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, Dec. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,935,386-15%4,1250$469$225,609,1582Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,359,351-20%3,6030$377$73,534,3401Disney
3Burlesque$822,618-20%3,0370$271$20,030,8501Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$734,376-14%2,45589$299$16,193,5921Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$549,018-18%3,183-78$172$62,245,8653Fox
6Faster (2010)$519,873-23%2,4540$212$13,799,5561CBS Films
7Due Date$458,742-9%2,555-178$180$86,300,5474Warner Bros.
8Megamind$326,776-15%3,4110$96$131,341,0014Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$312,650-22%2,5640$122$15,428,3272Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$235,171-20%2,4410$96$27,097,9043Paramount
11Skyline$71,220-8%1,189-1694$60$20,448,0453Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$139,556-11%29314$476$4,849,9434Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$93,609-13%3960$236$6,251,5544Summit
3Red (2010)$71,691-9%9140$78$86,342,7167Summit
4For Colored Girls$52,816-17%6050$87$36,752,7804Lionsgate
5The Social Network$33,816-9%2910$116$90,530,1979Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$33,636-12%5010$67$57,656,4448Disney
7The Town$25,500-11%3180$80$91,507,94411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$14,630-8%2660$55$249,771,10521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,382-8%1830$79$116,607,9437Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$12,190-7%2790$44$84,144,0746Paramount
11Inception$10,4064%144-20$72$292,306,27820Warner Bros.
12Saw 3D$9,329-7%145-661$64$45,699,3905Lionsgate
13Life As We Know It$9,224-11%249-52$37$52,008,4658Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,219-7%2280$32$25,100,04111Lionsgate
15Hereafter$6,280-18%202-111$31$32,380,9587Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,032-12%1300$31$54,593,03210Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$30,3966%570$533$18,805,25137Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The King's Speech$29,421-5%4--$7,355$450,3031Weinstein Company
3Guzaarish$9,488-33%96-12$99$924,7112UTV
4Waiting for 'Superman'$6,92350%690$100$6,275,72110Paramount Vantage
5Conviction$5,343-21%86-2$62$6,590,6977Fox Searchlight
6Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,858-5%90-34$43$52,412,24810Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$2,776-8%130$214$24,949,03194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Nutcracker in 3D$2,5440%450$57$95,6921Freestyle Releasing
9Nowhere Boy$1,522-45%40-20$38$1,427,6938Weinstein Company
10Stone$1,447-29%230$63$1,746,9668Relativity / Overture
11Wild Target$767-16%6-1$128$79,1315Freestyle
12Let Me In$5812%310$19$12,131,1239Relativity / Overture
13Catfish$540-33%90$60$3,236,39811Universal / Rogue
14Jack Goes Boating$527-41%90$59$530,73111Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$378-13%132$29$793,92715Weinstein Company
16Cool It$1550%1--$155$58,3343Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$102-15%2--$51$6,226,69825Roadside Attractions