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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$3,343,813-42%3,84215$870$84,150,3752Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,180,149-60%2,288--$953$27,248,8261Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$1,784,291-48%2,817--$633$18,626,6441Fox
4HOP$1,247,520-54%3,6168$345$101,472,4254Universal
5Scream 4$741,907-51%3,3149$224$31,776,9172Weinstein Company
6Soul Surfer$729,553-31%2,24026$326$29,231,7043Sony / TriStar
7African Cats$661,312-32%1,220--$542$6,664,5121Disneynature
8Hanna$588,157-57%2,384-161$247$32,328,3193Focus
9Insidious$540,812-48%2,130-103$254$44,542,2284FilmDistrict
10Source Code$518,135-57%2,363-194$219$45,210,7264Summit
11Arthur (2011)$473,227-49%2,770-506$171$29,689,3183Warner Bros.
12Limitless$311,123-52%1,363-522$228$74,313,1786Relativity Media
13Your Highness$225,400-48%1,610-1162$140$19,989,9453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$175,200-62%1,220-482$144$53,556,6516Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$216,403-57%849142$255$7,106,2712Roadside Attractions
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$154,3464%928-921$166$50,444,8775Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$114,371-30%2081$550$3,193,2083Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jane Eyre (2011)$99,374-40%31945$312$7,956,5507Focus
5Win Win$83,922-66%3884$216$6,714,5726Fox Searchlight
6Rango$58,460-37%557-419$105$119,580,9318Paramount
7Sucker Punch$37,959-48%244-311$156$35,920,5135Warner Bros.
8Paul$31,850-48%245-291$130$36,585,2456Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$26,225-51%263-85$100$61,159,9958Universal
10The King's Speech$25,716-39%234-81$110$138,349,56822Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$22,808-51%265-61$86$102,625,32411Sony / Columbia
12Red Riding Hood$22,087-51%30860$72$37,208,1007Warner Bros.
13Battle: Los Angeles$21,814-58%220-334$99$82,671,2297Sony / Columbia
14Dum Maaro Dum$16,856-81%101--$167$344,3791Fox Searchlight
15Hall Pass$14,406-52%202-131$71$44,885,1369Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$12,970-41%13727$95$27,611,4378CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$10,711-50%162-113$66$63,566,02510Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,614-23%166131$64$72,859,61211Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,483-8%320$890$24,237,46158Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,683-78%89-100$109$1,213,9203Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,296-56%92-36$68$37,740,51010Fox
4Kill the Irishman$5,662-44%23-16$246$1,012,3637Anchor Bay Films
5True Grit (2010)$5,024-54%80-97$63$171,036,37118Paramount
6Cedar Rapids$2,842-48%36-11$79$6,776,49311Fox Searchlight
7Miral$2,397-58%20-6$120$347,7955Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$2,062-43%21-11$98$5,041,81817Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$955-29%15-5$64$4,402,56514Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$595-46%20-29$30$106,948,73821Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$148-75%6-7$25$233,5036Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$128-25%2-2$64$215,7048Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$10-96%1-3$10$18,4963Anchor Bay Films