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 Sat, Oct. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$6,332,83732%2,7710$2,285$41,697,8992Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$5,676,3599%3,150--$1,802$10,903,5741Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$5,073,79426%3,072--$1,652$9,114,6271Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,970,29568%3,225-350$921$37,119,9033Warner Bros.
5The Town$2,721,07348%2,720-215$1,000$72,001,9984Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$2,610,665-1%2,572--$1,015$5,259,8251Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,001,27245%2,829-768$707$42,425,6963Fox
8Easy A$1,808,07335%2,847-127$635$47,091,0914Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$1,101,05136%2,2121$498$8,882,3702Paramount Vantage
10You Again$1,067,93739%2,332-216$458$20,094,2653Disney
11Let Me In$996,58533%2,04221$488$8,471,9122Relativity / Overture
12Devil$814,73055%1,442-950$565$29,577,8754Universal
13Alpha and Omega$654,72993%1,616-687$405$20,511,8124Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$533,87053%1,012-895$528$58,494,1915Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$797,66918%742--$1,075$1,472,9561Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$221,106-14%10369$2,147$1,252,2083Paramount Vantage
3Inception$216,67552%403-222$538$289,050,88513Warner Bros.
4Takers$180,22968%412-361$437$56,672,1627Sony / Screen Gems
5Catfish$156,72729%1437$1,096$2,120,7894Universal / Rogue
6Despicable Me$151,79062%353-110$430$246,455,08514Universal
7Never Let Me Go$144,72246%167124$867$1,047,5714Fox Searchlight
8Salt$99,47838%266-22$374$117,858,18112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$86,79451%289-277$300$117,969,94810Sony / Columbia
10Lottery Ticket$67,66883%194-108$349$24,412,6348Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$65,19052%318-163$205$28,684,1108Universal
12Eat Pray Love$57,73735%215-183$269$79,967,5449Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$54,27052%225-185$241$102,700,6409Lionsgate
14Grown Ups$47,45358%159-71$298$161,771,78916Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$47,10775%190-71$248$36,485,6048Fox
16Dinner for Schmucks$42,38433%159-102$267$72,953,87811Paramount / DreamWorks
17Machete$40,98447%167-147$245$26,357,7906Fox
18The American$37,40749%174-200$215$35,352,5796Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$26,15229%19675$133$17,728,9956Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$24,83785%119-69$209$43,499,86611Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$21,48661%106-55$203$26,025,24112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$84,23810%9259$916$450,0643Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$66,36147%602$1,106$16,393,46530Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$31,16134%6--$5,194$54,4021Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$24,80763%9011$276$356,1134Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$23,20883%4--$5,802$35,8741Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$20,76382%180$1,154$24,391,58687Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$16,17829%83-58$195$300,467,53015Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$12,28812%12--$1,024$23,2881Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$12,22372%54-41$226$24,940,3528Weinstein Company
10The Kids Are All Right$8,47348%31-33$273$20,769,71414Focus
11Winter's Bone$8,05620%52-20$155$6,159,64918Roadside Attractions
12Avatar$7,93961%14-5$567$760,303,16943Fox
13The Tillman Story$7,45648%24-3$311$661,8118Weinstein Company
14The Concert$4,309155%10-11$431$629,65012Weinstein Company
15Flipped$3,26778%18-17$182$1,750,37210Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$58420%2-1$292$163,84310Anchor Bay