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 Wed, Mar. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,601,183-21%2,756--$581$24,445,7601Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,093,898-21%2,707--$404$16,889,7931Lionsgate
3Battle: Los Angeles$1,002,220-18%3,4170$293$63,978,8672Sony / Columbia
4Rango$981,013-10%3,843-80$255$95,517,3703Paramount
5Paul$910,335-20%2,802--$325$16,166,7201Universal
6Red Riding Hood$507,051-18%3,0300$167$27,569,3492Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$465,500-19%2,660-187$175$50,148,5753Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$372,964-7%3,1170$120$16,557,9792Disney
9Hall Pass$254,255-12%1,905-650$133$40,367,0644Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$208,109-24%1,810-149$115$22,892,2323CBS Films
11The King's Speech$194,580-10%1,249-519$156$133,084,47017Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$184,679-2%1,748-837$106$94,153,7876Disney
13Just Go With It$183,309-11%1,708-690$107$98,539,0356Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$118,156-15%1,401-902$84$61,470,7815Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$88,231-10%955-1050$92$52,892,4415Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$59,729-7%46268$129$5,656,4286Fox Searchlight
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$31,502-1%480-767$66$72,308,4306Paramount
4Yogi Bear$29,676-21%43834$68$99,514,95114Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$29,577-30%550-381$54$36,516,0395Fox
6The Fighter$23,294-7%316-147$74$93,438,01615Paramount
7True Grit (2010)$22,925-9%268-133$86$169,851,90913Paramount
8Black Swan$21,204-16%191-146$111$106,371,57416Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$20,384-11%232-22$88$70,320,5259Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$17,7847%281-1722$63$6,756,8773Relativity Media
11The Rite$11,496-14%202117$57$32,894,9868Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$49,2591%2622$1,895$864,1912Focus
2Hubble 3D$35,62118%490$727$22,930,89053Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$15,32418%5--$3,065$193,0221Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,426-6%2116$592$372,2422Anchor Bay Films
5I Love You Phillip Morris$10,962-24%11-1$997$1,989,38016Roadside Attractions
6Biutiful$10,962-24%88-26$125$4,736,94612Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,390-2%94-28$79$294,848,28018Warner Bros.
8The Music Never Stopped$6,6282%32--$207$95,5541Roadside Attractions
9The Mechanic$6,308-13%9957$64$29,019,4108CBS Films
10The Eagle$5,527-15%92-7$60$19,383,0036Focus
11Drive Angry$5,1841%95-456$55$10,525,0044Summit
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,985-12%82-41$61$104,241,20115Fox
13Blue Valentine (2010)$4,770-29%43-17$111$9,592,71412Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$3,916-15%58-5$68$4,223,3269Weinstein Company
15happythankyoumoreplease$2,79227%12-7$233$145,3013Anchor Bay Films
16Rabbit Hole$2,477-8%29-9$85$2,192,35714Lionsgate
17127 Hours$2,150-5%32-47$67$18,289,60120Fox Searchlight
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,136-9%43-56$50$42,711,98813Fox
19Nostalgia for the Light$983-27%1--$983$14,5881Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$93211%31-23$30$24,826,25811Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$794-2%27-6$29$2,973,9178Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$6727%50$134$83,1756Phase 4 Films