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 Sun, Sep. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,298,131-22%2,330--$3,991$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$3,460,435-46%3,2220$1,074$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$2,904,323-34%2,886--$1,006$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$1,734,633-39%3,01479$576$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,220,365-37%2,408--$507$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,020,719-44%2,476--$412$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$798,926-31%1,88314$424$10,002,6252Lionsgate
8The Debt$703,802-49%1,831-45$384$26,564,4313Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$691,415-43%2,340-547$295$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$607,436-39%1,933-421$314$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$539,796-30%1,650-894$327$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$414,735-51%2,082-766$199$17,310,4023Relativity Media
13The Smurfs$396,569-33%1,419-558$279$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$352,024-51%1,145-165$307$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
15Our Idiot Brother$314,006-45%1,747-649$180$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$271,490-46%1,334-917$204$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$263,586-46%1,795-1535$147$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$108,933-30%1,5000$73$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$297,982-33%230132$1,296$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$205,877-34%601-209$343$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$149,299-43%540-264$276$174,301,5209Paramount
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$143,316-31%306129$468$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
5Seven Days in Utopia$142,082-38%437-118$325$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
6Cowboys & Aliens$141,220-41%614-306$230$98,830,2768Universal
7Bridesmaids$126,565325%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
8Horrible Bosses$105,314-47%444-59$237$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
9Zookeeper$104,299-40%3485$300$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
10Bad Teacher$84,470-41%474378$178$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
11Sarah's Key$75,067-38%266-40$282$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
12Final Destination 5$54,045-40%302-353$179$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
1330 Minutes or Less$53,827-45%291-355$185$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
14The Change-Up$53,725-48%307-67$175$36,841,2457Universal
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$48,431-37%213-39$227$67,893,86514Fox
16One Day$38,610-41%254-238$152$13,766,0145Focus
17Saving Private Perez$36,39831%116-49$314$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Kung Fu Panda 2$32,878-25%142-22$232$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
19Super 8$25,221-37%159-44$159$126,869,83315Paramount
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$24,265-35%154-397$158$21,150,2445Lionsgate
21Green Lantern (2011)$14,108-43%103-52$137$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,200-24%490$739$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Monte Carlo$15,461-46%46-23$336$23,131,33412Fox
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,099-31%1916$795$163,6843Indomina Media
4Circumstance$13,823-32%318$446$254,4664Roadside Attractions
5Friends With Benefits$12,111-59%96-18$126$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tree of Life$10,827-30%41-21$264$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$6,894-32%35-16$197$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,864-29%293$168$501,8588Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,277-1%25-8$131$1,341,9998Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,272-15%17-24$134$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,796-38%176$106$383,37311Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$492-9%5-3$98$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$8913%1-4$89$5,0052Anchor Bay Films