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 Thu, Apr. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$831,880-8%3,61637$230$71,442,4002Universal
2Hanna$783,332-2%2,535--$309$16,000,3121Focus
3Arthur (2011)$688,558-3%3,276--$210$15,408,4171Warner Bros.
4Source Code$601,4325%2,97110$202$30,689,5222Summit
5Your Highness$567,225-2%2,769--$205$12,057,7651Universal
6Insidious$561,0573%2,41911$232$29,126,2682FilmDistrict
7Soul Surfer$479,1822%2,214--$216$12,596,6271Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$432,3632%2,655-183$163$65,929,2184Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$354,2942%2,420-287$146$47,569,6614Lionsgate
10Sucker Punch$172,4142%1,755-1278$98$34,686,0443Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$162,9671%2,881-288$57$46,040,8293Fox
12Paul$132,9856%1,667-883$80$35,619,4204Universal
13Rango$132,5812%2,007-1127$66$118,060,2056Paramount
14Battle: Los Angeles$113,6275%1,408-855$81$81,685,8145Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$121,0691%24767$490$5,611,8035Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$98,8784%206--$480$1,223,2581Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$76,692-10%22677$339$3,757,3714Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$70,4706%783-742$90$60,378,5306Universal
5The King's Speech$54,73111%675-332$81$137,739,01120Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$35,324-5%226--$156$742,4771Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$34,8001%777-1011$45$36,815,6975Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$27,9587%36540$77$63,208,9578Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$25,02820%366-337$68$44,395,8807Warner Bros. / New Line
10True Grit (2010)$20,09819%263-61$76$170,833,62516Paramount
11Just Go With It$19,422-2%320-277$61$102,000,7299Sony / Columbia
12Beastly$17,353-1%339-482$51$27,403,1136CBS Films
13Cedar Rapids$9,2715%118-92$79$6,693,4819Fox Searchlight
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,3371%184-66$40$37,529,0908Fox
15Black Swan$6,8544%103-59$67$106,909,41419Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$6,39514%126104$51$10,681,6077Summit
17Take Me Home Tonight$4,87411%10250$48$6,917,6986Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$23,568-2%31--$760$23,733,10656Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$9,757-32%92--$106$306,3221UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$8,784-2%52-4$169$877,3795Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$6,3914%2914$220$270,9813Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$5,346-12%38-20$141$4,989,99715Roadside Attractions
6The Company Men$3,02112%32-13$94$4,368,79212Weinstein Company
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,8624%69-44$41$72,754,5359Paramount
8Blue Valentine (2010)$1,368-43%19-20$72$9,696,60415Weinstein Company
9The Last Godfather$1,183-28%20-38$59$162,3072Roadside Attractions
10The Music Never Stopped$99539%14-14$71$221,6174Roadside Attractions
11happythankyoumoreplease$8878%9-3$99$209,0526Anchor Bay Films
12Meet Monica Velour$342-14%2--$171$10,1691Anchor Bay Films
13I Love You Phillip Morris$273-51%7-5$39$2,037,45919Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$6-50%2--$3$6,531,31744Roadside Attractions