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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$17,480,581-33%3,615--$4,836$135,037,2421Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$13,214,873-18%3,925--$3,367$66,675,3041Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,183,364-26%4,1649$2,446$163,607,6252Disney
4Bridesmaids$4,185,555-28%2,95821$1,415$89,343,4653Universal
5Thor$2,546,271-25%3,296-628$773$162,439,4444Paramount
6Fast Five$1,490,500-31%2,981-641$500$197,308,7505Universal
7Rio (2011)$638,688-6%1,672-921$382$135,484,8457Fox
8Something Borrowed$417,337-32%1,440-1166$290$35,192,5184Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$412,736-31%1,918-946$215$27,748,0133Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$561,805-7%939-533$598$34,666,5024Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$287,463-23%794-1100$362$54,704,4966Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$146,154--118--$1,239$2,764,6885IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$131,861-5%401-583$329$41,421,8948Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$97,839-9%359-553$273$52,395,8756Lionsgate
6Rango$96,150-23%280-22$343$121,811,53213Paramount
7Source Code$81,448-25%299-78$272$53,513,8619Summit
8Everything Must Go$80,887-19%161-84$502$2,177,0983Roadside Attractions
9HOP$59,785-25%299-55$200$107,568,4309Universal
10Hanna$55,922-27%216-63$259$39,584,5838Focus
11Limitless$51,953-30%269-88$193$78,509,17111Relativity Media
12Win Win$50,125-31%124-78$404$9,696,77511Fox Searchlight
13Jane Eyre (2011)$47,470-9%143-65$332$10,703,78112Focus
14The Lincoln Lawyer$47,020-27%166-92$283$56,837,96211Lionsgate
15The Conspirator$45,578-18%137-132$333$11,200,4957Roadside Attractions
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$44,202-21%214-39$207$52,151,89210Fox
17Insidious$33,368-40%186-315$179$52,767,8259FilmDistrict
18Scream 4$29,609-35%26156$113$37,912,8717Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$26,883-22%109-59$247$792,6164Summit
20African Cats$26,663--147--$181$14,800,7486Disneynature
21Mars Needs Moms$25,861--128--$202$21,193,02212Disney
22Gnomeo and Juliet$24,085--111--$217$99,628,26316Disney
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,112-10%203-439$114$9,472,7335Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$13,808--141--$98$568,2346Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$625,648--58--$10,787$3,460,1942Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$120,868-10%4--$30,217$493,7881Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$61,592-24%47-3$1,310$5,949,1188Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$60,860--72--$845$949,4286Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$44,992--58--$776$783,2547IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$28,954-18%30-4$965$25,259,75463Warner Bros. / IMAX
713 Assassins$28,307--31--$913$450,0415Magnolia / Magnet
8Meek's Cutoff$24,036--40--$601$627,1388Oscilloscope
9The First Grader$17,411--36--$484$157,1783National Geographic
10Prom$15,346--98--$157$9,882,7445Disney
11Battle: Los Angeles$14,778-28%96--$154$83,552,42912Sony / Columbia
12Bill Cunningham New York$14,446--22--$657$1,148,11311Zeitgeist Films
13L'Amour fou$13,663--18--$759$184,3953IFC Films
14Potiche$13,478--36--$374$1,494,38610Music Box Films
15Arthur (2011)$10,957-62%77-160$142$32,951,0548Warner Bros.
16Hesher$9,303--11--$846$331,3633Wrekin Hill Entertainment
17Of Gods and Men$9,036--37--$244$3,862,62714Sony Pictures Classics
18Queen to Play$7,563--11--$688$278,7009Zeitgeist Films
19I Am Number Four$6,801--42--$162$55,092,83015Disney / DreamWorks
20The Princess of Montpensier$4,855--17--$286$281,7877IFC Films
21Winter in Wartime$4,628--13--$356$435,65411Sony Pictures Classics
22Tangled$3,953--34--$116$200,807,26227Disney
2335 and Ticking$3,87111%60$645$52,1512Image Entertainment
24A Beautiful Life$3,796--21--$181$55,5842China Lion Film
25Certified Copy$3,533--8--$442$1,310,64512IFC Films
26My Perestroika$3,499--11--$318$194,58310International Film Circuit
27The King's Speech$3,25930%18-22$181$138,777,57427Weinstein Company
28There Be Dragons$2,953--10--$295$1,068,3924IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29In a Better World$2,696--28--$96$753,0219Sony Pictures Classics
30Kill the Irishman$2,440-11%10-2$244$1,168,97712Anchor Bay Films
31Tuesday, After Christmas$2,126--1--$2,126$10,4851Lorber Films
32Hobo with a Shotgun$1,633--21--$78$600,5414Magnolia / Magnet
33Harvest$987--4--$247$22,1344Monterey Media
34Poetry$978--3--$326$343,20416Kino International
35Biutiful$91299%5--$182$5,099,47422Roadside Attractions
36The Robber$904--1--$904$55,2575Kino International
37Barney's Version$849--9--$94$7,486,29820Sony Pictures Classics
38Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$640--5--$128$166,21913Strand Releasing
39How To Live Forever$621--2--$311$17,4663Variance Films
40United Red Army$592--1--$592$1,7531Lorber Films
41Go For It!$5755%14-50$41$178,7393Lionsgate / Pantelion
42Into Eternity$510--4--$128$44,30417International Film Circuit
43Henry's Crime$500--1--$500$100,9508Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Rubber$492--5--$98$88,5869Magnolia / Magnet
45Dum Maaro Dum$418-41%6-5$70$563,1056Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$408--2--$204$19,9723Kino International
47The Music Never Stopped$373-19%50$75$245,09711Roadside Attractions
48Circo$361--1--$361$59,8199First Run Features
49Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$305--2--$153$43,9996Variance Films
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$199--1--$199$247,76321First Run Features
51Battle of the Brides$186--1--$186$64,3024Variance Films
52Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$186--2--$93$13,5573First Run Features
53Skateland$133-40%2-9$67$17,8373Freestyle Releasing
54The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$115--2--$58$11,1463Argot Pictures
55Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$60--1--$60$6,8983Strand Releasing
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$41--2--$21$82,4158Variance Films
57To Die Like a Man$26--1--$26$3,9398Strand Releasing