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. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$1,601,7125%3,584--$447$45,341,2431Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$955,4250%2,940--$325$23,637,3351Universal
3The King's Speech$861,654-1%1,543785$558$49,458,9718Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$752,5471%2,328744$323$77,380,6317Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$728,7640%3,459335$211$130,633,4274Paramount
6The Fighter$470,206-1%2,414-114$195$68,516,2366Paramount
7Little Fockers$372,9955%3,394-281$110$136,791,6154Universal
8TRON: Legacy$340,3208%2,439-574$140$159,559,4905Disney
9Season of the Witch$302,229-2%2,82711$107$19,892,0322Relativity Media
10Country Strong$244,720-1%1,4240$172$14,762,3644Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$188,0689%2,702-586$70$84,830,2035Warner Bros.
12Tangled$187,8167%2,048-335$92$183,274,4998Disney
13The Tourist$143,8271%1,420-1022$101$65,012,9176Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$131,49512%1,704-1110$77$99,266,4306Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$80,10612%1,666-1298$48$38,862,6014Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$130,579-6%230190$568$3,582,2073Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$93,4132%941-566$99$290,442,4979Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$42,146-5%322-281$131$94,964,38716Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$34,08811%341-34$100$145,769,67911Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Heart Specialist$30,376-13%422--$72$671,1281Freestyle
6How Do You Know$30,1218%615-1287$49$30,098,1495Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$29,3378%34197$86$100,210,68411Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$24,656-5%10066$247$1,090,4505Lionsgate
9Unstoppable (2010)$19,1260%303-95$63$80,504,38210Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$17,013-15%166-46$102$32,056,9678Fox
11Red (2010)$12,26810%206-55$60$90,134,91714Summit
12Life As We Know It$6,6508%132-56$50$53,309,41315Warner Bros.
13Morning Glory (2010)$6,0127%127-51$47$31,011,73210Paramount
14Despicable Me$4,1451%137-41$30$251,513,98528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,5796%11190$23$37,729,69811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,46638%48--$531$20,719,78444Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$22,0631%5336$416$1,103,4954Focus
3127 Hours$18,52811%76-12$244$11,178,24811Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,2911%95-5$119$1,722,7447Roadside Attractions
5Fair Game (2010)$4,9259%79-24$62$9,341,61011Summit
6No One Killed Jessica$4,350-15%45-3$97$400,0242UTV Communications
7Faster (2010)$4,02020%77-2$52$23,020,1698CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,336-6%7745$30$5,648,8187Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$1,6718%22-48$76$117,229,69214Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$825-23%40-50$21$84,752,90713Paramount
11Summer Wars$777-12%9-5$86$57,0384GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$70521%60$118$6,267,07032Roadside Attractions
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$564-17%41-54$14$55,675,31317Warner Bros.