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, Jan. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$6,485,667-34%3,584--$1,810$40,012,5431Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$2,704,800-44%2,940--$920$20,521,0301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$2,122,704-33%3,459335$614$128,339,3544Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,084,963-28%1,543785$1,351$46,795,0258Weinstein Company
5Yogi Bear$2,081,79710%2,702-586$770$84,197,4165Warner Bros.
6Black Swan$1,809,114-32%2,328744$777$75,020,1207Fox Searchlight
7Tangled$1,655,64720%2,048-335$808$182,666,6958Disney
8TRON: Legacy$1,579,096-16%2,439-574$647$158,497,5505Disney
9Little Fockers$1,340,630-37%3,394-281$395$135,621,5204Universal
10The Fighter$1,280,957-14%2,414-114$531$67,026,7616Paramount
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$943,70926%1,666-1298$566$38,590,7234Fox
12Season of the Witch$809,458-44%2,82711$286$18,913,7822Relativity Media
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$796,7931%1,704-1110$468$98,863,9226Fox
14Country Strong$698,874-36%1,4240$491$13,986,3834Sony / Screen Gems
15The Tourist$303,000-37%1,420-1022$213$64,562,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$349,873-26%941-566$372$290,153,3459Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$314,974-25%230190$1,369$3,162,2353Weinstein Company
3Megamind$244,13211%341-34$716$145,660,74011Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Social Network$126,36917%322-281$392$94,828,51816Sony / Columbia
5The Heart Specialist$108,454-14%422--$257$581,5161Freestyle
6Burlesque$74,045-17%295--$251$38,707,0628Sony / Screen Gems
7How Do You Know$70,076-37%615-1287$114$30,010,3325Sony / Columbia
8Due Date$59,248-44%34197$174$100,123,88711Warner Bros.
9Rabbit Hole$53,851-33%10066$539$1,011,9675Lionsgate
10Unstoppable (2010)$52,186-30%303-95$172$80,444,28910Fox
11Red (2010)$33,023-19%206-55$160$90,098,35514Summit
12Secretariat$30,579--136--$225$59,465,20315Disney
13Love and Other Drugs$28,876-38%166-46$174$31,999,1548Fox
14Despicable Me$24,6606%137-41$180$251,501,64528Universal
15Life As We Know It$16,966-38%132-56$129$53,290,32715Warner Bros.
16Morning Glory (2010)$11,215-25%127-51$88$30,993,54410Paramount
17For Colored Girls$7,089-28%11190$64$37,721,94911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yamla Pagla Deewana$58,926--84--$702$563,0421Eros International
2Somewhere (2010)$50,360-33%5336$950$1,033,2904Focus
3Hubble 3D$45,6581%48--$951$20,653,49544Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$33,115-35%76-12$436$11,124,11911Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$27,042-37%95-5$285$1,686,0747Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$26,450--60--$441$637,7445IDP/ATO Pictures
7No One Killed Jessica$12,783-63%45-3$284$385,1402UTV Communications
8Faster (2010)$7,393-51%77-2$96$23,008,5998CBS Films
9Fair Game (2010)$6,603-45%79-24$84$9,327,43611Summit
10All Good Things$6,064--29--$209$428,4587Magnolia Pictures
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,26315%41-54$128$55,673,33317Warner Bros.
12The Warrior's Way$4,798-46%7745$62$5,641,4537Relativity Media
13Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$3,157--1--$3,157$53,1152First Run Features
14Jackass 3D$2,264-53%22-48$103$117,224,27114Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$2,157-52%40-50$54$84,749,88413Paramount
16Winter's Bone$2,049-26%71$293$6,265,23732Roadside Attractions
17Tiny Furniture$1,982--12--$165$337,14210IFC
18Every Day$1,776-37%3--$592$11,6331Image Entertainment
19Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,764--1--$1,764$7,4051Kino International
20Four Lions$1,491--13--$115$274,80811Drafthouse Films
21Ong Bak 3$1,446--3--$482$7,0941Magnolia
22The Tempest$1,374--5--$275$251,1716Disney
23Marwencol$1,307--6--$218$75,76015Cinema Guild
24Summer Wars$1,123-54%9-5$125$54,7554GKIDS
25White Material$1,084--13--$83$288,0979IFC
26Bhutto$1,082--3--$361$59,7047First Run Features
27The Time That Remains$1,063--1--$1,063$14,6962IFC
28The Strange Case of Angelica$823--2--$412$28,5633Cinema Guild
29Kings of Pastry$792--4--$198$296,48418First Run
30A Somewhat Gentle Man$709--1--$709$3,2151Strand Releasing
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$601--5--$120$180,51211Magnolia
32Carlos$500--3--$167$145,11814IFC
33Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$239--0----$24,31011Variance Films
34Feed the Fish$229--3--$76$96,9179Strand
35Plastic Planet$149--1--$149$8891First Run Features
36Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$134--1--$134$90,84130Kino International
37Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$106--3--$35$163,45719Lorber
38Night Catches Us$65--3--$22$61,7847Magnolia
39Red Hill$62--1--$62$20,96011Strand
40Tees Maar Khan$58-59%4-34$15$1,076,3244UTV Communications