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 Wed, May. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$4,189,021-23%3,955--$1,059$80,725,8351Paramount
2Fast Five$2,141,225-20%3,66218$585$147,138,8652Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,137,373-16%2,904--$392$17,543,0701Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$701,383-26%2,035--$345$17,960,1711Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$572,104-11%2,614-206$219$43,814,2893Fox
6Rio (2011)$430,990-8%3,258-450$132$116,531,8624Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$201,961-20%1,881-407$107$47,800,8323Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$138,429-2%2,5050$55$7,270,1642Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$130,051-6%1,781-229$73$37,271,3665Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$116,922-1%1,035-189$113$13,229,6773Disneynature
11Prom$104,801-20%2,7300$38$7,928,1412Disney
12Insidious$92,742-7%1,001-583$93$50,613,7296FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$72,882-18%1,333-888$55$37,156,4714Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$113,168-7%930-715$122$51,280,1236Summit
2Hanna$91,681-11%748-821$123$37,912,8835Focus
3The Conspirator$57,739-6%457-238$126$9,965,7894Roadside Attractions
4Jane Eyre (2011)$53,3234%248-46$215$9,582,3499Focus
5Limitless$47,933-19%379-459$126$77,155,8978Relativity Media
6Win Win$45,924-8%268-34$171$8,484,9448Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$41,469-10%440-279$94$55,669,9248Lionsgate
8HOP$22,625-16%902-2274$25$106,430,4956Universal
9Arthur (2011)$19,336-26%355-896$54$32,309,7855Warner Bros.
10Rango$18,038-11%2770$65$120,481,54110Paramount
11The Adjustment Bureau$16,125-21%215-62$75$62,108,69010Universal
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,7300%464-411$34$1,154,8342Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$14,036-7%210136$67$36,231,4937Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$13,667-3%339-164$40$51,331,7817Fox
15Paul$12,240-14%204-20$60$37,253,1458Universal
16Your Highness$9,905-7%164-238$60$21,451,9305Universal
17Red Riding Hood$7,582-9%156-53$49$37,546,2379Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$62,3951%59-10$1,058$4,423,9975Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$27,44831%320$858$24,686,06960Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$10,135-11%22--$461$140,2641Summit
4The King's Speech$5,762-9%90-95$64$138,665,75724Weinstein Company
5Hall Pass$4,32215%67-49$65$45,056,80111Warner Bros. / New Line
6Beastly$3,492-25%76-50$46$27,824,53310CBS Films
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,063-2%57-52$54$73,009,64913Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,788-5%23-7$121$1,116,9299Anchor Bay Films
9Unknown (2011)$2,238-2%49-52$46$63,684,07012Warner Bros.
10Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,882-30%52-17$36$37,867,57112Fox
11The Company Men$1,789-8%3520$51$4,433,15216Weinstein Company
12Dum Maaro Dum$1,4615%33-60$44$538,5783Fox Searchlight
13Cedar Rapids$1,431-8%22-4$65$6,832,15213Fox Searchlight
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,299-45%21-24$62$1,305,3375Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$982-36%16-6$61$5,076,30319Roadside Attractions
16Passion Play$46712%2--$234$3,2421Image Entertainment
17Miral$42628%5-5$85$367,9617Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$2393%73$34$237,7528Roadside Attractions