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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,990,950-62%2,918--$1,025$29,238,3601Universal
2Thor$2,856,650-73%3,9638$721$122,312,0022Paramount
3Fast Five$1,593,060-72%3,793131$420$171,283,5303Universal
4Priest (2011)$1,211,582-67%2,864--$423$16,165,2461Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$582,363-66%2,9040$201$26,101,0962Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$537,644-70%2,0350$264$26,297,6482Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$401,104-86%2,929-329$137$125,644,3025Fox
8Water for Elephants$400,482-67%2,425-189$165$48,979,3574Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$143,816-74%1,449-432$99$50,375,9984Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$100,660-80%1,468-313$69$39,333,6166Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$56,799-88%1,276-1229$45$8,619,6603Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$81,615-65%218--$374$873,2911Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$74,158-64%626-304$118$52,307,9597Summit
3Insidious$73,464-63%762-239$96$51,747,7777FilmDistrict
4Hanna$64,516-63%425-323$152$38,668,7766Focus
5The Conspirator$39,554-71%370-87$107$10,532,1565Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$39,392-63%2480$159$10,010,88910Focus
7Limitless$37,531-60%298-81$126$77,601,1199Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$33,063-68%345-95$96$56,144,8159Lionsgate
9Win Win$31,395-72%248-20$127$8,965,7279Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$28,731-55%426-907$67$37,538,0465Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$23,865-63%344-11$69$32,592,3726Warner Bros.
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$20,290-78%311-28$65$51,655,9908Fox
13The Beaver$19,238-62%10583$183$330,7962Summit
14HOP$18,360-86%459-443$40$106,873,0757Universal
15Rango$11,847-79%216-61$55$120,771,86411Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$11,480-63%164-51$70$62,307,36511Universal
17Your Highness$10,360-53%148-16$70$21,567,6006Universal
18Paul$9,955-63%181-23$55$37,381,3409Universal
19Go For It!$8,980-78%218--$41$128,6941Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sucker Punch$7,612-62%139-71$55$36,330,5798Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,460-71%100-56$45$37,616,44710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,406-47%57-2$1,025$4,875,5826Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,093-7%342$885$24,851,54961Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,019-61%71-19$57$138,718,58225Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,707-61%46-30$59$27,857,60311CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,323-75%5029$46$1,333,8416Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,560-68%13-10$120$1,136,78510Anchor Bay Films
7Cedar Rapids$1,337-54%12-10$111$6,846,22914Fox Searchlight
8Biutiful$1,227-57%11-5$112$5,086,65120Roadside Attractions
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,189-82%38-14$31$37,893,79413Fox
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$810-55%34-430$24$1,184,1643Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$691-69%20-13$35$552,0894Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$666-60%2--$333$5,9201Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$634-34%50$127$371,9868Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$464-53%11-24$42$4,439,52717Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$247-48%1--$247$28,5706Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$104-79%0-7--$239,6809Roadside Attractions