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 Mon, Sep. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,286,948-6%2,84365$1,860$124,272,1244Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$2,942,101-19%1,826--$1,611$14,753,0141Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,410,190-23%3,193-153$755$162,550,1785Fox
4Colombiana$2,107,013-23%2,6140$806$24,132,3352Sony / TriStar
5Apollo 18$2,001,285-30%3,328--$601$10,705,5561Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,984,6016%3,007-298$660$31,201,1903Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$1,722,198-34%2,806--$614$10,126,4581Relativity Media
8The Smurfs$1,624,6150%2,706-155$600$133,676,7056Sony / Columbia
9Our Idiot Brother$1,587,365-24%2,5550$621$17,273,5932Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,186,959-34%2,78020$427$17,822,4162FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$954,682-23%1,450-127$658$75,464,7946Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$928,509-8%1,092-236$850$375,552,0938Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$645,219-15%1,050-374$614$172,272,7607Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$622,125-15%1,185-374$525$96,881,6906Universal
15Cars 2$570,57812%2,043--$279$189,256,89511Disney
1630 Minutes or Less$485,254-31%1,355-716$358$35,501,4454Sony / Columbia
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$427,442-36%1,722-1293$248$20,222,1753Lionsgate
18One Day$392,824-19%1,187-538$331$12,699,1393Focus
19Final Destination 5$344,074-36%1,226-859$281$40,887,5614Warner Bros. / New Line
20Fright Night (2011)$280,007-40%1,468-1646$191$17,344,3653Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$484,6893%561--$864$1,801,5991Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$216,993-19%401--$541$78,230,7329Sony / Columbia
3Sarah's Key$213,946-8%31947$671$5,260,6967Weinstein Company
4Midnight in Paris$212,965--402--$530$52,932,73916Sony Pictures Classics
5The Change-Up$194,045-35%539-365$360$35,985,6055Universal
6The Guard$183,433--178--$1,031$2,706,3466Sony Pictures Classics
7Horrible Bosses$182,857-32%422-43$433$115,035,5419Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Private Perez$163,725-32%161--$1,017$828,2421Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Transformers: Dark of the Moon$151,787-34%424-94$358$350,500,01210Paramount / DreamWorks
10Kung Fu Panda 2$132,1902%305111$433$164,827,04915Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bad Teacher$81,967-52%986911$83$98,859,54311Sony / Columbia
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$80,351-32%25213$319$67,506,72812Fox
13Super 8$77,622-24%240-2$323$126,529,50913Paramount
14Winnie the Pooh$76,651--352--$218$26,505,3678Disney
15Bridesmaids$64,900-35%220-2$295$168,517,43017Universal
16Green Lantern (2011)$60,687-14%185-37$328$116,313,41912Warner Bros.
17Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$55,151--186--$297$240,794,58416Disney
18A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$37,040--143--$259$154,6041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Friends With Benefits$34,486-55%161--$214$55,574,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20X-Men: First Class$22,650-48%101-9$224$146,300,00014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$2,524--100--$25$3,096,4518Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$187,601-41%88--$2,132$1,361,7901Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,359-11%490$1,660$12,548,60022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$48,955--47--$1,042$867,8384Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$35,333--70--$505$798,3405IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$30,241--17--$1,779$166,1822Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$29,650-10%6636$449$865,2686Sony / Screen Gems
7Bol$24,976--38--$657$105,3541Eros International
8The Tree of Life$24,877-23%86-11$289$13,013,54915Fox Searchlight
9Another Earth$21,260-8%71-23$299$1,233,1967Fox Searchlight
10Point Blank$20,999--33--$636$481,4946Magnolia / Magnet
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,367-5%64-159$303$11,830,2754Fox
12Buck$17,011--73--$233$3,895,66112IFC Films
13The Devil's Double$15,818-4%49-29$323$1,284,3996Lionsgate
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,983-23%3--$4,994$67,6011Indomina Media
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,344--15--$890$493,2229International Film Circuit
16The Hangover Part II$11,564-61%90-38$128$254,416,43615Warner Bros.
17Beginners$11,472-12%34-16$337$5,776,31414Focus
18Love Crime$11,064--5--$2,213$46,4391IFC Films
19Circumstance$10,313-14%114$938$114,3892Roadside Attractions
20Brighton Rock (2011)$9,626--13--$740$92,3002IFC Films
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,802--3--$2,934$39,0291Music Box Films
22The Future$8,284-7%17-5$487$447,7706Roadside Attractions
23Monte Carlo$7,45311%41-50$182$22,944,30510Fox
24The Trip (2011)$6,400--36--$178$1,957,32113IFC Films
25The Names of Love$6,292--0----$423,18511Music Box Films
26Magic Trip$5,779--11--$525$100,1275Magnolia Pictures
27Tabloid$5,272--25--$211$645,8198IFC Films
28Rio (2011)$4,7332%25-14$189$143,618,38421Fox
29Mozart's Sister$4,321--7--$617$102,1023Music Box Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,608--3--$1,203$364,74911Hannover House
31The Interrupters$3,373--10--$337$121,2886Cinema Guild
32In/Sight$3,30521%23--$144$12,8761Check Entertainment
33Terri$3,237--17--$190$621,67610IDP/ATO Pictures
34Life in a Day$2,983--9--$331$225,8616National Geographic
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,942--9--$327$131,9874China Lion Film
36Project Nim$2,634-34%15-1$176$364,5189Roadside Attractions
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,478--5--$496$104,5346Alive Mind Cinema
38Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,400--7--$343$1,040,32512Magnolia Pictures
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$2,390--9--$266$1,144,0459Sony Pictures Classics
40Incendies$2,308--8--$289$6,843,63120Sony Pictures Classics
41Bellflower$1,899--5--$380$111,8455Oscilloscope
42Amigo$1,858--10--$186$100,1683Variance Films
43Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,459--1--$1,459$38,4844Lorber Films
44Bride Flight$1,214--10--$121$479,85213Music Box Films
45Space Station 3D$1,200--1--$1,200$84,241,436490IMAX
46I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,190--1--$1,190$4,3081Strand Releasing
47Redemption Road$1,172-5%10-16$117$27,0122Freestyle Releasing
48Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$989-49%12-3$82$1,332,2318Fox Searchlight
49Littlerock$888--3--$296$8,8684Variance Films
50The Tree$804--4--$201$39,9078Zeitgeist Films
51Rebirth (2011)$771--1--$771$6,3031Oscilloscope
525 Days of War$753-2%32$251$15,8933Anchor Bay Films
53Mysteries of Lisbon$747--1--$747$62,3935Music Box Films
54The Last Circus$672--2--$336$15,2173Magnolia / Magnet
55Griff the Invisible$559--2--$280$14,9923Indomina Media
56Vito Bonafacci$541--1--$541$9,21718CAVU Pictures
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$524--3--$175$194,46411Abramorama
58CornerStore$516--0----$37,4164Undefined
59Life, Above All$506--6--$84$94,0018Sony Pictures Classics
60Bill Cunningham New York$490--2--$245$1,485,50225Zeitgeist Films
61Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$482-47%1--$482$3,5361Argot Pictures
62WAR: Women Art Revolution$435--1--$435$46,05914Zeitgeist Films
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$376--0----$267,47311Abramorama
64Insidious$351-95%4-3$88$54,008,79123FilmDistrict
65Rapt$315--2--$158$36,9839Lorber Films
66Trollhunter$281--4--$70$247,33013Magnolia / Magnet
67Little Girl$252--1--$252$7781First Run Features
68The Music Never Stopped$224-3%1--$224$257,75925Roadside Attractions
69Special Treatment$222--1--$222$2,5682First Run Features
70The Perfect Host$141--1--$141$48,43010Magnolia Pictures
71Everything Must Go$130-65%41$33$2,710,34517Roadside Attractions
72In a Better World$100--1--$100$1,007,90823Sony Pictures Classics
73Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$95-73%2--$48$243,66151Collective Eye