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. 8 - Sun, Jun. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$60,316,738--4,258--$14,166$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$51,050,101--3,396--$15,032$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$23,058,790-59%3,7774$6,105$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$13,895,720-51%3,792-456$3,664$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$11,249,738-45%3,129-541$3,595$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,267,156-27%1,2984$2,517$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,788,226-37%2,087-820$1,336$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8Battleship$2,276,410-55%1,954-1190$1,165$59,820,2154Universal
9The Dictator$2,242,563-52%1,651-998$1,358$55,281,1034Paramount
10Dark Shadows$1,410,207-62%1,550-1452$910$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$832,424-73%1,180-1253$705$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,072,213-32%751-348$1,428$400,272,53512Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$928,321-51%642-115$1,446$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
3Bernie$820,177-9%33230$2,470$4,840,4077Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$355,91210%402-2$885$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$342,921-7%303-54$1,132$63,477,02711Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$337,855-1%290-25$1,165$212,028,51015Universal
7Think Like a Man$333,881-50%287-222$1,163$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
8The Three Stooges$255,804-5%245-40$1,044$43,122,9729Fox
921 Jump Street$252,130-33%258-72$977$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
10Crooked Arrows$218,061-66%278-49$784$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
11Rowdy Rathore$143,033-63%100-20$1,430$654,3522UTV Communications
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$138,811-78%317-268$438$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
13The Five-Year Engagement$121,625-32%175-43$695$28,490,2257Universal
14Wrath of the Titans$104,684-33%150-55$698$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
15Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$93,963-26%126-29$746$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
16John Carter$89,840-34%102-51$881$72,884,43514Disney
17Chimpanzee$65,481-59%155-114$422$28,299,1208Disneynature
18The Cabin in the Woods$62,613-44%113-23$554$41,290,3059Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$54,280-48%111-64$489$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,559,67078%9680$16,247$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$385,16820%7727$5,002$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$171,083-19%511$3,355$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hysteria$148,395-13%8419$1,767$688,4324Sony Pictures Classics
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$105,960--31--$3,418$105,9601IFC Films
6Safety Not Guaranteed$97,762--9--$10,862$97,7621FilmDistrict
7Headhunters$68,800-35%609$1,147$861,1747Magnolia Pictures
8Monsieur Lazhar$51,278-35%48-11$1,068$1,689,71833Music Box Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$49,200-17%330$1,491$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10First Position$48,279-45%52-6$928$784,8706IFC Films
11Darling Companion$44,949-26%51-12$881$693,7488Sony Pictures Classics
12Deadly Renovations$42,588--13--$3,276$42,5881Nocturnal Features
13Where Do We Go Now?$39,493-50%31-6$1,274$322,2675Sony Pictures Classics
14Bel Ami$38,018--16--$2,376$38,0181Magnolia Pictures
15Piranha 3DD$36,910-80%78-8$473$315,3742Weinstein Company
16Hubble 3D$36,07810%16-3$2,255$33,002,575117Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Lola Versus$31,815--4--$7,954$31,8151Fox Searchlight
18Girl in Progress$30,473-6%577$535$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Jiro Dreams of Sushi$26,003-21%25-4$1,040$2,386,04314Magnolia Pictures
20Marley$25,884-18%27-8$959$1,299,9828Magnolia Pictures
21Hardflip$22,327-55%12-10$1,861$77,0292Rocky Mountain Pictures
22Footnote$22,24045%252$890$1,944,87514Sony Pictures Classics
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,107-7%100$1,911$5,625,4441093D Entertainment
24Double Trouble$17,978--12--$1,498$17,9781China Lion Film
25Bully (2012)$16,542-26%31-57$534$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$14,37634%137$1,106$73,3554Zeitgeist Films
27The Raven$14,169-26%34-27$417$15,817,3077Relativity Media
28The Artist$14,115-53%36-51$392$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
29Dark Horse$13,551--1--$13,551$13,5511Vitagraph
30Damsels in Distress$13,515-19%18-2$751$869,09010Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$13,337-40%161$834$31,622,768174Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Polisse$12,227-58%8-13$1,528$157,3944IFC Films
33We Have a Pope$11,282-32%14-2$806$480,92610IFC Films
34I Wish$9,987-11%102$999$65,0965Magnolia Pictures
35Sound of My Voice$8,564-70%24-24$357$386,4957Fox Searchlight
36OC87$7,823223%54$1,565$20,7003Fisher Klingenstein Films
375 Broken Cameras$7,73616%10$7,736$22,7872Kino Lorber
38Cartas a Elena$7,711--12--$643$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
39October Baby$6,91648%8-1$865$5,355,84733IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
40Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$6,898-48%20$3,449$99,6415Rialto Pictures
41The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$6,61016%7-3$944$1,079,43712Music Box Films
42Paul Williams Still Alive$6,116--1--$6,116$6,1161Abramorama
43Oslo, August 31st$5,583-58%50$1,117$42,7413Strand Releasing
44The Kid With A Bike$5,319-65%8-14$665$1,384,74913IFC Films
456 Month Rule$5,108160%32$1,703$7,6532Secret Identity Productions
46This Means War$5,065-58%9-16$563$54,758,46117Fox
47God Bless America$4,868-49%9-2$541$102,3385Magnolia / Magnet
48Nobody Else But You$4,4162381%21$2,208$11,6685First Run Features
49FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,115-25%60$686$84,0256International Film Circuit
50Battlefield America$4,000-96%11-177$364$169,0002Cinedigm Entertainment
51Elles$3,70017%62$617$134,7787Kino Lorber
52The Raid: Redemption$3,6078%81$451$4,096,39912Sony Pictures Classics
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,55915%51$712$23,1554Magnolia / Magnet
54A Separation$3,205-45%4-5$801$7,095,62424Sony Pictures Classics
55High School$2,986-96%4-196$747$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
56Inventing Our Life$2,877--2--$1,439$14,4137First Run Features
57The Perfect Family$2,80914%41$702$103,0756Variance Films
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,463-9%30$821$7,3532First Run Features
59Corpo Celeste$2,263--1--$2,263$2,2631Film Movement
60Friends With Kids$2,020-29%5-3$404$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions
61The Fairy$1,965-31%2-1$983$30,92416Kino Lorber
62Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$1,910-17%20$955$8,6213Music Box Films
63Cowgirls n' Angels$1,776-89%2-30$888$119,7823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,677--1--$1,677$2,8331The Film Desk
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$1,636227%86$205$100,6365Magnolia Pictures
66Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,546-73%1-2$1,546$84,12211New Yorker Films
67Surviving Progress$1,420-58%40$355$43,75510First Run Features
68Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,344--1--$1,344$21,4406New Yorker Films
69Found Memories$1,301-66%10$1,301$7,4892Film Movement
70The Women on the 6th Floor$1,201-62%2-1$601$717,73736Strand Releasing
71Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,18411%3-1$395$8,8624Music Box Films
72Crazy Wisdom$1,149--1--$1,149$68,34829Alive Mind Cinema
73Hit So Hard$1,132--2--$566$30,4029Variance Films
74The Hunter (2012)$1,055-60%4-3$264$176,43210Magnolia Pictures
75Patagonia Rising$981--1--$981$9811First Run Features
76Hide Away$981-94%2-3$491$20,2103Joule Films
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$922-33%1-1$922$140,04123Cinema Guild
78The Color Wheel$890--1--$890$10,5934Cinema Conservancy
79This Is Not A Film$888-54%1-3$888$67,61415Palisades Tartan
80The Turin Horse$812-12%21$406$48,75018Cinema Guild
81The Salt of Life$757167%10$757$307,64115Zeitgeist Films
82Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$656-87%30$219$6,9632First Run Features
83How To Grow A Band$59975%21$300$11,0919International Film Circuit
84Gerhard Richter Painting$446-61%1-2$446$188,61613Kino Lorber
85Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$231--1--$231$5,1234First Run Features
86Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$216-71%10$216$6,7115Long Shot Factory
87Payback (2012)$20624%10$206$12,9627Zeitgeist Films
88Keyhole$42-97%1-1$42$21,65110Monterey Media