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 Tue, Oct. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,268,06025%3,549--$357$17,836,2191Paramount
2Real Steel$1,160,79810%3,4400$337$53,945,2382Disney / DreamWorks
3The Thing (2011)$748,33514%2,996--$250$9,901,0351Universal
4The Ides of March$729,44834%2,1990$332$23,038,3702Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$563,28026%2,840-178$198$58,679,6764Sony / Columbia
650/50$497,09327%2,391-88$208$25,167,3713Summit
7Dolphin Tale$391,4908%3,286-192$119$59,314,1514Warner Bros.
8Courageous$319,30315%1,21453$263$21,880,5053Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$314,86730%2,150--$146$3,808,5651Fox
10The Lion King 3D$211,6209%1,970-297$107$90,941,5035Disney
11Dream House$173,7607%2,172-492$80$18,721,4753Universal
12Contagion$162,68210%1,684-566$97$72,310,3716Warner Bros.
13The Help$144,83115%1,267-797$114$165,176,20610Disney / DreamWorks
14What's Your Number?$135,35530%1,282-1729$106$13,190,3133Fox
15Killer Elite$133,10926%1,431-980$93$24,002,2584Open Road
16Abduction$117,60921%1,707-884$69$25,993,5794Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$128,30214%703-627$183$32,354,3735FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$28,66116%330-77$87$380,288,85814Warner Bros.
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,23425%273-109$92$175,352,25311Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$22,56814%246-57$92$176,216,10213Paramount
5Laugh at My Pain$21,514-8%188-60$114$7,407,6836CodeBlack Entertainment
6The Debt$20,42810%200-158$102$30,914,1797Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$17,22932%162-60$106$83,375,09512Warner Bros.
8Cowboys & Aliens$14,56027%2082$70$99,994,83112Universal
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,469-14%311-54$37$38,061,2119Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$7,8101%135-184$58$13,588,0936Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$4,58220%107-133$43$9,578,8945Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,86822%115-30$25$18,661,3707Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34430%49--$395$13,540,48728Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,88224%43-50$207$428,9804Relativity Media
3Labios Rojos$7,35918%67--$110$87,0731Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Sarah's Key$7,25130%86-27$84$6,987,22713Weinstein Company
5Horrible Bosses$5,84835%85-57$69$117,495,57215Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$3,729-13%3223$117$183,1143Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,868-6%80-34$36$23,892,3558FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$2,7137%41-36$66$4,337,9667Visio Entertainment
9Circumstance$2,70449%191$142$404,6768Roadside Attractions
10Apollo 18$2,492157%18-28$138$17,543,5937Weinstein Company
11Our Idiot Brother$2,46130%41-26$60$24,694,7128Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$1,42728%101$143$41,4212Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$1,212-1%3--$404$11,2121Anchor Bay Films
14The Future$896-7%0-15--$553,66812Roadside Attractions
15Thunder Soul$64235%12-25$54$140,7214Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$55743%6-8$93$41,2803Fox Searchlight
17Project Nim$53563%3-3$18$399,95315Roadside Attractions