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 Mon, Jul. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$18,805,05142%4,468--$4,209$176,382,2201Summit
2Toy Story 3$12,777,10554%4,0280$3,172$301,883,2983Disney
3The Last Airbender$11,479,21323%3,169--$3,622$69,315,3291Paramount
4Grown Ups$7,003,19037%3,5340$1,982$84,634,3072Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,708,50119%3,1046$1,195$49,460,3482Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$3,031,26336%3,109-631$975$154,554,7804Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,213,03334%2,153-1089$563$70,494,0074Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$490,62048%884-1305$555$57,965,4355Universal
2Shrek Forever After$385,79143%957-1383$403$232,664,4327Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$237,52032%522-647$455$308,530,2979Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$194,31511%600-1251$324$88,338,9866Disney
5Solitary Man$160,1441%176-1$910$2,917,8077Anchor Bay
6Killers$152,95427%727-1544$210$45,323,5905Lionsgate
7Letters to Juliet$149,405-8%340-169$439$51,094,6798Summit
8Sex and the City 2$146,15754%355-546$412$94,223,0996Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$139,74571%303-30$461$216,296,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$126,695--111--$1,141$1,604,8774IFC
11Marmaduke$124,61245%475-635$262$30,939,7385Fox
12Robin Hood$120,88525%378-291$320$104,034,8208Universal
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$76,562--109--$702$9,086,44016Music Box
14The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$65,392--127--$515$5,662,48912Sony Pictures Classics
15Date Night$63,21537%242-44$261$97,697,72313Fox
16Please Give$61,335--145--$423$3,498,14310Sony Pictures Classics
17Jonah Hex$40,66224%350-2475$116$9,978,0853Warner Bros.
18Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,27531%175-51$224$162,955,46414Warner Bros.
19Splice$32,4593%140-200$232$16,571,7015Warner Bros
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$30,39619%136--$224$42,739,34712Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$23,09215%107-50$216$17,489,46410Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$12,92730%110-62$118$63,005,87710Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$319,63942%7760$4,151$1,811,9853Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$193,667--80--$2,421$1,290,4803Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$168,37028%8313$2,029$1,880,5904Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$98,33120%522$1,891$9,776,63616Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Hate Luv Storys$73,205--84--$871$535,2731UTV
6Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$48,648--43--$1,131$584,9894Sony Pictures Classics
7City Island$44,56819%81-24$550$6,365,19616Anchor Bay
8Micmacs$23,569--50--$471$853,0956Sony Classics
9Restrepo$23,501--10--$2,350$142,7112National Geographic
10Mother and Child$22,251--77--$289$934,4149Sony Pictures Classics
11Ondine$20,486--38--$539$362,14918Magnolia
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,011--31--$646$2,792,14812Producers Distribution Agency
13Just Wright$19,03943%95-16$200$21,329,4338Fox Searchlight
14Harry Brown$18,284--45--$406$1,704,11510Samuel Goldwyn
15The Back-up Plan$17,18133%97-50$177$37,375,68611CBS Films
16The Killer Inside Me$16,838--17--$990$110,8083IFC Films
17Love Ranch$16,133--11--$1,467$74,7761E1 Entertainment
18Oceans$15,990--79--$202$19,361,89311Disneynature
19Under the Sea 3D$15,9113%130$1,224$22,699,92973Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$14,05940%70-35$201$63,803,22116Fox
21The Last Song$12,618--79--$160$62,884,42214Disney
22Babies$11,861-6%42-22$282$7,291,3849Focus
23The Bounty Hunter$11,204-3%67--$167$67,061,22816Sony / Columbia
24South of the Border$11,194--6--$1,866$76,1592Cinema Libre
25Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,973--6--$1,329$106,4162Sony Pictures Classics
26Avatar$6,977-28%9-6$775$749,603,86429Fox
27The City of Your Final Destination$6,416--14--$458$441,41012Screen Media Films
28Let It Rain$4,724--5--$945$66,6593IFC
29Holy Rollers$4,283--13--$329$283,62123First Independent Pictures
30God of Vampires$3,465--10--$347$13,8601Nocturnal Features
31Raavan$3,276-23%28-87$117$705,7043Reliance Big Pictures
32Agora$2,677--2--$1,339$206,8936Newmarket
33The Secret of Kells$2,507-31%14-1$179$658,43718GKIDS
34The Square (2010)$2,19849%5-3$440$394,66213Apparition
35La Mission$2,159--5--$432$1,010,61713Screen Media
36Alice in Wonderland (2010)$1,956--23--$85$334,185,20618Disney
37Princess Kaiulani$1,837-5%5-3$367$838,3088Roadside Attractions
38Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,830--2--$915$169,5306Rialto
39Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,797--9--$200$592,29516Zeitgeist
40Stonewall Uprising$1,770--4--$443$68,2843First Run Features
41The Nature of Existence$1,347--3--$449$11,2743Walking Shadows
42Survival of the Dead$1,221--4--$305$97,7786Magnolia / Magnet
43Only the Brave (2010)$1,103--1--$1,103$141,1846Indican Pictures
44The Joneses$937-14%1-2$937$1,470,56912Roadside Attractions
45Best Worst Movie$926--1--$926$63,60111Area23a
46OSS 117: Lost in Rio$924--3--$308$81,87164Music Box
47Everyone Else$918--3--$306$73,39655Cinema Guild
48Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$902--1--$902$40,1235Indican Pictures
49The Lottery$871--2--$436$42,6154Variance Films
50Only When I Dance$742--1--$742$2,9231Film Movement
51Casino Jack and the United States of Money$685--7--$98$175,6049Magnolia
52Kings of the Evening$647--1--$647$79,38921Indican Pictures
53Cropsey$621--1--$621$28,0005Cinema Purgatorio
54Sweetgrass$585--4--$146$194,50741Cinema Guild
55Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$430--3--$143$23,240,080144National Geographic
56John Rabe$382--2--$191$46,3387Strand
57Small Change (2009 re-issue)$331--1--$331$29,61232The Film Desk
58Chloe$179--3--$60$3,073,82415Sony Pictures Classics
59U2 3D$96--1--$96$10,335,294128National Geographic
60Racing Dreams$66-96%1-1$66$47,7137Hanover House