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 Tue, Oct. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$2,208,039-9%3,216--$687$45,313,2101Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,724,972-3%3,11130$554$90,362,4642Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,264,98213%3,27318$386$45,906,4012Summit
4Hereafter$1,010,33914%2,1812175$463$14,231,2542Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$606,92211%3,10836$195$38,595,5043Disney
6The Social Network$581,54515%2,92153$199$73,993,6094Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$524,13925%3,019-131$174$38,544,3553Warner Bros.
8The Town$262,42014%1,918-450$137$85,175,1556Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$161,056-13%2,236-266$72$50,591,1285Warner Bros.
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$117,64018%1,255-790$94$50,219,6355Fox
11Easy A$113,9866%1,632-682$70$55,005,6776Sony / Screen Gems
12My Soul to Take$101,2250%1,689-840$60$14,188,3603Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$86,9046%290108$300$3,873,5515Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$60,9618%560-197$109$5,226,6963Focus
3Inception$53,0543%452155$117$290,485,82715Warner Bros.
4Stone$41,89812%11372$371$864,4313Relativity / Overture
5Case 39$38,9947%721-685$54$12,787,5134Paramount Vantage
6N-Secure$37,775-2%445-41$85$2,040,8152Freestyle
7Devil$35,2250%642-249$55$32,508,4606Universal
8Alpha and Omega$34,743-26%727-242$48$23,594,8546Lionsgate
9Let Me In$29,54414%513-698$58$11,676,6124Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$26,12920%2150$122$815,0513Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$21,98312%178-54$124$2,045,8866Fox Searchlight
12Despicable Me$21,060-13%324-8$65$247,565,34516Universal
13Catfish$17,1823%13923$124$2,913,6496Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$5,14319%172-365$30$399,8202Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,7650%150-55$25$29,002,96510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,0225%60-1$534$17,164,51032Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$26,038-7%5544$473$498,2832Fox Searchlight
3Buried$8,59416%88-15$98$901,4705Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$7,2583%160$454$24,592,33089Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The American$4,10834%76-68$54$35,569,2788Focus
6Machete$3,1654%50-46$63$26,526,1648Fox
7Lottery Ticket$3,074-10%92-46$33$24,670,03910Warner Bros.
8Avatar$3,036-30%9-1$337$760,382,40845Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,450-11%247$102$720,37210Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,97244%35-14$56$456,9336Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,220-13%54-33$23$36,626,06410Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,069-9%8-3$134$85,8023Anchor Bay
13Winter's Bone$392-84%18-19$22$6,203,99920Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$313-17%5-4$63$647,46014Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$137-47%0-28--$24,980,28010Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9-25%10$9$166,69212Anchor Bay