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 Sun, Mar. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$4,883,163-34%2,756--$1,772$18,907,3021Relativity Media
2Rango$4,356,554-33%3,843-80$1,134$92,338,6913Paramount
3Battle: Los Angeles$3,920,111-36%3,4170$1,147$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$3,513,236-37%2,707--$1,298$13,206,4531Lionsgate
5Paul$3,460,470-32%2,802--$1,235$13,043,3101Universal
6Red Riding Hood$1,671,551-46%3,0300$552$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7Mars Needs Moms$1,509,372-35%3,1170$484$15,400,4342Disney
8The Adjustment Bureau$1,370,125-47%2,660-187$515$48,619,5503Universal
9Beastly$710,334-48%1,810-149$392$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Gnomeo and Juliet$671,545-31%1,748-837$384$93,587,2906Disney
11Hall Pass$636,701-42%1,905-650$334$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
12The King's Speech$526,628-44%1,249-519$422$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
13Just Go With It$490,730-51%1,708-690$287$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$303,739-46%1,401-902$217$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$228,585-50%955-1050$239$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$157,501-53%550-381$286$36,407,6785Fox
3Cedar Rapids$143,275-38%46268$310$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$133,137-30%43834$304$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$130,060-34%480-767$271$72,209,3636Paramount
6The Green Hornet$71,026-44%282-27$252$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
7True Grit (2010)$57,674-50%268-133$215$169,780,60813Paramount
8The Fighter$53,951-46%316-147$171$93,367,57515Paramount
9Black Swan$45,191-41%191-146$237$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$41,380-38%232-22$178$70,257,7679Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$36,993-32%281-1722$132$6,704,8503Relativity Media
12The Rite$32,255-26%202117$160$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Roommate$13,527-62%112-101$121$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$141,508-28%2622$5,443$719,5142Focus
2Win Win$46,746-29%5--$9,349$150,3621Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$38,883-32%490$794$22,837,27653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$36,926-45%2116$1,758$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$27,216-30%89-25$306$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
6The Music Never Stopped$20,192-44%32--$631$76,5431Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,437-32%94-28$207$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
8The Mechanic$17,743-22%9957$179$28,998,3628CBS Films
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,911-35%82-41$170$104,225,31415Fox
10The Eagle$12,265-36%92-7$133$19,365,5526Focus
11Blue Valentine (2010)$10,336-31%43-17$240$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
12Drive Angry$10,186-39%95-456$107$10,510,8464Summit
13The Company Men$9,383-36%58-5$162$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
14happythankyoumoreplease$6,039-22%12-7$503$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,963-5%43-56$115$42,705,23513Fox
16127 Hours$4,401-46%32-47$138$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
17I Love You Phillip Morris$4,026-34%11-1$366$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
18Season of the Witch$3,798-27%31-23$123$24,823,28311Relativity Media
19Rabbit Hole$3,103-35%29-9$107$2,185,20614Lionsgate
20Nostalgia for the Light$2,653-43%1--$2,653$10,6811Icarus Films
21From Prada to Nada$2,307-34%27-6$85$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,268-47%52$254$81,2126Phase 4 Films
23Winter's Bone$363-14%4-5$91$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions