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 Mon, Sep. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$3,484,543-22%2,823--$1,234$19,806,1181Focus
2Machete$2,686,724-28%2,670--$1,006$14,102,8881Fox
3Takers$2,659,260-26%2,2060$1,205$39,986,8172Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$1,697,691-32%3,3980$500$93,885,5944Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,623,326-28%3,030--$536$8,508,2901Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,408,215-40%2,8740$490$33,522,5752Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$1,376,739-30%2,607-574$528$108,130,8395Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,374,852-19%2,663-445$516$70,279,6444Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,312,106-24%1,704-366$770$278,457,6098Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,272,7601%2,708-90$470$23,672,6603Universal
11Despicable Me$1,063,665-8%1,600-233$665$241,498,6309Universal
12The Switch (2010)$797,504-29%1,885-132$423$22,292,2013Miramax
13Toy Story 3$790,2344%1,520920$520$408,890,40812Disney
14Vampires Suck$745,778-31%2,434-799$306$33,240,6023Fox
15Piranha 3D$577,894-38%1,789-702$323$23,105,9593Weinstein Company
16Lottery Ticket$565,887-23%1,310-663$432$21,074,9723Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$704,206-17%8120$867$758,247,84038Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$431,745-22%807-759$535$29,267,1304Universal
3Get Low$356,989--560--$637$5,760,3866Sony Pictures Classics
4Salt$343,194-26%705-463$487$115,561,6627Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$243,642-37%804-697$303$71,166,8166Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$200,857-33%434-467$463$41,284,3975Disney
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$177,079-1%455-368$389$42,209,3236Warner Bros.
8The Sorcerer's Apprentice$152,932--357--$428$61,776,4598Disney
9Grown Ups$144,388-39%383--$377$160,191,86011Sony / Columbia
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$111,125-29%396-80$281$298,798,46610Summit
11Hubble 3D$109,247-3%123-28$888$15,110,42225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$101,1525%305-49$332$25,306,2007Fox
13The Kids Are All Right$100,611-25%239-103$421$19,891,2589Focus
14The Last Airbender$98,732-17%257-49$384$131,157,15110Paramount
15The Karate Kid (2010)$70,707-23%227--$311$176,308,87213Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$65,436--157--$417$6,643,2559Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$52,944-33%179-28$296$238,371,98716Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$34,110-39%220-113$155$31,001,0106Universal
19Knight and Day$27,817-41%142-87$196$76,231,73911Fox
20Predators$13,513-69%111-76$122$51,788,8339Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$106,021--95--$1,116$1,782,2103Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$69,447-39%78--$890$366,3541UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$48,479--55--$881$905,5765IFC
4The Tillman Story$43,081-14%2419$1,795$303,5603Weinstein Company
5What If...$39,877--69--$578$328,9563Five & Two Pictures
6Animal Kingdom$38,285--56--$684$574,7894Sony Pictures Classics
7Winter's Bone$31,403-24%90-29$349$5,640,00613Roadside Attractions
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$28,923--34--$851$336,3762Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$25,793--31--$832$100,2421Music Box
10I Am Love$23,217--49--$474$4,696,29012Magnolia
11Under the Sea 3D$20,559-11%160$1,285$24,110,95482Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Flipped$19,0902%282$682$770,1365Warner Bros.
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$17,043--93--$183$90,702,01915Disney
14The Concert$14,170-16%200$709$453,4167Weinstein Company
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,638--18--$591$424,2395National Geographic
16Soul Kitchen$10,339--15--$689$121,7093IFC
17Marmaduke$9,606-52%45-21$213$33,630,34714Fox
18Lebanon$9,298--17--$547$201,42047Sony Pictures Classics
19Centurion$8,444--19--$444$99,2042Magnolia
20The A-Team$7,977-75%54-38$148$77,187,33413Fox
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$7,703--5--$1,541$35,0331Sony Pictures Classics
22Restrepo$7,442--33--$226$1,180,39311National Geographic
23Peepli Live$6,708-42%26-19$258$754,8364UTV Communications
24The Extra Man$6,296--28--$225$375,7586Magnolia
25Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$6,032-36%18-3$335$491,2267NeoClassics
26The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$4,557--24--$190$10,019,20725Music Box
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$4,393--24--$183$1,624,06213Sony Pictures Classics
28A Film Unfinished$3,961--5--$792$123,6433Oscilloscope
29Micmacs$3,897--22--$177$1,209,64515Sony Classics
30Last Train Home$3,789--1--$3,789$24,2071Zeitgeist Films
31My Dog Tulip$3,168--1--$3,168$19,5901New Yorker Films
32Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,117--5--$623$3,218,64921Producers Distribution Agency
33Agora$2,954--6--$492$577,82315Newmarket
34Change of Plans$2,749--2--$1,375$36,0862IFC
35The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,652-24%6-1$442$147,0725Anchor Bay
36Cyrus$2,650-45%26-6$102$7,381,10812Fox Searchlight
37The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$2,635--12--$220$6,348,64121Sony Pictures Classics
38Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$2,526--16--$158$2,921,18113IFC
39La Soga$2,440-36%5-7$488$161,83247-57 Releasing
40Solitary Man$2,078-47%245$87$4,339,45616Anchor Bay
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,727--1--$1,727$104,93122International Film Circuit
42Princess Kaiulani$1,506737%32$502$876,30417Roadside Attractions
43Life During Wartime$1,439--8--$180$257,5387IFC
44Army of Crime$1,375--2--$688$26,1883Lorber
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,361--1--$1,361$673,72125Zeitgeist
46The People I've Slept With$1,229--21$615$17,6124People Pictures
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,186--9--$132$362,88611Sony Pictures Classics
48White Wedding (2009)$1,145-35%4--$286$7,0041Dada Films
49Date Night$1,114--11--$101$98,711,40422Fox
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,045--3--$348$365,53818Kino International
51Winnebago Man$932--7--$133$139,8019Kino International
52Mademoiselle Chambon$812--5--$162$314,33615Lorber
53Please Give$782--13--$60$4,021,68819Sony Pictures Classics
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$775--2--$388$51,42911Kino International
55The Nature of Existence$566--2--$283$47,31112Walking Shadows
56Spoken Word$476--2--$238$27,0987Variance
57Countdown to Zero$433--5--$87$253,8237Magnolia
58Ondine$414--3--$138$541,17027Magnolia
59Two in the Wave$355--1--$355$28,17916Lorber Films
60John Rabe$301--1--$301$56,48616Strand
61The Little Traitor$300--1--$300$374,82339Westchester Films
62The Sicilian Girl$268--2--$134$23,9425Music Box
63Mother and Child$239--2--$120$1,100,50118Sony Pictures Classics
64Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$149--1--$149$23,294,160153National Geographic
65Everyone Else$102--1--$102$93,70264Cinema Guild
66Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$100--1--$100$67,76514Indican Pictures