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 Sat, Jan. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$6,010,28013%2,985--$2,013$11,306,4811Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$5,758,62732%3,0224$1,906$36,219,9412Paramount
3The Green Hornet$5,290,94383%3,524-60$1,501$75,486,5033Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$4,972,14473%2,557877$1,945$68,958,47910Weinstein Company
5The Mechanic$4,693,12130%2,703--$1,736$8,305,7381CBS Films
6True Grit (2010)$3,517,76180%3,120-344$1,127$146,262,2066Paramount
7The Dilemma$2,658,22556%2,905-38$915$39,516,7853Universal
8Black Swan$2,285,44062%2,315-92$987$89,300,5999Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,885,76587%1,914-361$985$77,214,5298Paramount
10Yogi Bear$1,535,950162%2,133-377$720$91,463,9187Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$1,261,36581%2,051-928$615$144,112,2456Universal
12Tangled$1,213,517141%1,589-271$764$188,766,53610Disney
13TRON: Legacy$1,201,91797%1,505-513$799$166,015,6147Disney
14Country Strong$585,68357%1,287-154$455$18,489,3876Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$359,96075%1,110-1197$324$23,498,1254Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$901,43750%916847$984$12,874,67513Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$504,33149%415173$1,215$5,720,4795Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$437,70241%256--$1,710$749,0041Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$419,883111%732-403$574$101,548,7528Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$345,765126%653-447$530$40,745,6686Fox
6The Company Men$313,94685%211105$1,488$1,365,4692Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$282,448106%465-260$607$292,042,35811Warner Bros.
8Megamind$236,562117%300-20$789$146,813,77013Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Way Back$229,67056%595-83$386$2,027,9232Newmarket Films
10The Social Network$211,04783%367-18$575$95,902,58918Sony / Columbia
11The Tourist$171,09857%428-447$400$66,477,7618Sony / Columbia
12Unstoppable (2010)$96,34166%250-28$385$80,962,83912Fox
13Rabbit Hole$74,42362%12423$600$1,482,2837Lionsgate
14Burlesque$63,28646%238-58$266$39,247,68310Sony / Screen Gems
15The Heart Specialist$45,843112%119-174$385$1,043,0343Freestyle
16Red (2010)$36,83956%119-34$310$90,338,84616Summit
17Faster (2010)$29,97171%1148$263$23,151,76610CBS Films
18Love and Other Drugs$29,11437%117-29$249$32,252,97310Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$184,19752%5955$3,122$467,4535Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$49,17772%60-23$820$1,465,3986Focus
3Hubble 3D$47,62452%43-6$1,108$21,004,17546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$46,29669%75-3$617$493,1612UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,80248%49-26$384$1,869,0799Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$15,172193%2721$562$6,298,64534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$6,81551%40-32$170$9,407,24113Summit
8Summer Wars$2,63935%3-3$880$70,8726GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$2,186106%8-20$273$438,5704UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$1,84193%28-1$66$5,662,7009Relativity Media