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 Sun, Feb. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$5,951,509-37%3,039--$1,958$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,852,616-39%3,350-150$1,150$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,644,487-45%2,132--$1,709$15,583,9241Lionsgate
4Safe House$2,746,785-45%3,052-69$900$97,622,7053Universal
5Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,528,161-39%3,1740$797$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
6The Vow$2,160,805-52%3,03880$711$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
7This Means War$1,824,982-53%3,1890$572$33,495,6462Fox
8Wanderlust$1,431,565-51%2,002--$715$6,526,6501Universal
9The Secret World of Arrietty$1,295,217-35%1,5220$851$14,508,9202Disney
10Gone$995,473-53%2,186--$455$4,770,3601Summit
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$947,478-36%1,618-1037$586$40,444,5853Fox
12Chronicle$938,274-44%1,797-759$522$57,984,9634Fox
13The Woman in Black$590,575-53%1,727-832$342$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$709,726-51%966158$735$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$493,114-55%889-354$555$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$394,861-46%501-57$788$69,354,70414Paramount
4The Grey$209,354-43%917-1190$228$50,179,0915Open Road
5Big Miracle$204,085-32%628-1006$325$18,903,5804Universal
6The Iron Lady$163,555-53%522-101$313$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$115,440-36%311-89$371$130,384,57911Fox
8Red Tails$111,510-43%489-520$228$48,670,0986Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$82,161-50%333-70$247$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10The Adventures of Tintin$79,575-38%272-31$293$76,901,74210Paramount
11We Bought a Zoo$69,768-49%280-7$249$74,096,24610Fox
12My Week with Marilyn$69,497-55%402282$173$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$69,309-62%164-20$423$23,276,12612Focus
14Underworld Awakening$66,516-39%260-566$256$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$62,645-50%280-297$224$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$56,247-50%178-97$316$207,771,02711Paramount
17Joyful Noise$48,450-43%277-63$175$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
18War Horse$44,723-47%213-181$210$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
19Contraband$44,325-43%197-223$225$66,173,3857Universal
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$39,486-56%125-64$316$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
21One For the Money$38,262-37%229-704$167$25,951,3365Lionsgate
22Puss in Boots (2011)$35,361-37%138-25$256$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
23Albert Nobbs$29,877-54%100-19$299$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$22,643-42%109-25$208$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,959-25%40-5$824$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$25,697-40%48--$535$94,5831UTV Communications
3The Darkest Hour$18,193-39%94-19$194$21,426,80510Summit
4Happy Feet Two$17,656-24%85-50$208$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
5Man on a Ledge$12,486-42%76-325$164$18,600,9115Lionsgate
6Shame$10,147-49%25-19$406$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
7Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,338-51%35-63$267$1,130,8423UTV Communications
8Haywire$8,322-53%37-42$225$18,827,1656Relativity Media
9Coriolanus$5,818-47%8-5$727$365,1696Weinstein Company
10W.E.$5,172-62%15-5$345$265,2764Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$4,721-51%50$944$70,1952Weinstein Company
12Pariah (2011)$3,264-46%130$251$712,7059Focus
13The Devil Inside$1,736-41%25-9$69$53,193,9258Paramount
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,060-44%4-4$265$292,86510FilmDistrict