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 Wed, Sep. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,672,418-24%3,222--$519$27,923,6411Warner Bros.
2The Help$878,307-14%2,93592$299$139,978,5115Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$441,771-23%1,869--$236$6,706,7021Lionsgate
4The Debt$421,667-22%1,87650$225$23,188,8202Focus
5Colombiana$301,904-24%2,354-260$128$30,731,4823Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$269,737-19%2,887-306$93$168,709,4546Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,359-17%2,396-159$109$22,115,8773Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$199,601-21%3,3302$60$15,583,9862Weinstein Company
9Shark Night 3D$182,552-31%2,84842$64$15,315,7102Relativity Media
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$181,403-17%1,310-140$138$78,967,6457Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$156,156-15%2,251-529$69$21,494,9483FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$118,982-26%1,500--$79$1,825,9601Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$83,986-10%1,977-729$42$136,261,8787Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$72,312-14%2,544-463$28$34,443,5134Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$92,239-7%810-282$114$377,382,3509Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$68,327-7%555-6$123$2,951,1052Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$68,137-8%804-246$85$173,662,9358Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$64,107-14%50381$127$115,991,81410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$59,800-13%920-265$65$98,235,0667Universal
6Sarah's Key$53,4240%306-13$175$5,995,7488Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$50,462-13%646-709$78$36,626,2305Sony / Columbia
8One Day$41,418-27%492-695$84$13,570,9824Focus
9Final Destination 5$40,353-15%655-571$62$41,882,2815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$32,709-17%551-1171$59$21,026,1754Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$29,920-24%374-165$80$36,582,5256Universal
12Bridesmaids$17,730-5%197-23$90$168,798,82018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$16,600-11%1654$101$1,228,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,671-15%177-247$89$350,847,74711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,756-8%203-37$58$126,764,79414Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,974-9%155-30$51$116,488,27013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,798-7%2520$31$67,724,58113Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$6,938-8%164-141$42$165,023,34216Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$110,866-16%98--$1,131$2,295,5701CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,45711%490$295$12,718,52323Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tree of Life$7,22347%62-24$117$13,108,51716Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$7,158-14%51-15$140$971,8047Sony / Screen Gems
5Monte Carlo$6,7224%6928$97$23,066,16611Fox
6Circumstance$6,278-2%2312$273$200,0763Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,480-6%67-34$52$146,369,11015Fox
8The Devil's Double$2,660-25%33-16$81$1,329,9677Lionsgate
9Another Earth$2,385-22%41-30$58$1,282,3938Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,326-2%30$775$109,1752Indomina Media
11The Future$2,3262%0-17--$482,9967Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,001-12%60-30$33$254,462,20416Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$80240%11-4$73$375,96410Roadside Attractions
14Tanner Hall$54337%5--$109$4,1851Anchor Bay Films
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$459-3%8-4$57$1,339,4709Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$11957%40$30$2,711,55118Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$62-9%1-2$62$17,4384Anchor Bay Films