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, Jan. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$10,202,9909%3,078--$3,315$19,542,0661Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$8,603,32044%2,512--$3,425$14,584,4261Fox
3Contraband$5,840,45059%2,8707$2,035$43,411,9252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,757,87250%2,6302624$1,809$8,622,8375Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,039,84190%2,6250$1,539$30,977,8252Disney
6Haywire$3,801,60232%2,439--$1,559$6,685,4741Relativity Media
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,861,13686%2,519-827$1,136$196,212,6366Paramount
8Joyful Noise$2,837,70271%2,7350$1,038$20,321,9162Warner Bros.
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,291,44279%2,485-670$922$177,376,9536Warner Bros.
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,760,70376%1,907-767$923$93,786,2325Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$1,712,39062%1,076274$1,591$11,669,8544Weinstein Company
12War Horse$1,561,38582%2,525-331$618$71,554,7145Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,551,257175%2,070-779$749$123,721,7266Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$1,403,598107%2,065-844$680$68,862,3945Fox
15The Devil Inside$1,257,97048%2,207-344$570$50,729,2153Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$1,090,265139%1,340-733$814$71,648,8135Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,63484%560-100$2,140$50,737,84110Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$1,124,58175%662446$1,699$11,513,6989Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$903,10587%731-155$1,235$17,952,1597Focus
4Hugo$464,494137%650105$715$55,610,5929Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$205,526118%331-34$621$62,469,91110Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$181,126146%292-24$620$147,621,75613Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$167,16198%283-15$591$72,862,08511Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$150,91267%225-175$671$11,980,4769Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$148,79478%370-338$402$280,186,18710Lionsgate / Summit
10Tower Heist$90,20578%220-40$410$77,783,89512Universal
11The Darkest Hour$89,21173%301-881$296$21,032,4545Summit
12Young Adult$68,09180%150-237$454$16,043,2177Paramount
13The Sitter$67,12263%191-258$351$29,987,0527Fox
14New Year's Eve$63,46644%265-827$239$54,156,3467Warner Bros. / New Line
15Immortals$57,54270%169-18$340$83,238,80711Relativity Media
16Moneyball$30,81678%110-18$280$75,514,08318Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$106,01251%9554$1,116$2,915,7098Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,49669%450$944$15,629,75942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$28,29559%21-3$1,347$478,6714Focus
4Coriolanus$27,50959%9--$3,057$44,8201Weinstein Company
5In Time$27,40656%97-9$283$37,442,13713Fox
6Courageous$23,30776%90-26$259$34,507,31417Sony / TriStar
7Vettai$15,83483%21-13$754$139,0122UTV Communications
8J. Edgar$14,31655%46-36$311$37,029,40611Warner Bros.
9Dolphin Tale$12,872154%63-28$204$72,272,73218Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$12,61359%331$382$35,004,45519FilmDistrict
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,69786%14-4$836$193,5265FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$2,61511%14-6$187$5,340,93114Roadside Attractions