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, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$85,737,841--3,841--$22,322$85,737,8411Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,326,977-43%3,187-158$3,554$78,773,6033Paramount
3Free Birds$11,112,063-30%3,7360$2,974$30,128,5142Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,036,270-32%3,08217$3,581$33,467,0062CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,259,188-62%3,4070$3,011$44,010,4882Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,535,339-33%2,720-304$3,138$231,249,8316Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,675,73139%1,144734$5,835$17,421,3124Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,712,028-32%2,646-375$2,159$90,894,0445Sony / Columbia
9About Time$4,758,070342%1,2001025$3,965$6,275,7432Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,776,914-33%1,836-594$1,512$109,953,0947Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,285,158-61%1,512-740$850$34,050,7754Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$845,029-63%1,049-917$806$23,207,8644Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$815,757-76%1,022-2022$798$15,860,7943Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$1,130,95498%399269$2,834$2,798,5554Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$633,686-42%429-233$1,477$15,839,3628Fox Searchlight
3Krrish3$526,989-50%2080$2,534$1,870,1082Eros International
4Despicable Me 2$474,31512%3101$1,530$365,353,62019Universal
5We're the Millers$272,416-34%358-197$761$149,681,84614Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$219,407-17%261-28$841$89,605,27514Disney
7Prisoners$179,076-55%225-240$796$60,269,0888Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$167,177-20%216-35$774$67,707,24214Fox
9Elysium$165,843595%192154$864$92,748,40714Sony / TriStar
10Machete Kills$150,112-8%212-51$708$7,949,1475Open Road
11Insidious Chapter 2$141,421-65%229-324$618$83,050,5309FilmDistrict
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$140,381-27%214-98$656$115,300,15513Weinstein Company
13Monsters University$129,092-27%158-18$817$268,186,28221Disney
14Rush (2013)$123,030-64%164-139$750$26,751,2998Universal
15Baggage Claim$98,685-59%135-159$731$21,384,0737Fox Searchlight
16Diana$90,42933%10062$904$193,5322eOne Films US
17Grown Ups 2$85,823-28%111-37$773$133,586,66018Sony / Columbia
18Runner Runner$39,922-61%119-118$335$19,242,0846Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$638,704145%3526$18,249$993,0882Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$249,77711%7134$3,518$746,4283IFC Films
3The Book Thief$105,005--4--$26,251$105,0051Fox
4Don Jon$103,095-40%92-89$1,121$24,077,9997Relativity Media
5The Saratov Approach$93,913-35%41-2$2,291$1,094,3035Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$88,500--86--$1,029$88,5001Main Street Films
7Kill Your Darlings$83,10724%3213$2,597$331,9604Sony Pictures Classics
8Blue Jasmine$82,244-26%60-34$1,371$32,519,48016Sony Pictures Classics
9Wadjda$57,489-39%59-25$974$1,235,8239Sony Pictures Classics
10I'm in Love with a Church Girl$55,904-71%74-169$755$2,165,7474High Top Releasing
11The Smurfs 2$53,465-33%94-41$569$70,948,91715Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$53,021-12%62-7$855$82,871,89617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Pulling Strings$49,794-28%76-33$655$5,782,3956Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Wolverine$45,512-38%77-42$591$132,425,01816Fox
15Hubble 3D$44,56324%141$3,183$41,186,627191Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Instructions Not Included$36,649-67%52-84$705$44,194,96611Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Muscle Shoals$34,265-41%35-11$979$505,2237Magnolia Pictures
18The Armstrong Lie$28,992--5--$5,798$28,9921Sony Pictures Classics
19How I Live Now$28,547--68--$420$28,5471Magnolia Pictures
20Austenland$25,275-3%6328$401$2,081,91313Sony Pictures Classics
21Inequality for All$24,046-54%37-30$650$1,124,2497RADiUS-TWC
22Space Station 3D$22,9230%51$4,585$89,341,874604IMAX
23The Family (2013)$22,414-53%57-30$393$36,623,0449Relativity Media
24Grace Unplugged$19,347-57%37-44$523$2,480,9576Roadside Attractions
25Reaching for the Moon$14,573--2--$7,287$14,5731Wolfe Releasing
26Spinning Plates$12,83111%60$2,139$57,7293The Film Arcade
27In a World...$12,595-33%18-4$700$2,927,33714Roadside Attractions
28Running From Crazy$12,39882%54$2,480$22,2402Vitagraph Films
29The Fifth Estate$11,827-64%23-88$514$3,218,1004Disney / DreamWorks
30The Heat$10,674-63%28-14$381$159,532,29820Fox
31Deep Sea 3D$9,58960%3-1$3,196$45,952,581402Warner Bros. / IMAX
32To the Arctic 3D$9,14138%123$762$13,631,10282Warner Bros. / IMAX
33I Am Divine$8,83870%73$1,263$32,1975The Film Collaborative
34The Ghosts in Our Machine$8,756--1--$8,756$8,7561Ghosts Media Inc.
35American Promise$8,220--3--$2,740$77,0094Rada Film Group
36The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$7,247-21%21$3,624$19,8292Zeitgeist Films
37The Square (2013)$6,764--2--$3,382$47,1743Netflix Originals
38The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,620274%30$2,207$53,13512Kino Lorber
39The World's End$6,446-25%9-7$716$25,982,54712Focus
40Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,394-36%21-1$304$1,124,8055Relativity Media
41Go for Sisters$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Variance Films
42The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,630--2--$2,815$14,1522Tribeca Film
43The Spectacular Now$5,517108%12-6$460$6,846,34515A24
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,314-36%8-2$664$23,078,929136Warner Bros. / IMAX
4520 Feet from Stardom$5,187-51%4-5$1,297$4,752,64522RADiUS-TWC
46At Berkeley$5,069--2--$2,535$5,0691Zipporah Films
47Seasons of Gray$4,751-37%6-2$792$70,6054EchoLight Studios
48When Comedy Went to School$4,679-8%3-2$1,560$219,22815International Film Circuit
49Approved for Adoption$4,014--1--$4,014$4,0141GKIDS
50Under the Sea 3D$3,882-1%51$776$33,659,281248Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Big Sur$3,838-77%5-8$768$29,8582Ketchup Entertainment
52The Way, Way Back$3,735-61%7-8$534$21,496,72719Fox Searchlight
53Let the Fire Burn$3,606-60%5-4$721$41,9436Zeitgeist Films
54Finding Mr. Right$3,430--3--$1,143$3,4301China Lion Film
55Museum Hours$3,32564%2-1$1,663$538,82820Cinema Guild
56Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,265-38%32$1,088$22,5953Cinepix
57Short Term 12$3,130-31%5-3$626$970,17612Cinedigm
58Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,759--2--$1,380$30,6529Icarus Films
59People of a Feather$2,413--1--$2,413$2,4131First Run Features
60God Loves Uganda$2,413-26%3-2$804$27,6365Variance Films
61The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,158-63%3-2$719$52,5457Rialto Pictures
62Good Ol' Freda$2,144-39%6-1$357$131,90710Magnolia Pictures
63Linsanity$2,04713%3-1$682$268,9416Ketchup Entertainment
64A Touch of Sin$1,514-25%40$379$82,0786Kino Lorber
65The Patience Stone$1,502101%3-1$501$145,11813Sony Pictures Classics
66Birth of the Living Dead$1,494332%1-1$1,494$8,5904First Run Features
67The Act of Killing$1,315--2--$658$447,49417Drafthouse Films
68Il Futuro$1,263--3--$421$13,70310Strand Releasing
69Best Man Down$1,171--2--$586$1,1711Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Tomorrow$1,011-82%3-4$337$166,0165Producers Distribution Agency
71Drinking Buddies$1,00611%42$252$341,93512Magnolia Pictures
72Broadway Idiot$8579%10$857$27,5955FilmBuff
73Terms and Conditions May Apply$821--2--$411$51,50718Variance Films
74Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$783--1--$783$12,8665First Run Features
75Camille Claudel 1915$78313%21$392$19,0374Kino Lorber
76Prince Avalanche$648-83%3-2$216$203,27814Magnolia Pictures
77La Maison de la Radio$609--1--$609$7,16910Kino Lorber
78Mr. Nobody$456-72%2-2$228$2,7442Magnolia Pictures
79Computer Chess$406--1--$406$101,21817Kino Lorber
80Free the Mind$358--1--$358$146,57728International Film Circuit
81I Used to Be Darker$280289%10$280$21,9647Strand Releasing
82Rising From Ashes$257--1--$257$35,89215First Run Features
83Drug War$182--1--$182$127,87716Variance Films / Well Go USA