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 Wed, Nov. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,881,337-23%3,952--$476$40,505,2951Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,012,036-26%3,122--$324$15,493,8851Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$988,773-26%3,3298$297$85,767,5402Paramount
4The Rum Diary$542,146-20%2,272--$239$6,902,1101FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$396,644-17%3,224-331$123$39,801,8783Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$342,652-20%3,0170$114$16,003,8652Summit
7Real Steel$312,215-18%2,914-498$107$75,016,6834Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$263,755-14%1,572-470$168$34,519,5324Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$223,121-10%1,631-722$137$68,184,0846Sony / Columbia
1050/50$167,742-9%1,194-738$140$31,837,5655Summit
11Courageous$159,053-11%1,134-61$140$28,213,8785Sony / TriStar
12Johnny English Reborn$117,025-35%1,5542$75$6,924,5902Universal
13Dolphin Tale$116,229-17%1,838-990$63$67,469,0826Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$83,985-14%1,394-1601$60$16,389,0703Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$98,469-16%265--$372$1,347,9721Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$73,217-10%14084$523$1,722,2782Roadside Attractions
3The Help$47,83510%450-326$106$167,042,21212Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$42,709-2%258-25$166$1,741,8454Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$35,143-11%194-173$181$33,825,3807FilmDistrict
6Contagion$34,001-12%411-490$83$74,215,2948Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$32,814-20%389-586$84$1,619,2462Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,400-11%585-639$40$20,922,1455Universal
9The Big Year$19,600-16%423-1727$46$6,890,2073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$19,314-8%378-713$51$93,202,6217Disney
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$18,538-3%250-58$74$83,957,63714Warner Bros.
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$17,905-4%231-18$78$175,942,91713Fox
13Abduction$16,016-19%351-402$46$27,216,0176Lionsgate
14Killer Elite$13,001-8%257-494$51$24,950,4126Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$11,0202%163-77$68$380,739,67016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,087-22%139-45$44$176,573,05715Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,508-3%120107$46$17,621,9179Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,379-6%151-27$22$38,293,40011Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,722-7%3228$929$535,9702Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,80316%490$323$13,855,42930Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$14,2827%4--$3,571$161,4871Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$6,826-20%87-32$78$31,170,3769Focus
5What's Your Number?$6,695-19%62-281$108$13,875,2285Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$5,460-14%91-40$60$100,234,22614Universal
7Sarah's Key$3,901117%29-19$135$7,064,91115Weinstein Company
8Laugh at My Pain$3,6642%51-52$72$7,647,9148CodeBlack Entertainment
9Shark Night 3D$3,268-19%90-12$36$18,807,7119Relativity Media
10The Double (2011)$2,8909%11--$263$35,3641Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,863-9%7522$38$23,985,22210FilmDistrict
12Our Idiot Brother$2,027-6%51-28$40$24,769,64310Weinstein Company
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,553-24%13-12$119$510,4746Relativity Media
14Warrior (2011)$1,5228%31-34$49$13,655,5658Lionsgate
15Munger Road$1,13995%10-6$114$247,0275Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$977-14%7-3$140$432,14710Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$797-2%73$114$36,6813Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$666-22%14-15$48$9,605,0837Weinstein Company
19Inni$611-62%1--$611$34,4431Cinema Purgatorio
20The Future$373-33%5-9$75$566,17914Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$312-17%11-32$28$135,7983Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$201-13%6-15$34$483,9409Indomina Media
23Project Nim$8656%3-9$29$406,06617Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$54286%1-4$54$51,5574Weinstein Company
25Thunder Soul$6-76%40$2$143,6556Roadside Attractions