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 Fri, May. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$80,813,985--4,349--$18,582$80,813,9851Disney
2Think Like a Man$2,670,210183%2,010-5$1,328$67,699,6443Sony / Screen Gems
3The Lucky One (2012)$1,945,836190%3,005-170$648$44,352,7813Warner Bros.
4The Five-Year Engagement$1,676,370133%2,9415$570$15,780,2752Universal
5The Hunger Games$1,630,046130%2,794-778$583$376,657,0447Lionsgate
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,323,134206%3,3580$394$14,486,5932Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$849,80092%2,2096$385$10,389,1452Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$846,71278%2,2715$373$11,250,4702Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$703,13759%1,531-36$459$21,320,5703Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$515,74848%1,669-970$309$36,969,6914Lionsgate
11The Three Stooges$477,638136%2,174-931$220$38,314,3204Fox
1221 Jump Street$361,17271%1,040-780$347$133,295,8558Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$278,19036%856-1298$325$54,761,8005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$189,69049%922-1095$206$59,617,9416Relativity Media
3Wrath of the Titans$145,00912%715-857$203$81,304,6516Warner Bros.
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$106,805171%521-362$205$208,714,45010Universal
5Titanic 3D$96,179-39%333-1076$289$57,021,3535Paramount
6Lockout$82,37015%311-948$265$13,757,2904Open Road
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$75,392219%303-98$249$102,061,48713Warner Bros. / New Line
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$74,42957%247-88$301$8,033,4219CBS Films
9Bully (2012)$61,444-27%2630$234$2,428,3216Weinstein Company
10Safe House$32,375137%175-54$185$125,946,52513Universal
11This Means War$28,657133%171-61$168$54,429,33412Fox
12The Vow$24,903--157-61$159$124,884,62813Sony / Screen Gems
13Act of Valor$23,56343%193-92$122$69,774,13911Relativity Media
14A Thousand Words$21,377144%140-29$153$18,129,9819Paramount
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,4192465%143104$129$34,898,13311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$197,054--27--$7,298$197,0541Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$66,72521%500$1,335$903,6643Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$32,46751%340$955$18,603,05357Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,968--95-32$273$51,713,47412Sony / Columbia
5Sound of My Voice$17,139553%2823$612$66,3932Fox Searchlight
6A Beautiful Soul$16,356--20--$818$16,3561Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Project X (2012)$9,14228%72-83$127$54,676,71210Warner Bros.
8Chronicle$9,08850%78-43$117$64,449,85814Fox
9Casa de mi Padre$8,700506%6832$128$5,827,6948Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$8,59137%47-32$183$4,172,2668Paramount Vantage
11Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$8,12821%30-37$271$1,117,6844Code Black Entertainment
12Friends With Kids$5,52634%34-19$163$7,174,7639Roadside Attractions
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,45321%75-36$59$133,009,84021Fox
14The Artist$4,146-5%41-9$101$44,231,64124Weinstein Company
15Coriolanus$4,054108%184$225$718,72616Weinstein Company
16We Bought a Zoo$3,17658%38-14$84$75,598,06420Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$3,135-22%20-26$157$570,9854Roadside Attractions
18Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,28214%17-10$134$43,441,39113Fox
19Undefeated$2,19239%13-7$169$526,66112Weinstein Company
20Touchback$2,07437%12-16$173$191,8714Anchor Bay Films
21Red Tails$1,537-2%12-11$128$49,855,51116Fox
22Albert Nobbs$52197%5-11$104$3,011,72515Roadside Attractions
23W.E.$367-49%6-4$61$579,77814Weinstein Company