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. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,254,310-50%3,9692$9,134$139,207,1542Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$29,816,675--2,806--$10,626$29,816,6751Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,509,407--3,826--$4,576$17,509,4071Disney
4Sex Tape$14,608,152--3,062--$4,771$14,608,1521Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,845,720-40%3,224-689$3,054$227,002,6084Paramount
6Tammy$7,402,208-41%3,402-63$2,176$71,050,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,703,353-28%2,229-582$2,110$180,512,4646Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,904,709-36%2,169-716$1,800$160,776,6046Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,267,824-40%2,450-780$1,334$31,987,1383Relativity Media
10Maleficent$3,238,213-23%1,541-536$2,101$228,303,4488Disney
11Begin Again$2,639,584-6%1,302363$2,027$9,365,2504Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,677,356-30%1,030-75$1,629$11,421,0524Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,537,715-68%1,491-1558$1,031$29,221,4653Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,201,490-52%1,003-965$1,198$44,435,2105Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,110,317-12%552-149$2,011$25,922,00211Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,103,226-39%602-501$1,833$96,617,8767Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,070,856-55%628-603$1,705$63,935,1835Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$851,391--736--$1,157$851,3911Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$816,412-46%557-445$1,466$121,599,4907Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$710,704-31%387-268$1,836$230,485,3669Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$515,187109%32623$1,580$199,019,97910Warner Bros.
8Snowpiercer$452,825-29%211-145$2,146$3,454,2484RADiUS-TWC
9Rio 2$302,953-23%256-29$1,183$130,238,94115Fox
10Blended$275,771-20%285-50$968$45,212,8219Warner Bros.
11Neighbors (2014)$252,975-29%230-37$1,100$149,093,03011Universal
12The Amazing Spider-Man 2$237,749-31%218-57$1,091$202,084,84312Sony / Columbia
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$181,371-15%191-24$950$258,591,35216Disney
14Million Dollar Arm$169,823-9%175-49$970$35,955,57210Disney
15Life Itself$128,909-9%10034$1,289$538,6553Magnolia Pictures
16Heaven is for Real$128,225-15%149-24$861$91,080,55714Sony / TriStar
17Third Person$111,217-53%154-73$722$785,3515Sony Pictures Classics
18The LEGO Movie$42,286-46%202-148$209$257,484,82724Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,170,217202%3429$34,418$1,785,3842IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$484,401--68--$7,124$484,4011Focus
3Obvious Child$172,584-21%96-38$1,798$2,635,4737A24
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$162,5827%410$3,965$4,621,71016Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ida (2014)$125,530-15%80-8$1,569$3,341,59412Music Box Films
6The Grand Seduction$125,2473%90-2$1,392$2,936,9558eOne Films US
7Belle$111,464-19%92-15$1,212$10,449,14812Fox Searchlight
8Journey to the South Pacific$77,21830%180$4,290$3,833,35834IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Hubble 3D$59,94514%141$4,282$45,188,815227Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,376-24%46-17$1,139$58,943,02020Fox Searchlight
11Words and Pictures$41,648-12%33-7$1,262$2,058,7289Roadside Attractions
12The Other Woman (2014)$35,874-45%60-36$598$83,821,08913Fox
13Land Ho!$34,9052%73$4,986$84,7202Sony Pictures Classics
14A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$34,499-47%29-27$1,190$515,0053Janus Films
15Le Chef$31,8523%153$2,123$219,8025Cohen Media Group
16There’s No Place Like Utopia$30,710--1--$30,710$30,7101Rocky Mountain Pictures
17I Origins$27,652--4--$6,913$27,6521Fox Searchlight
18Mood Indigo$26,511--2--$13,256$26,5111Drafthouse Films
19Yves Saint Laurent$25,572-25%11-3$2,325$210,3184Weinstein Company
20Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,302-43%63-15$370$111,291,01020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,87058%93$2,430$107,1955Big World Pictures
22Jerusalem 3D$19,994-2%11-3$1,818$4,724,52544National Geographic
23A Five Star Life$15,996--1--$15,996$15,9961Music Box Films
24Only Lovers Left Alive$13,675-21%11-1$1,243$1,814,14015Sony Pictures Classics
25Video Games: The Movie$12,759--25--$510$12,7591Variance Films
26Under the Sea 3D$12,43123%115$1,130$34,158,726284Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Code Black$12,136-38%70$1,734$99,1115Long Shot Factory
28Siddharth$10,942537%54$2,188$25,4834Zeitgeist Films
29Closed Curtain$9,89198%43$2,473$21,4542Variance Films
30The Rover$9,577-6%11-1$871$1,061,2076A24
31A Coffee in Berlin$9,529-38%8-2$1,191$129,6226Music Box Films
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,884-10%90$987$2,581,11216A24
33Coherence$8,812--7--$1,259$68,8775Oscilloscope
34The Breakup Guru$7,573-47%3-3$2,524$201,2144China Lion Film
35Locke$7,325-16%7-3$1,046$1,341,75913A24
36Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$6,788-29%7-2$970$67,2034Magnolia Pictures
37God's Not Dead$6,433-45%11-14$585$60,737,88218Freestyle / Pure Flix
38Fed Up$5,8720%12-8$489$1,515,79811RADiUS-TWC
39A Long Way Down$5,006251%54$1,001$7,4352Magnolia Pictures
40The Lunchbox$4,7663%6-4$794$4,193,34421Sony Pictures Classics
41Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,18668%104$319$206,1197RADiUS-TWC
42The Last Sentence$3,100-48%3-3$1,033$45,4175Music Box Films
43The Double (2014)$2,952-30%4-3$738$185,74111Magnolia Pictures
44We Are the Best!$2,890-1%8-2$361$165,0648Magnolia Pictures
45The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$2,849112%1-1$2,849$48,9114FilmBuff / Participant
4650 to 1$2,261-72%4-3$565$806,94318Ten Furlongs
47To the Arctic 3D$2,18396%31$728$14,153,532118Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Redwood Highway$2,134-16%31$711$123,31115Monterey Media
49The Empty Hours$1,96644%21$983$4,6092Strand Releasing
50Borgman$1,88926%50$378$55,3797Drafthouse Films
51Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,513373%10$1,513$62,86523Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
52Citizen Koch$1,403-77%3-6$468$147,4337Variance Films
53Bicycling with Molière$1,244137%21$622$58,77213Strand Releasing
54Night Moves$1,024-54%3-3$341$250,4218Cinedigm
55Jodorowsky's Dune$98960%42$247$645,34518Sony Pictures Classics
56Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$875-28%8-2$109$8,458,99411Clarius Entertainment
57Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819--1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
58As It Is in Heaven (2014)$531--1--$531$3,5262Embark Visuals
59The Hornet's Nest$318-39%1-1$318$311,04611Freestyle Releasing
60Filth$277-31%1-1$277$34,3218Magnolia / Magnet
61For No Good Reason$251-59%1-2$251$64,88413Sony Pictures Classics
62Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$228-59%31$76$44,61110International Film Circuit
63Deep Sea 3D$222-47%20$111$46,070,691438Warner Bros. / IMAX
64The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$182--1--$182$10,60710First Run Features
65Born to Be Wild 3D$18174%62$30$23,447,616172Warner Bros. / IMAX