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, May. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,859,640-3%2,918--$980$38,459,2401Universal
2Thor$2,200,897-4%3,9638$555$129,906,1552Paramount
3Fast Five$1,270,655-3%3,793131$335$175,588,5853Universal
4Priest (2011)$786,252-11%2,864--$275$19,083,1281Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$546,497-6%2,9040$188$28,003,0652Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$418,8189%2,0350$206$27,617,5522Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$416,664-1%2,929-329$142$126,996,6515Fox
8Water for Elephants$381,878-7%2,425-189$157$50,277,5744Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$122,8626%1,449-432$85$50,766,9904Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$113,9748%1,468-313$78$39,680,6706Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$65,3245%1,276-1229$51$8,827,6863Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$73,2783%626-304$117$52,543,8347Summit
2Insidious$67,2481%762-239$88$51,958,3777FilmDistrict
3Everything Must Go$64,424-14%218--$296$1,099,6201Roadside Attractions
4Hanna$54,670-11%425-323$129$38,862,8706Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$49,1455%2480$198$10,155,82910Focus
6The Conspirator$40,480-8%370-87$109$10,666,2865Roadside Attractions
7Limitless$35,467-7%298-81$119$77,727,7449Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$32,797-7%345-95$95$56,254,9669Lionsgate
9Win Win$31,429-11%248-20$127$9,074,8209Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$27,5112%426-907$65$37,626,3985Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$22,874-4%344-11$66$32,669,6206Warner Bros.
12HOP$18,325-11%459-443$40$106,935,0057Universal
13Rango$16,67728%216-61$77$120,816,86311Paramount
14The Beaver$16,571-17%10583$158$391,6432Summit
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,957-13%311-28$42$51,702,4348Fox
16The Adjustment Bureau$10,660-13%164-51$65$62,344,26511Universal
17Paul$9,9050%181-23$55$37,412,9459Universal
18Go For It!$9,200-11%218--$42$158,2521Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Your Highness$8,8650%148-16$60$21,596,4456Universal
20Sucker Punch$8,4695%139-71$61$36,355,3128Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,485-4%100-56$45$37,630,91010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$84,1751%57-2$1,477$5,104,4216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$34,12814%342$1,004$24,946,19861Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,8785%71-19$69$138,732,85625Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,61710%46-30$57$27,865,57111CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,027-5%5029$41$1,339,9116Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,392-7%13-10$107$1,141,06710Anchor Bay Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,2120%38-14$32$37,897,60513Fox
8Cedar Rapids$1,17837%12-10$98$6,849,72214Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$809-10%11-5$74$5,090,37920Roadside Attractions
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$688-24%34-430$20$1,186,5383Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$662-45%20-13$33$554,7434Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$645-10%2--$323$7,7821Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$449-17%50$90$373,4208Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$427-18%11-24$39$4,441,27217Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$24832%1--$248$29,1866Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$18920%0-7--$240,1889Roadside Attractions