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, May. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$10,390,390-32%3,9638$2,622$119,455,3522Paramount
2Bridesmaids$7,820,240-26%2,918--$2,680$26,247,4101Universal
3Fast Five$5,594,675-37%3,793131$1,475$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$3,688,947-35%2,864--$1,288$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$2,880,172-24%2,929-329$983$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$1,774,949-46%2,0350$872$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$1,713,601-40%2,9040$590$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,212,478-34%2,425-189$500$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$542,833-49%1,449-432$375$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$513,135-38%1,468-313$350$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$478,328-6%1,276-1229$375$8,562,8613Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$232,731-31%218--$1,068$791,6761Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$206,380-48%626-304$330$52,233,8017Summit
3Insidious$197,880-54%762-239$260$51,674,3127FilmDistrict
4Hanna$173,617-34%425-323$409$38,604,2606Focus
5The Conspirator$136,130-37%370-87$368$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
6HOP$128,520-32%459-443$280$106,854,7157Universal
7Win Win$114,162-43%248-20$460$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8Jane Eyre (2011)$106,096-26%2480$428$9,971,49710Focus
9The Lincoln Lawyer$104,631-46%345-95$303$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$93,734-43%298-81$315$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$91,621-32%311-28$295$51,635,7008Fox
12Scream 4$63,983-47%426-907$150$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
13Arthur (2011)$63,756-38%344-11$185$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
14Rango$56,714-51%216-61$263$120,760,01711Paramount
15Battle: Los Angeles$52,303-35%225-4$232$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
16The Beaver$51,070-25%10583$486$311,5582Summit
17Go For It!$40,319-12%218--$185$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Adjustment Bureau$31,160-60%164-51$190$62,295,88511Universal
19Paul$27,150-42%181-23$150$37,371,3859Universal
20Your Highness$22,200-45%148-16$150$21,557,2406Universal
21Sucker Punch$20,278-37%139-71$146$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$15,634-42%100-56$156$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,5770%57-2$1,922$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,288-20%342$950$24,821,45661Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$15,136-37%89-44$170$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$10,250-47%71-19$144$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,226-6%5029$185$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Beastly$7,004-39%46-30$152$27,854,89611CBS Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,698-41%38-14$176$37,892,60513Fox
8Kill the Irishman$4,846-32%13-10$373$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
9Cedar Rapids$2,901-38%12-10$242$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,853-34%11-5$259$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
11Dum Maaro Dum$2,230-60%20-13$112$551,3984Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$1,797-43%34-430$53$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$1,686-2%2--$843$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
14The Company Men$996-48%11-24$91$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
15Miral$955-13%50$191$371,3528Weinstein Company
16The Music Never Stopped$492-22%5-2$98$239,5769Roadside Attractions
17Meet Monica Velour$472-29%1--$472$28,3236Anchor Bay Films