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 Fri, Aug. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$13,330,881--3,270--$4,077$13,330,8811Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$8,456,809--3,082--$2,744$8,456,8091Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$5,617,56461%3,6510$1,539$58,160,8852Sony / Columbia
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$4,522,890--2,818--$1,605$4,522,8901Universal
5Inception$3,350,23554%3,120-298$1,074$240,534,6665Warner Bros.
6Step Up 3D$2,286,78463%2,4394$938$24,620,0802Disney
7Despicable Me$2,089,94549%2,923-490$715$217,315,9806Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$2,013,18851%3,04642$661$54,513,5563Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$1,902,32056%2,834-483$671$99,121,0914Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,229,4669%2,728-977$451$32,257,9773Warner Bros.
11Charlie St. Cloud$729,1255%2,083-642$350$27,373,6553Universal
12Toy Story 3$618,6109%1,219-495$507$399,220,7059Disney
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$399,42816%1,212-492$330$294,962,2227Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$372,27422%830-164$449$15,741,0806Focus
2Grown Ups$363,17320%968-801$375$157,276,8708Sony / Columbia
3Ramona and Beezus$252,554-30%632-846$400$22,754,2384Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$158,043--372-70$425$174,501,33410Sony / Columbia
5Predators$112,287121%343-111$327$50,835,0596Fox
6Shrek Forever After$107,83245%254-54$425$236,983,54113Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Last Airbender$105,73021%364-275$290$129,450,5357Paramount
8Knight and Day$85,440112%310-26$276$75,114,0688Fox
9Winter's Bone$60,53158%136-5$445$4,692,02110Roadside Attractions
10The A-Team$47,17365%204-37$231$76,694,15010Fox
11Iron Man 2$35,38318%178-46$199$311,965,93815Paramount
12Marmaduke$30,62134%151-19$203$33,274,19011Fox
13Middle Men$28,326-34%2520$112$571,5422Paramount
14Killers$27,103103%169-3$160$46,943,50911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$110,221--64--$1,722$110,2211UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$88,9709%541$1,648$13,215,07322Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$35,82252%44-1$814$365,0262Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$27,74313%163$1,734$23,618,92279Warner Bros. / IMAX
5La Soga$15,638--11--$1,422$15,63817-57 Releasing
6Cyrus$15,1180%84-48$180$7,217,0869Fox Searchlight
7The Concert$14,44939%190$760$156,6614Weinstein Company
8Letters to Juliet$11,067-20%61-42$181$52,958,26014Summit
9Sex and the City 2$7,713-55%81-119$95$95,311,97312Warner Bros. / New Line
10Date Night$7,60630%33-13$230$98,639,55419Fox
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$6,918105%122$577$63,3792Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$5,9774%28-17$213$4,241,92213Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$5,727--5--$1,145$5,7271Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,338--1--$2,338$2,3381People Pictures
15Twelve$1,132-93%12-219$94$179,2862Hannover House
16City Island$78612%81$98$6,664,20322Anchor Bay
17Princess Kaiulani$680172%32$227$863,80714Roadside Attractions