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, Jun. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$23,682,115-4%4,164--$5,687$48,317,4511Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,763,29626%3,920-343$1,980$151,318,3943Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,664,324-9%3,108--$1,822$11,915,6661Fox
4Prometheus$3,961,41137%2,862-580$1,384$105,408,3983Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$3,269,28031%2,919-782$1,120$134,807,7454Universal
6Rock of Ages$3,121,92924%3,4700$900$26,404,2732Warner Bros. / New Line
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,041,78937%2,230-352$1,364$596,501,9768Disney
8That's My Boy$2,850,16816%3,0300$941$25,590,0612Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black 3$2,341,33634%2,462-673$951$161,826,5395Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,498,41717%1,625--$922$2,775,9441Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,391,15738%395217$3,522$10,617,1015Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$697,80854%741-443$942$37,907,3298Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$255,61439%414-179$617$402,779,78514Lionsgate
4Battleship$214,93541%483-459$445$63,037,9606Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$198,28347%12982$1,537$934,7353FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$151,60426%316-803$480$58,596,0636Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$150,30224%411-805$366$39,704,8036Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$108,62432%302-378$360$75,683,3397Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$107,10140%23830$450$90,967,54110Sony / Screen Gems
10For Greater Glory$84,44645%160-220$528$4,978,8784ARC Entertainment
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$80,73521%234-43$345$212,842,77517Universal
12Mirror Mirror$62,76722%222-56$283$64,206,87413Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$55,18620%160-60$345$138,216,99515Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$52,83425%196-28$270$41,733,72311Lionsgate
15Chernobyl Diaries$51,01119%240-15$213$17,841,5755Warner Bros.
16The Lucky One (2012)$47,62116%202-148$236$60,121,48610Warner Bros.
17The Three Stooges$44,46229%154-47$289$43,621,80611Fox
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$26,58535%115-34$231$29,244,5189Sony / Columbia
19The Raven$25,91827%133104$195$15,894,9329Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$152,82372%74-3$2,065$1,988,5465Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$72,4682%521$1,394$4,004,94910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,49521%85-23$276$103,794,88520Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,47711%330$590$19,580,49364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wrath of the Titans$18,55148%70-35$265$83,626,00113Warner Bros.
6Lola Versus$18,43037%50-2$369$188,6343Fox Searchlight
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$13,53825%16-141$846$253,5272Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$4,06664%9-23$452$765,0604UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0300%25-72$121$1,784,7626Branded/Peck Films