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, Sep. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,631,457103%2,84365$1,277$108,022,0104Disney / DreamWorks
2Apollo 18$2,847,309--3,328--$856$2,847,3091Weinstein Company
3Shark Night 3D$2,797,477--2,806--$997$2,797,4771Relativity Media
4The Debt$2,631,999183%1,826--$1,441$4,533,4131Focus
5Colombiana$1,985,011140%2,6140$759$16,547,1332Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,867,251144%3,193-153$585$154,091,9445Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,472,333147%2,78020$530$12,912,5222FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,436,170124%2,5550$562$11,671,5142Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,054,096113%3,007-298$351$25,453,4013Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$891,888108%2,706-155$330$128,844,5006Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$867,953154%1,450-127$599$72,071,6576Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$559,78783%1,092-236$513$372,710,7708Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$471,55557%1,355-716$348$33,669,2624Sony / Columbia
14Captain America: The First Avenger$456,605108%1,050-374$435$170,155,7797Paramount
15Cowboys & Aliens$444,375120%1,185-374$375$94,825,5306Universal
16Final Destination 5$382,11254%1,226-859$312$39,427,5104Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$372,70913%1,722-1293$216$18,590,2993Lionsgate
18One Day$358,55244%1,187-538$302$11,336,0873Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$345,7222%1,468-1646$236$16,107,8573Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$238,564--2,043--$117$187,717,47011Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$420,927--561--$750$420,9271Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$204,82074%539-365$380$35,220,2205Universal
3Saving Private Perez$198,079--161--$1,230$198,0791Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$176,733133%422-43$419$114,331,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Zookeeper$175,651--401176$438$77,451,8099Sony / Columbia
6Sarah's Key$146,26988%31947$459$4,568,4337Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$134,81980%424-94$318$349,894,56310Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$125,2141421%986911$127$98,425,60211Sony / Columbia
9Bridesmaids$74,800149%220-2$340$168,250,13517Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$70,792286%305111$232$164,431,46115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$70,286236%25213$279$67,191,80512Fox
12Super 8$69,913140%240-2$291$126,246,21913Paramount
13Friends With Benefits$48,187--161-53$299$55,395,3437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern (2011)$43,186105%185-37$233$116,106,80612Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$26,290110%101-9$260$146,196,27814Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$230,778--88--$2,622$541,4361Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$36,83423%490$752$12,297,55122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$24,036178%6636$364$770,0656Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$18,14317%86-11$211$12,927,24415Fox Searchlight
5Another Earth$16,06240%71-23$226$1,166,5047Fox Searchlight
6The Hangover Part II$14,96499%90-38$166$254,348,06615Warner Bros.
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,632--3--$4,877$14,6321Indomina Media
8Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$12,048-15%64-159$188$11,769,7014Fox
9Circumstance$10,84186%114$986$78,1532Roadside Attractions
10The Devil's Double$10,460-6%49-29$213$1,236,4336Lionsgate
11Beginners$8,94676%34-16$263$5,737,97714Focus
12The Future$6,781100%17-5$399$422,3226Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$5,20835%41-50$127$22,922,17610Fox
14In/Sight$3,146--23--$137$3,1461Check Entertainment
15Project Nim$2,19278%15-1$146$353,7619Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$1,87836%25-14$75$143,604,48021Fox
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,712--54$342$242,12951Collective Eye
185 Days of War$1,6931990%32$564$13,4513Anchor Bay Films
19Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,5879%12-3$132$1,327,1308Fox Searchlight
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,063--1--$1,063$1,0631Argot Pictures
21Redemption Road$824-4%10-16$82$23,1452Freestyle Releasing
22Insidious$74942%4-3$187$53,993,42423FilmDistrict
23The Music Never Stopped$150--1--$150$257,05325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$115-27%41$29$2,709,67117Roadside Attractions