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 Wed, Aug. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$4,828,115-15%3,395--$1,422$51,109,2721Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$3,506,250-18%3,750--$935$48,469,8401Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$2,986,118-18%3,7150$804$127,467,6522Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,886,480-13%4,145-230$696$328,025,6863Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,766,168-10%3,020--$916$27,673,5801Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,402,561-14%2,9260$479$42,658,3822Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,072,236-8%2,510-594$427$99,599,5734Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$745,034-13%2,604-771$286$340,435,8395Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$687,730-4%2,418-797$284$70,822,5774Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$373,542-2%1,763-905$212$183,235,5166Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$318,8871%1,632-773$195$23,352,5723Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$125,8800%484-196$260$165,822,68512Universal
2Kung Fu Panda 2$125,879-15%31969$395$162,081,29810Paramount / DreamWorks
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$114,5457%412-179$278$64,918,3947Fox
4Bad Teacher$108,837-13%765-1269$142$97,069,3096Sony / Columbia
5The Hangover Part II$67,055-7%34671$194$253,234,70010Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$54,898-3%196-34$280$11,848,80810Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$50,297-4%254-41$198$144,876,0389Fox
8Rio (2011)$43,113-8%174-36$248$143,143,34316Fox
9Super 8$41,984-10%325-333$129$125,106,3828Paramount
10Larry Crowne$33,4250%335-700$100$35,203,4005Universal
11Thor$32,931-9%190-46$173$180,683,21313Paramount
12Beginners$31,148-16%147-10$212$5,129,6289Focus
13Monte Carlo$29,5800%168-192$176$22,362,4705Fox
14Green Lantern (2011)$28,721-27%135-286$213$114,430,5107Warner Bros.
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$14,2911%161-29$89$14,918,4648Relativity Media
16Fast Five$13,750-8%125-49$110$209,731,32514Universal
17A Better Life$9,354-12%108-74$87$1,614,0306Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$87,03130%491$1,776$10,497,95317Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$52,1822%3328$1,581$682,6152Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$33,245-12%9332$357$807,8403Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$19,101-7%8--$2,388$200,0201Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$15,4253%2016$771$267,6392Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,177-4%5--$2,235$132,5581Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,393-3%41-50$132$58,679,29415Fox
8The Future$4,67614%1--$4,676$40,2071Roadside Attractions
9Project Nim$4,428-9%212$211$242,0024Roadside Attractions
10Insidious$2,754-6%41-18$67$53,951,85418FilmDistrict
11Submarine$1,93611%191$102$454,3249Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$822-1%7-18$117$1,526,5255UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$517-36%8-1$65$2,696,10112Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$211118%2--$106$112,5949Dada Films
1535 and Ticking$106-27%2-1$53$95,07611Image Entertainment
16The Music Never Stopped$50-75%2-2$25$256,86720Roadside Attractions
17Daylight (2011)$400%0----$2,7603Cinema Purgatorio