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, Aug. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,073,23218%2,690156$1,142$77,020,2942Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,812,79611%3,471-220$522$137,028,2373Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,330,29421%3,295--$404$14,078,3251Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$1,088,73923%3,057-370$356$119,518,9104Sony / Columbia
5Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,074,3219%3,015--$356$12,080,4271Lionsgate
630 Minutes or Less$995,94919%2,8880$345$27,700,4782Sony / Columbia
7Fright Night (2011)$949,70616%3,114--$305$9,882,8671Disney / DreamWorks
8Final Destination 5$936,37817%3,1550$297$34,066,2302Warner Bros. / New Line
9One Day$667,06322%1,721--$388$6,292,9331Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$662,12216%1,940-695$341$65,501,5194Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$601,2411%1,738-676$346$367,203,3596Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$486,1167%1,988-847$245$165,686,2915Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$453,4408%2,213-1097$205$90,372,2154Universal
14The Change-Up$391,92023%1,633-1280$240$32,680,7603Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$282,0468%1,982-58$142$10,985,9372Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$162,4713%755-583$215$112,895,5667Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$103,33925%201100$514$3,258,6105Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$85,30720%413-881$207$54,868,7495Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$76,86710%484-402$159$348,687,0508Paramount / DreamWorks
5Zookeeper$48,39315%370-378$131$76,861,6747Sony / Columbia
6Bridesmaids$42,77513%244-41$175$167,741,90515Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$40,97323%274-20$150$66,701,18210Fox
8Green Lantern (2011)$40,43315%2420$167$115,676,60110Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$36,43717%237-15$154$164,010,33713Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$19,66911%146-37$135$145,977,17412Fox
11The Hangover Part II$16,2193%193-39$84$254,206,51313Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$8,44019%107-17$79$22,828,9988Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$44,714-12%490$913$11,869,83520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$22,2562%83-6$268$1,044,6724Lionsgate
3The Tree of Life$19,9247%96-22$208$12,732,35913Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$18,74612%875$215$971,9165Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$14,51219%86-22$169$125,718,38711Paramount
6Attack the Block$13,1276%444$298$629,9284Sony / Screen Gems
7Beginners$9,3748%69-34$136$5,658,40612Focus
8The Future$8,624-9%3111$278$352,1034Roadside Attractions
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,4824%37-67$148$1,294,4076Fox Searchlight
10Rio (2011)$4,60419%68-31$68$143,566,66319Fox
11Thor$3,8058%54-27$70$181,022,48416Paramount
12A Better Life$2,98910%6514$46$1,738,0199Summit
13Project Nim$1,26814%12-6$106$336,8297Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$895131%3--$298$239,45049Collective Eye
155 Days of War$650-5%2--$325$7,5901Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$451-17%41$113$2,707,12115Roadside Attractions
17Insidious$238-20%9-4$26$53,984,80521FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$155-19%42$39$11,535,82019Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$7717%1--$77$4,0266Cinema Purgatorio