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 Wed, Aug. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vampires Suck$4,016,858--2,976--$1,350$4,016,8580Fox
2The Expendables$3,029,099-22%3,270--$926$45,661,7841Lionsgate
3Eat Pray Love$2,943,789-12%3,082--$955$32,433,9871Sony / Columbia
4The Other Guys$1,930,903-14%3,6510$529$76,379,9342Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,371,046-11%2,976-442$461$252,914,3035Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,141,290-21%2,818--$405$14,653,6251Universal
7Despicable Me$1,111,5050%2,710-703$410$225,514,1756Universal
8Step Up 3D$852,798-29%2,4394$350$32,946,8592Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$818,260-16%3,04642$269$61,530,0553Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$722,154-5%2,479-1226$291$37,408,4013Warner Bros.
11Salt$721,201-17%2,588-729$279$105,796,8124Sony / Columbia
12Toy Story 3$364,101-1%1,087-627$335$401,948,4549Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$244,325-25%1,685-1040$145$29,659,9703Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$191,448-9%1,212-492$158$296,459,7917Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$175,796-5%830-164$212$17,253,9896Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$126,032-23%491-987$257$23,784,5914Fox
3Grown Ups$103,562-24%804-965$129$158,427,2308Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$53,020-19%254-54$209$237,409,22313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$46,227-15%364-275$127$129,852,5607Paramount
6Predators$32,782-7%343-111$96$51,166,2296Fox
7Knight and Day$30,865-15%310-26$100$75,387,4068Fox
8Winter's Bone$27,912-1%136-5$205$4,937,27910Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$18,246-18%204-37$89$76,852,97310Fox
10Middle Men$17,723-15%2520$70$695,7352Paramount
11Marmaduke$17,569-12%151-19$116$33,394,50711Fox
12Iron Man 2$16,801-12%178-46$94$312,110,16115Paramount
13Killers$15,322-5%169-3$91$47,046,78611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$69,6711%541$1,290$13,611,50122Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$24,280-9%64--$379$419,7661UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$23,963-16%163$1,498$23,747,08179Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$17,521-13%42-3$417$505,8152Warner Bros.
5The Concert$10,21218%190$537$225,3604Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,889-4%84-48$94$7,276,8559Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,260-4%61-42$103$52,998,16114Summit
8La Soga$5,021-18%11--$456$69,63017-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,508-10%81-119$56$95,342,95912Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,2833%122$274$91,2752Anchor Bay
11Date Night$2,955-17%33-13$90$98,665,97119Fox
12Solitary Man$2,642-31%28-17$94$4,267,03513Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,333-5%5--$467$28,5441Disney
14The People I've Slept With$725-70%1--$725$7,1151People Pictures
15Twelve$68011%12-219$57$183,4282Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$62226%32$207$868,12114Roadside Attractions
17City Island$52362%81$65$6,666,98122Anchor Bay