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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$11,413,055-35%3,827--$2,982$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$3,770,698-44%3,305--$1,141$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$3,192,050-39%3,608-8$885$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$1,978,123-38%2,54510$777$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$1,854,474-43%2,2140$838$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$1,621,145-46%3,2760$495$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Source Code$1,508,811-47%2,557-414$590$36,898,5803Summit
8Insidious$1,493,165-49%2,233-186$669$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
9Your Highness$1,095,905-35%2,7723$395$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$904,723-46%1,885-770$480$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$676,251-52%1,702-718$397$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$555,126-47%1,849-1032$300$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$832,086-47%707--$1,177$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$303,820-53%384158$791$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$274,796-39%27427$1,003$6,605,0356Focus
4Rango$211,398-37%976-1031$217$118,775,7317Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$209,620-22%2071$1,013$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$165,462-37%555-1200$298$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$133,558-43%554-854$241$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
8Paul$123,280-45%536-1131$230$36,104,5005Universal
9No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$104,89621%189-37$555$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Adjustment Bureau$78,285-55%348-435$225$60,735,1457Universal
11Just Go With It$66,597-47%3266$204$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
12The King's Speech$59,453-50%315-360$189$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
13Hall Pass$56,443-45%333-33$169$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
14Unknown (2011)$41,197-47%275-90$150$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$28,304-53%248-529$114$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
16Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,709-42%128-56$185$37,615,1519Fox
17True Grit (2010)$22,176-56%177-86$125$170,938,57517Paramount
18Beastly$17,066-46%110-229$155$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$33,842-18%321$1,058$23,841,64957Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$26,519-31%71-21$374$392,1942UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$16,232-47%39-13$416$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$13,679-46%95-66$144$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
5Miral$10,288-33%26-3$396$304,9374Weinstein Company
6Cedar Rapids$8,763-55%47-71$186$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
7Biutiful$7,121-25%32-6$223$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
8Drive Angry$7,024-36%71-55$99$10,706,7868Summit
9Black Swan$4,605-51%49-54$94$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,875-51%35-34$111$72,772,10610Paramount
11The Company Men$3,581-49%20-12$179$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$1,785-30%42-60$43$6,923,8917Relativity Media
13The Music Never Stopped$1,738-42%13-1$134$227,9105Roadside Attractions
14Blue Valentine (2010)$1,525-24%15-4$102$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,404-21%42$351$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$736-42%4-5$184$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$332-47%1-19$332$163,5913Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$24-73%20$12$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions