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, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,855,326--2,903--$14,418$41,855,3261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$24,906,360-43%3,820-183$6,520$276,006,3953Universal
3Turbo$21,312,625--3,806--$5,600$31,015,3841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$19,872,150-52%3,4910$5,692$79,388,0262Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,048,422--3,016--$5,984$18,048,4221Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$16,002,231-57%3,28510$4,871$68,282,5232Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,691,415--2,852--$4,450$12,691,4151Universal
8The Heat$9,303,788-34%2,689-439$3,460$129,271,2244Fox
9World War Z$5,191,541-44%2,066-937$2,513$186,932,6085Paramount
10Monsters University$5,121,878-52%2,186-956$2,343$249,114,1325Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,380,047-62%2,273-1631$1,927$81,291,2903Disney
12White House Down$2,400,246-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,8754Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,819,387-61%1,050-1100$1,733$285,000,4746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,200,62296%304225$7,239$4,592,8923Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,034,217-57%748-144$2,720$29,947,0173Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,179,821-59%622-772$1,897$94,429,9136Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$694,477--351--$1,979$694,4771Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$436,092-67%333-517$1,310$114,410,7088Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$397,335-20%1354$2,943$2,425,3216RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$387,263-44%250-153$1,549$225,120,96610Paramount
8Epic$380,629-21%319-33$1,193$105,595,2019Fox
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$334,07499%302177$1,106$143,664,02811Warner Bros.
10Fast & Furious 6$322,250-41%279-113$1,155$237,121,2259Universal
11The Internship$225,3223%202-31$1,115$43,582,1227Fox
12The Croods$209,673-18%212-31$989$186,039,19618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13After Earth$196,383-28%189-49$1,039$59,755,0508Sony / Columbia
14Before Midnight$169,531-42%107-47$1,584$7,392,4909Sony Pictures Classics
15Iron Man 3$154,608-36%145-54$1,066$407,144,47212Disney
16The Purge$129,475-20%156-23$830$64,064,4107Universal
17The Hangover Part III$113,212-43%202-63$560$111,883,4479Warner Bros.
18Lootera$6,070-92%1000$61$581,8133Eros International
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$3,302-57%1610$21$3,827,4668Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$739,48491%3427$21,750$1,331,6972Weinstein Company
2Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$328,174-49%96-43$3,418$1,189,9612Reliance Entertainment
3Only God Forgives$313,958--78--$4,025$313,9581RADiUS-TWC
4Unfinished Song$156,307-35%88-3$1,776$1,070,5465Weinstein Company
5I'm So Excited$152,84745%5028$3,057$674,0894Sony Pictures Classics
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$145,305-43%95-43$1,530$3,832,5097Roadside Attractions
7The Attack$127,379--46--$2,769$910,9405Cohen Media Group
8Mud$94,980-30%77-36$1,234$21,240,34213Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$91,88939%155$6,126$39,598,638175Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fill the Void$83,990-36%61-3$1,377$1,552,5779Sony Pictures Classics
11Still Mine$76,807286%1915$4,042$536,0472IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Blackfish$75,962--5--$15,192$75,9621Magnolia Pictures
13The Bling Ring$70,020-56%38-59$1,843$5,628,6116A24
14The Hunt$56,60832%95$6,290$123,9372Magnolia Pictures
15Ramaiya Vastavaiya$52,514--67--$784$52,5141Reliance Entertainment
16Frances Ha$50,321-25%32-25$1,573$3,869,79710IFC Films
17The Rooftop$47,259--17--$2,780$47,2591Well Go USA
18The Kings of Summer$39,204-46%35-21$1,120$1,290,2228CBS Films
19The East$35,655-62%31-40$1,150$2,209,5238Fox Searchlight
2042 (2013)$33,316-45%85-20$392$95,001,34315Warner Bros.
21Pain and Gain$29,282-61%70-80$418$49,735,74013Paramount
22Space Station 3D$28,2009%20$14,100$88,557,282588IMAX
23The Act of Killing$27,450--1--$27,450$27,4501Drafthouse Films
24Hannah Arendt$27,438-23%215$1,307$399,6928Zeitgeist Films
25To the Arctic 3D$25,88327%17-1$1,523$13,233,28266Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Crystal Fairy$25,6472%97$2,850$66,9802IFC Films
27Under the Sea 3D$24,78222%93$2,754$33,288,108232Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Copperhead$23,847486%3631$662$145,2794Brainstorm Media
29A Hijacking$23,459-55%21-11$1,117$327,7755Magnolia Pictures
30Museum Hours$22,4501%30$7,483$157,0464Cinema Guild
31Stories We Tell$21,198-17%22-6$964$1,516,40511Roadside Attractions
32Born to Be Wild 3D$19,49748%152$1,300$22,745,662120Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$18,81356%92$2,090$68,5613Magnolia Pictures
34Storm Surfers 3D$16,2749%71$2,325$90,20913XLrator Media
35Love Is All You Need$11,766-69%18-17$654$1,537,96212Sony Pictures Classics
36Deep Sea 3D$10,8109%30$3,603$45,693,868386Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Kon-Tiki$10,058-54%9-12$1,118$1,467,13813Weinstein Company
38Computer Chess$9,683--2--$4,842$17,0041Kino Lorber
39The Company You Keep$9,433104%90$1,048$5,120,03016Sony Pictures Classics
40Life of Pi$8,367--18--$465$124,985,00235Fox
41The Iceman$7,59662%149$543$1,959,17512Millennium Entertainment
42Dirty Wars$6,246-23%174$367$344,4177IFC Films
43More Than Honey$5,568-26%3-1$1,856$47,5666Kino Lorber
44One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,476-30%51$1,095$83,28611Zeitgeist Films
45V/H/S/2$4,868-51%11-1$443$17,6682Magnolia / Magnet
46What Maisie Knew$4,731-57%8-5$591$1,058,02112Millenium Entertainment
47Byzantium$4,334-64%11-2$394$75,5664IFC Films
48Augustine$4,088-48%4-4$1,022$95,10210Music Box Films
49Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,804-14%21$1,902$9,9102Variance Films
50Pandora's Promise$3,598-48%1-3$3,598$62,5586Abramorama
51Dealin' with Idiots$3,592-58%21$1,796$15,3082IFC Films
52Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,365-21%41$841$516,71912eOne Films US
53Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$3,24349%21$1,622$134,59314Kino Lorber
54An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,238--2--$1,619$63,31413Variance Films
55Scary Movie 5$2,565-97%8-25$321$32,014,28915Weinstein / Dimension
56No Place on Earth$2,448141%31$816$195,28816Magnolia Pictures
57The Sapphires$2,298-76%10-5$230$2,448,45518Weinstein Company
58Leviathan (2013)$2,231--3--$744$71,31621Cinema Guild
59A Band Called Death$2,045-73%4-6$511$103,9134Drafthouse Films
60Stuck in Love$1,956-85%3-12$652$69,4753Millennium Entertainment
61Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$21,97320Rialto Pictures
62Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$39,00214Rialto Pictures
63Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$1,751-68%2-2$876$25,5676First Run Features
64Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,4371139%21$719$102,05714Kino Lorber
65Three Worlds$1,384--1--$1,384$3,9525Film Movement
66Viola$1,364-78%10$1,364$13,1082Cinema Guild
67Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,322--2--$661$32,34316Cinema Guild
68The Wall$1,252--1--$1,252$21,1008Music Box Films
69Shadow Dancer$1,068-64%3-1$356$96,5418Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Planet Earth$1,005-98%7-48$144$57,011,84723Weinstein Company
71At Any Price$984-74%4-2$246$374,71813Sony Pictures Classics
72Night Across the Street$653-41%10$653$16,36524Cinema Guild
73Searching For Sugar Man$64842%10$648$3,691,66852Sony Pictures Classics
74√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$27444%1-1$274$13,8537Magnolia Pictures
75In the Fog$235-84%30$78$10,7196Strand Releasing
76Not Today$206-95%10$206$317,90315Freestyle Releasing