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 Mon, Apr. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$2,272,665-78%3,579--$635$39,816,3751Universal
2Source Code$1,097,444-70%2,961--$371$15,909,5381Summit
3Insidious$1,040,161-66%2,408--$432$14,311,6251FilmDistrict
4Limitless$712,163-69%2,83833$251$56,221,8033Relativity Media
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$605,662-78%3,1692$191$38,801,8302Fox
6Sucker Punch$524,376-67%3,0330$173$30,335,4942Warner Bros.
7The Lincoln Lawyer$500,275-72%2,7070$185$39,916,3413Lionsgate
8Paul$356,835-69%2,550-256$140$32,201,2803Universal
9Rango$353,544-72%3,134-511$113$114,082,4185Paramount
10Battle: Los Angeles$295,570-69%2,263-855$131$78,798,1364Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$160,125-67%1,525-757$105$58,690,7205Universal
12Red Riding Hood$137,399-66%1,788-927$77$35,729,7404Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$93,754-66%1,007-55$93$136,680,05919Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$109,369-69%18090$608$3,588,8824Focus
2Win Win$69,176-77%149126$464$2,017,1203Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$64,775-63%703-501$92$43,819,7466Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$58,761-68%821-764$72$26,845,1705CBS Films
5Gnomeo and Juliet$49,943-59%735-629$68$96,916,0198Disney
6Just Go With It$49,242-64%597-519$82$101,474,5628Sony / Columbia
7Mars Needs Moms$39,685-62%701-1469$57$20,410,2954Disney
8True Grit (2010)$26,745-63%324119$83$170,448,98415Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$20,202-62%325-363$62$62,744,0057Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,569-62%270-242$72$53,887,6037Disney / DreamWorks
11Yogi Bear$17,510-68%265-61$66$100,186,57816Warner Bros.
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$17,194-66%250-156$69$37,288,7417Fox
13Cedar Rapids$15,410-72%210-132$73$6,503,6068Fox Searchlight
14Black Swan$12,381-55%162-45$76$106,786,97818Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$7,369-65%145-68$51$70,633,35511Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,340-72%113-176$38$72,690,9198Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,503-14%0-42--$23,426,89855Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,844-65%5615$194$720,7084Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$9,685-71%58--$167$111,4641Roadside Attractions
4Miral$6,610-70%1511$441$169,7712Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$5,664-56%58--$98$4,909,97714Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,098-53%66-19$77$294,985,53220Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,352-64%60-12$56$104,353,71517Fox
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,761-52%39-5$71$9,670,54214Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$2,673-57%57-40$47$19,481,0578Focus
10The Music Never Stopped$2,606-69%28-5$93$199,7073Roadside Attractions
11The Rite$2,410-68%72-83$33$33,040,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,150-63%26-8$83$42,758,73815Fox
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,091-51%52-37$40$6,854,0285Relativity Media
14The Company Men$1,981-76%45-3$44$4,325,22011Weinstein Company
15The Mechanic$1,702-62%43-57$40$29,115,29010CBS Films
16Rabbit Hole$1,481-51%6132$24$2,223,29016Lionsgate
17Drive Angry$1,392-63%22-50$63$10,592,1406Summit
18I Love You Phillip Morris$1,059-51%123$88$2,028,46018Roadside Attractions
19happythankyoumoreplease$996-76%12-4$83$194,1805Anchor Bay Films