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, May. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$5,403,057-68%3,955--$1,366$71,126,3951Paramount
2Fast Five$2,526,785-72%3,66218$690$142,306,0702Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,112,219-74%2,904--$383$15,057,5871Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$1,095,200-81%2,035--$538$16,310,6871Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$518,009-76%2,614-206$198$42,601,2293Fox
6Rio (2011)$425,316-86%3,258-450$131$115,631,3854Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$259,705-84%1,881-407$138$47,344,9233Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$116,125-86%1,781-229$65$37,002,4075Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$113,989-84%2,5050$46$6,990,2062Weinstein Company
10Insidious$102,204-64%1,001-583$102$50,421,3196FilmDistrict
11Prom$101,700-77%2,7300$37$7,691,7302Disney
12African Cats$98,284-78%1,035-189$95$12,994,1683Disneynature
13Scream 4$74,505-49%1,333-888$56$36,994,6954Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$100,849-72%930-715$108$51,045,7716Summit
2Hanna$83,410-68%748-821$112$37,717,7175Focus
3The Conspirator$53,577-73%457-238$117$9,846,5314Roadside Attractions
4Jane Eyre (2011)$43,563-72%248-46$176$9,477,5079Focus
5Limitless$42,286-68%379-459$112$77,048,7038Relativity Media
6Win Win$37,981-77%268-34$142$8,389,3548Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$35,008-76%440-279$80$55,582,6328Lionsgate
8HOP$22,550-86%902-2274$25$106,380,8106Universal
9Arthur (2011)$18,935-71%355-896$53$32,264,3195Warner Bros.
10Rango$17,024-80%2770$61$120,443,23710Paramount
11Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$16,512-43%464-411$36$1,123,3802Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
12The Adjustment Bureau$15,050-66%215-62$70$62,072,14010Universal
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,280-77%339-164$42$51,304,0767Fox
14Sucker Punch$13,847-54%210136$66$36,202,3647Warner Bros.
15Paul$12,240-72%204-20$60$37,226,6258Universal
16Your Highness$9,020-71%164-238$55$21,431,3655Universal
17Red Riding Hood$7,575-69%156-53$49$37,530,3239Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,585-55%59-10$807$4,299,8805Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$21,089-5%320$659$24,637,60060Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$11,156-68%22--$507$118,7331Summit
4The King's Speech$5,984-69%90-95$66$138,653,67924Weinstein Company
5Beastly$4,087-66%76-50$54$27,816,41510CBS Films
6Hall Pass$3,684-57%67-49$55$45,048,72111Warner Bros. / New Line
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,512-76%57-52$44$73,003,45413Paramount
8Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,418-78%52-17$47$37,862,99912Fox
9Kill the Irishman$2,402-68%23-7$104$1,111,2069Anchor Bay Films
10Biutiful$2,3392%16-6$146$5,073,78419Roadside Attractions
11Unknown (2011)$1,813-68%49-52$37$63,679,54812Warner Bros.
12Cedar Rapids$1,582-71%22-4$72$6,829,16313Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$1,365-59%3520$39$4,429,40816Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,157-84%21-24$55$1,301,6705Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Dum Maaro Dum$1,153-87%33-60$35$535,7273Fox Searchlight
16Miral$444-61%5-5$89$367,2017Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$259-65%2--$130$2,3591Image Entertainment
18The Music Never Stopped$155-74%73$22$237,2818Roadside Attractions