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, Oct. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$4,432,777-40%3,4400$1,289$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$3,742,561-41%3,549--$1,055$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$1,902,460-43%2,996--$635$8,493,6651Universal
4Dolphin Tale$1,722,381-39%3,286-192$524$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
5The Ides of March$1,612,999-50%2,1990$734$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,202,264-53%2,840-178$423$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
750/50$1,046,947-43%2,391-88$438$24,279,1523Summit
8Courageous$956,986-28%1,21453$788$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Lion King 3D$822,510-34%1,970-297$418$90,536,3185Disney
10The Big Year$736,443-46%2,150--$343$3,251,8841Fox
11Dream House$553,860-52%2,172-492$255$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$415,833-50%1,684-566$247$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
13Abduction$351,922-46%1,707-884$206$25,778,6854Lionsgate
14The Help$312,363-40%1,267-797$247$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$289,378-40%1,282-1729$226$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$276,068-39%1,431-980$193$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$306,433-35%703-627$436$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$127,849-34%370-145$346$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$79,990-35%330-77$242$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$63,957-30%311-54$206$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$61,111-43%273-109$224$175,306,81211Fox
6Captain America: The First Avenger$59,040-43%246-57$240$176,173,78713Paramount
7Laugh at My Pain$57,139-58%188-60$304$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
8The Debt$41,978-51%200-158$210$30,875,2627Focus
9Cowboys & Aliens$35,360-43%2082$170$99,968,83112Universal
10Zookeeper$30,599-38%155-43$197$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$30,354-47%162-60$187$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
12Colombiana$24,155-50%132-113$183$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
13Warrior (2011)$18,562-39%135-184$137$13,572,5436Lionsgate
14Shark Night 3D$9,576-53%115-30$83$18,656,1457Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$9,295-34%107-133$87$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,587-16%490$624$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Labios Rojos$26,019-2%67--$388$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Machine Gun Preacher$17,284-23%43-50$402$412,9944Relativity Media
4Munger Road$14,044-50%3223$439$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
5Sarah's Key$12,876-35%86-27$150$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
6Horrible Bosses$11,401-53%85-57$134$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,314-64%80-34$104$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$7,673-32%22-5$349$450,3327Indomina Media
9Seven Days in Utopia$5,044-35%41-36$123$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
10Circumstance$4,844-20%191$255$400,1608Roadside Attractions
11Our Idiot Brother$4,712-32%41-26$115$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$2,992-31%101$299$38,8802Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$2,390-29%3--$797$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
14Apollo 18$2,030-63%18-28$113$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
15Thunder Soul$1,804-43%12-25$150$139,6024Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$1,181-40%6-8$197$40,3343Fox Searchlight
17The Future$1,074-42%161$67$551,81312Roadside Attractions
18Project Nim$34-61%3-3$11$399,79215Roadside Attractions