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. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$5,756,975-42%3,84215$1,498$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,510,841-39%2,288--$2,409$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$3,426,266-47%2,817--$1,216$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$2,730,080-41%3,6168$755$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$1,520,136-45%3,3149$459$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6Hanna$1,358,856-35%2,384-161$570$31,740,1623Focus
7Source Code$1,191,169-43%2,363-194$504$44,692,5914Summit
8Soul Surfer$1,054,891-48%2,24026$471$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$1,031,011-50%2,130-103$484$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10African Cats$971,290-43%1,220--$796$6,003,2001Disneynature
11Arthur (2011)$919,146-41%2,770-506$332$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$645,927-39%1,363-522$474$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$459,112-38%1,220-482$376$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$434,725-34%1,610-1162$270$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$507,327-47%849142$598$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$245,973-53%3884$634$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$165,430-49%31945$519$7,857,1767Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$163,922-31%2081$788$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$148,003-58%928-921$159$50,290,5315Fox
6Rango$92,784-38%557-419$167$119,522,4718Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$87,473-30%101--$866$327,5231Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$72,383-33%244-311$297$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
9Paul$61,250-34%245-291$250$36,553,3956Universal
10The Adjustment Bureau$53,915-47%263-85$205$61,133,7708Universal
11Battle: Los Angeles$51,843-34%220-334$236$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
12Just Go With It$46,199-41%265-61$174$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$45,160-39%30860$147$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
14The King's Speech$42,421-49%234-81$181$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
15Hall Pass$30,011-45%202-131$149$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$22,138-34%13727$162$27,598,4678CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$21,394-41%162-113$132$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,838-48%166131$83$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$44,2423%89-100$497$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Hubble 3D$31,002-42%320$969$24,208,97858Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,252-54%92-36$155$37,734,21410Fox
4True Grit (2010)$10,880-47%80-97$136$171,031,34718Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$10,145-30%23-16$441$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
6Thank You$9,123-9%20-51$456$451,9233UTV Communications
7Miral$5,722-32%20-6$286$345,3985Weinstein Company
8Cedar Rapids$5,492-50%36-11$153$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$3,608-36%21-11$172$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$1,350-65%15-5$90$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$1,103-48%20-29$55$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$671-36%24--$28$2,8151UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$582-38%6-7$97$233,3556Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$244-40%1-3$244$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$171-13%2-2$86$215,5768Anchor Bay Films