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, Jan. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,940,218-10%3,0830$629$93,398,0602Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,634,840-19%3,5540$460$108,653,5302Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,383,504-21%3,365-86$411$136,784,3683Disney
4Black Swan$1,224,323-8%1,55353$788$51,852,1815Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$992,095-15%2,53423$392$49,841,9484Paramount
6The Tourist$598,164-19%2,7560$217$56,782,3194Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$564,125-29%2,948-6$191$89,372,7974Fox
8Yogi Bear$542,358-32%3,5150$154$68,314,3713Warner Bros.
9Tangled$513,820-28%2,5820$199$170,182,0896Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$433,606-31%3,08996$140$29,445,9772Fox
11How Do You Know$423,799-19%2,4830$171$26,532,4763Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$361,183-19%1,7320$209$284,967,8967Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$835,609-3%7000$1,194$25,613,8656Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,857-13%3300$172$37,927,1316Sony / Screen Gems
3The Social Network$47,506-2%2490$191$93,377,96814Sony / Columbia
4Unstoppable (2010)$47,186-12%45057$105$79,631,0728Fox
5Due Date$40,916-3%4040$101$99,354,6769Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$38,952-10%103-12$378$10,567,3209Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$37,161-24%7640$49$144,365,2629Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$30,442-16%303-27$100$89,611,06412Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,076-17%17531$160$31,364,5686Fox
10Life As We Know It$22,086-11%2480$89$52,960,01813Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$12,805-24%1974$65$251,255,43026Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$10,908-17%109-52$100$9,156,7869Summit
13Jackass 3D$9,701-2%1370$71$117,141,89012Paramount
14Faster (2010)$7,212-22%119-4$61$22,882,0056CBS Films
15Morning Glory (2010)$7,004-4%1260$56$30,780,3008Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,512-4%1450$45$84,682,66111Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,984-28%1580$38$55,577,30715Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$3,6662%1280$29$32,723,93912Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$37,2060%40$9,302$404,7351Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$28,0290%470$596$20,241,74942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,553-9%68-1$317$1,196,5375Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$19,603-11%340$577$499,6093Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$17,20010%80$2,150$484,6452Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$5,235-27%120$436$25,295,29099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Next Three Days$4,378-8%81-30$54$21,144,0957Lionsgate
8Country Strong$3,736-13%20$1,868$133,1682Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$2,895-20%620$47$92,183,16516Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,80438%280$64$292,574,50125Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,70421%6-6$284$235,7134Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,279-8%384$34$5,574,0655Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$952-14%28-11$34$37,680,2179Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$767108%2-3$384$6,249,12530Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$302-81%20$151$19,0032GKIDS