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 Wed, May. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,947,180-14%2,918--$1,010$35,599,6001Universal
2Thor$2,303,232-25%3,9638$581$127,705,2582Paramount
3Fast Five$1,308,585-24%3,793131$345$174,317,9303Universal
4Priest (2011)$885,433-29%2,864--$309$18,296,8761Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$583,430-24%2,9040$201$27,456,5682Warner Bros.
6Rio (2011)$420,093-19%2,929-329$143$126,579,9875Fox
7Water for Elephants$412,599-18%2,425-189$170$49,895,6964Fox
8Jumping the Broom$385,773-25%2,0350$190$27,198,7342Sony / TriStar
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$116,223-23%1,449-432$80$50,644,1284Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$105,571-17%1,468-313$72$39,566,6966Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$62,263-23%1,276-1229$49$8,762,3623Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$75,198-13%218--$345$1,035,1961Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$70,918-23%626-304$113$52,470,5567Summit
3Insidious$66,306-14%762-239$87$51,891,1297FilmDistrict
4Hanna$61,652-21%425-323$145$38,808,2006Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$46,890-4%2480$189$10,106,68410Focus
6The Conspirator$43,844-12%370-87$118$10,625,8065Roadside Attractions
7Limitless$37,972-29%298-81$127$77,692,2779Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$35,376-16%345-95$103$56,222,1699Lionsgate
9Win Win$35,317-17%248-20$142$9,043,3919Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$27,021-20%426-907$63$37,598,8875Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$23,827-22%344-11$69$32,646,7466Warner Bros.
12HOP$20,655-10%459-443$45$106,916,6807Universal
13The Beaver$19,877-19%10583$189$375,0722Summit
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,965-19%311-28$48$51,689,4778Fox
15Rango$12,993-15%216-61$60$120,800,18611Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$12,300-12%164-51$75$62,333,60511Universal
17Go For It!$10,2882%218--$47$149,0521Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Paul$9,935-16%181-23$55$37,403,0409Universal
19Your Highness$8,880-20%148-16$60$21,587,5806Universal
20Sucker Punch$8,091-1%139-71$58$36,346,8438Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,671-12%100-56$47$37,626,42510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$83,22735%57-2$1,460$5,020,2466Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,019-2%342$883$24,912,07061Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,636-3%71-19$65$138,727,97825Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,388-19%46-30$52$27,862,95411CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,12611%5029$43$1,337,8846Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,4896%13-10$115$1,139,67510Anchor Bay Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,209-13%38-14$32$37,896,39313Fox
8Dum Maaro Dum$1,19951%20-13$60$554,0814Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$903-55%11-5$82$5,089,57020Roadside Attractions
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$90215%34-430$27$1,185,8503Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Cedar Rapids$863-41%12-10$72$6,848,54414Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$72045%2--$360$7,1381Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$54021%50$108$372,9718Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$522-34%11-24$47$4,440,84517Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1884%1--$188$28,9386Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$158-2%0-7--$239,9999Roadside Attractions