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 Tue, Feb. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$1,967,267-45%3,043--$646$27,420,2821Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,794,965-71%3,01420$596$58,231,2142Disney
3Just Go With It$1,586,615-49%3,5480$447$65,723,6032Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$1,553,062-53%3,154--$492$24,308,9161Disney / DreamWorks
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$963,243-68%3,11813$309$52,200,1802Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$935,627-62%2,821--$332$19,670,6531Fox
7The King's Speech$738,103-52%2,086-177$354$105,513,97613Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$345,543-50%2,2960$150$16,185,7852Focus
9The Roommate$315,911-43%2,160-374$146$33,377,7843Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$295,038-41%1,966-790$150$66,785,1225Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$194,314-59%1,465-607$133$164,797,5539Paramount
12Sanctum$179,010-46%1,377-1412$130$22,456,7853Universal
13The Green Hornet$136,575-67%1,265-825$108$95,737,0776Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$92,294-49%1,048-1159$88$31,666,9784Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$150,960-56%759-290$199$88,473,29311Paramount
2Black Swan$142,194-49%656-413$217$101,960,18512Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$102,265-47%952-934$107$28,179,4734CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$67,538-62%10287$662$1,558,3132Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$60,744-47%157-34$387$3,212,0218Roadside Attractions
6Tangled$55,278-74%389-395$142$194,361,95513Disney
7TRON: Legacy$43,054-61%312-52$138$170,595,13710Disney
8127 Hours$39,509-51%240-119$165$17,532,11616Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$37,779-48%235-158$161$8,939,7068Weinstein Company
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$32,842-62%321-88$102$294,021,98014Warner Bros.
11The Company Men$31,511-43%242-35$130$3,613,2495Weinstein Company
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$30,572-65%264-29$116$103,493,26711Fox
13Megamind$26,346-72%214-38$123$148,363,88316Paramount / DreamWorks
14Little Fockers$22,800-52%285-139$80$147,705,4859Universal
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$18,913-68%235-73$80$42,252,4349Fox
16The Dilemma$14,650-47%293-949$50$48,264,2256Universal
17The Social Network$8,796-57%113-65$78$96,789,35121Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$7,591-57%128-124$59$2,835,7374Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$5,003-49%105-42$48$81,483,43815Fox
20Season of the Witch$3,294-42%132-44$25$24,538,4987Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yogi Bear$62,156-61%0-1111--$97,504,74710Warner Bros.
2Hubble 3D$36,693-32%502$734$21,836,86049Warner Bros. / IMAX
37 Khoon Maaf$10,746-48%65--$165$195,6181UTV Communications
4Rabbit Hole$7,951-35%78-34$102$1,995,03610Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$4,113-46%29-3$142$1,735,3149Focus
6Immigration Tango$2,117-14%30--$71$19,0131Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Bone$1,644-62%20-6$82$6,427,42237Roadside Attractions
8Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,142-69%10$1,142$39,0452Phase 4 Films
9Brotherhood (2010)$282-18%1--$282$8,5011Phase 4 Films
10I Love You Phillip Morris$238-69%9-14$26$1,947,13212Roadside Attractions