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, Mar. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$13,399,310--3,417--$3,921$13,399,3101Sony / Columbia
2Rango$5,418,983207%3,9236$1,381$51,022,2372Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$4,985,138--3,030--$1,645$4,985,1381Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$3,414,995148%2,8477$1,200$30,407,2552Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$1,722,337--3,117--$553$1,722,3371Disney
6Beastly$1,676,579260%1,9597$856$13,566,9802CBS Films
7Hall Pass$1,527,310117%2,555-395$598$31,358,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$1,216,888151%2,398-522$507$91,198,4695Sony / Columbia
9Unknown (2011)$957,45287%2,303-610$416$56,001,9584Warner Bros.
10The King's Speech$948,42585%1,768-472$536$126,385,54816Weinstein Company
11Gnomeo and Juliet$821,691124%2,585-399$318$86,306,8015Disney
12I Am Number Four$655,25352%2,005-898$327$48,850,6624Disney / DreamWorks
13Take Me Home Tonight$407,89858%2,0030$204$5,026,7512Relativity Media
14Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$356,69694%1,247-1007$286$69,933,5075Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$318,043141%931-711$342$34,174,4974Fox
2Cedar Rapids$250,837256%394159$637$3,927,1315Fox Searchlight
3The Fighter$152,96780%463-112$330$92,508,17214Paramount
4Black Swan$122,16724%337-344$363$105,609,88015Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$115,292605%30940$373$97,218,7599Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$112,09747%401-324$280$169,068,55912Paramount
7Yogi Bear$107,208783%404138$265$98,308,67113Warner Bros.
8Drive Angry$88,269-57%551-1739$160$10,092,0583Summit
9No Strings Attached$55,90241%254-171$220$69,871,6768Paramount
10The Roommate$45,09419%213-393$212$37,043,2556Sony / Screen Gems
11Biutiful$44,90662%114-32$394$4,382,38611Roadside Attractions
12Little Fockers$29,270119%177-44$165$148,299,70512Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$27,35987%122-86$224$294,642,11217Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$19,94150%123-62$162$104,062,35114Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$49,030--4--$12,258$49,0301Focus
2Kill the Irishman$42,925--5--$8,585$42,9251Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$39,40712%490$804$22,430,45052Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Blue Valentine (2010)$16,90626%60-36$282$9,470,42511Weinstein Company
5127 Hours$14,7967%79-56$187$18,200,99519Fox Searchlight
6The Eagle$14,152-45%99-228$143$19,258,8035Focus
7happythankyoumoreplease$13,857605%1917$729$57,0652Anchor Bay Films
8The Company Men$13,734-3%63-49$218$4,116,3948Weinstein Company
9The Rite$13,0679%85-116$154$32,685,3737Warner Bros. / New Line
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,14867%99-57$123$42,611,33112Fox
11Season of the Witch$6,5655%54-55$122$24,775,01510Relativity Media
12The Mechanic$6,431-19%42-67$153$28,915,2647CBS Films
13Rabbit Hole$6,04151%38-17$159$2,140,01913Lionsgate
14From Prada to Nada$2,74843%33-2$83$2,949,0237Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,674188%3-1$891$66,3855Phase 4 Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$2,26176%12-1$188$1,972,30415Roadside Attractions
17Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,545--1--$1,545$25,43115Argot Pictures
18Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,474--10$1,474$29,5613Rialto
19Winter's Bone$1,288123%9-4$143$6,524,15640Roadside Attractions