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 Fri, Feb. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$4,633,070--2,950--$1,571$4,633,0701Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$3,856,195156%3,0430$1,267$34,261,3632Warner Bros.
3Just Go With It$3,251,662155%3,544-4$918$71,506,4843Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$3,171,189161%3,1562$1,005$29,879,0032Disney / DreamWorks
5Gnomeo and Juliet$3,156,594127%3,03723$1,039$64,090,7003Disney
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,659,234285%2,810-308$946$56,235,7253Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,028,036203%2,8210$719$23,052,2792Fox
8The King's Speech$1,877,685165%2,385299$787$108,768,95614Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$1,629,735--2,290--$712$1,629,7351Summit
10The Roommate$623,758146%1,726-434$361$34,501,3764Sony / Screen Gems
11True Grit (2010)$510,768150%1,222-243$418$165,696,11810Paramount
12No Strings Attached$469,03976%1,366-600$343$67,778,4286Paramount
13The Eagle$447,23953%1,568-728$285$17,201,8863Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$402,342141%668-91$602$89,195,70212Paramount
2Black Swan$352,057138%617-39$571$102,600,63113Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$195,144210%13634$1,435$1,880,4103Fox Searchlight
4The Green Hornet$174,13741%667-598$261$96,147,5637Sony / Columbia
5The Rite$137,09067%545-503$252$31,968,2685Warner Bros. / New Line
6Biutiful$129,177124%18225$710$3,452,4959Roadside Attractions
7Sanctum$98,010-21%392-985$250$22,809,5404Universal
8The Mechanic$87,738-1%404-548$217$28,443,4185CBS Films
9127 Hours$83,51893%220-20$380$17,697,59917Fox Searchlight
10Little Fockers$62,550212%261-24$240$147,808,01010Universal
11The Company Men$62,377141%185-57$337$3,727,5826Weinstein Company
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$62,25587%303-18$205$294,148,44815Warner Bros.
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$61,116133%248-16$246$103,603,89212Fox
14Blue Valentine (2010)$59,56253%167-68$357$9,073,7879Weinstein Company
15Yogi Bear$46,309-10%366-359$127$97,655,82811Warner Bros.
16The Tourist$44,162--194-30$228$67,385,87012Sony / Columbia
17The Dilemma$43,740231%243-50$180$48,334,3707Universal
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$39,577147%204-31$194$42,322,77510Fox
19Season of the Witch$27,538699%17139$161$24,572,6578Relativity Media
20The Social Network$23,534144%269156$87$96,831,47522Sony / Columbia
21Winter's Bone$5,744234%135115$43$6,436,70738Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$45,42117%500$908$21,956,75250Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$15,698105%835$189$2,025,77111Lionsgate
37 Khoon Maaf$15,259185%683$224$223,5782UTV Communications
4From Prada to Nada$13,80295%81-47$170$2,862,7275Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Unstoppable (2010)$10,275104%66-39$156$81,503,06916Fox
6Somewhere (2010)$8,262134%27-2$306$1,750,77110Focus
7Brotherhood (2010)$4,281510%21$2,141$13,7962Phase 4 Films
8Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,107-1%31$702$44,7903Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,908607%156$127$1,949,54913Roadside Attractions
10Public Speaking$1,866--1--$1,866$6,6061Rialto
11Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,820--1--$1,820$1,8201Rialto
12Immigration Tango$206-89%2-28$103$22,9312Roadside Attractions