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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$4,305,153-29%2,551-348$1,688$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$1,838,215-46%1,414-922$1,300$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
12Prometheus$203,937-34%229-83$891$125,521,8568Fox
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
18Battleship$94,510-25%140-32$675$65,173,16011Universal
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Dark Horse$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
26Sacrifice$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
28Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
29Chimpanzee$14,022-66%40-40$351$28,944,12315Disneynature
30Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
32The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
33Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
35Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
37Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
38Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
39Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
41I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
42The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
43Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
44Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
45Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
46Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
47Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
48Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
49Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
50Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
51Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
52Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
53Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
54Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
56Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
57Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
58The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
59Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
60Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
61FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
62Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
635 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
65OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
68Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
69The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
70Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
71The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
72The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7330 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions