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 Sat, Jul. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,326,86523%4,10719$4,462$247,145,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$10,392,3945%3,040--$3,419$20,274,6651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$7,518,2282%3,482--$2,159$14,883,2661Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$6,040,26224%3,990-125$1,514$144,517,6033Disney
5Bad Teacher$3,468,44614%2,962-87$1,171$76,257,7313Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$2,440,32024%2,9763$820$24,665,0502Universal
7Super 8$2,042,61132%2,292-796$891$116,820,0555Paramount
8Monte Carlo$1,348,652-9%2,4730$545$15,158,9282Fox
9Green Lantern (2011)$1,269,70530%2,015-1265$630$108,831,1964Warner Bros.
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,195,5566%1,996-865$599$57,218,5094Fox
11Bridesmaids$1,068,94025%1,102-287$970$157,436,7509Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$593,33833%847-755$701$141,656,9446Fox
2The Hangover Part II$493,04625%835-733$590$250,506,2207Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$440,85833%622-851$709$235,968,1408Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$346,22930%650-631$533$158,760,8707Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$328,25250%2379$1,385$8,768,5087Fox Searchlight
6Beginners$241,28762%15547$1,557$3,087,1756Focus
7Thor$224,22527%31545$712$178,567,77910Paramount
8Rio (2011)$158,01314%272-36$581$141,165,78613Fox
9A Better Life$130,99459%153142$856$442,6383Summit
10Fast Five$102,42531%241-61$425$208,701,95011Universal
11Soul Surfer$50,8349%160-45$318$43,651,76814Sony / TriStar
12Water for Elephants$50,43527%168-66$300$58,255,61612Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$39,45827%112-28$352$53,171,85312Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,0964%171-50$170$14,124,4515Relativity Media
15The Lincoln Lawyer$25,95237%106-32$245$57,889,69017Lionsgate
16Something Borrowed$25,82113%113-78$229$38,813,27110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$162,32436%901$1,804$1,138,6972UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$80,130-14%481$1,669$8,637,53614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$44,9937%28-5$1,607$26,513,32069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$30,45336%8111$376$53,696,67515FilmDistrict
5Source Code$11,63117%41-25$284$54,689,44415Summit
6Project Nim$10,54447%4--$2,636$17,7111Roadside Attractions
7Double Dhamaal$8,06888%20-21$403$523,8683Reliance Big Pictures
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$7,13429%42-26$170$10,101,05211Weinstein Company
9Submarine$6,96251%19-1$366$372,5516Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$4,33637%21-5$206$11,229,96118Focus
11Everything Must Go$3,15510%17-2$186$2,660,2109Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$2,138-2%150$143$11,509,11813Roadside Attractions
13Chillar Party$1,90656%7--$272$3,1251UTV Communications
1435 and Ticking$1,84233%42$461$83,8128Image Entertainment
15The Last Mountain$1,28130%3--$427$89,0986Dada Films
16The Music Never Stopped$1,07839%4-1$270$253,19017Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$996105%3-1$332$72,5036Anchor Bay Films