Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 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 $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 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 $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 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 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 a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving 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 $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 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 $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 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 $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 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 it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 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 $424,397 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 $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jun. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$2,947,30521%4,38619$672$188,602,6433Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$2,199,005-12%2,697--$815$22,263,9551Universal
3Killers$1,709,2218%2,859--$598$19,131,0001Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$1,644,00015%3,4450$477$76,200,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,614,4835%3,6460$443$62,766,9792Disney
6Marmaduke$1,270,09728%3,213--$395$13,861,5491Fox
7Iron Man 2$827,4613%3,007-797$275$293,059,5605Paramount
8Splice$761,000-3%2,450--$311$8,935,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$597,7705%2,599-774$230$95,665,5604Universal
10Letters to Juliet$450,61524%1,962-863$230$44,151,6964Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$80,6987%658-468$123$95,490,7819Fox
2Just Wright$69,885-9%518-677$135$20,340,7004Fox Searchlight
3How to Train Your Dragon$56,13627%343-482$164$213,983,55311Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$56,00037%111--$505$934,0001UTV Communications
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$39,74452%244-39$163$63,132,90612Fox
6Babies$37,00014%181-120$204$6,599,0005Focus
7City Island$31,73935%177-24$179$5,327,64512Anchor Bay
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-18%294-597$78$62,463,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Losers$20,00011%206123$97$23,436,0007Warner Bros.
10Hot Tub Time Machine$19,0006%203-161$94$50,251,00011MGM
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,00027%134-91$142$161,597,00010Warner Bros.
12MacGruber$16,815-10%177-2369$95$8,496,3953Universal / Rogue
13The Back-up Plan$12,37737%153-238$81$36,815,0967CBS Films
14Shutter Island$11,2658%152-49$74$127,990,13016Paramount
15The Ghost Writer$11,03621%14789$75$15,461,24616Summit
16Kick-Ass$10,308-7%117-46$88$47,662,9438Lionsgate
17Furry Vengeance$9,04123%125-122$72$16,629,1656Summit
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,9882%105-72$57$60,084,44310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,00011%47-1$1,553$7,700,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$18,55944%2216$844$471,3573Anchor Bay
3Under the Sea 3D$17,00042%17-1$1,000$22,338,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$11,4881%46-38$250$749,224,99025Fox
5Princess Kaiulani$7,4859%25-13$299$722,5954Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,67824%81-27$82$88,677,17017Fox
7The Tooth Fairy$3,96631%46-30$86$60,002,00820Fox
8The Secret of Kells$3,48328%24-1$145$576,68414GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,271-12%172$75$309,6909Apparition
10Letters to God$35483%9-5$39$2,843,4379Vivendi
11The Joneses$61-57%7-1$9$1,438,7958Roadside Attractions