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, Aug. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$28,591,370--3,316--$8,622$28,591,3701Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$17,057,385-55%3,7538$4,545$69,618,4652Universal
3ParaNorman$14,087,050--3,429--$4,108$14,087,0501Focus
4The Campaign$13,127,289-51%3,25550$4,033$51,435,8262Warner Bros.
5Sparkle (2012)$11,643,342--2,244--$5,189$11,643,3421Sony / TriStar
6The Dark Knight Rises$11,011,349-42%3,157-533$3,488$409,787,2605Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,822,903--2,598--$4,166$15,100,9181Disney
8Hope Springs (2012)$9,111,529-38%2,3610$3,859$35,063,3212Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,834,737-52%2,737-664$1,401$38,747,0583Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$3,472,829-57%2,434-1167$1,427$51,755,2723Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,005,507-53%2,274-829$1,322$150,191,9236Fox
12Ted (2012)$1,543,080-52%1,169-1039$1,320$213,064,3858Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12016: Obama's America$1,244,698292%169108$7,365$2,028,0356Rocky Mountain Pictures
2Ek Tha Tiger$1,139,340--118--$9,655$1,484,4041Yash Raj Films
3Step Up Revolution$1,040,170-65%905-993$1,149$32,776,5884Lionsgate / Summit
4Brave$815,785-55%641-618$1,273$229,121,3039Disney
5The Amazing Spider-Man$758,807-64%598-987$1,269$257,435,3257Sony / Columbia
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$708,02368%406100$1,744$212,684,70011Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$563,293-22%236-50$2,387$8,110,9698Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$503,385-18%282-165$1,785$42,966,19313Focus
9The Watch$502,413-77%513-1950$979$33,062,5994Fox
10The Intouchables$366,655-2%1940$1,890$9,885,07413Weinstein Company
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$312,790-74%424-376$738$3,077,9612ARC Entertainment
12Men in Black 3$303,756-40%258-37$1,177$178,127,91913Sony / Columbia
13Ruby Sparks$301,226-32%218-43$1,382$1,796,5974Fox Searchlight
14To Rome with Love$244,287-42%160-104$1,527$15,553,9599Sony Pictures Classics
15Snow White and the Huntsman$208,615-24%244-29$855$154,660,66012Universal
16The Hunger Games$204,955-37%230-30$891$407,688,21222Lionsgate
17Magic Mike$199,389-53%255-195$782$112,720,1828Warner Bros.
18Marvel's The Avengers$148,968-45%142-78$1,049$617,595,39116Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$112,655-61%199-165$566$64,958,4258Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$108,355-36%128-56$847$45,592,32816Fox Searchlight
21Savages$104,720-57%154-164$680$47,057,9357Universal
22Prometheus$76,010-32%101-40$753$126,195,33911Fox
23Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$73,292-19%105-25$698$37,307,1119Fox
24Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$62,668-55%140-62$448$25,240,9887Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Celeste and Jesse Forever$246,92797%6749$3,685$615,4883Sony Pictures Classics
2The Queen of Versailles$208,444-2%83-6$2,511$1,246,6355Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,489-24%520$3,048$7,656,27418Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Searching For Sugar Man$106,28368%2712$3,936$309,3594Sony Pictures Classics
52 Days In New York$100,375319%2018$5,019$144,0552Magnolia Pictures
6Farewell, My Queen$96,235-3%602$1,604$966,2006Cohen Media Group
7The Awakening (2012)$95,933--70--$1,370$95,9331Cohen Media Group
8The Imposter$83,63191%196$4,402$273,2456Indomina Releasing
9Cosmopolis$70,339--3--$23,446$266,9121Entertainment One Films
10Bernie$62,219-22%71-17$876$9,046,93217Millennium Entertainment
11Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$49,103-10%3914$1,259$322,1024IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$48,808-6%140$3,486$34,170,342127Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Born to Be Wild 3D$46,684-25%330$1,415$20,580,46372Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Safety Not Guaranteed$40,986-32%54-19$759$3,683,59311FilmDistrict
15From Beneath$36,855-23%15-3$2,457$119,7632Nocturnal Features
16Robot & Frank$35,539--2--$17,770$35,5391IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$30,05651%141$2,147$180,8975Kino Lorber
18Under the Sea 3D$29,446-24%70$4,207$32,211,933184Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Beloved (2012)$25,825--5--$5,165$25,8251IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,242-36%100$2,524$5,984,0391193D Entertainment
21Red Hook Summer$23,280-42%95$2,587$78,2732Variance Films
22Take This Waltz$18,365-25%24-11$765$1,175,3188Magnolia Pictures
23Painted Skin: The Resurrection$17,791--6--$2,965$17,7911Well Go USA
24Your Sister's Sister$17,5089%26-7$673$1,573,71210IFC Films
25People Like Us$17,308-67%54-86$321$12,412,3868Disney / DreamWorks
26Compliance$16,427--1--$16,427$16,4271Magnolia Pictures
27Easy Money (2012)$13,195-27%5-2$2,639$165,7866Weinstein Company
28Chicken With Plums$11,301--2--$5,651$53,4771Sony Pictures Classics
29Neil Young Journeys$10,78983%239$469$163,8648Sony Pictures Classics
30360$9,077-6%8-3$1,135$64,5393Magnolia Pictures
31Hysteria$8,65950%14-2$619$1,761,96114Sony Pictures Classics
32Side By Side$6,956--1--$6,956$6,9561Tribeca Film
33Dark Horse$5,90913%6-2$985$159,23011Vitagraph
34Death by China$5,701--1--$5,701$5,7011Area23a
35Trishna$5,481-11%11-2$498$234,4326IFC Films
36Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$4,675-64%10$4,675$25,1202Rialto Pictures
37Meet The Fokkens$4,573-40%10$4,573$19,6672Kino Lorber
38Kumare$4,0610%3-3$1,354$94,3549Kino Lorber
39A Cat In Paris$3,208-45%7-5$458$294,38612GKIDS
40Union Square (2012)$3,064268%20$1,532$39,3476Dada Films
41Monsieur Lazhar$3,008-65%6-4$501$1,991,20143Music Box Films
42Klown$2,663-54%5-5$533$58,2474Drafthouse Films
43Oslo, August 31st$2,642--2--$1,321$75,32513Strand Releasing
44Where Do We Go Now?$2,442620%54$488$524,13515Sony Pictures Classics
45The Magic of Belle Isle$2,401-67%4-4$600$94,6107Magnolia Pictures
46Elena (2012)$2,304-18%2-1$1,152$208,66714Zeitgeist Films
47Unforgivable$2,236-68%2-4$1,118$112,5928Strand Releasing
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,172-31%30$724$2,550,50824Magnolia Pictures
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,804--1--$1,804$144,08215Rialto Pictures
50Darling Companion$1,749375%3-1$583$793,35218Sony Pictures Classics
51Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,689--1--$1,689$29,41416New Yorker Films
52Why Stop Now$1,641--3--$547$1,6411IFC Films
53The Salt of Life$1,334--1--$1,334$317,06025Zeitgeist Films
54$upercapitalist$1,110-87%10$1,110$13,2202Truly Indie
555 Broken Cameras$1,078476%10$1,078$65,11812Kino Lorber
56The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,023-7%10$1,023$43,15319Rialto
57You've Been Trumped$906-60%20$453$10,8423International Film Circuit
58I Wish$788-51%30$263$145,69715Magnolia Pictures
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$727--1--$727$121,11421New Yorker Films
60Damsels in Distress$67051%20$335$1,007,53520Sony Pictures Classics
61The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$498142%10$498$1,125,58822Music Box Films
62Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$384-90%1-3$384$75,30810Music Box Films
63The Invisible War$376-39%1-1$376$54,2089Cinedigm
64China Heavyweight$300-8%10$300$9,3957Zeitgeist Films
65Pink Ribbons, Inc.$165--2--$83$25,67712First Run Features
66The Color Wheel$93--1--$93$17,09514Cinema Conservancy
67Nobody Else But You$83-94%1-1$83$33,13915First Run Features