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 Thu, Dec. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,107,3600%3,536--$2,010$14,250,1350Universal
2TRON: Legacy$6,139,3809%3,451--$1,779$68,222,2051Disney
3True Grit (2010)$5,671,6092%3,047--$1,861$11,210,6190Paramount
4Yogi Bear$3,319,52714%3,515--$944$28,014,8391Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,965,41618%3,532-23$840$53,118,9872Fox
6Tangled$2,642,59617%2,582-983$1,023$137,267,5074Disney
7Black Swan$1,788,4021%1,4561366$1,228$22,434,0743Fox Searchlight
8The Fighter$1,590,89114%2,5032499$636$19,079,5982Paramount
9The Tourist$1,165,17215%2,7560$423$35,478,4442Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,106,37123%1,840-1737$601$269,818,2875Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$852,4360%2,483--$343$11,452,6221Sony / Columbia
12Megamind$164,51318%1,025-1400$161$142,329,4997Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burlesque$112,652-3%501-2375$225$36,400,4074Sony / Screen Gems
2Tees Maar Khan$111,89225%108--$1,036$201,3690UTV Communications
3Unstoppable (2010)$103,84917%578-2389$180$78,181,9646Fox
4Due Date$75,23819%424-1566$177$97,942,3427Warner Bros.
5Red (2010)$70,63215%439-125$161$88,693,72010Summit
6127 Hours$63,1618%170-246$372$9,671,9007Fox Searchlight
7The Social Network$62,20921%25831$241$92,057,73912Sony / Columbia
8Love and Other Drugs$52,728-9%244-1996$216$30,739,3534Fox
9Despicable Me$51,2602%233-22$220$250,689,36024Universal
10Fair Game (2010)$33,87129%268-168$126$8,776,8367Summit
11Life As We Know It$28,46610%248128$115$52,345,97811Warner Bros.
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,2650%180-108$129$55,298,99813Warner Bros.
13Faster (2010)$16,2001%167-1939$97$22,666,7864CBS Films
14Jackass 3D$14,03410%13729$102$116,910,95610Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$13,017-3%17449$75$84,497,8999Paramount
16Morning Glory (2010)$12,036-17%263-741$46$30,636,2676Paramount
17Hereafter$9,26522%15366$61$32,619,68010Warner Bros.
18The Next Three Days$8,8471%361-1065$25$21,028,9215Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$300,62514%8768$3,455$3,845,3834Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$44,476-7%47-10$946$19,524,79340Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$20,18916%5015$404$607,0143Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$10,319-18%121$860$25,125,95097Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Tempest$8,252-1%137$635$161,0252Disney
6The Town$6,29414%87-168$72$92,107,78514Warner Bros.
7Country Strong$6,018-19%2--$3,009$13,4130Sony / Screen Gems
8Rabbit Hole$5,99112%5--$1,198$80,8391Lionsgate
9Inception$3,55140%40-68$89$292,528,59223Warner Bros.
10The Warrior's Way$3,1516%34-1588$93$5,542,9093Relativity Media
11For Colored Girls$2,876-8%79-164$36$37,643,3367Lionsgate
12Waiting for 'Superman'$1,68751%33-22$51$6,417,13513Paramount Vantage
13Winter's Bone$1,362360%41$341$6,240,45228Roadside Attractions