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, Dec. 21 - Sun, Dec. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$36,888,365-56%4,10055$8,997$150,041,2652Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$15,210,156--3,352--$4,538$15,210,1561Paramount
3This is 40$11,579,175--2,913--$3,975$11,579,1751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$5,732,817-20%3,031-356$1,891$79,527,0475Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$5,525,774-21%2,2938$2,410$116,673,5987Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$5,290,629--2,431--$2,176$7,321,2431Paramount
7Skyfall$4,867,540-26%2,365-559$2,058$279,959,3147Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$4,774,686--2,618--$1,824$6,259,6671Disney
9Life of Pi$4,017,237-26%1,750-798$2,296$76,373,4815Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,626,955-49%2,000-1042$1,313$281,632,6896Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$1,819,036-43%1,444-805$1,260$171,741,5618Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$794,880-67%1,011-1239$786$42,626,7835FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,162,993--840--$2,575$2,282,3681Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$1,781,196-16%3710$4,801$19,861,2386Weinstein Company
3Dabangg 2$1,019,213--166--$6,140$1,019,2131Eros International
4Argo$899,693-23%450-217$1,999$106,435,36311Warner Bros.
5Flight$678,171-65%742-1081$914$90,957,8588Paramount
6Anna Karenina (2012)$669,187-35%331-78$2,022$9,639,3746Focus
7Hitchcock$579,676-48%535-26$1,084$4,194,9685Fox Searchlight
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$424,105-87%851-1989$498$12,410,4633FilmDistrict
9Hotel Transylvania$313,892323%301165$1,043$144,264,74013Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$218,796168%291141$752$42,936,47711Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$204,623-29%275-64$744$138,469,72312Fox
12Pitch Perfect$130,545-47%214-118$610$64,124,35813Universal
13Killing Them Softly$113,244-89%149-1278$760$14,736,3314Weinstein Company
14The Collection$80,202-85%112-509$716$6,810,7544LD Entertainment
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$77,094-12%14116$547$17,146,73014Lionsgate / Summit
16End of Watch$72,466-21%1720$421$40,594,53814Open Road
17Frankenweenie$69,592188%178122$391$34,485,37812Disney
18Looper$34,437-62%100-90$344$66,396,95413Sony / TriStar
19Khiladi 786$1,516-98%1150$13$380,9823Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$417,150--5--$83,430$646,1611Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$387,57932%8650$4,507$916,5713Focus
3The Impossible$143,818--15--$9,588$143,8181Lionsgate / Summit
4Rust and Bone$126,763121%2721$4,695$366,5295Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$106,72416%151$7,115$621,6815Warner Bros.
6The Sessions$91,222-38%98-53$931$5,375,00910Fox Searchlight
7Amour$68,266--3--$22,755$97,8171Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$51,74839%12-2$4,312$35,539,669145Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Late Quartet$48,093-6%39-7$1,233$1,165,5218Entertainment One / RKO
10To the Arctic 3D$46,81125%520$900$10,307,86436Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$39,829-52%50-48$797$26,721,9019Warner Bros.
12On the Road$39,550--4--$9,888$39,5501IFC Films
13Talaash$35,548-79%25-88$1,422$2,801,6654Reliance Entertainment
14A Werewolf Boy$29,804-43%9-11$3,312$295,4004CJ Entertainment
15Sinister$28,154-64%93-91$303$47,988,00311Lionsgate / Summit
16Alex Cross$27,298-63%94-81$290$25,801,29110Lionsgate / Summit
17A Royal Affair$26,774-42%36-20$744$585,8727Magnolia Pictures
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,801-44%72-12$358$161,055,79024Fox
19Any Day Now$23,665-42%193$1,246$82,3852Music Box Films
20Not Fade Away$19,182--3--$6,394$19,1821Paramount Vantage
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,192-7%300$606$21,551,66790Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Central Park Five$18,003-53%19-3$948$217,2385IFC Films
23Finding Nemo 3D$17,962-72%36-34$499$40,975,99315Disney
24Searching For Sugar Man$15,703-30%25-6$628$2,960,48822Sony Pictures Classics
25Paranormal Activity 4$12,141-79%50-107$243$53,849,88810Paramount
26The Master$11,56824%13-1$890$15,933,45215Weinstein Company
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,124-76%49-56$207$51,778,21619Disney
28Back to 1942$9,414--5--$1,883$300,4644China Lion Film
29The Intouchables$8,901-51%7-18$1,272$13,094,64631Weinstein Company
30Brave$7,365-81%39-76$189$237,236,93827Disney
31Samsara$6,306-56%8-3$788$2,601,84718Oscilloscope
32Django (2012 re-issue)$6,150--8--$769$6,1501Rialto Pictures
33ParaNorman$5,349-81%24-37$223$55,978,94219Focus
34Chasing Mavericks$4,590-76%18-28$255$5,919,2109Fox
35Under the Sea 3D$4,370-1%61$728$32,479,778202Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Deadfall (2012)$4,088-75%8-9$511$58,6013Magnolia Pictures
37Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$3,643-20%7-7$520$945,95914IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Arbitrage$3,580-45%5-5$716$7,899,16615Roadside Attractions
39Brooklyn Castle$3,383149%20$1,692$190,89610Producers Distribution Agency
40The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,63944%31$880$378,90523Kino Lorber
41The Flat$2,501-83%6-9$417$455,20310IFC Films
42Smashed$2,143-48%5-5$429$372,53711Sony Pictures Classics
43In Another Country$1,7096736%32$570$9,6527Kino Lorber
44Keep the Lights On$1,17944%10$1,179$245,13816Music Box Films
45Wagner & Me$1,136-65%2-2$568$28,2223First Run Features
46California Solo$1,00718%1-1$1,007$12,4644Strand Releasing
47Masquerade (2012)$868-53%10$868$905,10814CJ Entertainment
48Beware of Mr. Baker$822-81%10$822$50,7504SnagFilms
49All Together$58470%10$584$38,48210Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
50Now, Forager$546--1--$546$7,75712Argot Pictures
51Kumare$497--1--$497$131,41727Kino Lorber
52North Sea Texas$493-61%1-1$493$21,6158Strand Releasing
53Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$443164%21$222$28,2998Zeitgeist Films
54Starlet$254-85%1-3$254$77,0807Music Box Films
55Somewhere Between$139-95%1-1$139$179,11718Long Shot Factory