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, Mar. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sucker Punch$8,031,460--3,033--$2,648$8,031,4601Warner Bros.
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$7,284,274--3,167--$2,300$7,284,2741Fox
3Limitless$4,631,821188%2,80549$1,651$30,687,8032Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$2,931,155172%2,7070$1,083$20,898,3382Lionsgate
5Rango$2,428,147132%3,645-198$666$98,991,3124Paramount
6Paul$2,272,860142%2,8064$810$19,377,0302Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,187,966119%3,118-299$702$67,167,5103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,357,788150%2,715-315$500$29,471,2453Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,278,555168%2,282-378$560$51,904,6254Universal
10Beastly$706,039199%1,585-225$445$23,834,6124CBS Films
11Mars Needs Moms$524,57428%2,170-947$242$17,490,7873Disney
12Hall Pass$514,266105%1,204-701$427$41,132,3765Warner Bros. / New Line
13Just Go With It$466,785131%1,116-592$418$99,207,6067Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$419,900101%1,062-187$395$133,713,51118Weinstein Company
15Gnomeo and Juliet$343,58765%1,364-384$252$94,706,1217Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$191,45456%688-713$278$61,784,6796Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$147,84151%512-443$289$53,138,4666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$107,48184%342-120$314$5,822,2317Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$106,164229%406-144$261$36,655,3906Fox
5Yogi Bear$76,509122%326-112$235$99,625,88415Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$60,964--246-36$248$98,121,30311Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$55,98963%289-191$194$72,398,8457Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$54,369120%205-63$265$169,930,97914Paramount
9Black Swan$51,684130%20716$250$106,445,75317Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$42,135101%213-19$198$70,383,66310Paramount
11The Fighter$30,70031%179-137$172$93,492,18516Paramount
12The Rite$20,11765%155-47$130$32,927,2889Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$12,78186%1001$128$29,039,0739CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$261,870410%9064$2,910$1,177,4033Focus
2Win Win$112,305654%2318$4,883$320,2212Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$47,31510%42-7$1,127$23,021,25154Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$37,261405%4120$909$421,9073Anchor Bay Films
5Miral$19,679--4--$4,920$19,6791Weinstein Company
6Biutiful$18,50429%66-23$280$4,769,77113Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$15,55391%85-9$183$294,871,96219Warner Bros.
8Take Me Home Tonight$13,968-16%89-192$157$6,787,3974Relativity Media
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,899122%72-10$193$104,261,37316Fox
10The Eagle$13,606137%975$140$19,402,3547Focus
11The Music Never Stopped$11,90489%331$361$113,7522Roadside Attractions
12The Company Men$11,186127%48-10$233$4,239,43210Weinstein Company
13From Prada to Nada$10,8061293%292$373$2,985,4999Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Drive Angry$8,17544%72-23$114$10,538,8515Summit
15Blue Valentine (2010)$7,47256%441$170$9,604,98513Weinstein Company
16happythankyoumoreplease$5,193117%164$325$152,9364Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,41566%34-9$130$42,719,06014Fox
18Mia and the Migoo$2,669--1--$2,669$2,6691GKIDS
19Rabbit Hole$2,36084%290$81$2,196,00215Lionsgate
20I Love You Phillip Morris$2,154-85%9-2$239$2,005,97017Roadside Attractions
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$514-9%2-3$257$84,3537Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$14--1-3$14$6,530,52042Roadside Attractions