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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,043,081-49%4,375--$4,124$187,232,5081Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,839,070-56%3,917-190$725$305,717,8673Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,611,356-50%3,13494$833$62,760,9592Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$1,846,122-46%3,4820$530$44,229,1002Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,235,710-51%3,249-741$380$166,625,4644Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,126,571-48%2,405--$468$8,983,6471Disney
7Bad Teacher$785,831-46%2,659-303$296$89,243,4704Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$343,050-52%2,287-689$150$32,062,6103Universal
9Super 8$280,113-49%1,459-833$192$122,567,4726Paramount
10Monte Carlo$267,843-30%1,169-1304$229$20,378,3143Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$242,685-37%1,002-994$242$61,715,7015Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$261,555-45%872-230$300$161,591,13510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$178,188-51%973-1042$183$112,967,3545Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$97,870-49%470-377$208$143,553,7277Fox
4The Tree of Life$87,904-55%235-2$374$10,178,3938Fox Searchlight
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$83,286-41%373-249$223$237,436,9209Disney
6Kung Fu Panda 2$81,927-42%354-296$231$160,156,4568Paramount / DreamWorks
7Thor$68,008-43%272-43$250$179,569,17011Paramount
8The Hangover Part II$67,542-46%455-380$148$251,949,4958Warner Bros.
9Rio (2011)$57,743-39%241-31$240$141,990,31914Fox
10Beginners$56,378-57%17015$332$3,989,0657Focus
11A Better Life$37,699-68%21663$175$1,076,7354Summit
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$31,616-23%21443$148$14,401,1716Relativity Media
13Fast Five$30,740-53%212-29$145$209,173,37512Universal
14Water for Elephants$13,718-45%120-48$114$58,475,21913Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$52,195-6%480$1,087$9,238,26415Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,694-20%27-1$952$26,806,37570Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$17,854-55%24--$744$151,8591Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$9,152-52%74-39$124$38,965,04111Warner Bros.
5Insidious$8,521-47%66-15$129$53,837,54916FilmDistrict
6Delhi Belly$8,479-69%67-23$127$1,436,1843UTV Communications
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$7,717-51%87-25$89$53,319,66513Lionsgate
8Project Nim$7,046-55%2218$320$94,8862Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$4,982-56%72-34$69$57,986,87118Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,794-17%19-23$94$10,136,54812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,190-60%14-5$85$400,1787Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$773-38%12-5$64$2,678,24010Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$412-61%51$82$90,4819Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$297-84%10-5$30$11,521,71814Roadside Attractions
15The Music Never Stopped$63--40$16$255,47018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$21-89%4-3$5$6,1702UTV Communications