
46Act of Valor$4,993-39%19-20$263$70,011,07315Relativity Media
47October Baby$4,685-15%9-7$521$5,343,99632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
48Chronicle$3,984-60%10-10$398$64,572,49618Fox
49Found Memories$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Film Movement
50Surviving Progress$3,38972%42$847$40,5469First Run Features
51The Raid: Redemption$3,336-57%7-5$477$4,089,94311Sony Pictures Classics
52The Women on the 6th Floor$3,18397%31$1,061$715,12635Strand Releasing
53Elles$3,170-67%4-4$793$128,8356Kino Lorber
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,1058%42$776$17,2673Magnolia / Magnet
55Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,013-50%14-8$215$133,103,92925Fox
56Friends With Kids$2,862-54%8-1$358$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
57The Fairy$2,8321715%32$944$27,14015Kino Lorber
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,721--3--$907$2,7211First Run Features
59The Hunter (2012)$2,654147%74$379$173,6239Magnolia Pictures
60Undefeated$2,548-36%60$425$561,05416Weinstein Company
61The Perfect Family$2,472-60%3-3$824$98,2655Variance Films
62OC87$2,419-58%10$2,419$12,1642Fisher Klingenstein Films
63Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,3134%21$1,157$5,4782Music Box Films
64Red Tails$2,07333%5-2$415$49,875,58920Fox
656 Month Rule$1,963--1--$1,963$1,9631Secret Identity Productions
66This Is Not A Film$1,929--4--$482$66,72614Palisades Tartan
67Whores' Glory$1,498-54%1-1$1,498$19,3536Kino Lorber
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,376-63%20$688$138,73022Cinema Guild
69Keyhole$1,210-34%2-3$605$21,4909Monterey Media
70Gerhard Richter Painting$1,133-43%30$378$188,17112Kino Lorber
71Attenberg$1,098--1--$1,098$22,74113Strand Releasing
72Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,066-54%41$267$7,2603Music Box Films
73The Beat Hotel$1,049--1--$1,049$5,43010First Run Features
74Sing Your Song$1,003--1--$1,003$47,71821S2BN Films
75Virginia$960-37%20$480$12,7283Entertainment One Films
76The Turin Horse$922-2%10$922$48,86017Cinema Guild
77Jesus Henry Christ$869-31%20$435$20,1847Entertainment One Films
78Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$745-36%10$745$6,3024Long Shot Factory
79The Whale$659--1--$659$81,21239Paladin
80Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$501-45%2-5$251$98,7934Magnolia Pictures
81How To Grow A Band$342--1--$342$10,3768International Film Circuit
82The Salt of Life$284-95%1-3$284$304,93814Zeitgeist Films
83Apartment 143$256--1--$256$2561Magnolia / Magnet
84Nobody Else But You$178-54%10$178$7,2524First Run Features
85Blue Like Jazz$168-66%1-2$168$594,9048Roadside Attractions
86Payback (2012)$166-54%10$166$12,4646Zeitgeist Films