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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jun. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$10,794,15366%4,38619$2,461$175,029,6903Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$6,446,0003%2,697--$2,390$12,703,0001Universal
3Killers$6,230,48910%2,859--$2,179$11,905,0421Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,791,89340%3,6460$1,589$55,538,1862Disney
5Sex and the City 2$4,712,0008%3,4450$1,368$69,845,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$4,694,50136%3,213--$1,461$8,153,1641Fox
7Iron Man 2$3,482,01459%3,007-797$1,158$289,182,3755Paramount
8Splice$2,793,0003%2,450--$1,140$5,495,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$2,352,00060%2,599-774$905$92,950,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$1,266,66133%1,962-863$646$42,517,7264Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Wright$360,87361%518-677$697$20,010,9334Fox Searchlight
2Date Night$352,81339%658-468$536$95,165,5309Fox
3Raajneeti$351,00039%111--$3,162$604,0001UTV Communications
4How to Train Your Dragon$205,87652%343-482$600$213,735,83311Paramount / DreamWorks
5City Island$155,568137%177-24$879$5,184,82212Anchor Bay
6Babies$100,78354%181-120$557$6,442,2845Focus
7A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$91,00030%294-597$310$62,361,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$87,27840%244-39$358$63,008,31912Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$83,84737%249-38$337$65,901,81812Sony / Columbia
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$54,00050%134-91$403$161,530,00010Warner Bros.
11The Losers$53,00033%206123$257$23,361,0007Warner Bros.
12Hot Tub Time Machine$49,00036%203-161$241$50,178,00011MGM
13The Back-up Plan$42,86948%153-238$280$36,769,9707CBS Films
14The Ghost Writer$41,02677%14789$279$15,414,97316Summit
15MacGruber$40,00033%177-2369$226$8,432,0003Universal / Rogue
16Furry Vengeance$36,69043%125-122$294$16,593,1006Summit
17Death at a Funeral (2010)$35,54261%102-145$348$42,074,4718Sony / Screen Gems
18Shutter Island$32,90047%152-49$216$127,945,91316Paramount
19Kick-Ass$29,66942%117-46$254$47,618,9888Lionsgate
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$21,48850%105-72$205$60,059,32310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solitary Man$85,303110%2216$3,877$391,4403Anchor Bay
2Hubble 3D$81,0008%47-1$1,723$7,488,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Avatar$36,844104%46-38$801$749,180,32925Fox
4Kites$20,51563%58-118$354$1,587,8193Reliance Big Cinema
5Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,80851%81-27$220$88,653,67217Fox
6Princess Kaiulani$16,15932%25-13$646$692,8934Roadside Attractions
7Under the Sea 3D$11,000-21%17-1$647$22,292,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Secret of Kells$7,53544%24-1$314$562,27914GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$6,77640%46-30$147$59,989,54020Fox
10The Square (2010)$5,83786%172$343$302,8309Apparition
11Letters to God$73219%9--$81$2,842,3329Vivendi
12The Joneses$6531%7-1$93$1,438,1268Roadside Attractions