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 Mon, Jul. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,865,438-58%4,10719$1,428$266,944,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,764,211-53%3,040--$1,238$32,066,3761Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,456,640-53%3,482--$706$22,522,2571Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,986,673-54%3,990-125$498$150,818,2033Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,215,169-50%2,962-87$410$79,886,9883Sony / Columbia
6Monte Carlo$668,014-31%2,4730$270$16,793,5212Fox
7Larry Crowne$655,005-57%2,9763$220$26,852,6952Universal
8Super 8$580,750-54%2,292-796$253$118,650,2965Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$465,479-44%1,996-865$233$58,516,6884Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$422,252-53%2,015-1265$210$110,153,4334Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$347,130-51%1,102-287$315$158,489,1609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$194,366-55%847-755$229$142,284,4876Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$150,944-47%622-851$243$236,401,4238Disney
3The Hangover Part II$144,154-54%835-733$173$250,961,4017Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$131,784-48%650-631$203$159,146,2147Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$109,044-56%2379$460$9,123,5117Fox Searchlight
6Thor$93,836-46%31545$298$178,833,80710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$71,621-38%272-36$263$141,353,69713Fox
8Beginners$60,816-63%15547$392$3,311,5656Focus
9Fast Five$37,355-54%241-61$155$208,820,04011Universal
10A Better Life$36,582-69%153142$239$596,1323Summit
11Water for Elephants$19,739-43%168-66$117$58,310,10512Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,336-24%171-50$107$14,166,8535Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,196-54%112-28$118$53,213,63312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$11,448-35%113-78$101$38,842,33010Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,727-55%106-32$73$57,914,50517Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,457-14%481$1,218$8,764,14114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$26,065-25%28-5$931$26,574,15669Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$19,518-79%901$217$1,252,4882UTV Communications
4Insidious$14,329-44%8111$177$53,736,80415FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,256-27%42-26$101$10,111,15511Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,498-53%41-25$85$54,700,40015Summit
7Project Nim$3,213-60%4--$803$29,0331Roadside Attractions
8Submarine$2,845-46%19-1$150$380,6526Weinstein Company
9Everything Must Go$2,060-26%17-2$121$2,665,0609Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,004-30%21-5$95$11,234,82918Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,247--4--$312$220,16243Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$901-48%150$60$11,513,18213Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$604-54%3--$201$91,0296Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$360-72%42$90$85,4508Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$314-56%4-1$79$254,21317Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$283-73%7--$40$4,4381UTV Communications
17Beautiful Boy$131-80%3-1$44$73,2896Anchor Bay Films