B.O. Roundup, October 17-19: 'Fury' Rolls Past 'Gone Girl' to the Top of the Box Office

Sunday, 19 October 2014 19:12 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, October 17-19: 'Fury' Rolls Past 'Gone Girl' to the Top of the Box Office

The idea of sharing a cramped, dirty space with Brad Pitt brought men to movie theaters across North America in force this weekend, making Fury the number one movie at the domestic box office.

David Ayer's World War II action-drama, a grim piece of wartime work that follows the five-man crew of a sherman tank led by Pitt's Sergeant Wardaddy, opened in 3,173 locations, from which it earned a whopping $23.5 million, according to current estimates.

A thoroughly R-rated and unromantic look at the closing days of WWII, Fury's strong reviews helped the film woo male moviegoers, particularly those over the age of 35, who made up 51% of the film's audience in the U.S. and Canada this weekend.  Despite Pitt's presence as the lead, Fury's gritty bleakness apparently dissuaded the female crowd a bit, as only 40% of Fury attendees were women.

While Fury's $23.5 million debut is strong, it's not quite on the level of, say, The Equalizer or Gone Girl.  Not that it's a problem, as Pitt's global starpower ought to propel Fury to even bigger numbers abroad.

Speaking of Gone Girl, David Fincher's lurid tale of a marriage gone way, way weird may have been knocked down to second place, but the movie crossed the $100 million mark this weekend, with an estimated $17.8 million haul bringing Gone Girl's domestic total to $107.0 million so far.

The Dia de le Los Muertos-themed animated adventure The Book of Life, meanwhile, opened in third place with an estimated $17.0 million from 3,070 locations.  Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the family fantasy's opening was just about in line with last month's The Boxtrolls, another oddball animated movie that wasn't from one of the heavy hitters like Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Animation, or Blue Sky.

The latest from Reel FX outpaced its first feature, Free Birds, and since The Book of Life was considerably cheaper than films from the likes of Pixar, its debut is nothing to sneeze at.

The Best of Me, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, opened in 2,936 theaters and grossed $10.2 million, based on current estimates.  Sparks is a reliable brand for moviegoers interested in romance, and this particular love story across the decades boasts strong, appealing leads in James Marsden, Michelle Monahan, Luke Bracey, and Liana Liberato.

The adaptation should hold strong in the weeks to come, as there isn't much competition in the romance arena until another Relativity Media release, Beyond the Lights, opens in mid-November.

There was some interesting action outside the top ten this weekend.  Alejandro Inarritu's much buzzed-about Birdman debuted in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, from which it earned an estimated $415,000.  Busting some basic math, that's a per-theater average of $103,750.  That's a tremendous average, second only to The Grand Budapest Hotel this year.  Dear White People, the Sundance sensation from director Justin Simien, opened in eleven locations and brought in $344,000 for a per-theater average of $31,273. 

Check out the top ten movies for the weekend of October 17th through 19th:

1. Fury..................................................................$23.5 million..............New Release

2. Gone Girl..........................................................$17.8 million..............$107.0 million

3. The Book of Life...............................................$17.0 million..............New Release

4. Alexander and the Terrible.............................$12.0 million..............$36.8 million

5. The Best of Me.................................................$10.2 million..............New Release

6. Dracula Untold.................................................$9.8 million................$40.7 million

7. The Judge.........................................................$7.9 million................$26.8 million

8. Annabelle.........................................................$7.9 million................$74.1 million

9. The Equalizer...................................................$5.4 million................$89.1 million

10. The Maze Runner...........................................$4.5 million................$90.8 million

This Friday sees Keanu Reeves joining the box office battle as John Wick, along with the Ouija board horror movie.  Will either of these new additions be able to unseat Fury?


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