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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,344,766-37%3,167--$2,003$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$4,345,518-35%3,033--$1,433$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$3,934,441-39%2,80549$1,403$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4Rango$2,950,810-33%3,645-198$810$106,335,9874Paramount
5The Lincoln Lawyer$2,948,505-39%2,7070$1,089$28,717,5482Lionsgate
6Paul$2,188,680-36%2,8064$780$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,077,990-37%3,118-299$666$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,027,938-47%2,715-315$379$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,026,900-48%2,282-378$450$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$717,940-29%2,170-947$331$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$496,237-49%1,585-225$313$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Gnomeo and Juliet$480,332-30%1,364-384$352$95,872,5377Disney
13Hall Pass$425,078-45%1,204-701$353$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
14The King's Speech$400,207-46%1,062-187$377$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
15Just Go With It$350,105-50%1,116-592$314$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$155,600-48%688-713$226$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$123,847-45%512-443$242$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$106,979-45%342-120$313$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$105,296-47%406-144$259$36,959,6816Fox
5Yogi Bear$100,591-30%326-112$309$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$62,389-36%246-36$254$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$62,195-35%289-191$215$72,556,9637Paramount
8Black Swan$50,450-39%20716$244$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
9True Grit (2010)$44,391-47%205-63$217$170,058,65914Paramount
10No Strings Attached$36,238-37%213-19$170$70,477,77710Paramount
11The Fighter$28,735-44%179-137$161$93,571,80316Paramount
12The Rite$23,262-27%155-47$150$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$15,815-20%1001$158$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$287,694-32%9064$3,197$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$139,616-34%2318$6,070$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,631-18%42-7$1,086$23,122,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$43,624-40%4120$1,064$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$22,678-30%66-23$344$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
6Miral$20,667-20%4--$5,167$66,2441Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,531-32%85-9$206$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,212-33%72-10$211$104,299,42116Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$13,808-40%331$418$150,5152Roadside Attractions
10From Prada to Nada$13,787-19%292$475$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Eagle$12,686-35%975$131$19,434,5967Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$12,207-30%89-192$137$6,817,0814Relativity Media
13The Company Men$11,964-40%48-10$249$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$9,623-34%441$219$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$7,423-38%72-23$103$10,558,2255Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,214-9%34-9$183$42,732,11914Fox
17Mia and the Migoo$6,146-25%1--$6,146$16,9751GKIDS
18happythankyoumoreplease$6,058-37%164$379$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,173-34%9-2$353$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$3,055-38%290$105$2,203,98015Lionsgate
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$366-27%2-3$183$85,2227Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$44-69%1-3$44$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions