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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$6,631,632--2,756--$2,406$6,632,6321Relativity Media
2Battle: Los Angeles$4,483,543122%3,4170$1,312$50,485,2492Sony / Columbia
3Paul$4,469,190--2,802--$1,595$4,469,1901Universal
4Rango$4,229,239107%3,843-80$1,101$81,491,3553Paramount
5The Lincoln Lawyer$4,087,192--2,707--$1,510$4,087,1921Lionsgate
6Red Riding Hood$2,426,750141%3,0300$801$21,134,1332Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$1,808,885101%2,660-187$680$44,655,9253Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$1,492,748107%3,1170$479$11,576,5622Disney
9Beastly$1,109,523128%1,810-149$613$20,094,9883CBS Films
10Hall Pass$842,21699%1,905-650$442$37,831,8224Warner Bros. / New Line
11Just Go With It$752,66391%1,708-690$441$96,471,8726Sony / Columbia
12Gnomeo and Juliet$652,51727%1,748-837$373$91,940,8996Disney
13The King's Speech$568,90879%1,249-519$455$131,011,13817Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$408,02028%1,401-902$291$60,223,5725Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$333,53319%955-1050$349$51,935,3235Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$214,76265%550-381$390$35,914,2305Fox
3Cedar Rapids$148,065115%46268$320$5,101,4206Fox Searchlight
4Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$144,457-21%480-767$301$71,883,3556Paramount
5Yogi Bear$127,00680%43834$290$99,092,02314Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$87,068103%282-27$309$97,753,57410Sony / Columbia
7True Grit (2010)$76,185133%268-133$284$169,606,78213Paramount
8The Fighter$65,08053%316-147$206$93,213,12915Paramount
9No Strings Attached$52,951171%232-22$228$70,149,8139Paramount
10Black Swan$52,40517%191-146$274$106,181,85216Fox Searchlight
11Take Me Home Tonight$46,353-67%281-1722$165$6,613,2543Relativity Media
12The Rite$33,801470%202117$167$32,782,2648Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Roommate$25,993--112-101$232$37,250,8787Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$127,595678%2622$4,908$380,7002Focus
2Hubble 3D$50,87716%490$1,038$22,740,87653Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$37,666--5--$7,533$37,6661Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$36,119373%2116$1,720$228,1202Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$25,92850%89-25$291$4,635,03812Roadside Attractions
6The Music Never Stopped$20,093--32--$628$20,0931Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,24367%94-28$205$294,777,45818Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$16,08414%82-41$196$104,189,95915Fox
9The Mechanic$15,080588%9957$152$28,957,9578CBS Films
10The Eagle$14,779119%92-7$161$19,334,2516Focus
11Drive Angry$12,447-69%95-456$131$10,484,0154Summit
12Blue Valentine (2010)$9,15447%43-17$213$9,551,34912Weinstein Company
13The Company Men$9,07279%58-5$156$4,186,7929Weinstein Company
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,315-55%43-56$124$42,695,07213Fox
15happythankyoumoreplease$4,88310%12-7$407$123,7633Anchor Bay Films
16127 Hours$4,854-22%32-47$152$18,270,35520Fox Searchlight
17Season of the Witch$3,765-13%31-23$121$24,814,28711Relativity Media
18Nostalgia for the Light$3,389--1--$3,389$3,3891Icarus Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,094177%11-1$281$1,987,35016Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$2,772-17%29-9$96$2,177,36414Lionsgate
21From Prada to Nada$2,32178%27-6$86$2,965,6208Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,61022%52$322$77,5446Phase 4 Films
23The Strange Case of Angelica$500--1--$500$40,40412Cinema Guild
24Winter's Bone$189-67%4-5$47$6,529,72041Roadside Attractions