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, Apr. 5 - Sun, Apr. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$25,775,847--3,025--$8,521$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$20,875,389-48%3,73415$5,591$86,438,4492Paramount
3The Croods$20,651,694-23%3,879-186$5,324$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jurassic Park 3D$18,620,145--2,771--$6,720$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$10,163,132-28%3,059-47$3,322$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$10,085,805-53%2,0470$4,927$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$8,010,234-32%2,905-419$2,757$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$5,198,615-51%3,2020$1,624$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$3,500,248-29%2,002-437$1,748$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$1,946,048-40%1,407-754$1,383$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$1,172,022-58%1,072-307$1,093$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$796,705-27%721-361$1,105$131,232,3359Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$603,470-33%524-228$1,152$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$522,349-49%502-578$1,041$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$480,929-64%535-1040$899$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$366,786-4%252-50$1,456$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$354,962-17%269-71$1,320$123,920,58320Fox
7Safe Haven$273,674-29%360-190$760$70,327,9528Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$269,714119%287125$940$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$261,79511%432-545$606$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$226,209-49%304-442$744$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11The Gatekeepers$172,427-15%13126$1,316$2,116,26010Sony Pictures Classics
1221 And Over$166,657-45%180-164$926$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$165,1684%22516$734$66,795,6508Fox
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$138,365-24%180-22$769$55,439,52111Paramount
15Django Unchained$137,857-20%183-50$753$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
16Emperor$132,520-11%120-18$1,104$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
17On the Road$107,570-9%10730$1,005$594,61216IFC Films
18Wreck-It Ralph$94,697-20%156-51$607$189,180,08223Disney
19Argo$85,949-39%172-88$500$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
20Parental Guidance$82,411-7%110-30$749$77,045,46215Fox
21Dead Man Down$50,54977%14671$346$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
22Lincoln$47,845-44%102-87$469$182,137,97322Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$703,379152%3026$23,446$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$292,030308%6048$4,867$443,9823Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$208,644-8%8919$2,344$1,608,6248Sony Pictures Classics
4The Company You Keep$131,718--5--$26,344$131,7181Sony Pictures Classics
5Trance$131,145--4--$32,786$131,1451Fox Searchlight
6From Up on Poppy Hill$130,69910%4116$3,188$472,4904GKIDS
7Ginger & Rosa$125,424-27%9921$1,267$575,2884A24
8Side Effects (2013)$104,554-18%80-22$1,307$31,391,4839Open Road
9Renoir$102,55057%2014$5,128$199,9582IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10Hubble 3D$79,275-18%14-4$5,663$37,462,698160Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Lore$76,738-1%506$1,535$718,7469Music Box Films
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$69,306--16--$4,332$69,3061CodeBlack Films
13Stoker$64,216-63%89-105$722$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
14The Impossible$59,11430%80-6$739$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
15Starbuck$57,82417%3114$1,865$3,605,6063eOne Films US
16New World$54,581-39%19-2$2,873$400,4163Well Go USA
17Settai$52,386--33--$1,587$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
18To the Arctic 3D$50,633-20%520$974$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Room 237$49,76168%119$4,524$93,0272IFC Midnight
20Rise of The Guardians$43,377-34%89-45$487$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
21Monsters, Inc. 3D$42,13938%32-8$1,317$33,889,85916Disney
22The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$39,325-43%77-68$511$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
23Blancanieves$34,49137%1410$2,464$72,2402Cohen Media Group
24Upstream Color$28,649--1--$28,649$28,6491ERBP
25Born to Be Wild 3D$28,582-34%300$953$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$25,384-17%20$12,692$87,613,847573IMAX
27Under the Sea 3D$23,53521%14-2$1,681$32,758,987217Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Himmatwala$23,124-88%61-38$379$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
29Beautiful Creatures (2013)$20,369-50%55-60$370$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
30Dark Skies$18,865-67%28-73$674$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
31Reality$18,02354%128$1,502$55,2614Oscilloscope
32Camp (2013)$17,568368%82$2,196$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
33Searching For Sugar Man$16,0654%182$893$3,612,24437Sony Pictures Classics
34Amour$15,828-46%30-19$528$6,685,66016Sony Pictures Classics
35A Royal Affair$15,70646%114$1,428$1,516,40322Magnolia Pictures
36The Silence$14,233-23%112$1,294$69,1705Music Box Films
37No Place on Earth$13,813--2--$6,907$13,8131Magnolia Pictures
38Gimme the Loot$12,763-25%84$1,595$65,5813IFC Films
39Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$12,068--1--$12,068$12,0681Cinema Guild
40Girl Rising$11,219216%63$1,870$589,7135Gathr Films
41Hava Nagila (The Movie)$9,811-48%13-3$755$239,1206International Film Circuit
42Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$9,45219%100$945$308,36411Music Box Films
43Beyond the Hills$8,342-8%122$695$96,1895IFC Films
44Chasing Ice$8,099--9--$900$1,309,99722Submarine Deluxe
4556 Up$7,326-53%10-5$733$668,50614First Run Features
46Bless Me, Ultima$6,987-38%6-5$1,165$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
47Upside Down$6,578-16%10-9$658$102,1184Millennium Entertainment
48Koch$6,260-32%7-2$894$320,90110Zeitgeist Films
49Deep Sea 3D$6,250-19%20$3,125$45,494,076371Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Like Someone in Love$5,712-31%12-1$476$207,4838IFC Films
51Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$5,498--1--$5,498$83,7965Tribeca Film
52M (2013 re-issue)$5,253736%32$1,751$22,8674Kino Lorber
53Simon Killer$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541IFC Films
54Down the Shore$4,808--2--$2,404$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
55Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$4,691--4--$1,173$6,4701First Run Features
56The Brass Teapot$4,468--2--$2,234$4,4681Magnolia Pictures
57The Playroom$3,900--12--$325$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
58A Place at the Table$3,82688%146$273$203,5666Magnolia Pictures
59Wrong$3,212-84%8-11$402$33,6142Drafthouse Films
60Leonie$3,097-29%5-1$619$17,6054Monterey Media
61Sound City$2,894-53%4-2$724$391,16110Variance Films
62West of Memphis$2,518-71%13-7$194$298,45415Sony Pictures Classics
63White Elephant$2,421-53%10$2,421$8,4622Strand Releasing
64Welcome to the Punch$2,057-25%97$229$6,7872IFC Films
65The Waiting Room$2,041191%1-1$2,041$241,93528International Film Circuit
66Orchestra of Exiles$1,936-3%21$968$32,04224First Run Features
67A Fierce Green Fire$1,81210%2-2$906$19,4736First Run Features
68John Dies at the End$1,55551%42$389$141,30711Magnolia / Magnet
69The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,540-54%2-5$770$370,2896Methinx Entertainment
70Love and Honor (2013)$1,519-76%4-4$380$16,3263IFC Films
71The Girl (2013)$1,487-43%3-1$496$34,1925Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
72Kai Po Che$1,414-78%2-3$707$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
73Hunky Dory$1,219-55%3-3$406$15,3933Variance Films
74Radio Unnameable$1,218--1--$1,218$23,33229Kino Lorber
75Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,054-30%1-3$1,054$59,6455Cinedigm
76Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$1,016--5--$203$1,0161Music Box Films
77Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$992-77%10$992$11,5343The Film Desk
78Violeta Went to Heaven$964-83%31$321$9,1032Kino Lorber
79Leviathan (2013)$756-64%20$378$44,6906Cinema Guild
80Mental$750-92%1-11$750$17,3462Dada Films
8111 Flowers$614-47%10$614$8,4597First Run Features
82Dorfman in Love$582-80%4-1$146$13,7373Brainstorm Media
83Silver Circle$544--1--$544$3,1133Area23a
845 Broken Cameras$432--1--$432$103,01145Kino Lorber
85If I Were You$66-73%1-2$66$8,0864Kino Lorber
86All Together$26--1--$26$42,24525Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film