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, Jan. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,373,8325%3,12441$440$115,211,8953Paramount
2Black Swan$960,3734%1,58431$606$64,868,3586Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$845,2500%3,675121$230$127,086,0253Universal
4TRON: Legacy$762,7901%3,013-352$253$151,238,5964Disney
5The Fighter$723,5362%2,528-6$286$60,644,6645Paramount
6Season of the Witch$654,904-1%2,816--$233$13,497,7391Relativity Media
7Country Strong$542,1720%1,4241422$381$9,605,1343Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$368,2912%2,442-314$151$62,578,9465Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$352,132-1%3,288-227$107$76,750,0724Warner Bros.
10Tangled$330,1792%2,383-199$139$177,028,0397Disney
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$318,1029%2,814-134$113$95,742,7365Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$276,221-5%2,964-125$93$35,528,4233Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$198,4008%1,507-225$132$288,404,2688Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$190,1422%1,902-581$100$29,540,6394Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$751,32811%75858$991$35,523,8597Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$69,0753%603354$115$94,342,09215Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$37,65714%398-52$95$80,148,8479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$32,315-4%21237$152$31,815,4337Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$24,3145%10032$243$1,528,0226Roadside Attractions
6Red (2010)$24,13221%261-42$92$89,925,32413Summit
7Due Date$23,1012%244-160$95$99,743,57010Warner Bros.
8Megamind$20,837-2%375-389$56$144,755,08510Paramount / DreamWorks
9Life As We Know It$14,61612%188-60$78$53,184,87414Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$13,28721%17852$75$30,927,7519Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$9,73317%103-6$94$9,275,75310Summit
12Despicable Me$8,88525%178-19$50$251,413,97527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$78,3610%4036$1,959$1,458,3832Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$29,83411%88-15$339$10,928,07110Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,63117%0-47--$20,468,92443Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Somewhere (2010)$17,0300%179$1,002$731,8173Focus
5Rabbit Hole$13,942-3%340$410$681,8154Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$8,956-30%48--$187$273,0881UTV Communications
7Jackass 3D$4,75914%70-67$68$117,208,64513Paramount
8Faster (2010)$4,6766%79-40$59$22,960,1457CBS Films
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,15415%95-63$44$55,654,63616Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$2,965-2%90-55$33$84,734,18512Paramount
11Summer Wars$2,86243%1412$204$46,4953GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$1,9189%32-6$60$5,612,8026Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,55721%33-95$47$32,746,94113Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$504-38%38--$13$1,075,9733UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$50042%21-7$24$37,687,60210Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$457-57%64$76$6,257,02631Roadside Attractions