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. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$17,732,480--2,816--$6,297$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$10,001,982--2,888--$3,463$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$9,030,381-33%3,334-21$2,709$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$7,232,610-23%3,131-523$2,310$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$6,572,820-24%3,085-370$2,131$38,052,0063Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$6,276,654-12%2,63537$2,382$36,154,0123Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$6,116,335-15%2,187-419$2,797$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$5,710,234-24%2,941-361$1,942$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$5,611,077-14%1,747656$3,212$18,778,1078Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Hope Springs (2012)$4,697,097-18%2,44139$1,924$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$3,971,312-34%2,2550$1,761$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$2,586,456-43%2,8700$901$10,055,8462Open Road
13Marvel's The Avengers$1,910,7011557%1,7051582$1,121$619,760,59418Disney
14Sparkle (2012)$1,779,776-55%1,257-987$1,416$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
15Brave$1,427,002176%1,7081256$835$231,801,17911Disney
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,418,738-37%1,204-761$1,178$45,186,3265Fox
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,299,628-26%1,036-514$1,254$155,635,4428Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$443,901--2,160--$206$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$924,77688%50183$1,846$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$868,526-51%756-820$1,149$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$810,645-14%561-222$1,445$215,975,55010Universal
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$718,090149%586471$1,225$1,873,9225Sony Pictures Classics
5Robot & Frank$692,318144%14498$4,808$1,140,5633IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Apparition$632,262-78%8100$781$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$630,2094%505131$1,248$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$528,16714%26755$1,978$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
9The Intouchables$379,8268%175-19$2,170$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$342,370-15%197-135$1,738$44,205,43815Focus
11Step Up Revolution$288,586-42%236-192$1,223$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
12The Watch$228,206-1%195-55$1,170$33,762,4066Fox
13Men in Black 3$188,572-21%186-46$1,014$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$183,785206%17973$1,027$65,254,18310Lionsgate
15Magic Mike$158,066-31%268-87$590$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
16Snow White and the Huntsman$104,390-33%143-51$730$155,081,78514Universal
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$99,3687%105-7$946$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
18The Hunger Games$58,343-49%145-44$402$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$322,677369%2928$11,127$411,8932IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$163,772-14%87-9$1,882$1,800,8207Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,08916%520$3,040$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To Rome with Love$146,330-25%94-127$1,557$16,124,01611Sony Pictures Classics
5For A Good Time, Call...$143,935--23--$6,258$143,9351Focus
6Searching For Sugar Man$140,67416%323$4,396$693,9756Sony Pictures Classics
7Samsara$139,40783%97$15,490$257,6562Oscilloscope
8Joker$105,865--74--$1,431$105,8651UTV Communications
9Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$95,452--15--$6,363$95,4521Indomina Releasing
102 Days In New York$90,968-5%421$2,166$417,8444Magnolia Pictures
11Ruby Sparks$89,597-45%78-57$1,149$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
12Cosmopolis$89,049-42%652$1,370$606,1373Entertainment One Films
13The Imposter$78,101-3%317$2,519$496,5728Indomina Releasing
14Farewell, My Queen$59,108-26%36-28$1,642$1,185,9058Cohen Media Group
15Mugamoodi$55,501--21--$2,643$56,6031UTV Communications
16Compliance$54,14121%198$2,850$165,5993Magnolia Pictures
17Red Hook Summer$52,859-34%4112$1,289$245,1064Variance Films
18Born to Be Wild 3D$48,8714%330$1,481$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Savages$46,335-45%82-35$565$47,294,8409Universal
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,052-13%49-26$940$37,465,45211Fox
21Prometheus$45,847-21%55-36$834$126,376,36013Fox
22The Bullet Vanishes$43,444--14--$3,103$43,4441China Lion Film
23Little White Lies$43,03568%129$3,586$80,3362MPI Media
24Hubble 3D$42,73524%142$3,053$34,333,818129Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Safety Not Guaranteed$39,693-17%48-6$827$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
26Bernie$26,302-42%26-26$1,012$9,158,55719Millennium Entertainment
27The Well-Digger's Daughter$24,44832%144$1,746$242,9637Kino Lorber
28Under the Sea 3D$23,569-8%71$3,367$32,321,128186Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$17,257-50%18-18$959$422,2726IFC Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,293-33%100$1,629$6,069,9941213D Entertainment
31Side By Side$16,087543%42$4,022$28,5923Tribeca Film
32Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$15,154-80%31-99$489$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
33Beloved (2012)$14,221-8%6-1$2,370$77,2993IFC Films
34The Ambassador$13,046--4--$3,262$14,8271Drafthouse Films
35Chicken With Plums$11,21672%31$3,739$100,0923Sony Pictures Classics
36Oslo, August 31st$10,6211096%76$1,517$88,34315Strand Releasing
37The Day$10,121--12--$843$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
38Neighboring Sounds$9,500-25%20$4,750$29,2952Cinema Guild
39The Awakening (2012)$8,822--13--$679$169,6793Cohen Media Group
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$7,818--4--$1,955$60,2017Tribeca Film
41Take This Waltz$6,341-27%9-8$705$1,206,55910Magnolia Pictures
42Neil Young Journeys$6,0315%11-2$548$186,13510Sony Pictures Classics
43A Cat In Paris$5,63610%3-3$1,879$310,05514GKIDS
44Teddy Bear$4,680-13%1-1$4,680$14,6182Film Movement
45Little Birds$4,574--1--$4,574$6,9141Millenium Entertainment
46360$4,458-40%3-9$1,486$85,2795Magnolia Pictures
47Monsieur Lazhar$3,20175%2-1$1,601$1,999,88245Music Box Films
48Union Square (2012)$3,191321%20$1,596$44,8308Dada Films
49The Good Doctor$3,180--2--$1,590$3,1801Magnolia Pictures
50Unforgivable$2,592-27%1-1$2,592$121,43810Strand Releasing
51Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,574210%1-2$2,574$78,84012Music Box Films
52Somewhere Between$2,512-68%10$2,512$14,0482Long Shot Factory
53Easy Money (2012)$2,375-72%2-3$1,188$187,0768Weinstein Company
54Painted Skin: The Resurrection$1,861-71%1-3$1,861$37,9383Well Go USA
55Elena (2012)$1,74035%21$870$210,91416Zeitgeist Films
56Kumare$1,678-64%3-3$559$107,54711Kino Lorber
57Klown$1,6307%2-1$815$65,5496Drafthouse Films
58The Magic of Belle Isle$1,516-36%2-5$758$100,6499Magnolia Pictures
59Hysteria$1,450-72%4-4$363$1,774,47716Sony Pictures Classics
60Where Do We Go Now?$1,410-43%2-4$705$530,61717Sony Pictures Classics
61Hermano$1,318-93%8-41$165$28,3232Music Box Films
62You've Been Trumped$1,18249%3-2$394$15,2805International Film Circuit
63Breathing$949--1--$949$9491Kino Lorber
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$684-27%10$684$122,96723New Yorker Films
65The Invisible War$123-94%1-3$123$57,74211Cinedigm