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, Sep. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,788,4507%3,222--$555$29,712,0911Warner Bros.
2The Help$948,2438%2,93592$323$140,926,7545Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$435,598-1%1,869--$233$7,142,3001Lionsgate
4The Debt$432,9803%1,87650$231$23,621,8002Focus
5Colombiana$315,7505%2,354-260$134$31,047,2323Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$283,9525%2,887-306$98$168,993,4066Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,5420%2,396-159$109$22,377,4193Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$204,4232%3,3302$61$15,788,4092Weinstein Company
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,44612%1,310-140$155$79,170,0917Warner Bros.
10Shark Night 3D$192,9916%2,84842$68$15,508,7012Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$163,9635%2,251-529$73$21,658,9113FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$110,104-7%1,500--$73$1,936,0641Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$88,7356%1,977-729$45$136,350,6137Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$73,8542%2,544-463$29$34,517,3674Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$97,7736%810-282$121$377,480,1239Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$81,72820%555-6$147$3,032,8332Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,63910%804-246$93$173,737,5748Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$67,3125%50381$134$116,059,12610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$64,4008%920-265$70$98,299,4667Universal
6Sarah's Key$54,5462%306-13$178$6,050,2948Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$51,5422%646-709$80$36,677,7725Sony / Columbia
8Final Destination 5$45,59813%655-571$70$41,927,8795Warner Bros. / New Line
9One Day$43,9526%492-695$89$13,614,9344Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$36,13310%551-1171$66$21,062,3084Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$30,0050%374-165$80$36,612,5306Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,7156%197-23$95$168,817,53518Universal
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,032-4%177-247$85$350,862,77911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Saving Private Perez$13,817-17%1654$84$1,242,5152Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Super 8$12,6187%203-37$62$126,777,41214Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$8,0201%155-30$52$116,496,29013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,456-4%2520$30$67,732,03713Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,3897%164-141$45$165,030,73116Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$111,9361%98--$1,142$2,407,5061CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,09211%490$328$12,734,61523Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,3543%51-15$144$979,1587Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$6,898-4%62-24$111$13,115,41516Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$6,025-10%6928$87$23,072,19111Fox
6Circumstance$5,549-12%2312$241$205,6253Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,7518%67-34$56$146,372,86115Fox
8Another Earth$3,25837%41-30$79$1,285,6518Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,626-1%33-16$80$1,332,5937Lionsgate
10The Future$2,4686%0-17--$485,4647Roadside Attractions
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,105-10%30$702$111,2802Indomina Media
12The Hangover Part II$2,1015%60-30$35$254,464,30516Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$92015%11-4$84$376,88410Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$81076%8-4$101$1,340,2809Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$505-7%5--$101$4,6901Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$92-23%40$23$2,711,64318Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$41-34%1-2$41$17,4794Anchor Bay Films