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, Sep. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,913,160--3,565--$1,939$6,913,1601Fox
2The Town$5,005,216138%2,88524$1,735$38,092,1172Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,519,426--3,575--$1,264$4,519,4261Warner Bros.
4Easy A$3,604,536241%2,8560$1,262$25,718,2542Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$2,734,062--2,548--$1,073$2,734,0621Disney
6Devil$2,121,985228%2,8112$755$17,375,4502Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,395,78286%2,642-567$528$48,514,5793Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$1,092,745248%2,6250$416$11,522,4182Lionsgate
9Takers$484,085121%1,413-726$343$53,746,9585Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$295,89099%1,047-780$283$116,270,0598Sony / Columbia
11The American$271,68319%1,315-1142$207$33,982,6824Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$380,168116%907-398$419$286,186,45411Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$209,85211%855-813$245$78,545,5477Sony / Columbia
3Machete$187,92114%682-1022$276$25,278,7664Fox
4The Expendables$164,02835%852-1002$193$101,669,9947Lionsgate
5Despicable Me$146,425211%610-329$240$245,078,50512Universal
6The Last Exorcism$107,57635%707-1306$152$40,536,2025Lionsgate
7The Virginity Hit$103,523--700--$148$134,1013Sony / Columbia
8Nanny McPhee Returns$95,62573%765-813$125$27,927,5756Universal
9Going the Distance (2010)$84,380-33%475-1532$178$17,374,9264Warner Bros. / New Line
10Dinner for Schmucks$78,672331%32310$244$72,357,6469Paramount / DreamWorks
11Grown Ups$65,542--265-39$247$161,248,60114Sony / Columbia
12Vampires Suck$60,843181%415-549$147$36,017,9766Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$50,230265%267-93$188$43,126,1729Warner Bros.
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$50,09564%233-150$215$31,248,0807Universal
15Salt$44,063--186-149$237$117,123,36910Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$36,03791%224-115$161$300,210,36813Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$28,256166%191-69$148$25,787,25710Fox
18Flipped$24,86460%106-269$235$1,654,2038Warner Bros.
19The Kids Are All Right$23,59746%107-62$221$20,593,60312Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$147,575496%5745$2,589$506,2752Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$67,944596%2622$2,613$264,5362Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$52,652--4--$13,163$52,6521Paramount Vantage
4Hubble 3D$41,26935%61-2$677$15,799,22828Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Buried$36,977--11--$3,362$36,9771Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$20,734569%3733$560$62,3462Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$16,09856%79-22$204$6,009,41116Roadside Attractions
8Piranha 3D$11,499-11%66-198$174$24,796,4906Weinstein Company
9The Tillman Story$10,52752%27-1$390$557,3866Weinstein Company
10Avatar$10,234-72%29-100$353$760,213,94141Fox
11Knight and Day$9,767224%45-19$217$76,385,80914Fox
12The Concert$6,777110%18-2$377$560,89510Weinstein Company
13Under the Sea 3D$6,73818%182$374$24,249,23785Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Bran Nue Dae$5,867225%5538$107$65,0493Freestyle Releasing
15We Are Family$4,967127%24-54$207$615,3784UTV Communications
16Cyrus$2,43813%14-5$174$7,431,27115Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$1,654-39%6-8$276$98,8903Four of a Kind
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,522--10$1,522$15,4392Collective Eye
19La Soga$874119%2-2$437$209,11677-57 Releasing
20Solitary Man$801-2%6-1$134$4,356,16319Anchor Bay
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$375495%2-1$188$157,1898Anchor Bay