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, Apr. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,608,765-13%4,1370$1,114$262,939,4072Lionsgate
2Titanic 3D$4,375,338--2,674--$1,636$4,700,3380Paramount
3Wrath of the Titans$2,251,221-23%3,545--$635$41,223,9121Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$1,661,674-16%3,603--$461$23,303,4951Relativity Media
521 Jump Street$1,459,242-15%3,14827$464$97,402,3053Sony / Columbia
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$891,750-12%3,075-602$290$192,036,6005Universal
7John Carter$193,582-29%1,807-1405$107$66,906,9134Disney
8Act of Valor$119,6610%1,239-980$97$68,085,9616Relativity Media
9A Thousand Words$104,859-7%1,007-780$104$16,815,3294Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,249-10%483359$261$3,536,4064CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$83,296-26%908-432$92$98,730,3388Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$81,418-24%903-1162$90$53,630,4015Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$68,430-15%513259$133$2,904,1903Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$62,255-22%622-708$100$124,086,1908Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$45,013-26%439-36$103$5,172,6843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$42,082-11%222-26$190$132,473,07416Fox
8Friends With Kids$38,429-33%306-252$126$6,456,2474Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$36,028-13%514-744$70$123,580,6498Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$35,041-26%449-739$78$53,195,7437Fox
11The Iron Lady$31,07913%284-43$109$29,493,85014Weinstein Company
12The Artist$30,990-4%315-261$98$43,634,88519Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$23,068-17%321-300$72$34,476,9156Lionsgate
14Chronicle$17,359-6%189-103$92$63,810,4149Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$16,652-11%123-32$135$75,329,79915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$15,003-12%325-877$46$12,418,4164Open Road
17Hugo$14,594-24%174-109$84$73,735,05719Paramount
18The Woman in Black$14,1111%179-1$79$53,987,5839CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,324-7%150-50$89$209,278,30116Paramount
20The Descendants$10,328-6%118-81$88$82,465,76120Fox Searchlight
21Big Miracle$10,200-14%170-54$60$20,144,5559Universal
22The Grey$7,305-10%2040$36$51,497,21410Open Road
23Wanderlust$6,960-29%116-119$60$17,278,8756Universal
24One For the Money$4,487-4%102-49$44$26,383,24410Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,3657%400$859$17,751,10052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,328-6%5--$1,866$145,0511Weinstein Company
3Red Tails$6,278-42%83-48$76$49,726,89511Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,075-14%55-31$74$186,842,73716Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$3,174-29%40-33$79$491,4495Focus
6Undefeated$2,898-2%16-1$181$432,1527Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$2,524-50%29-15$87$2,948,80910Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$2,229-8%16-3$139$606,50611Weinstein Company
9W.E.$2,159-29%213$103$498,2869Weinstein Company
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,974-50%20-54$99$43,280,8988Fox
11Gone$1,794-28%61-122$29$11,593,0666Summit
12My Week with Marilyn$848-2%12-32$71$14,599,69919Weinstein Company