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 Thu, Jun. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$13,056,504-3%4,028--$3,241$167,551,6821Disney
2Knight and Day$3,477,879-9%3,043--$1,143$7,288,5280Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$3,152,5666%3,6630$861$120,241,3002Sony / Columbia
4The A-Team$1,381,6570%3,5449$390$56,842,9782Fox
5Shrek Forever After$901,43711%3,207-661$281$226,437,7245Paramount / DreamWorks
6Get Him to the Greek$773,175-2%2,379-323$325$51,475,7153Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$660,15816%2,277-831$290$83,376,1954Disney
8Killers$581,6741%2,619-240$222$42,000,0733Lionsgate
9Jonah Hex$426,195-4%2,825--$151$7,543,6411Warner Bros.
10Sex and the City 2$410,0102%1,680-1070$244$91,853,2704Warner Bros. / New Line
11Iron Man 2$322,1057%1,612-693$200$305,507,2697Paramount
12Marmaduke$309,0131%1,748-1465$177$29,031,5553Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robin Hood$127,22514%803-1092$158$102,652,8456Universal
2Letters to Juliet$125,4906%806-525$156$49,130,8816Summit
3Splice$79,3382%944-1506$84$15,988,7413Warner Bros
4How to Train Your Dragon$55,722-11%213-68$262$214,945,02913Paramount / DreamWorks
5Date Night$47,2065%298-132$158$97,079,03411Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$37,4914%267--$140$162,533,22512Warner Bros.
7Solitary Man$35,390-13%10754$331$1,594,4845Anchor Bay
8Furry Vengeance$28,52110%235-33$121$17,162,9238Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,8202%146-56$156$63,632,77614Fox
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$21,831-1%228103$96$62,822,1038Warner Bros. / New Line
11City Island$21,2392%133-26$160$6,024,94514Anchor Bay
12The Back-up Plan$17,30415%16654$104$37,118,6239CBS Films
13Raavan$15,622-28%120--$130$573,3141Reliance Big Pictures
14Kick-Ass$15,03710%157-21$96$48,008,57910Lionsgate
15Just Wright$13,35622%158-121$85$21,144,9086Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,2303%502$1,545$8,932,66314Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$35,559-4%3935$912$626,9522Roadside Attractions
3Babies$21,31318%97-49$220$7,153,2437Focus
4Cyrus$19,1420%4--$4,786$265,0321Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$15,64544%150$1,043$22,553,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$15,03911%14-12$1,074$749,491,00227Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$2,466-14%16-10$154$820,3716Roadside Attractions
8The Square (2010)$2,40929%12-5$201$361,89311Apparition
9The Losers$2,394--31-96$77$23,591,4329Warner Bros.
10The Secret of Kells$1,722-31%15-5$115$627,55716GKIDS
11The Joneses$1,4293%7-3$204$1,461,39210Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$12291%2--$61$43,8435Hanover House