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. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$4,448,427-62%3,081--$1,444$54,802,0681Paramount
2Red (2010)$1,658,429-68%3,255--$510$23,419,8371Summit
3The Social Network$777,706-68%2,86897$271$63,214,0703Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$731,302-71%3,0720$238$28,064,2432Disney
5Life As We Know It$636,180-69%3,1500$202$29,256,3272Warner Bros.
6The Town$344,091-63%2,368-352$145$80,854,7205Warner Bros.
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$257,218-80%2,502-723$103$46,251,9944Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$252,105-67%2,529-43$100$12,167,7002Universal / Rogue
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$190,439-66%2,045-784$93$48,085,3354Fox
10Easy A$169,341-71%2,314-533$73$52,486,8225Sony / Screen Gems
11Case 39$99,520-65%1,406-806$71$12,023,6353Paramount Vantage
12You Again$92,378-68%1,588-744$58$23,074,3784Disney
13Let Me In$81,465-60%1,211-831$67$11,128,1563Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,658-65%75715$140$4,110,8192Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$78,551-57%18279$432$2,601,6264Paramount Vantage
3N-Secure$70,887-69%486--$146$1,237,2931Freestyle
4Devil$57,605-72%891-551$65$31,635,0755Universal
5Alpha and Omega$55,700-80%969-647$57$22,623,3215Lionsgate
6Never Let Me Go$34,480-61%23265$149$1,694,8335Fox Searchlight
7Nowhere Boy$33,404-65%215211$155$445,6182Weinstein Company
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$32,153-66%438-574$73$59,763,9476Sony / Screen Gems
9Inception$30,580-60%297-106$103$289,782,52714Warner Bros.
10I Want Your Money$26,338-61%537--$49$275,7661Freestyle
11Despicable Me$24,745-73%332-21$75$247,075,74015Universal
12Catfish$23,200-59%116-27$200$2,652,5565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$20,289-62%30681$66$103,001,86010Lionsgate
14Buried$14,799-58%10311$144$779,8004Lionsgate
15The American$7,720-57%144-30$54$35,499,5927Focus
16Nanny McPhee Returns$6,245-78%205-113$30$28,899,4309Universal
17Lottery Ticket$6,223-72%138-56$45$24,590,3059Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,825-40%611$473$16,807,10731Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Stone$21,434-67%4135$523$364,5342Relativity / Overture
3Hereafter$20,233-69%6--$3,372$240,5551Warner Bros.
4Conviction$9,152-68%11--$832$111,5031Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$7,415-37%16-2$463$24,504,18188Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Machete$5,285-62%96-71$55$26,483,0517Fox
7Jack Goes Boating$2,974-58%49-41$61$431,1085Relativity / Overture
8The Kids Are All Right$2,422-40%28-3$87$20,805,65915Focus
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,307-51%11-1$210$68,3262Anchor Bay
10Vampires Suck$2,297-79%87-103$26$36,590,8509Fox
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,193-80%77-42$28$43,577,90912Warner Bros.
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,126-65%49-34$43$300,525,23916Summit
13Avatar$2,038-60%10-4$204$760,341,04244Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$1,862-72%54-52$34$26,093,28813Fox
15The Tillman Story$1,504-54%17-7$88$692,1869Weinstein Company
16Going the Distance (2010)$1,301-68%58-138$22$17,798,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
17Winter's Bone$1,059-73%37-20$29$6,191,95219Roadside Attractions
18Piranha 3D$1,054-72%28-26$38$24,974,5329Weinstein Company
19The Concert$355-82%9-1$39$641,77913Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$43-68%1-1$43$165,93611Anchor Bay