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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$9,421,48618%3,222--$2,924$17,406,0501Warner Bros.
2The Help$3,925,54847%2,93592$1,337$135,002,4795Disney / DreamWorks
3The Debt$2,187,03753%1,87650$1,166$20,717,4802Focus
4Warrior (2011)$2,133,56220%1,869--$1,142$3,904,3071Lionsgate
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,827,54567%2,887-306$633$166,882,3716Fox
6Colombiana$1,794,14855%2,354-260$762$28,730,4453Sony / TriStar
7Shark Night 3D$1,625,10262%2,84842$571$13,891,1852Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$1,311,58850%3,3302$394$14,271,2222Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,235,783164%2,544-463$486$33,425,8404Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$1,199,91844%2,396-159$501$20,694,0013Weinstein Company
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$999,22248%2,251-529$444$20,507,5693FilmDistrict
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$973,00841%1,310-140$743$77,911,2727Warner Bros.
13The Smurfs$879,648150%1,977-729$445$135,439,7497Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$532,762-1%1,500--$355$1,070,9501Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$449,80770%810-282$555$376,817,2009Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$392,50161%804-246$488$173,250,6888Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$381,80063%920-265$415$97,830,2217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$273,53428%555-6$493$2,587,9842Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$262,50543%50381$522$115,655,96710Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$261,63756%655-571$399$41,630,7315Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$236,66236%646-709$366$36,349,9215Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$208,35487%343-58$607$78,650,85410Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$173,78562%306-13$568$5,744,1848Weinstein Company
10One Day$160,18526%492-695$326$13,339,5534Focus
11The Change-Up$143,99043%374-165$385$36,408,6556Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$132,21251%551-1171$240$20,836,6404Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$95,75955%1654$580$1,084,7572Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,99277%177-247$469$350,755,10911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,477104%2520$315$67,657,43813Fox
16Bridesmaids$70,92036%197-23$360$168,713,12518Universal
17Super 8$64,40660%203-37$317$126,691,69014Paramount
18Kung Fu Panda 2$59,532121%164-141$363$164,965,22216Paramount / DreamWorks
19Green Lantern (2011)$55,34689%155-30$357$116,433,57813Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$35,02329%114-47$307$55,688,6688Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$769,7641%98--$7,855$1,528,2251CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$47,69590%6928$691$23,020,42311Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$41,713147%490$851$12,649,41223Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bad Teacher$28,75948%96-890$300$99,028,28112Sony / Columbia
5Circumstance$22,15129%2312$963$165,8533Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$20,20717%51-15$396$934,7067Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tree of Life$18,52644%62-24$299$13,074,77616Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$18,52254%67-34$276$146,348,46115Fox
9The Hangover Part II$14,09553%60-30$235$254,450,91216Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,73629%30$3,245$95,7442Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$9,20543%33-16$279$1,314,8157Lionsgate
12Another Earth$9,04654%41-30$221$1,266,6878Fox Searchlight
13The Future$7,29137%269$280$470,3517Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$2,67641%11-4$243$372,61210Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,22247%8-4$153$1,337,0599Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$998-7%5--$200$2,0721Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$22626%40$57$2,711,04218Roadside Attractions
18In/Sight$12451%3-20$41$16,9562Check Entertainment
195 Days of War$1097%1-2$109$17,1494Anchor Bay Films
20The Conspirator$8-50%10$8$11,538,19622Roadside Attractions