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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,640,3690%2,690156$982$82,297,3052Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,387,9340%3,471-220$400$139,806,2773Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,003,65911%3,295--$305$15,983,0491Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$895,06615%3,057-370$293$121,193,4684Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$682,084-5%2,8880$236$29,102,2732Sony / Columbia
6Conan the Barbarian (2011)$668,011-8%3,015--$222$13,475,5751Lionsgate
7Final Destination 5$631,228-5%3,1550$200$35,359,9452Warner Bros. / New Line
8Fright Night (2011)$626,039-7%3,114--$201$11,178,5511Disney / DreamWorks
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$571,3234%1,940-695$294$66,624,3244Warner Bros.
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$529,0524%1,738-676$304$368,240,6926Warner Bros.
11One Day$487,508-1%1,721--$283$7,273,4621Focus
12Captain America: The First Avenger$435,1379%1,988-847$219$166,521,8685Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$386,9850%2,213-1097$175$91,146,4754Universal
14The Change-Up$302,105-3%1,633-1280$185$33,293,1353Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$271,47011%1,982-58$137$11,501,7342Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$139,188-1%755-583$184$113,175,9057Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$96,1620%201100$478$3,450,5075Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$68,4613%413-881$166$55,003,3815Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$64,8900%484-402$134$348,816,9558Paramount / DreamWorks
5Zookeeper$42,59410%370-378$115$76,942,9667Sony / Columbia
6Bridesmaids$40,2603%244-41$165$167,821,20515Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$33,6740%274-20$123$66,768,38710Fox
8Green Lantern (2011)$32,526-2%2420$134$115,742,18310Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$28,9042%237-15$122$164,067,55813Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$16,8995%146-37$116$146,010,14512Fox
11The Hangover Part II$14,326-8%193-39$74$254,236,41013Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$7,337-1%107-17$69$22,843,7148Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,37711%490$1,028$11,965,50420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$21,45929%96-22$224$12,770,41213Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$20,6641%83-6$249$1,085,7324Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,3192%875$211$1,008,2435Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,3962%444$282$654,4384Sony / Screen Gems
6Super 8$12,074-12%86-22$140$125,744,10911Paramount
7The Future$10,81619%3111$349$371,9894Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$8,813-5%69-34$128$5,676,45612Focus
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$6,46214%37-67$175$1,306,5216Fox Searchlight
10Thor$4,1202%54-27$76$181,030,62416Paramount
11Rio (2011)$3,9037%68-31$57$143,574,21119Fox
12A Better Life$2,8727%6514$44$1,743,5849Summit
13Project Nim$1,38518%12-6$115$339,3847Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$8784%2--$439$9,3101Anchor Bay Films
15Everything Must Go$59426%41$149$2,708,18515Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$572220%42$143$11,536,57119Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$52441%32$175$240,34549Collective Eye
18Insidious$3222%9-4$36$53,985,44321FilmDistrict
19Daylight (2011)$70-7%1--$70$4,1716Cinema Purgatorio