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 Tue, Jul. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,831,1211%3,715--$2,108$80,641,8331Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,479,2760%4,3750$1,481$286,495,8852Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,941,7279%2,926--$1,005$24,274,9301Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,827,46313%3,104-30$589$86,008,3283Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,715,3759%3,375-542$508$329,134,0614Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,538,97621%3,215-267$479$62,017,3313Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$931,54112%2,668-581$349$178,141,0935Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$867,38210%2,4050$361$19,248,7262Disney
9Bad Teacher$430,56016%2,034-625$212$95,168,2025Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$139,72517%1,035-1252$135$34,586,1554Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$207,44517%680-192$305$164,216,98011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$172,32113%591-411$292$63,825,7376Fox
3Super 8$113,3182%658-801$172$124,459,6987Paramount
4Monte Carlo$106,25623%360-809$295$21,965,4114Fox
5The Tree of Life$87,32118%230-5$380$11,199,7049Fox Searchlight
6Kung Fu Panda 2$74,14131%250-104$297$160,906,7989Paramount / DreamWorks
7Rio (2011)$72,22930%210-31$344$142,707,13815Fox
8Thor$66,24714%236-36$281$180,260,65812Paramount
9X-Men: First Class$62,44213%295-175$212$144,327,8468Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$61,87920%421-552$147$114,033,6546Warner Bros.
11Beginners$57,74332%157-13$368$4,708,8138Focus
12The Hangover Part II$45,3789%275-180$165$252,546,3199Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$43,37977%190-24$228$14,727,8747Relativity Media
14Fast Five$27,84014%174-38$160$209,497,97513Universal
15A Better Life$24,2147%182-34$133$1,460,8355Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$92,75938%480$1,932$9,879,26216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,39921%6137$498$466,5692Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$27,537-6%270$1,020$27,076,89371Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$14,5428%5--$2,908$143,7001Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$12,25531%91-29$135$58,615,66014Fox
6Another Earth$8,043-18%4--$2,011$95,5351Fox Searchlight
7Project Nim$6,2146%19-3$327$183,2963Roadside Attractions
8A Little Help$6,19833%24--$258$55,7201Freestyle Releasing
9Insidious$6,0341%59-7$102$53,911,87917FilmDistrict
10Something Borrowed$5,40814%47-27$115$39,036,34312Warner Bros.
11Submarine$3,56633%184$198$433,1588Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$2,958-10%25-42$118$1,508,0024UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$1,06146%9-3$118$2,688,55311Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$46949%100$47$11,530,45715Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$282-20%3-2$94$93,66610Image Entertainment
16The Music Never Stopped$33--40$8$255,80619Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$16-20%2--$8$231,11745Collective Eye