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, Jan. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$12,655,50714%3,584--$3,531$23,751,9321Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,776,30510%2,940--$2,305$12,950,5301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$4,605,41442%3,459335$1,331$123,071,8404Paramount
4The King's Speech$3,860,92458%1,543785$2,502$41,827,5318Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$3,272,84336%2,328744$1,406$70,541,0587Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$3,037,63049%3,394-281$895$132,159,6404Universal
7Yogi Bear$2,454,793140%2,702-586$909$80,228,7055Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$2,410,88773%2,439-574$988$155,040,8795Disney
9The Fighter$2,127,02243%2,414-114$881$64,263,4106Paramount
10Season of the Witch$1,873,87646%2,82711$663$16,655,7872Relativity Media
11Tangled$1,769,264112%2,048-335$864$179,904,7058Disney
12Country Strong$1,484,46635%1,4240$1,042$12,192,0874Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$998,14387%1,704-1110$586$97,275,7126Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$912,69199%1,666-1298$548$36,900,8764Fox
15The Tourist$699,84339%1,420-1022$493$63,780,6126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$580,24567%941-566$617$289,330,9559Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$572,76745%230190$2,490$2,427,7253Weinstein Company
3Megamind$294,541101%341-34$864$145,196,08111Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$195,14928%422--$462$347,0821Freestyle
5How Do You Know$162,40528%615-1287$264$29,829,4735Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$152,82654%322-281$475$94,594,32716Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$123,73035%34197$363$99,959,01011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$118,49152%10066$1,185$878,1145Lionsgate
9Burlesque$104,79448%29567$355$38,544,2408Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$99,07942%303-95$327$80,317,88610Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$62,56637%166-46$377$31,923,8158Fox
12Red (2010)$57,33037%206-55$278$90,024,41014Summit
13Life As We Know It$36,27045%132-56$275$53,246,15815Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$27,385122%137-41$200$251,453,69528Universal
15Morning Glory (2010)$22,44631%127-51$177$30,967,34110Paramount
16For Colored Girls$11,40288%11190$103$37,705,08011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$108,59363%5336$2,049$907,2064Focus
2127 Hours$68,23855%76-12$898$11,022,91711Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$56,88454%480$1,185$20,562,80144Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$54,30761%95-5$572$1,615,9987Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$40,82870%45-3$907$337,9712UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$18,83532%79-24$238$9,308,90711Summit
7Faster (2010)$15,60351%77-2$203$22,986,0858CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$9,43769%7745$123$5,627,8137Relativity Media
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,376156%41-54$156$55,663,50317Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,45053%40-50$136$84,743,19013Paramount
11Jackass 3D$4,82328%22-48$219$117,217,24014Paramount
12Every Day$3,5261%3--$1,175$7,0261Image Entertainment
13Summer Wars$2,64729%9-5$294$51,1984GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$2,11664%71$302$6,260,43532Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$38-66%4-34$10$1,076,1234UTV Communications