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, Oct. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,188,088-49%2,7710$790$48,209,2492Sony / Columbia
2Secretariat$1,881,508-47%3,072--$612$14,576,2781Disney
3Life As We Know It$1,705,359-53%3,150--$541$16,211,8231Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,270,908-41%3,225-350$394$40,544,8923Warner Bros.
5The Town$950,361-49%2,720-215$349$74,797,8884Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$655,410-59%2,572--$255$7,497,6301Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$605,291-50%2,829-768$214$44,249,9923Fox
8Easy A$562,740-51%2,847-127$198$48,790,9414Sony / Screen Gems
9Alpha and Omega$410,563-19%1,616-687$254$21,428,6274Lionsgate
10You Again$363,893-46%2,332-216$156$21,133,8883Disney
11Let Me In$354,968-49%2,04221$174$9,526,3872Relativity / Overture
12Case 39$350,229-54%2,2121$158$10,000,2342Paramount Vantage
13Devil$209,090-55%1,442-950$145$30,255,6204Universal
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$173,595-53%1,012-895$172$59,040,4415Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$264,214-51%742--$356$2,277,6201Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$120,262-27%10369$1,168$1,537,5183Paramount Vantage
3Inception$76,479-42%403-222$190$289,260,08613Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$67,070-34%353-110$190$246,624,52514Universal
5Catfish$64,079-44%1437$448$2,300,1894Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$57,062-44%167124$342$1,206,7664Fox Searchlight
7Takers$50,128-50%412-361$122$56,823,3317Sony / Screen Gems
8Nanny McPhee Returns$30,210-27%318-163$95$28,755,6608Universal
9The Expendables$17,626-49%225-185$78$102,752,5199Lionsgate
10Lottery Ticket$16,712-58%194-108$86$24,469,3738Warner Bros.
11Dinner for Schmucks$13,147-50%159-102$83$72,993,25511Paramount / DreamWorks
12The American$12,827-45%174-200$74$35,388,5956Focus
13Machete$12,353-61%167-147$74$26,402,2206Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$10,882-21%106-55$103$26,049,93012Fox
15Vampires Suck$10,439-65%190-71$55$36,525,6278Fox
16Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$9,876-39%119-69$83$43,526,05311Warner Bros.
17Going the Distance (2010)$9,750-49%19675$50$17,757,7776Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$44,420-21%602$740$16,494,20630Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Buried$42,503-30%9259$462$553,5413Lionsgate
3Under the Sea 3D$13,019-30%180$723$24,423,21887Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$10,818-49%6--$1,803$86,5841Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$8,349-48%9011$93$380,6544Relativity / Overture
6Nowhere Boy$6,418-62%4--$1,605$59,1671Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,632-39%83-58$68$300,482,41115Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$5,195-41%12--$433$37,6351Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$3,916-61%54-41$73$24,954,2258Weinstein Company
10Last Train Home$3,456--12--$288$158,2506Zeitgeist Films
11The Tillman Story$3,390-32%24-3$141$670,2128Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$3,024-58%57-21$53$6,170,04518Roadside Attractions
13Avatar$2,638-40%14-5$188$760,310,23243Fox
14The Kids Are All Right$2,322-60%31-33$75$20,777,81614Focus
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,001--10--$200$547,88910National Geographic
16The Concert$763-67%10-11$76$632,71712Weinstein Company
17Flipped$652-65%18-17$36$1,752,86610Warner Bros.
18Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$522--2--$261$23,321,316158National Geographic
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40261%2-1$201$164,49510Anchor Bay