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 Tue, May. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$4,917,764-14%4,249-100$1,157$468,271,2153Disney
2Battleship$2,269,350-4%3,690--$615$30,165,8401Universal
3The Dictator$2,151,7340%3,008--$715$28,785,2721Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,303,2354%3,7550$347$53,280,1532Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,298,02314%3,021--$430$12,983,3801Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$346,088-2%2,064-467$168$392,280,5339Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$275,8406%1,722-330$160$86,375,0175Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$210,35412%2,005-834$105$57,333,2415Warner Bros.
9The Five-Year Engagement$152,7508%1,175-1394$130$27,396,7854Universal
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$147,023-41%1,840-1239$80$25,886,8074Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$521,6560%354176$1,474$9,271,9753Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$96,19016%895-664$107$27,187,6715Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$51,642-6%448-581$115$40,658,4556Lionsgate
4Wrath of the Titans$48,0986%36095$134$82,613,7088Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$41,690-12%379-76$110$210,280,39012Universal
6Mirror Mirror$41,063-7%407-200$101$61,636,6378Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$40,8216%503-1187$81$16,669,3284Lionsgate
8The Three Stooges$38,9648%594-822$66$41,905,8026Fox
9Girl in Progress$38,1585%3220$119$2,211,8762Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$32,3746%432-1456$75$15,608,6674Relativity Media
11Bully (2012)$25,683-15%204-59$126$3,176,0288Weinstein Company
12American Reunion$23,200-24%290-231$80$56,548,6057Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,182-4%245-15$74$102,896,65615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,700-26%134-66$95$8,750,90811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,026-7%191-64$47$14,310,3346Open Road
16A Thousand Words$6,41415%110-17$58$18,386,54211Paramount
17The Artist$3,3739%103-648$33$44,555,91126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$54,113-8%490$1,104$1,948,2075Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,89926%340$732$18,964,75359Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,8489%55--$270$284,7901Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,1520%70-87$116$57,752,5157Paramount
5This Means War$5,5216%90-42$61$54,681,45514Fox
6Sound of My Voice$5,021-20%37-9$136$260,9874Fox Searchlight
7Act of Valor$3,479-2%96-22$36$69,985,48013Relativity Media
8Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,50111%17-6$88$1,204,4206Code Black Entertainment
9Friends With Kids$1,336-6%25-11$53$7,229,26611Roadside Attractions
10Coriolanus$1,24649%8-3$156$751,72418Weinstein Company
11Lovely Molly$9681%5--$194$14,4801Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8151%10-40$82$90,4902Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$67411%9-4$75$549,75214Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$33332%3-6$111$49,869,39418Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$31030%7-4$44$593,1376Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$81113%1-11$81$43,456,03515Fox
17Touchback$53-29%3-1$18$204,1966Anchor Bay Films