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 Thu, Aug. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$4,092,559-15%3,395--$1,205$55,201,8311Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$3,150,225-10%3,750--$840$51,620,0651Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$2,714,393-9%3,7150$731$130,182,0452Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,615,328-9%4,145-230$631$330,641,0143Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,411,526-13%3,020--$799$30,085,1061Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,180,022-16%2,9260$403$43,838,4042Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$942,590-12%2,510-594$376$100,542,1634Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$722,502-3%2,604-771$277$341,158,3415Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$622,187-10%2,418-797$257$71,444,7644Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$348,978-7%1,763-905$198$183,584,4946Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$281,274-12%1,632-773$172$23,633,8463Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$120,980-4%484-196$250$165,943,66512Universal
2Kung Fu Panda 2$114,320-9%31969$358$162,195,61810Paramount / DreamWorks
3Bad Teacher$102,833-6%765-1269$134$97,172,1426Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$101,464-11%412-179$246$65,019,8587Fox
5The Hangover Part II$61,304-9%34671$177$253,296,00410Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$54,356-1%196-34$277$11,903,16410Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$46,745-7%254-41$184$144,922,7839Fox
8Rio (2011)$41,101-5%174-36$236$143,184,44416Fox
9Super 8$40,368-4%325-333$124$125,146,7508Paramount
10Larry Crowne$33,6401%335-700$100$35,237,0405Universal
11Thor$33,3341%190-46$175$180,716,54713Paramount
12Beginners$31,2910%147-10$213$5,160,9199Focus
13Green Lantern (2011)$29,5823%135-286$219$114,460,0927Warner Bros.
14Monte Carlo$25,055-15%168-192$149$22,387,5255Fox
15Fast Five$15,62514%125-49$125$209,746,95014Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$12,592-12%161-29$78$14,931,0568Relativity Media
17A Better Life$9,3290%108-74$86$1,623,3596Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$71,899-17%491$1,467$10,569,85217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$49,393-5%3328$1,497$732,0082Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$29,699-11%9332$319$837,5393Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$18,070-5%8--$2,259$218,0901Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$14,582-5%2016$729$282,2212Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,1570%5--$2,231$143,7151Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,5252%41-50$135$58,684,81915Fox
8Project Nim$4,6214%212$220$246,6234Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,223-10%1--$4,223$44,4301Roadside Attractions
10Insidious$2,8754%41-18$70$53,954,72918FilmDistrict
11Submarine$2,0898%191$110$456,4139Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$665-19%7-18$95$1,527,1905UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$59715%8-1$75$2,696,69812Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$87-59%2--$44$112,6819Dada Films
15Daylight (2011)$4410%0----$2,8043Cinema Purgatorio
16The Music Never Stopped$36-28%2-2$18$256,90320Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$24-77%2-1$12$95,10011Image Entertainment