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 Fri, Jun. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$12,142,8101114%3,379--$3,594$13,142,8101Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$7,525,24287%3,69251$2,038$81,419,5912Fox
3The Hangover Part II$5,699,405101%3,67560$1,551$203,759,5373Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$4,650,46567%3,929-23$1,184$114,920,5393Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$3,147,79464%3,433-533$917$201,075,2884Disney
6Bridesmaids$3,053,49079%2,9223$1,045$116,803,0655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,223,836--2,524--$881$2,223,8361Relativity Media
8Thor$712,21431%1,782-998$400$171,941,7226Paramount
9Fast Five$524,44547%1,329-908$395$203,891,3207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$204,68467%527-164$388$137,315,4129Fox
2Something Borrowed$157,97727%366-322$432$37,320,0906Warner Bros.
3Water for Elephants$150,66250%466-106$323$56,271,6218Fox
4Jumping the Broom$135,58071%365-224$371$36,372,2356Sony / TriStar
5Soul Surfer$100,352--31772$317$41,986,36110Sony / TriStar
6Source Code$56,38662%248-40$227$54,044,89211Summit
7Rango$54,68533%220-34$249$122,352,59215Paramount
8Insidious$44,340121%134-26$331$53,143,54511FilmDistrict
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$36,938527%182102$203$9,581,1307Weinstein Company
10Priest (2011)$35,413-29%169-414$210$28,948,1215Sony / Screen Gems
11Limitless$33,95148%166-66$205$78,860,07113Relativity Media
12HOP$32,28515%190-55$170$107,938,07011Universal
13Hanna$30,01039%147-50$204$39,928,34110Focus
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,80642%112-84$213$52,712,8338Lionsgate
15The Lincoln Lawyer$23,47980%101-32$232$57,072,49513Lionsgate
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$21,928-9%117-65$187$52,406,34112Fox
17Win Win$18,65514%100-41$187$9,944,48813Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$228,907247%4727$4,870$1,763,5533Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$71,15611%470$1,514$6,634,68410Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$62,615319%1914$3,296$272,8852Focus
4Hubble 3D$29,3394%31-1$946$25,539,40665Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$18,46111%87-20$212$2,487,3795Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$18,092-20%90-38$201$10,962,35714Focus
7Submarine$13,466200%1713$792$75,3852Weinstein Company
8Scream 4$13,18210%80-121$165$38,103,0569Weinstein Company
9The Conspirator$10,782-10%66-44$163$11,381,1249Roadside Attractions
10The Beaver$4,330-36%46-22$94$902,8226Summit
1135 and Ticking$4,200497%1-3$4,200$64,9304Image Entertainment
12The Last Mountain$3,442203%31$1,147$25,6502Dada Films
13The King's Speech$1,54839%15-1$103$138,793,75429Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$1,508-45%40$377$25,7322Anchor Bay Films
15Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,296459%40$324$180,30739Collective Eye
16Kill the Irishman$87851%5-3$176$1,179,77614Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$23061%2-3$115$248,16713Roadside Attractions