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, Mar. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$45,038,460--3,470--$12,979$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,207,057--3,934--$8,187$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,829,605-45%3,11323$5,085$52,568,5302Universal
4The LEGO Movie$10,911,385-48%3,290-480$3,317$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,379,335-59%3,27111$3,173$41,874,2302Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,074,647-38%2,001-1001$1,537$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,009,910-39%2,348-524$1,282$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$2,954,554-19%1,660-86$1,780$392,994,66816Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,110,812116%1,065654$1,982$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,024,190-33%1,323-546$1,530$129,988,2708Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,018,697-55%1,714-1171$1,178$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,653,487-51%1,074-730$1,540$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,593,629-63%1,658-1000$961$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,053,257-45%605-340$1,741$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$902,1901%38444$2,349$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$901,555-41%4960$1,818$3,488,7853Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$688,931-44%359-146$1,919$115,691,78811Paramount
5Philomena$683,630-43%670-427$1,020$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$618,93943%31296$1,984$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$420,075-59%472-545$890$124,127,33111Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$407,285-73%536-1338$760$23,102,0754Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$344,20962%333118$1,034$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$325,398-51%490-262$664$61,399,0058Open Road
11Repentance$295,741-41%1575$1,884$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$262,253-38%155-95$1,692$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$219,169-61%188-420$1,166$25,587,7956Focus
14Nebraska$185,122-53%180-109$1,028$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
15Shaadi Ke Side Effects$166,062-71%1080$1,538$856,3232Eros International
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,338-89%304-1013$511$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$125,418-48%196-150$640$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$118,417-36%133-65$890$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Stalingrad (2014)$111,507-78%143-165$780$869,1162Sony / Columbia
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$110,670-59%107-260$1,034$50,098,7048Paramount
21Saving Mr. Banks$93,131-36%128-79$728$82,994,09613Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$91,472-37%148-26$618$206,147,94318Disney
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$82,009-31%133-30$617$58,023,61911Fox
24Walking With Dinosaurs$75,984-36%164-31$463$35,892,96312Fox
25Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,014-37%111-52$424$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$811,166--4--$202,792$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$169,03031%6512$2,600$716,1866Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$155,58785%7729$2,021$2,440,67817Janus Films
4Gloria (2014)$116,236-21%76-26$1,529$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$114,779158%1310$8,829$178,6192Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$102,7991%171$6,047$1,023,07315IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$98,45825%280$3,516$2,828,28225National Geographic
8I, Frankenstein$70,243-47%92-77$764$18,970,3417Lionsgate
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$57,666-76%58-85$994$2,285,8186ShortsHD
10Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,944167%2317$2,128$116,7653IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$44,7400%180$2,486$42,705,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Labor Day (2013)$44,417-7%84-23$529$13,320,0176Paramount
13Particle Fever$42,968--3--$14,323$68,2101Abramorama / Bond 360
14The Legend Of Hercules$40,486-42%61-28$664$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
15The Book Thief$36,627-30%49-24$747$21,345,52518Fox
16Free Birds$33,51631%7426$453$55,725,93019Relativity Media
17Winter's Tale$33,126-86%82-623$404$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
18Blue Jasmine$30,095156%3612$836$33,354,53833Sony Pictures Classics
19Inside Llewyn Davis$29,781-25%52-13$573$13,214,25514CBS Films
20Delivery Man$25,512-25%54-24$472$30,637,96016Disney / DreamWorks
2120 Feet from Stardom$25,263232%5544$459$4,908,79839RADiUS-TWC
22The Face of Love$24,660--3--$8,220$24,6601IFC Films
23Stranger By the Lake$22,90586%121$1,909$253,8087Strand Releasing
24The Past$21,358-55%32-34$667$1,271,87812Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,1134%359$603$255,2718IFC Films
26The Bag Man$17,748-39%1513$1,183$48,8172Cinedigm
27The Invisible Woman$17,31837%19-13$911$1,158,07511Sony Pictures Classics
28Devil's Due$16,215-45%26-22$624$15,801,5508Fox
29War of the Worlds Goliath$13,385--18--$744$13,3851Anderson Digital
30Beijing Love Story$12,472-70%6-5$2,079$413,4204China Lion Film
31To the Arctic 3D$11,25757%101$1,126$13,860,55399Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Ernest & Celestine$10,953-16%65$1,826$25,9602GKIDS
33Interior. Leather Bar.$10,902--1--$10,902$25,84110Strand Releasing
34Highway$10,880-89%9-71$1,209$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
35Vampire Academy$10,486-73%32-79$328$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
36Grudge Match$9,934-53%45-30$221$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
37The Rocket (2013)$9,118196%6-1$1,520$43,0189Kino Lorber
38Girl on a Bicycle$8,806285%4-2$2,202$76,8604Monterey Media
39Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,683-52%42-49$207$8,294,32015Weinstein Company
40Visitors$8,50945%136$655$70,3677Cinedigm
41When Comedy Went to School$7,915-15%70$1,131$337,05932International Film Circuit
42Journey to the West$7,456--7--$1,065$7,4561Magnolia / Magnet
43Under the Sea 3D$7,03416%5-1$1,407$33,771,730265Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,718-12%71$960$83,4235Kino Lorber
45American Mustang$6,442143%1-1$6,442$35,6738Vitagraph / Just Media
46Special ID$6,153--10--$615$6,1531Well Go USA
47Child's Pose$5,889-33%41$1,472$39,6733Zeitgeist Films
48Generation War$5,821-31%64$970$59,1088Music Box Films
49Adult World$4,963--11--$451$16,7404IFC Films
50Maidentrip$3,957-24%50$791$49,53812First Run Features
51Grand Piano$2,964--2--$1,482$2,9641Magnolia / Magnet
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,916-45%7-5$417$23,203,137153Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Jimmy P$2,40845%84$301$23,2204IFC Films
54In Bloom$2,261128%42$565$35,6039Big World Pictures
55Almost Human$2,147149%2-3$1,074$6,9863IFC Midnight
56The Best Offer$1,890-48%3-2$630$85,43310IFC Films
57Big Bad Wolves$1,43442%41$359$30,0008Magnolia / Magnet
58Deep Sea 3D$1,018--2--$509$46,024,509419Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$1,008344%42$252$695,62524Magnolia Pictures
60Free the Mind$905-54%10$905$155,74845International Film Circuit
61Blue Is the Warmest Color$681-70%2-1$341$2,199,67520IFC Films
62Two Lives$426-67%10$426$2,3112IFC Films
63Cutie and the Boxer$315-77%20$158$199,04530RADiUS-TWC
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$182--1--$182$35,67219International Film Circuit