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 Mon, Apr. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,143,217-43%4,1370$1,002$306,593,9393Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,282,285-52%3,192--$715$23,796,3651Universal
3Titanic 3D$2,201,712-37%2,674--$823$27,847,6471Paramount
4Mirror Mirror$1,831,462-28%3,61815$506$38,405,4842Relativity Media
5Wrath of the Titans$1,701,528-53%3,5450$480$60,315,7402Warner Bros.
621 Jump Street$1,241,867-51%3,009-139$413$110,655,6304Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,006,005-6%3,003-261$335$199,210,3806Universal
8John Carter$121,261-42%1,015-1382$119$68,104,9135Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$116,789-53%52441$223$4,773,2185CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$116,036-12%651-257$178$99,503,9879Warner Bros. / New Line
3A Thousand Words$60,350-51%507-500$119$17,482,6535Paramount
4Act of Valor$58,729-52%708-531$83$68,823,0397Relativity Media
5Safe House$53,020-59%482-247$110$124,799,1709Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$47,058-58%447-66$105$3,447,1784Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$46,558-44%444-459$105$54,107,8266Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,288-35%479-35$88$123,964,4689Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$31,429-62%283-156$111$5,527,8464Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$28,611-44%321-254$89$53,505,7908Fox
11Friends With Kids$26,673-52%207-99$129$6,754,9255Roadside Attractions
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,8107%195-27$132$132,669,90217Fox
13The Artist$24,547-50%222-93$111$43,873,44720Weinstein Company
14The Iron Lady$20,930-35%236-48$89$29,670,78615Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,452-54%204-117$90$34,683,0847Lionsgate
16Chronicle$16,553-46%162-36$102$63,968,22110Fox
17Silent House (2012)$12,373-56%214-111$58$12,567,6035Open Road
18Hugo$11,250-40%101-73$111$73,831,34420Paramount
19The Woman in Black$8,986-51%159-20$57$54,116,35110CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,330-33%102-48$82$209,373,25117Paramount
21Gone$7,753-40%12160$64$11,660,8767Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$33,23949%400$831$17,925,28853Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,739-42%61$1,957$245,9032Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$11,7192%99-37$118$75,418,69416Fox
4The Descendants$6,390-40%78-40$82$82,530,19921Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,977-30%4515$133$43,326,3889Fox
6The Grey$3,691-45%67-137$55$51,537,29911Open Road
7Being Flynn$3,125-52%33-7$95$529,4476Focus
8Coriolanus$3,119-52%171$183$637,39112Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,058-40%55-46$56$49,762,68212Fox
10W.E.$2,752-35%210$131$521,91710Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,425-32%49-53$49$26,407,17811Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,339-55%15-1$156$462,5348Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,132-20%301$71$2,964,60711Roadside Attractions