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. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$29,223,517136%4,3490$6,720$299,242,8902Disney
2Dark Shadows$9,673,463--3,755--$2,576$9,673,4631Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$1,570,870179%2,05242$766$77,187,6024Sony / Screen Gems
4The Lucky One (2012)$1,300,460195%2,839-166$458$50,981,2014Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$1,187,702155%2,531-263$469$383,689,3888Lionsgate
6The Five-Year Engagement$963,37593%2,569-372$375$22,272,7853Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$740,538143%3,079-279$241$20,644,0963Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$408,17450%1,888-321$216$13,753,1023Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$387,33843%1,690-581$229$14,657,5933Lionsgate
10Chimpanzee$386,87078%1,55928$248$24,348,8414Disneynature
11The Cabin in the Woods$303,07362%1,029-640$295$39,085,5205Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$270,834199%1,416-758$191$40,346,2645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$672,210705%178151$3,776$1,744,7262Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$408,134--322--$1,267$408,1341Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$208,68388%589-451$354$134,681,1179Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$145,880101%521-335$280$55,763,6206Universal
5Mirror Mirror$135,651153%607-315$223$60,529,9207Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$106,925242%455-66$235$209,266,61511Universal
7Wrath of the Titans$72,32776%265-450$273$81,847,5627Warner Bros.
8Bully (2012)$64,22828%2630$244$2,793,4707Weinstein Company
9Lockout$54,709257%255-56$215$14,011,3595Open Road
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$52,237202%260-43$201$102,397,43714Warner Bros. / New Line
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,20439%200-47$236$8,400,43010CBS Films
12Titanic 3D$39,850-13%157-176$254$57,496,3136Paramount
13The Artist$39,7101964%751710$53$44,290,33925Weinstein Company
14Safe House$25,160120%136-39$185$126,089,80014Universal
15This Means War$22,073142%132-39$167$54,541,42213Fox
16A Thousand Words$17,898151%127-13$141$18,232,37610Paramount
17The Vow$16,527--111-46$149$124,978,29314Sony / Screen Gems
18Act of Valor$12,23337%118-75$104$69,874,17612Relativity Media
19Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,200318%11770$104$4,215,7349Paramount Vantage
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$11,55890%110-33$105$34,975,28412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,83635%49-1$1,507$1,277,6734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,5022%340$779$18,750,15758Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Road (2012)$17,147--50--$343$17,1471Freestyle Releasing
4Sound of My Voice$16,735136%4618$364$147,9103Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$7,70080%56-12$138$5,873,2369Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$5,85560%51-27$115$64,492,88215Fox
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,748143%23-7$250$1,152,3645Code Black Entertainment
8Friends With Kids$4,455136%362$124$7,197,85710Roadside Attractions
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$4,312--10--$431$4,3121UTV Communications
10Project X (2012)$3,93313%40-32$98$54,715,79311Warner Bros.
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,715-16%67-8$55$133,045,66422Fox
12Red Tails$2,804710%9-3$312$49,862,78417Fox
13Coriolanus$1,636-12%11-7$149$736,09317Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,49752%130$115$538,04113Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,203-22%11-9$109$585,0465Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,07847%12-5$90$43,450,27014Fox
17Touchback$78569%6-6$131$199,9805Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$680--2--$340$6801Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$3862657%2-3$193$3,014,25216Roadside Attractions