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, Jul. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,033,185-41%4,088--$4,411$180,651,3971Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,356,308-39%4,1150$1,302$122,560,3102Disney
3Larry Crowne$3,002,730-30%2,973--$1,010$16,098,7951Universal
4Bad Teacher$2,754,942-44%3,0490$904$62,707,5052Sony / Columbia
5Super 8$1,604,911-42%3,088-336$520$110,070,1564Paramount
6Green Lantern (2011)$1,371,564-39%3,280-536$418$103,616,4603Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,164,984-40%2,861-481$407$51,727,6623Fox
8Monte Carlo$1,134,374-41%2,473--$459$8,588,3181Fox
9Bridesmaids$708,390-45%1,389-642$510$153,728,8808Universal
10X-Men: First Class$666,710-36%1,602-1031$416$139,329,3555Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$438,564-41%1,473-771$298$234,176,9657Disney
12Kung Fu Panda 2$421,907-30%1,281-1246$329$157,281,3966Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hangover Part II$407,657-51%1,568-1187$260$248,651,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$802,415--858--$935$34,582,4547Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$238,816-42%22813$1,047$7,810,5926Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$142,359-39%10835$1,318$2,506,9365Focus
4Buck$120,453--131--$919$1,131,8313IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$95,573-30%308-36$310$140,575,08212Fox
6Thor$70,517-38%270-134$261$177,988,1009Paramount
7Fast Five$58,890-47%302-156$195$208,362,55010Universal
8Soul Surfer$38,711-18%205--$189$43,439,16213Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$35,244-35%234-58$151$58,061,51111Fox
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,358-34%221-670$133$13,966,3454Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$24,712-32%14094$177$53,035,90211Lionsgate
12The Lincoln Lawyer$20,591-30%138-51$149$57,806,71416Lionsgate
13Something Borrowed$19,612-36%191-112$103$38,696,8859Warner Bros.
14Rango$18,962-35%117-39$162$123,207,19418Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$119,881-42%89--$1,347$701,8241UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$57,447-32%470$1,222$8,257,30313Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Trip (2011)$37,147--40--$929$801,7824IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$32,769-19%330$993$26,330,26768Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$30,796--38--$810$269,4203Magnolia Pictures
6Cave of Forgotten Dreams$25,820--60--$430$4,659,51210IFC Films
7A Better Life$23,256-37%117$2,114$204,6822Summit
8Incendies$13,309--42--$317$6,544,70611Sony Pictures Classics
9Terri$13,154--6--$2,192$78,2571IDP/ATO Pictures
10Double Dhamaal$12,716-60%41--$310$490,5392Reliance Big Pictures
11The Names of Love$8,627--8--$1,078$79,9052Music Box Films
12The Double Hour$8,542--25--$342$1,308,10812IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Source Code$8,156-31%66-40$124$54,649,14314Summit
14Insidious$8,000-46%70-4$114$53,620,26314FilmDistrict
15Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,197--17--$423$190,6202Abramorama
16Trollhunter$7,135--21--$340$111,6144Magnolia / Magnet
17Queen to Play$6,856--10--$686$378,95714Zeitgeist Films
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,554-35%68-46$96$10,063,27010Weinstein Company
19Bride Flight$6,510--18--$362$238,1254Music Box Films
20Beginning of the Great Revival$6,499--23--$283$132,3782China Lion Film
21Submarine$5,566-46%20-6$278$347,5905Weinstein Company
22In a Better World$5,143--28--$184$905,54014Sony Pictures Classics
23African Cats$4,771--30--$159$15,383,68711Disneynature
24Limitless$4,545-41%55-30$83$79,235,46816Relativity Media
25Bill Cunningham New York$4,208--11--$383$1,373,73516Zeitgeist Films
26Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,774--2--$1,887$55,0322Abramorama
27Hanna$3,741-35%34-25$110$40,247,51213Focus
2813 Assassins$3,714--22--$169$746,12710Magnolia / Magnet
29Jane Eyre (2011)$2,913-40%26-25$112$11,213,16117Focus
30Summer (2011 re-issue)$2,903--1--$2,903$20,1874The Film Desk
31Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,616-27%31-27$84$52,673,97915Fox
32Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,430--16--$152$138,4112Hannover House
33The Conspirator$2,1698%15--$145$11,503,70212Roadside Attractions
34Love Etc.$2,059--2--$1,030$10,8401Paladin
35Win Win$2,021-56%18-14$112$10,145,70716Fox Searchlight
36The Perfect Host$1,883--2--$942$9,3881Magnolia Pictures
37Meek's Cutoff$1,434--15--$96$895,70513Oscilloscope
38The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,263--2--$632$19,4992Rialto Pictures
39Rejoice and Shout$1,155--6--$193$56,8945Magnolia Pictures
40The First Grader$1,112--7--$159$326,8038National Geographic
41I Am (2011)$1,104--7--$158$1,571,35520Paladin
42Winter in Wartime$970--4--$243$527,23116Sony Pictures Classics
43Crime After Crime$915--1--$915$4,1301mTuckman Media
44Everything Must Go$833-71%19-14$44$2,649,3458Roadside Attractions
45The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$814--2--$407$138,20414Lorber Films
46Leap Year (2011)$644--2--$322$7,6112Strand Releasing
47Aurora$613--1--$613$3,6161Cinema Guild
48Road to Nowhere$578--4--$145$25,5794Monterey Media
4935 and Ticking$571-25%21$286$79,4877Image Entertainment
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$525--1--$525$255,37326First Run Features
51The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$501-36%1--$501$19,1388Argot Pictures
52Viva Riva!$480--5--$96$39,3114Music Box Films
53Beautiful Boy$472-45%40$118$69,4555Anchor Bay Films
54Hobo with a Shotgun$446--10--$45$684,9509Magnolia / Magnet
55The Art of Getting By$418-18%7-300$60$1,426,2573Fox Searchlight
56If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$411--2--$206$22,5402Oscilloscope
57My Perestroika$332--4--$83$235,50915International Film Circuit
58Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$283--1--$283$28,6958First Run Features
59City of Life and Death$208--3--$69$81,9488Kino International
60Of Gods and Men$202--4--$51$3,959,02919Sony Pictures Classics
61Small Town Murder Songs$197--2--$99$21,3976Monterey Media
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$132--3--$44$624,67911Sony Pictures Classics
63The Music Never Stopped$124-36%53$25$250,99416Roadside Attractions
64How To Live Forever$99--1--$99$37,7448Variance Films
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$45--1--$45$11,9688Strand Releasing
66Korkoro$32--1--$32$8,17915Lorber Films