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, Dec. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,314,19733%3,505--$375$15,321,6541Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$1,013,82912%2,750--$369$11,773,9321Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$748,25015%3,604-442$208$260,800,1414Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$573,17624%2,608768$220$34,451,9293Paramount
5The Muppets$476,10017%3,328-112$143$66,626,4603Disney
6Arthur Christmas$428,80242%3,272-104$131$34,132,2213Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$334,42719%2,299-328$145$80,485,2005Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$298,56137%2,840-696$105$57,307,1444Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$218,51932%2,787-262$78$68,911,5185Sony / Columbia
10Tower Heist$206,90018%2,069-335$100$74,504,9506Universal
11J. Edgar$158,26815%1,555-430$102$35,057,5325Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$112,31112%1,843-907$61$142,086,5007Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$490,42217%876302$560$24,541,2874Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$101,83313%2440$417$5,310,4213Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$73,82728%470-240$157$34,117,9306Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$47,14818%354-67$133$36,493,1287Fox
5Like Crazy$22,93815%16210$142$3,190,0597Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$21,07529%191-74$110$33,371,10311Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$20,06529%148-3$136$4,982,7148Roadside Attractions
8Dolphin Tale$18,99619%342-68$56$71,103,66112Warner Bros.
9Moneyball$16,8066%208-796$81$74,209,59912Sony / Columbia
10The Way$16,47419%120-40$137$3,867,44210Producers Distribution Agency
11Paranormal Activity 3$16,1546%30247$53$103,660,3938Paramount
12The Ides of March$14,16014%187-829$76$40,494,43210Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$11,29631%168-40$67$20,247,4428Summit
1450/50$10,77726%146-50$74$34,907,27611Summit
15Footloose (2011)$7,42238%201-108$37$51,155,2529Paramount
16Abduction$6,0699%131-20$46$28,075,84612Lionsgate
17Contagion$5,15511%111-44$46$75,648,54214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$40,89119%1610$2,556$963,8583Weinstein Company
2Shame$37,7385%2111$1,797$855,3512Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,839-10%8--$3,980$377,4011Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$28,443-17%4--$7,111$373,4201Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,00753%490$286$14,698,99936Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$12,37873%251$495$316,6833Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$7,1228%70-16$102$34,691,20113FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,82911%72-12$95$2,834,0488Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$4,60726%630$73$13,078,7277FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,67314%61-23$60$176,704,99219Fox
11Pastorela$2,496-7%44-11$57$141,7612Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Inni$1,0815589%20$541$115,0727Cinema Purgatorio
13Circumstance$3525%1-1$352$453,28816Roadside Attractions
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$331-1%23-8$14$38,537,04217Weinstein Company
15Project Nim$182-28%2--$91$410,51223Roadside Attractions
16Answers to Nothing$1503%7-14$21$21,6002Roadside Attractions
17The Future$33-28%1--$33$568,58820Roadside Attractions