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 Sat, Apr. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$7,692,46440%2,0150$3,818$56,058,4572Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,082,22385%3,358--$1,513$7,832,1821Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$4,967,27466%3,572-180$1,391$369,164,9926Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$4,622,87418%3,17520$1,456$37,125,8212Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$4,534,66030%2,936--$1,545$8,013,1601Universal
6Safe (2012)$3,131,70520%2,266--$1,382$5,751,8841Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,940,28916%2,203--$1,335$5,466,6021Relativity Media
8The Three Stooges$2,463,77490%3,105-377$793$35,503,3133Fox
9Chimpanzee$2,179,78236%1,5674$1,391$17,474,4702Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$2,012,34042%2,639-172$763$33,595,3853Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$1,365,80952%1,820-607$750$131,204,1517Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$1,313,94044%2,154-879$610$52,793,2254Universal
13Mirror Mirror$1,039,39485%2,017-921$515$58,239,7695Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$884,29268%1,572-930$563$79,955,9755Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$848,63465%1,409-1106$602$55,731,5634Paramount
16Lockout$419,65151%1,259-1076$333$13,087,0833Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$402,155107%883-700$455$208,184,0959Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$232,78180%401-43$581$101,733,49112Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$209,94084%335-111$627$7,674,6438CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$131,54136%2630$500$2,024,6485Weinstein Company
5This Means War$81,57844%232-61$352$54,314,55611Fox
6Safe House$75,68054%229-72$330$125,814,63512Universal
7Act of Valor$68,02155%28556$239$69,638,15910Relativity Media
8The Vow$53,91838%218-79$247$124,782,55612Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$52,82277%1691$313$18,037,6688Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$42,34969%127-48$333$51,638,38411Sony / Columbia
11Chronicle$33,73565%121-16$279$64,394,83713Fox
12Project X (2012)$32,75335%155-103$211$54,615,7999Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,622165%111-24$222$132,975,79420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$89,31624%500$1,786$596,4042Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$36,19772%67-39$540$1,058,3843Code Black Entertainment
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,74973%79-43$351$4,124,6207Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$27,097-13%342$797$18,476,10456Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sound of My Voice$16,03330%5--$3,207$28,3691Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$15,26724%46-80$332$542,1113Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$14,88044%53-30$281$7,148,5818Roadside Attractions
8The Artist$14,48592%50-36$290$44,203,68523Weinstein Company
9We Bought a Zoo$13,256102%52-14$255$75,580,59019Fox
10The Woman in Black$12,66643%63-27$201$54,315,26213CBS Films
11Touchback$11,68832%28-41$417$177,4433Anchor Bay Films
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,14987%27-5$339$43,425,33412Fox
13Casa de mi Padre$8,71960%36-22$242$5,804,9417Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,95658%39-42$204$34,874,85410Lionsgate
15Red Tails$7,23056%23-16$314$49,844,41315Fox
16Coriolanus$6,97564%140$498$702,67915Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$5,73040%22-37$260$12,748,4098Open Road
18Undefeated$4,93341%203$247$516,74211Weinstein Company
19Albert Nobbs$2,673102%161$167$3,006,13914Roadside Attractions
20W.E.$2,62418%10-5$262$574,63313Weinstein Company