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 Fri, Jan. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$16,756,764--2,285--$7,333$16,756,7641Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,140,865151%3,555100$1,727$155,841,7774Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,234,574125%3,603-100$1,175$147,594,6354Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,533,172107%2,95036$1,198$69,069,0863Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$2,596,021105%2,783236$933$50,821,6333Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$2,367,550140%3,1707$747$50,461,6593Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,301,099114%3,425-299$672$104,389,5534Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,756,68571%3,006-81$584$57,036,9603Paramount
9New Year's Eve$1,082,802156%1,864-361$581$49,843,5995Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$1,070,660200%2,163-164$495$16,636,9493Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$437,62263%1,058-353$414$277,381,2608Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$286,82065%1,236-305$232$84,489,7267Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,725,7081224%809752$2,133$6,376,8575Focus
2The Descendants$749,113115%737-21$1,016$42,125,6768Fox Searchlight
3The Sitter$398,10997%758-590$525$27,966,2445Fox
4Young Adult$397,68867%830-157$479$13,864,1925Paramount
5Hugo$391,76183%843-108$465$51,421,9187Paramount
6The Artist$296,24070%1725$1,722$6,273,7417Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$234,30265%584-46$401$9,865,3157Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$140,47283%351-38$400$146,150,29711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$92,925234%29542$315$76,987,49510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$59,29821%285-240$208$61,188,9078Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$55,257--231-19$239$75,155,11016Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$47,190--171-51$276$71,860,2769Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$47,072--19110$246$34,199,92015Sony / TriStar
14In Time$35,814146%1329$271$37,158,77511Fox
15Arthur Christmas$32,141-53%280-1063$115$46,369,9887Sony / Columbia
16J. Edgar$32,005-2%152-303$211$36,783,8379Warner Bros.
17Immortals$28,33343%128-100$221$82,790,8729Relativity Media
18Footloose (2011)$22,90194%131-51$175$51,729,40513Paramount
19The Ides of March$22,681--114-29$199$40,914,01614Sony / Columbia
20Dolphin Tale$22,20055%149-39$149$72,092,67316Warner Bros.
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,94719%125-120$136$34,994,72310Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$59,25862%45-10$1,317$2,215,8686Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$45,271131%51$9,054$389,5662Weinstein Company
3Pariah (2011)$34,208329%117$3,110$157,6472Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$25,73864%60$4,290$425,2823Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$23,04035%45-4$512$15,262,87340Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$19,100229%305$637$34,874,47717FilmDistrict
7Margin Call$8,92236%301$297$5,278,42012Roadside Attractions
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,794399%75$1,113$66,1863FilmDistrict
9Like Crazy$2,904-17%15-15$194$3,383,67611Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,249--31$416$119,10211Cinema Purgatorio