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 Tue, Sep. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,976,58016%3,565--$554$22,695,9351Fox
2The Town$1,596,19713%2,88524$553$51,706,7222Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$848,1033%3,575--$237$17,787,6711Warner Bros.
4Easy A$762,00914%2,8560$267$34,142,6462Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$735,82126%2,548--$289$9,725,4341Disney
6Devil$520,0356%2,8112$185$22,870,8852Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$484,1585%2,642-567$183$53,019,2393Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$231,5503%2,6250$88$15,620,3272Lionsgate
9Takers$132,1546%1,413-726$94$55,141,6535Sony / Screen Gems
10The American$108,66718%1,315-1142$83$34,808,1104Focus
11The Other Guys$73,3272%1,047-780$70$117,112,0048Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$124,01114%907-398$137$287,286,36211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$95,30722%855-813$111$79,214,0187Sony / Columbia
3Machete$68,6981%682-1022$101$25,870,2324Fox
4The Expendables$56,79910%852-1002$67$102,178,6967Lionsgate
5The Virginity Hit$44,75114%700--$64$416,4453Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$36,6650%610-334$60$245,587,87512Universal
7Dinner for Schmucks$29,04112%32310$90$72,594,2839Paramount / DreamWorks
8Going the Distance (2010)$23,47711%475-1532$49$17,583,2534Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Last Exorcism$22,8162%707-1306$32$40,818,3955Lionsgate
10Nanny McPhee Returns$19,0500%765-823$25$28,264,4006Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$16,4051%233-151$70$31,389,1407Universal
12Lottery Ticket$15,7961%370-307$43$23,973,7006Warner Bros.
13Vampires Suck$12,5484%415-549$30$36,195,7146Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$11,0289%224-115$49$300,319,85413Summit
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$9,961-1%267-93$37$43,294,6749Warner Bros.
16The Kids Are All Right$9,1571%107-62$86$20,672,23112Focus
17Ramona and Beezus$5,66611%191-69$30$25,881,73110Fox
18Flipped$4,450-10%106-269$42$1,714,0588Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$50,873-2%5745$893$914,2472Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$31,3485%0-63--$15,977,92328Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$25,084-3%2622$965$489,4962Fox Searchlight
4Waiting for 'Superman'$13,164-8%4--$3,291$166,5371Paramount Vantage
5Jack Goes Boating$12,33417%3733$333$152,2582Relativity / Overture
6Buried$10,072-9%11--$916$121,3981Lionsgate
7Winter's Bone$6,93210%82-21$85$6,063,11716Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$6,407-26%182$356$24,294,17085Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tillman Story$5,38620%27-1$199$597,4256Weinstein Company
10Avatar$4,70924%29-100$162$760,246,07041Fox
11Bran Nue Dae$4,0072%5538$73$96,7853Freestyle Releasing
12Piranha 3D$3,90733%66-198$59$24,827,1236Weinstein Company
13The Concert$3,87370%18-2$215$583,81210Weinstein Company
14We Are Family$2,54676%24-54$106$635,2704UTV Communications
15Knight and Day$1,618-14%45-19$36$76,405,43214Fox
16Cyrus$1,21132%14-5$87$7,439,14115Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$1,04754%6-8$175$105,0093Four of a Kind
18Solitary Man$274111%6-1$46$4,357,93719Anchor Bay
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$115-38%2-1$58$158,4278Anchor Bay