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. 24 - Sun, Aug. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$13,423,579-53%3,35539$4,001$52,237,5232Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$9,336,005-45%3,654-99$2,555$85,522,2203Universal
3ParaNorman$8,639,288-39%3,45526$2,501$28,261,5772Focus
4The Campaign$7,472,397-43%3,30247$2,263$64,575,5693Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$7,222,317-34%2,606-551$2,771$422,255,2186Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$7,122,552-34%2,5980$2,742$27,077,0422Disney
72016: Obama's America$6,509,433423%1,091922$5,966$9,347,3097Rocky Mountain Pictures
8Premium Rush$6,030,164--2,255--$2,674$6,030,1641Sony / Columbia
9Hope Springs (2012)$5,725,107-37%2,40241$2,383$44,806,5713Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$4,526,222--2,870--$1,577$5,719,2561Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$3,983,822-66%2,2440$1,775$18,656,8962Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,245,917-41%1,965-772$1,143$42,883,5174Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$1,760,436-49%1,576-858$1,117$55,173,7734Sony / Columbia
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,751,301-42%1,550-724$1,130$153,500,0767Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$2,841,488--810--$3,508$2,841,4881Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$947,430-39%783-386$1,210$214,762,8059Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$605,801-14%374-32$1,620$213,689,06212Paramount / DreamWorks
4Brave$516,772-37%452-189$1,143$230,089,03810Disney
5Step Up Revolution$493,908-53%428-477$1,154$33,703,3215Lionsgate / Summit
6The Amazing Spider-Man$491,890-35%418-180$1,177$258,355,8278Sony / Columbia
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$463,125-18%212-24$2,185$8,859,7189Fox Searchlight
8Ek Tha Tiger$434,516-62%1191$3,651$2,347,7742Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$401,929-20%33250$1,211$43,671,69714Focus
10The Intouchables$351,378-4%1940$1,811$10,446,57514Weinstein Company
11Celeste and Jesse Forever$288,90117%11548$2,512$1,029,4974Sony Pictures Classics
12Men in Black 3$239,554-21%232-26$1,033$178,515,57714Sony / Columbia
13The Watch$230,558-54%250-263$922$33,465,2355Fox
14Magic Mike$228,44215%355100$643$113,086,5449Warner Bros.
15To Rome with Love$194,542-20%22161$880$15,879,76610Sony Pictures Classics
16Ruby Sparks$163,534-46%135-83$1,211$2,105,3805Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$155,225-26%194-50$800$154,917,25513Universal
18Marvel's The Avengers$115,335-23%123-19$938$617,800,44617Disney
19The Hunger Games$114,851-44%189-41$608$407,884,01123Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$92,812-14%112-16$829$45,753,83617Fox Searchlight
21Savages$84,250-20%117-37$720$47,202,2958Universal
22Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$75,038-76%130-294$577$3,296,6283ARC Entertainment
23Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$60,096-47%106-93$567$65,054,6389Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robot & Frank$284,105699%4644$6,176$335,4142IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2The Queen of Versailles$191,192-8%9613$1,992$1,538,3856Magnolia Pictures
3Cosmopolis$154,529120%6360$2,453$448,3492Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$135,729-14%520$2,610$7,955,83419Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Searching For Sugar Man$121,21114%292$4,180$495,1535Sony Pictures Classics
6Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi$119,743--54--$2,217$119,7431Eros International
72 Days In New York$95,442-5%4121$2,328$284,1163Magnolia Pictures
8The Imposter$80,391-4%245$3,350$385,5097Indomina Releasing
9Red Hook Summer$79,944243%2920$2,757$168,6853Variance Films
10Farewell, My Queen$79,856-17%644$1,248$1,089,5397Cohen Media Group
11Samsara$76,222--2--$38,111$76,2221Oscilloscope
12Sleepwalk With Me$68,801--1--$68,801$68,8011IFC Films
13Prometheus$58,041-24%91-10$638$126,297,83612Fox
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$52,719-28%75-30$703$37,397,11710Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$47,80917%540$885$3,754,73712FilmDistrict
16Born to Be Wild 3D$47,2081%330$1,431$20,675,87473Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Bernie$45,123-27%52-19$868$9,117,65618Millennium Entertainment
18Compliance$44,749172%1110$4,068$88,0952Magnolia Pictures
19Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$34,695-29%36-3$964$383,8865IFC Films
20Hubble 3D$34,473-29%12-2$2,873$34,254,170128Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,239-55%66-74$428$25,309,9108Paramount
22Little White Lies$25,654--3--$8,551$25,6541MPI Media
23Under the Sea 3D$25,631-13%6-1$4,272$32,269,187185Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$24,340-4%100$2,434$6,032,6721203D Entertainment
25Hermano$18,835--49--$384$18,8351Music Box Films
26The Well-Digger's Daughter$18,538-38%10-4$1,854$212,3556Kino Lorber
27Beloved (2012)$15,417-40%72$2,202$55,4342IFC Films
28Neighboring Sounds$12,666--2--$6,333$12,6661Cinema Guild
29Your Sister's Sister$11,237-36%15-11$749$1,597,48611IFC Films
30People Like Us$9,263-46%23-31$403$12,431,7929Disney / DreamWorks
31Take This Waltz$8,743-52%17-7$514$1,194,4749Magnolia Pictures
32Easy Money (2012)$8,435-36%50$1,687$180,2077Weinstein Company
33Somewhere Between$7,799--1--$7,799$7,7991Long Shot Factory
34360$7,445-18%124$620$77,1224Magnolia Pictures
35Chicken With Plums$6,527-42%20$3,264$85,4952Sony Pictures Classics
36Painted Skin: The Resurrection$6,424-64%4-2$1,606$33,2122Well Go USA
37Neil Young Journeys$5,732-47%13-10$441$176,6059Sony Pictures Classics
38Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,511--1--$5,511$18,0813Rialto Pictures
39Teddy Bear$5,388--2--$2,694$6,7611Film Movement
40Hysteria$5,230-40%8-6$654$1,771,00715Sony Pictures Classics
41A Cat In Paris$5,12460%6-1$854$302,81213GKIDS
42Kumare$4,63514%63$773$101,86610Kino Lorber
43Dark Horse$3,973-33%5-1$795$166,22812Vitagraph
44Nobody Else But You$3,8464534%21$1,923$38,16816First Run Features
45Wild Horse, Wild Ride$3,610--1--$3,610$3,6101Screen Media Films
46Unforgivable$3,54759%20$1,774$117,3539Strand Releasing
47Death by China$3,286-42%10$3,286$10,5722Area23a
48Trishna$3,208-41%110$292$240,3817IFC Films
49The Day I Saw Your Heart$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Film Movement
50Meet The Fokkens$2,682-41%10$2,682$25,3243Kino Lorber
51Side By Side$2,500-64%21$1,250$11,3852Tribeca Film
52Where Do We Go Now?$2,4601%61$410$527,42316Sony Pictures Classics
53The Magic of Belle Isle$2,356-2%73$337$97,9318Magnolia Pictures
54The Invisible War$2,097458%43$524$56,41710Cinedigm
55Monsieur Lazhar$1,833-39%3-3$611$1,995,36544Music Box Films
56Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,777--2--$889$43,3377Strand Releasing
57$upercapitalist$1,65749%10$1,657$15,9193Truly Indie
58Klown$1,528-43%3-2$509$61,2745Drafthouse Films
59Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,417-16%10$1,417$30,83117New Yorker Films
60Elena (2012)$1,286-44%1-1$1,286$210,46015Zeitgeist Films
61Turn Me On, Dammit!$93629%10$936$122,05022New Yorker Films
62Oslo, August 31st$888-66%1-1$888$77,14314Strand Releasing
63Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$830116%32$277$76,13811Music Box Films
64You've Been Trumped$795-12%53$159$12,0794International Film Circuit
65Union Square (2012)$758-75%20$379$41,3857Dada Films
66Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$722-60%10$722$145,77516Rialto Pictures
67We Won't Grow Old Together$564--1--$564$8,55812The Film Desk
685 Broken Cameras$361-67%10$361$66,77313Kino Lorber
69OC87$339--1--$339$40,66714Fisher Klingenstein Films
70Alps$312--1--$312$6,6457Kino Lorber
71The Color Wheel$238156%10$238$17,33315Cinema Conservancy