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 Wed, Mar. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,126,450-20%3,74617$835$132,194,0102Universal
2John Carter$2,038,339-27%3,749--$544$37,553,5951Disney
3Project X (2012)$941,131-28%3,0550$308$43,158,4812Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$592,448-19%2,951-102$201$58,090,3073Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$483,624-26%1,890--$256$7,837,7911Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$444,316-27%2,525-535$176$92,113,3975Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$438,450-20%2,144-409$205$117,041,7955Universal
8Silent House (2012)$407,023-25%2,124--$192$8,095,7311Open Road
9The Vow$372,137-21%2,478-348$150$118,659,8645Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$351,252-17%1,949-393$180$48,016,8994Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$201,493-20%1,516-616$133$31,136,6803Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$194,049-12%1,804-683$108$48,674,4444Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$191,870-21%1,505-251$127$40,856,83916Weinstein Company
14Wanderlust$157,990-26%1,220-782$130$16,053,8953Universal
15Gone$81,289-26%1,144-1042$71$10,998,3613Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$168,961-18%369--$458$2,555,7791Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$96,017-8%595-459$161$62,568,4236Fox
3The Iron Lady$59,857-22%447-64$134$28,123,67111Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$57,936-24%517-177$112$81,664,48317Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$53,302-23%313-93$170$72,446,06616Paramount
6The Secret World of Arrietty$48,713-7%501-930$97$17,720,3954Disney
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$46,438-6%287-27$162$131,323,39713Fox
8The Woman in Black$45,634-14%433-379$105$53,179,5826CBS Films
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$34,795-17%229122$152$208,506,42213Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$29,795-3%258-473$115$42,935,1355Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$24,700-15%153-62$161$77,459,12412Paramount
12Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$22,9347%109-17$210$23,982,04114Focus
13We Bought a Zoo$22,197-18%228-38$97$74,741,77612Fox
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,528-10%208-58$79$186,573,40213Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$15,550-13%238-121$65$19,642,5006Universal
16The Grey$13,888-13%151-157$92$51,002,9787Open Road
17Red Tails$11,8470%178-71$67$49,377,2658Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,982-15%202-101$54$31,745,47512Warner Bros.
19Contraband$9,475-6%119-29$80$66,517,9409Universal
20My Week with Marilyn$9,014-39%1200$75$14,518,97716Weinstein Company
21Joyful Noise$4,936-19%103-99$48$30,883,7229Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,8174%400$820$17,094,89849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$20,224-11%18--$1,124$287,8561CBS Films
3Undefeated$6,64210%130$511$272,6314Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$5,8815%195$310$491,6038Weinstein Company
5Albert Nobbs$5,2471%45-23$117$2,808,1117Roadside Attractions
6Haywire$5,037-17%8250$61$18,914,7468Relativity Media
7W.E.$4,88618%245$204$397,8646Weinstein Company
8Being Flynn$3,880-12%128$323$115,3732Focus
9Shame$3,68212%20-2$184$3,905,59315Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$3,436-1%64-53$54$26,129,6287Lionsgate
11Pariah (2011)$3,05835%196$161$766,24311Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,212-5%10-16$121$175,1273UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$292-39%5-5$58$34,9112UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$158-65%4-21$40$1,154,1245UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$111-44%10-7$11$53,206,23110Paramount