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 Fri, Dec. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$8,166,25623%3,08336$2,649$70,420,1232Paramount
2Little Fockers$7,747,720-1%3,55418$2,180$84,557,4252Universal
3TRON: Legacy$4,992,200-22%3,365-86$1,484$117,540,0713Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,048,214-14%3,5150$1,152$57,418,5503Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,392,475-3%2,948-584$1,151$80,066,0974Fox
6Tangled$3,265,495-13%2,5820$1,265$161,284,3906Disney
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,967,310-4%3,089543$961$21,121,7172Fox
8The Fighter$2,658,0071%2,53423$1,049$39,041,7944Paramount
9The Tourist$1,959,5337%2,7560$711$49,966,9654Sony / Columbia
10Black Swan$1,940,147-28%1,55396$1,249$40,866,3435Fox Searchlight
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,348,611-14%1,7320$779$280,230,1277Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,315,417-6%2,4830$530$21,808,8913Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,517,09639%7000$3,596$17,674,0346Weinstein Company
2Megamind$206,714-11%7640$271$143,767,7929Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$161,19231%450-76$358$79,104,7578Fox
4Due Date$127,2364%4040$315$98,935,0399Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$118,7992%249-9$477$92,876,28214Sony / Columbia
6Burlesque$113,724-21%330-171$345$37,403,0476Sony / Screen Gems
7Red (2010)$80,830-10%303-27$267$89,296,29712Summit
8127 Hours$53,166-29%103-42$516$10,203,2289Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$50,235-25%1974$255$251,083,04026Universal
10Life As We Know It$45,410-23%2480$183$52,727,34313Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$38,122-29%175-66$218$31,099,4816Fox
12Tees Maar Khan$28,382-5%104-4$273$950,6112UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$26,181-18%109-52$240$9,048,3899Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,235-21%1580$153$55,486,41315Warner Bros.
15Morning Glory (2010)$14,3978%1260$114$30,727,8148Paramount
16Faster (2010)$10,456-38%119-4$88$22,799,8666CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$9,356-54%1370$68$117,052,88312Paramount
18Hereafter$9,0542%1280$71$32,684,45512Warner Bros.
19Paranormal Activity 2$8,854-49%1450$61$84,612,34211Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$59,655-33%470$1,269$20,069,36842Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$42,425-15%4--$10,606$140,3041Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$40,253-10%6830$592$969,9115Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$30,303-10%340$891$323,4323Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$28,114-14%81$3,514$322,5342Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$11,931-34%120$994$25,247,35299Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Country Strong$11,40038%20$5,700$89,6362Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$10,259-1%81-30$127$21,102,2397Lionsgate
9The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$9,808--15--$654$660,8739Warner Bros.
10Biutiful$7,550-23%2--$3,775$26,9291Roadside Attractions
11The Town$5,632-19%620$91$92,155,03716Warner Bros.
12Inception$4,669-10%280$167$292,558,18825Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$3,524119%384$93$5,559,3955Relativity Media
14For Colored Girls$3,246-21%28-11$116$37,669,2049Lionsgate
15The Tempest$2,735-67%6-8$456$223,6534Disney
16Summer Wars$1,901-35%21$951$9,3802GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$297-45%2-3$149$6,243,74530Roadside Attractions