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. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,159,176-26%2,389-684$2,578$213,919,6646Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$1,007,926489%250242$4,032$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
17A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
19Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
20Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
21Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
22Bears$11,787-55%31-41$380$17,748,88212Disneynature
23Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
25Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
26Locke$10,444-10%11-4$949$1,315,49611A24
27The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
28Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
29Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3050 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
31Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
32Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
33Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
34The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
35Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
36The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
37Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
38The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
39Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
40Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
41Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
42The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
43The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
44Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
45Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
46We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
47Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
48Coherence$3,023--3--$1,008$40,4073Oscilloscope
49Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
50Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
51Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
52Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
53Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
55Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
57Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
58The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
59Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
60The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
61Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
62Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
63Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
65Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
66To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
68The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
69Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
70The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
71For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics