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 Sun, Apr. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$6,111,040-37%3,61637$1,690$67,754,5452Universal
2Hanna$3,174,945-37%2,535--$1,252$12,370,5491Focus
3Arthur (2011)$2,713,272-46%3,276--$828$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$2,592,897-41%2,214--$1,171$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
5Your Highness$2,188,025-36%2,769--$790$9,360,0201Universal
6Insidious$2,002,567-51%2,41911$828$26,728,3572FilmDistrict
7Source Code$1,961,596-50%2,97110$660$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$1,269,027-48%2,655-183$478$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,251,107-43%2,881-288$434$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$984,446-51%2,420-287$407$46,136,4084Lionsgate
11Rango$649,727-38%2,007-1127$324$117,532,4006Paramount
12Sucker Punch$544,747-41%1,755-1278$310$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
13Paul$441,800-43%1,667-883$265$35,078,2904Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$389,946-43%1,408-855$277$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$312,490-40%24767$1,265$5,146,6955Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$272,948-20%206--$1,325$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$266,530-54%22677$1,179$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$187,920-55%783-742$240$60,108,6606Universal
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$184,729-21%226--$817$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The King's Speech$106,977-55%675-332$158$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
7Red Riding Hood$104,198-56%777-1011$134$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$65,323-47%36540$179$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$59,086-52%366-337$161$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$58,719-53%339-482$173$27,328,3066CBS Films
11Just Go With It$52,354-59%320-277$164$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$45,464-53%263-61$173$170,760,87416Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$39,993-45%184-66$217$37,499,0008Fox
14The Green Hornet$23,094-52%161-50$143$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$21,071-53%118-92$179$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$17,759-30%126104$141$10,655,7997Summit
17Black Swan$12,145-46%103-59$118$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$11,014-26%10250$108$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$69,447-36%92--$755$247,7601UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$27,987-15%31-13$903$23,641,17256Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kill the Irishman$20,046-53%52-4$386$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$15,887-37%2914$548$247,1983Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$11,423-21%38-20$301$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,506-37%69-44$138$72,742,1379Paramount
7The Last Godfather$6,087-28%20-38$304$156,0782Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$5,744-35%32-13$180$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
9Blue Valentine (2010)$2,737-25%19-20$144$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,880-44%9-3$209$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
11Meet Monica Velour$1,724-21%2--$862$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
12The Music Never Stopped$1,694-56%14-14$121$218,5764Roadside Attractions
13I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-47%7-5$184$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$92-26%2-1$46$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions