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. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$95,023,721--3,938--$24,130$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$17,045,744-61%3,5714$4,773$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$12,976,413-49%3,631-305$3,574$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$7,762,603-12%1,758580$4,416$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$6,145,357-46%3,052-142$2,014$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,115,230-28%1,263286$4,842$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,131,458-43%2,931-368$1,751$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$1,999,758-62%2,4860$804$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$1,807,160-57%1,779-926$1,016$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$1,793,330-55%1,724-791$1,040$88,104,1206Universal
11Bad Words$1,613,277-37%1,074232$1,502$5,941,6814Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$1,466,274-65%1,555-1046$943$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$1,402,281-54%1,350-651$1,039$250,608,5849Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$962,077-66%6640$1,449$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$399,87718%321-66$1,246$398,938,89020Disney
3Frankie & Alice$350,647--171--$2,051$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$324,546-71%425-714$764$15,659,8284Lionsgate
5The Lunchbox$320,69812%10330$3,114$1,330,8406Sony Pictures Classics
6Son of God$305,629-71%481-796$635$58,545,2756Fox
7Le Week-End$290,62035%10353$2,822$841,6384Music Box Films
8The Nut Job$273,434-13%285-9$959$63,506,25212Open Road
9Gravity$242,00698%255120$949$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$217,803-49%308-193$707$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
1150 to 1$206,207420%133115$1,550$369,0363Ten Furlongs
12Ride Along$184,255-42%236-124$781$133,941,07012Universal
13Jinn$149,337--201--$743$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$86,582-18%197-5$440$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$71,077-23%134-28$530$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
163 Days to Kill$67,181-68%131-209$513$30,388,4067Relativity Media
17Lone Survivor$67,075-25%140-25$479$125,069,69615Universal
1812 Years a Slave$65,934-51%128-100$515$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,720-41%130-55$467$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
20RoboCop (2014)$54,417-44%118-50$461$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
21American Hustle$52,791-51%119-69$444$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$188,307--37--$5,089$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Main Tera Hero$162,404--77--$2,109$162,4041Eros International
3Under the Skin (2014)$133,154--4--$33,289$133,1541A24
4The Raid 2$130,928-21%2619$5,036$351,7662Sony Pictures Classics
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$97,704-21%5921$1,656$536,1363Magnolia Pictures
6Journey to the South Pacific$89,299-33%170$5,253$1,850,92619IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Finding Vivian Maier$83,260--13--$6,405$172,5842IFC Films
8Nymphomaniac: Volume II$74,978--30--$2,499$74,9781Magnolia Pictures
9Afflicted$69,447--44--$1,578$69,4471CBS Films
10The Unknown Known$64,315--18--$3,573$64,3151RADiUS-TWC
11Hubble 3D$63,399-3%181$3,522$43,323,340212Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Wind Rises$58,472-52%52-26$1,124$5,035,9427Disney
13Particle Fever$57,315-17%270$2,123$533,6235Abramorama / Bond 360
14Enemy$55,591-55%75-45$741$893,4104A24
15Jerusalem 3D$52,040-23%320$1,626$3,504,10529National Geographic
16Jodorowsky's Dune$49,99039%169$3,124$163,3253Sony Pictures Classics
17Rob the Mob$48,963119%2217$2,226$97,1963Millennium Entertainment
18Tim's Vermeer$48,855-46%64-30$763$1,522,04310Sony Pictures Classics
19Anita (2014)$40,804104%92$4,534$132,8343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20On My Way$37,952-36%25-6$1,518$216,8624Cohen Media Group
21The Face of Love$36,670--36--$1,019$268,6015IFC Films
22Veronica Mars$36,525-77%74-136$494$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
23Her (2013)$32,382-34%85-25$381$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
24Breathe In$31,704107%4123$773$56,1012Cohen Media Group
25Ernest & Celestine$31,5212%2412$1,313$171,8286GKIDS
26Dom Hemingway$29,276--4--$7,319$38,7281Fox Searchlight
27Dallas Buyers Club$28,832-49%52-47$554$27,242,01223Focus
28About Last Night$26,851-64%44-47$610$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
29Thor: The Dark World$22,93336%35-6$655$206,344,13122Disney
30The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$17,453-24%36-7$485$58,229,12015Fox
31Walking With Dinosaurs$13,473-27%33-9$408$36,073,23216Fox
32Alan Partridge$12,664--3--$4,221$12,6641Magnolia Pictures
33August: Osage County$11,924-64%42-39$284$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
34Saving Mr. Banks$11,335-64%36-19$315$83,289,48117Disney
35Gloria (2014)$10,821-48%17-19$637$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
36Alien Abduction$10,514--13--$809$10,5141IFC Midnight
37Veil of Tears$10,162--4--$2,541$48,0902Word Films
38The Book Thief$9,963-51%23-8$433$21,483,15422Fox
39Mistaken for Strangers$9,393-89%7-2$1,342$108,4742Abramorama
40Ilo Ilo$8,775--2--$4,388$8,7751Film Movement
41Cheap Thrills$8,733-4%1811$485$45,6993Drafthouse Films
42Under the Sea 3D$7,894-17%114$718$33,831,737269Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Great Beauty$7,798-68%7-13$1,114$2,815,30921Janus Films
44Watermark$7,724--2--$3,862$7,7241eOne Films US
45To the Arctic 3D$7,704-46%5-1$1,541$13,950,388103Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Players$6,674--50--$133$6,6741Weinstein Company
47The Missing Picture$6,261-19%95$696$34,7383Strand Releasing
48On the Other Side of the Tracks$5,923--50--$118$5,9231Weinstein Company
49The Invisible Woman$5,551-29%9-7$617$1,219,89715Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,185--1--$5,185$5,1851Zeitgeist Films
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,619-57%10-2$462$23,260,849157Warner Bros. / IMAX
52The Jewish Cardinal$4,581--4--$1,145$85,36313Film Movement
53Child's Pose$4,1043%40$1,026$76,9607Zeitgeist Films
54Stranger By the Lake$3,022-31%51$604$320,81711Strand Releasing
55Vampire Academy$2,593-59%11-13$236$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
56Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$2,39568%4-1$599$120,1559Kino Lorber
57The Past$1,756-75%4-19$439$1,325,67216Sony Pictures Classics
58No God, No Master$1,591--5--$318$1,7522Monterey Media
59Stalingrad (2014)$1,577-86%10-56$158$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
60Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55155%31$517$28,1969Rialto Pictures
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,43848%2-1$719$43,30323International Film Circuit
62Grand Piano$1,204-53%5-1$241$20,8985Magnolia / Magnet
63Jews of Egypt$1,177-46%10$1,177$4,5062ArtMattan Productions
64When Comedy Went to School$1,082-61%3-2$361$365,54836International Film Circuit
65Big Men$1,021-89%1-2$1,021$39,5554Abramorama
66Fire in the Blood$885--3--$295$28,94831International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$880-56%10$880$42,45513Big World Pictures
68Refuge$796-38%10$796$2,5542Strand Releasing
69Girl on a Bicycle$769-25%32$256$88,2468Monterey Media
70Maidentrip$623-53%1-3$623$66,00516First Run Features
71Journey to the West$533-63%2-1$267$17,7345Magnolia / Magnet
72The Rocket (2013)$414--1--$414$52,58613Kino Lorber
7320 Feet from Stardom$154-91%1-3$154$4,940,78343RADiUS-TWC