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 Fri, Jun. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$25,717,785--4,115--$6,250$25,717,7851Disney
2Bad Teacher$12,243,987--3,049--$4,016$12,243,9871Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$5,994,08659%3,8160$1,571$76,955,5072Warner Bros.
4Super 8$3,847,21856%3,42416$1,124$86,933,4503Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,707,27229%3,3423$1,109$32,854,9512Fox
6X-Men: First Class$2,110,43948%2,633-742$802$128,325,3674Fox
7The Hangover Part II$1,816,57648%2,755-705$659$239,894,2575Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$1,695,88533%2,031-542$835$142,982,9107Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,635,10672%2,244-498$729$225,993,4076Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,373,545-5%2,527-942$544$150,266,0425Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$394,952158%215100$1,837$4,910,2165Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$212,331-60%891-1633$238$13,042,3013Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$177,85076%344-64$517$139,278,83311Fox
4Fast Five$160,28547%458-271$350$207,404,1609Universal
5Thor$154,518-2%404-471$382$176,866,5828Paramount
6Water for Elephants$81,53226%292-59$279$57,515,13410Fox
7Soul Surfer$77,407--240-24$323$42,931,13512Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$75,701116%30391$250$38,287,8768Warner Bros.
9The Art of Getting By$49,716-61%307-303$162$1,266,4642Fox Searchlight
10The Lincoln Lawyer$40,61835%189-31$215$57,529,41515Lionsgate
11Rango$38,029-9%156-32$244$122,931,89817Paramount
12Jumping the Broom$30,752--117-94$263$37,226,2808Sony / TriStar
13Source Code$22,51320%106-55$212$54,485,94813Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$17,378-18%114-48$152$9,943,5879Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$129,804215%7228$1,803$1,208,8784Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,25512%470$1,793$7,590,63812Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,7523%330$1,053$25,995,42667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$22,92788%74-24$310$53,476,79013FilmDistrict
5A Better Life$18,976--4--$4,744$18,9761Summit
6Limitless$15,16615%85-32$178$79,142,98115Relativity Media
7Submarine$12,38023%26-2$476$259,2194Weinstein Company
8Hanna$12,31334%59-32$209$40,173,44912Focus
9Jane Eyre (2011)$11,2673%51-17$221$11,152,09616Focus
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$9,686-26%58-32$167$52,620,73514Fox
11Win Win$6,5196%32-35$204$10,107,40315Fox Searchlight
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$6,27621%46-25$136$52,875,94710Lionsgate
13The Last Mountain$6,193296%6-1$1,032$76,3004Dada Films
14The Beaver$5,539252%6643$84$946,7308Summit
15Everything Must Go$5,21118%33-22$158$2,619,9847Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$3,330-6%25-19$133$11,477,39211Roadside Attractions
17Scream 4$2,044-21%18-21$114$38,172,53011Weinstein Company
18Beautiful Boy$1,466-39%4-4$367$59,7884Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,120--6-4$187$209,14041Collective Eye
2035 and Ticking$52372%10$523$74,2316Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$34276%20$171$1,186,32316Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$152-38%2-1$76$249,55615Roadside Attractions