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 Fri, Aug. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,402,34467%2,77888$1,585$86,699,6493Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,726,068--2,614--$1,425$3,726,0681Sony / TriStar
3Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,582,854--2,760--$1,298$3,582,8541FilmDistrict
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,606,77288%3,346-125$779$142,413,0494Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$2,390,226--2,555--$936$2,390,2261Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,615,55661%3,30510$489$17,598,6052Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$1,281,66143%2,861-196$448$122,475,1295Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,001,94175%1,577-363$635$67,626,2655Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$997,51359%3,1140$320$12,176,0642Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$947,78542%3,0150$314$14,423,3602Lionsgate
11One Day$840,34072%1,7254$487$8,113,8022Focus
1230 Minutes or Less$832,47722%2,071-817$402$29,934,7503Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$815,59629%2,085-1070$391$36,175,5413Warner Bros. / New Line
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$688,88230%1,328-410$519$368,929,5747Warner Bros.
15Cowboys & Aliens$662,57571%1,559-654$425$91,809,0505Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$628,35544%1,424-564$441$167,150,2236Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$384,33527%904-729$425$33,677,4704Universal
2Horrible Bosses$202,15045%465-290$435$113,378,0558Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$190,12198%27271$699$3,640,6286Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$177,811174%51834$343$348,994,7669Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$86,331615%242156$357$125,830,44012Paramount
6Zookeeper$75,41477%225-145$335$77,018,3808Sony / Columbia
7Bridesmaids$73,26082%222-22$330$167,894,46516Universal
8Friends With Benefits$72,5626%214-199$339$55,075,9436Sony / Screen Gems
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$67,837101%239-35$284$66,836,22411Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$63,91096%222-20$288$115,806,09311Warner Bros.
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$56,460-79%223-1759$253$11,558,1943Fox
12Kung Fu Panda 2$51,31078%194-43$264$164,118,86814Paramount / DreamWorks
13X-Men: First Class$33,54899%110-36$305$146,043,69313Fox
14The Hangover Part II$19,97339%128-65$156$254,256,38314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$40,274-20%490$822$12,005,77821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$34,707--75-25$463$98,199,45710Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$26,85147%947$286$1,035,0946Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$26,06426%78-5$334$1,111,7965Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$25,09617%971$259$12,795,50814Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$19,10754%30-14$637$673,5455Sony / Screen Gems
7Monte Carlo$18,313150%91-16$201$22,862,0279Fox
8Circumstance$17,294--7--$2,471$17,2941Roadside Attractions
9Beginners$9,1774%50-19$184$5,685,63313Focus
10The Future$8,000-26%22-9$364$379,9895Roadside Attractions
11Redemption Road$5,880--26--$226$5,8801Freestyle Releasing
12Rio (2011)$4,37712%39-29$112$143,578,58820Fox
13A Better Life$2,750-4%31-34$89$1,746,33410Summit
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,520-61%15-22$168$1,309,0417Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$2,34970%164$147$341,7338Roadside Attractions
16Insidious$1,712432%7-2$245$53,987,15522FilmDistrict
175 Days of War$630-28%1-1$630$9,9402Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$469-18%3-1$156$11,537,04020Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$201-66%3-1$67$2,708,38616Roadside Attractions
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$64-88%1-2$64$240,40950Collective Eye