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, Sep. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,364,07848%2,84365$1,887$113,386,0884Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,658,55539%1,826--$2,004$8,191,9681Focus
3Apollo 18$3,008,1486%3,328--$904$5,855,4571Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$3,003,9387%2,806--$1,071$5,801,4151Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,937,52457%3,193-153$920$157,029,4685Fox
6Colombiana$2,749,12338%2,6140$1,052$19,296,2562Sony / TriStar
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,924,89531%2,78020$692$14,837,4172FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,913,64233%2,5550$749$13,585,1562Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,883,98579%3,007-298$627$27,337,3863Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$1,590,44478%2,706-155$588$130,434,9446Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,197,85438%1,450-127$826$73,269,5116Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$904,24662%1,092-236$828$373,615,0168Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$713,28556%1,050-374$679$170,869,0647Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$699,15057%1,185-374$590$95,524,6806Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$646,67537%1,355-716$477$34,315,9374Sony / Columbia
16Final Destination 5$576,85651%1,226-859$471$40,004,3664Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$532,19343%1,722-1293$309$19,122,4923Lionsgate
18Fright Night (2011)$491,67142%1,468-1646$335$16,599,5283Disney / DreamWorks
19One Day$487,09436%1,187-538$410$11,823,1813Focus
20Cars 2$460,65693%2,043--$225$188,178,12611Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$425,9051%561--$759$846,8321Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$294,24968%401176$734$77,746,0589Sony / Columbia
3The Change-Up$274,89034%539-365$510$35,495,1105Universal
4Horrible Bosses$253,49743%422-43$601$114,584,8789Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$246,50169%31947$773$4,814,9347Weinstein Company
6Saving Private Perez$226,86515%161--$1,409$424,9441Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$223,54766%424-94$527$350,118,11010Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$180,12644%986911$183$98,605,72811Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$133,68189%305111$438$164,565,14215Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,12167%25213$465$67,308,92612Fox
11Super 8$103,73848%240-2$432$126,349,95713Paramount
12Bridesmaids$102,30037%220-2$465$168,352,43517Universal
13Green Lantern (2011)$74,95274%185-37$405$116,181,75812Warner Bros.
14Friends With Benefits$68,11441%161-53$423$55,463,4577Sony / Screen Gems
15X-Men: First Class$37,88844%101-9$375$146,234,16614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$313,47236%88--$3,562$854,9081Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$78,577113%490$1,604$12,376,12822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$32,46435%6636$492$802,5296Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$28,91359%86-11$336$12,956,15715Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$27,05381%90-38$301$254,375,11915Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$22,29639%71-23$314$1,188,8007Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,89673%64-159$327$11,790,5974Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$18,57027%3--$6,190$33,2021Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$15,59649%49-29$318$1,252,0296Lionsgate
10Circumstance$13,97029%114$1,270$92,1232Roadside Attractions
11Beginners$13,78054%34-16$405$5,751,75714Focus
12The Future$8,30422%17-5$488$430,6266Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$7,96453%41-50$194$22,930,14010Fox
14Insidious$7,398888%4-3$1,850$54,000,82223FilmDistrict
15Rio (2011)$4,544142%25-14$182$143,609,02421Fox
16Project Nim$4,12688%15-1$275$357,8879Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$3,69517%23--$161$6,8411Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,17437%12-3$181$1,329,3048Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,46378%10-16$146$24,6082Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,0903%1--$1,090$2,1531Argot Pictures
21Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,090-36%54$218$243,21951Collective Eye
225 Days of War$922-46%32$307$14,3733Anchor Bay Films
23The Music Never Stopped$25067%1--$250$257,30325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$17048%41$43$2,709,84117Roadside Attractions
25The Conspirator$24--1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions