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. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,396,955-74%3,916-221$357$338,063,3184Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,192,968-66%2,811--$424$15,936,5821Lionsgate
3American Reunion$832,885-68%3,20311$260$40,545,4202Universal
4The Three Stooges$802,693-82%3,477--$231$17,812,8181Fox
5Titanic 3D$800,934-76%2,69723$297$45,524,7532Paramount
6Wrath of the Titans$519,087-73%3,102-443$167$71,771,0923Warner Bros.
721 Jump Street$517,088-69%2,735-274$189$120,840,7695Sony / Columbia
8Lockout$458,458-70%2,308--$199$6,690,2941Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$402,173-78%3,206-412$125$49,718,3583Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,520-79%2,112-891$85$204,693,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$67,719-68%435-89$156$6,132,6566CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$44,909-72%158152$284$859,5443Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$43,259-80%502-149$86$100,506,78310Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$41,966-73%102--$411$683,5081Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$26,818-72%446-569$60$68,774,6876Disney
6Safe House$22,260-71%371-111$60$125,299,01510Universal
7Act of Valor$19,551-70%352-356$56$69,277,0258Relativity Media
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,456-65%183-264$101$3,841,4175Paramount Vantage
9Blue Like Jazz$18,402-69%136--$135$279,5921Roadside Attractions
10This Means War$14,711-70%283-38$52$53,845,5739Fox
11A Thousand Words$11,194-77%277-230$40$17,838,8926Paramount
12The Artist$10,106-61%121-101$84$44,058,73921Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$9,681-58%146-90$66$29,846,98816Weinstein Company
14Chronicle$9,471-74%1653$57$64,175,49011Fox
15Friends With Kids$9,158-69%113-94$81$6,979,3226Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$8,426-60%145-299$58$54,339,6697Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$8,293-73%121-162$69$5,711,4515Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,186-70%125-79$41$34,803,2418Lionsgate
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,152-82%153-42$34$132,834,54118Fox
20The Woman in Black$5,006-69%122-37$41$54,217,64911CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$13,506-42%400$338$18,162,38854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$8,19772%12-18$683$2,988,38412Roadside Attractions
3Silent House (2012)$4,418-65%59-155$75$12,670,8996Open Road
4Touchback$4,398-73%50--$88$71,3911Anchor Bay Films
5The Descendants$3,719-20%41-37$91$82,574,37222Fox Searchlight
6We Bought a Zoo$2,888-74%83-16$35$75,500,98517Fox
7Coriolanus$2,440-53%181$136$668,11613Weinstein Company
8Red Tails$2,233-65%43-12$52$49,800,42913Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,132-72%33-12$65$43,371,61010Fox
10W.E.$1,908-60%17-4$112$548,12411Weinstein Company
11The Grey$1,637-71%13-54$126$51,573,48312Open Road
12Undefeated$1,493-59%172$88$489,2449Weinstein Company