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, Nov. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$10,128,045-32%3,112--$3,255$24,969,5281Relativity Media
2Puss in Boots (2011)$9,759,09310%3,903-60$2,500$101,935,0213Paramount / DreamWorks
3Jack and Jill$9,628,736-2%3,438--$2,801$19,465,3611Sony / Columbia
4Tower Heist$5,459,40014%3,3703$1,620$40,919,8002Universal
5J. Edgar$4,463,4005%1,910--$2,337$8,819,8401Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,288,4491%2,8750$796$21,885,6602Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$1,700,51810%2,591-536$656$29,759,0813Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$1,533,76911%2,776-510$553$100,115,2724Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$1,164,75811%2,215-596$526$48,251,7735Paramount
10Real Steel$763,73413%1,758-680$434$81,190,3066Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$488,08831%813-465$600$71,652,5428Sony / Columbia
2The Ides of March$443,34946%696-695$637$38,161,6076Sony / Columbia
3Courageous$400,26615%905-233$442$31,300,8217Sony / TriStar
4The Rum Diary$322,19113%947-1345$340$12,175,8093FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$267,2324%705-400$379$69,465,7188Warner Bros.
6Margin Call$250,88652%19921$1,261$3,182,1474Roadside Attractions
7Anonymous$240,38823%482-32$499$3,607,4353Sony / Columbia
850/50$219,04823%424-323$517$33,731,1177Summit
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$203,87731%18385$1,114$1,559,0914Fox Searchlight
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$200,24912%669-1194$299$19,048,9924Summit
11Contagion$131,05723%35595$369$74,790,94510Warner Bros.
12The Smurfs$130,34420%269-9$485$141,592,23116Sony / Columbia
13Johnny English Reborn$83,89529%210-434$400$8,073,8754Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$52,20619%164-35$318$176,298,88815Fox
15Sarah's Key$39,11332%162-156$241$7,546,17817Weinstein Company
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$35,88921%130-42$276$84,227,85416Warner Bros.
17Dream House$35,17532%172-158$205$21,266,2757Universal
18Abduction$31,39023%127-80$247$27,468,7638Lionsgate
19The Thing (2011)$26,85522%141-243$190$16,891,3055Universal
20Killer Elite$25,44116%16041$159$25,075,2248Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$207,09626%7054$2,959$922,4043Paramount Vantage
2Drive (2011)$45,94235%75-61$613$34,233,6949FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$43,247-1%490$883$14,114,05332Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Mighty Macs$21,49615%61-40$352$1,811,6694Quaker Media
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$20,33716%85-140$239$380,939,74118Warner Bros.
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$19,96513%72-26$277$38,407,37113Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$14,95128%83-130$180$7,076,0425Fox
8I Don't Know How She Does It$12,39929%8375$149$9,632,5269Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$9,1329%63-39$145$13,982,5487Fox
10Shark Night 3D$6,62239%29-15$228$18,855,94311Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,39518%32-20$169$24,038,60012FilmDistrict
12Laugh at My Pain$2,92420%13-26$225$7,687,55010CodeBlack Entertainment
13Apollo 18$2,71615%18-75$151$17,681,00611Weinstein Company
14Our Idiot Brother$2,695-2%12-23$225$24,807,73212Weinstein Company
15The Double (2011)$2,2156%12-33$185$132,5403Image Entertainment
16Munger Road$2,19520%7-2$314$265,2957Freestyle Releasing
17The Son of No One$1,16750%4-6$292$28,1342Anchor Bay Films
18Machine Gun Preacher$8182%120$68$526,3668Relativity Media
19Circumstance$500-1%50$100$439,42212Roadside Attractions
20Texas Killing Fields$394190%3-7$131$45,0935Anchor Bay Films
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34845%1-4$348$487,35011Indomina Media
22The Future$3768%3-2$12$567,78416Roadside Attractions