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 Wed, Oct. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$3,402,906-16%3,081--$1,104$62,258,9011Paramount
2Red (2010)$1,574,320-16%3,255--$484$26,878,5161Summit
3The Social Network$759,278-12%2,86897$265$64,836,7673Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$748,301-9%3,0720$244$29,635,4662Disney
5Life As We Know It$682,310-16%3,1500$217$30,746,9082Warner Bros.
6The Town$344,370-11%2,368-352$145$81,587,4225Warner Bros.
7My Soul to Take$252,785-4%2,529-43$100$12,684,7752Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$238,161-2%2,502-723$95$46,734,2974Warner Bros.
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$217,028-11%2,045-784$106$48,544,9324Fox
10Easy A$170,202-8%2,314-533$74$52,842,3885Sony / Screen Gems
11You Again$103,297-2%1,588-744$65$23,283,3234Disney
12Case 39$92,088-10%1,406-806$65$12,217,5093Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$76,955-6%1,211-831$64$11,286,9543Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$111,5254%18279$613$2,820,7324Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$103,508-5%75715$137$4,323,1142Focus
3Devil$53,020-2%891-551$60$31,741,9855Universal
4N-Secure$52,498-23%486--$108$1,357,8581Freestyle
5Alpha and Omega$47,763-1%969-647$49$22,719,5015Lionsgate
6Never Let Me Go$37,083-8%23265$160$1,772,0535Fox Searchlight
7Nowhere Boy$33,768-15%215211$157$519,3162Weinstein Company
8Inception$32,2461%297-106$109$289,846,79914Warner Bros.
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$32,238-8%438-574$74$59,831,0976Sony / Screen Gems
10Despicable Me$23,3057%332-21$70$247,120,77515Universal
11I Want Your Money$22,525-17%537--$42$325,5931Freestyle
12The Expendables$21,978-8%30681$72$103,047,65610Lionsgate
13Catfish$20,8952%116-27$180$2,693,9315Universal / Rogue
14Buried$15,228-21%10311$148$814,4224Lionsgate
15The American$10,3182%144-30$72$35,520,0267Focus
16Lottery Ticket$5,856-4%138-56$42$24,602,2609Warner Bros.
17Nanny McPhee Returns$5,125-29%205-113$25$28,911,7309Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$39,1418%611$642$16,882,49531Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hereafter$26,75024%8--$3,344$288,8821Warner Bros.
3Stone$19,419-16%4135$474$407,0772Relativity / Overture
4Conviction$9,712-3%11--$883$131,2151Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$7,13020%16-2$446$24,517,27288Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Machete$4,818-9%96-71$50$26,493,1757Fox
7Jack Goes Boating$3,238-6%49-41$66$437,7895Relativity / Overture
8Avatar$3,07120%10-4$307$760,346,67044Fox
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,7086%11-1$246$73,5842Anchor Bay
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,6749%77-42$35$43,583,04612Warner Bros.
11Vampires Suck$2,493-6%87-103$29$36,595,9909Fox
12Going the Distance (2010)$2,28839%58-138$39$17,802,5487Warner Bros. / New Line
13Winter's Bone$2,002120%37-20$54$6,194,86219Roadside Attractions
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,888-9%49-34$39$300,529,20316Summit
15The Kids Are All Right$1,8855%28-3$67$20,809,33115Focus
16The Tillman Story$1,69022%17-7$99$695,2779Weinstein Company
17Ramona and Beezus$1,488-19%54-52$28$26,096,62213Fox
18Piranha 3D$950-14%28-26$34$24,976,5869Weinstein Company
19The Concert$333-32%9-1$37$642,60113Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$222161%42$56$166,26111Anchor Bay