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. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$43,899,340--3,173--$13,835$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$29,800,263--3,595--$8,289$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$16,767,260-54%3,668-301$4,571$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$10,482,760-65%2,85650$3,670$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$9,529,656-46%3,83913$2,482$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$6,052,050-59%3,0620$1,977$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,702,553-52%2,476-748$1,899$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$4,642,329--1,762--$2,635$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$3,454,221-53%2,562-840$1,348$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$2,600,471-45%1,613-616$1,612$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,234,919-43%1,358-811$1,646$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$1,835,238-43%1,077-464$1,704$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$1,574,846-40%1,244-58$1,266$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$1,387,368-58%1,272-1178$1,091$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$2,687,227--361--$7,444$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,761,87351%10773$16,466$4,162,6813IFC Films
3The Fluffy Movie$1,311,446--432--$3,036$1,311,4461Open Road
4Wish I Was Here$1,154,548138%625557$1,847$1,879,7882Focus
5Kick$1,071,373--177--$6,053$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
6America (2014)$903,937-46%760-270$1,189$13,242,5045Lionsgate
7Chef$763,624-31%405-147$1,885$27,262,92612Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$525,411-52%353-249$1,488$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
9Jersey Boys$502,185-58%462-541$1,087$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$483,139-41%387-170$1,248$122,703,9948Fox
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$395,061-44%289-98$1,367$231,272,87010Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$386,819-25%302-24$1,281$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$364,024-66%317-311$1,148$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$271,989-82%321-1170$847$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
15Neighbors (2014)$247,520-2%208-22$1,190$149,489,92512Universal
16Rio 2$221,492-27%230-26$963$130,678,66216Fox
17Blended$207,335-25%223-62$930$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
18Snowpiercer$203,037-55%149-62$1,363$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
19The Amazing Spider-Man 2$175,905-26%187-31$941$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
20Persecuted$169,182-80%384-352$441$1,438,2932Millennium Entertainment
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$136,115-25%163-28$835$258,848,38717Disney
22Million Dollar Arm$104,519-38%140-35$747$36,169,41111Disney
23Heaven is for Real$95,735-25%129-20$742$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
24The LEGO Movie$36,422-14%2020$180$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$412,095--17--$24,241$412,0951Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,78514%410$4,507$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$78,609-37%74-16$1,062$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Obvious Child$77,878-55%63-33$1,236$2,792,2148A24
5I Origins$77,065179%7672$1,014$118,8292Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$69,701-10%180$3,872$3,992,53835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Ida (2014)$66,302-47%48-32$1,381$3,478,25513Music Box Films
8Hubble 3D$58,957-2%140$4,211$45,326,179228Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Belle$54,791-51%58-34$945$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
10Life Itself$48,875-62%77-23$635$657,9554Magnolia Pictures
11Land Ho!$32,176-8%147$2,298$133,9853Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Chef$29,589-7%14-1$2,114$265,6316Cohen Media Group
13Words and Pictures$27,750-33%28-5$991$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$26,581-49%37-9$718$59,000,05721Fox Searchlight
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,4615%58-5$422$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Mood Indigo$24,214-9%75$3,459$62,2442Drafthouse Films
17Venus in Fur$24,086--45--$535$301,6816IFC Films
18The Other Woman (2014)$20,458-43%39-21$525$83,865,72114Fox
19Third Person$18,641-83%35-119$533$854,8996Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,662-12%10-1$1,766$4,775,08945National Geographic
21Yves Saint Laurent$16,077-37%8-3$2,010$242,3585Weinstein Company
2250 to 1$13,139481%73$1,877$821,14719Ten Furlongs
23Under the Sea 3D$11,148-10%8-3$1,394$34,185,775285Warner Bros. / IMAX
24A Five Star Life$9,780-39%10$9,780$36,5352Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$8,979-34%10-1$898$1,826,78816Sony Pictures Classics
26The Rover$8,741-9%110$795$1,077,8487A24
27Under the Skin (2014)$8,144-8%8-1$1,018$2,593,96117A24
28Happy Christmas$7,523--4--$1,881$7,5231Magnolia Pictures
29The Lunchbox$7,31353%82$914$4,202,63222Sony Pictures Classics
30A Master Builder$7,017--1--$7,017$12,9711Abramorama
31A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,632-70%6-3$1,105$125,2576Big World Pictures
32A Coffee in Berlin$6,318-34%91$702$139,0157Music Box Films
33Code Black$6,073-50%6-1$1,012$114,5196Long Shot Factory
34Locke$5,214-29%5-2$1,043$1,351,98114A24
35Fed Up$4,307-27%131$331$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
36God's Not Dead$4,219-34%9-2$469$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
37Come Back to Me$4,156--10--$416$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
38Very Good Girls$4,102--9--$456$4,1021Well Go USA / Tribeca Film
39Siddharth$3,487-68%4-1$872$43,4945Zeitgeist Films
40There’s No Place Like Utopia$3,249-89%10$3,249$39,4012Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Finding Vivian Maier$3,154--4--$789$1,497,63518IFC Films
42Under the Electric Sky$3,087--4--$772$204,1509Focus
43Video Games: The Movie$2,963-77%6-19$494$23,0432Variance Films
44Closed Curtain$2,728-72%51$546$28,0983Variance Films
45Citizen Koch$2,59485%74$371$153,9088Variance Films
46As It Is in Heaven (2014)$2,554381%10$2,554$7,6033Embark Visuals
47The Double (2014)$2,229-24%73$318$190,45312Magnolia Pictures
48Lucky Them$1,962--5--$392$45,9299IFC Films
49A Long Way Down$1,857-63%3-2$619$13,0933Magnolia Pictures
50The Empty Hours$1,615-18%31$538$6,9733Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$1,594781%82$199$23,473,165173Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Cold in July$1,500--3--$500$422,05510IFC Films
53To the Arctic 3D$1,494-32%30$498$14,157,329119Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Breakup Guru$1,474-81%1-2$1,474$208,9595China Lion Film
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,397-79%4-3$349$71,8505Magnolia Pictures
56Redwood Highway$1,330-38%2-1$665$127,89916Monterey Media
57We Are the Best!$1,244-57%2-6$622$171,7049Magnolia Pictures
58Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$978-69%4-6$245$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
59The Hornet's Nest$923190%10$923$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
60Hellion$885--3--$295$51,2877IFC Films
61Jodorowsky's Dune$842-15%2-2$421$646,51219Sony Pictures Classics
62Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$820-6%6-2$137$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
63A Long Way Off$607--1--$607$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment
64The Last Sentence$522-83%1-2$522$47,4916Music Box Films
65Night Moves$463-55%2-1$232$251,8409Cinedigm
66For No Good Reason$28514%10$285$65,50414Sony Pictures Classics
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$230--1--$230$59,40339International Film Circuit
68The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1947%10$194$10,98911First Run Features
69Borgman$15-99%1-4$15$56,4748Drafthouse Films
70Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$8--1--$8$1,6407First Run Features