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, Mar. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$13,369,5240%3,417--$3,913$26,768,8341Sony / Columbia
2Rango$10,150,44687%3,9236$2,587$61,172,6832Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$5,732,50615%3,030--$1,892$10,717,6441Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$5,237,11053%2,8477$1,840$35,644,3652Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$3,116,25881%3,117--$1,000$4,838,5951Disney
6Beastly$2,161,94129%1,9597$1,104$15,728,9212CBS Films
7Hall Pass$2,161,68242%2,555-395$846$33,520,2613Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$1,832,70451%2,398-522$764$93,031,1735Sony / Columbia
9The King's Speech$1,693,32779%1,768-472$958$128,078,87516Weinstein Company
10Gnomeo and Juliet$1,668,168103%2,585-399$645$87,974,9695Disney
11Unknown (2011)$1,555,68662%2,303-610$676$57,557,6444Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$1,002,22753%2,005-898$500$49,852,8894Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$620,92574%1,247-1007$498$70,554,4325Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$513,53026%2,0030$256$5,540,2812Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$650,587105%931-711$699$34,825,0844Fox
2Cedar Rapids$418,54867%394159$1,062$4,345,6795Fox Searchlight
3The Fighter$275,42480%463-112$595$92,783,59614Paramount
4Yogi Bear$227,078112%404138$562$98,535,74913Warner Bros.
5True Grit (2010)$210,90888%401-324$526$169,279,46712Paramount
6Black Swan$204,11867%337-344$606$105,813,99815Fox Searchlight
7The Green Hornet$170,07448%30940$550$97,388,8339Sony / Columbia
8Drive Angry$129,77547%551-1739$236$10,221,8333Summit
9No Strings Attached$84,28451%254-171$332$69,955,9608Paramount
10Biutiful$83,69486%114-32$734$4,466,08011Roadside Attractions
11The Roommate$74,08164%213-393$348$37,117,3366Sony / Screen Gems
12Little Fockers$53,18582%177-44$300$148,352,89012Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$42,00254%122-86$344$294,684,11417Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$35,55878%123-62$289$104,097,90914Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$74,94353%4--$18,736$123,9731Focus
2Kill the Irishman$62,44645%5--$12,489$105,3711Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$49,94027%490$1,019$22,480,39052Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Blue Valentine (2010)$27,21461%60-36$454$9,497,63911Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$26,01589%63-49$413$4,142,4098Weinstein Company
6The Rite$22,18270%85-116$261$32,707,5557Warner Bros. / New Line
7127 Hours$21,31344%79-56$270$18,222,30819Fox Searchlight
8happythankyoumoreplease$21,29054%1917$1,121$78,3552Anchor Bay Films
9The Eagle$20,99848%99-228$212$19,279,8015Focus
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$19,80463%99-57$200$42,631,13512Fox
11Rabbit Hole$11,46090%38-17$302$2,151,47913Lionsgate
12Season of the Witch$11,14870%54-55$206$24,786,16310Relativity Media
13The Mechanic$9,09041%42-67$216$28,924,3547CBS Films
14From Prada to Nada$4,65069%33-2$141$2,953,6737Lionsgate / Pantelion
15I Love You Phillip Morris$3,29746%12-1$275$1,975,60115Roadside Attractions
16Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,8226%3-1$941$69,2075Phase 4 Films
17Winter's Bone$2,06260%9-4$229$6,526,21840Roadside Attractions
18Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,95232%10$1,952$31,5133Rialto
19Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,406-9%1--$1,406$26,83715Argot Pictures