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. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,314,324-75%2,330--$993$32,465,9381Disney
2Drive (2011)$1,043,621-64%2,886--$362$12,384,0821FilmDistrict
3Contagion$1,019,193-71%3,2220$316$45,279,7172Warner Bros.
4The Help$560,796-68%3,01479$186$148,000,5896Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$428,770-65%2,408--$178$5,552,5301Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$321,759-68%2,476--$130$4,723,9601Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$258,322-68%1,88314$137$10,260,9472Lionsgate
8The Debt$243,096-65%1,831-45$133$26,807,5273Focus
9Colombiana$197,222-68%1,933-421$102$33,574,7454Sony / TriStar
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$186,742-73%2,340-547$80$171,838,2797Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$122,288-65%1,145-165$107$80,858,5618Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$121,144-61%1,747-649$69$23,793,3544Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$105,054-75%2,082-766$50$17,415,4563Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$80,143-70%1,334-917$60$22,863,6454FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$77,761-70%1,795-1535$43$16,963,6033Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$49,806-87%1,419-558$35$137,643,6878Sony / Columbia
17Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$48,778-55%1,5000$33$2,380,0962Sony / Columbia
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$46,310-91%1,650-894$28$36,154,0445Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$115,376-61%230132$502$3,713,6472CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$59,705-71%601-209$99$378,240,32610Warner Bros.
3Seven Days in Utopia$45,338-68%437-118$104$3,635,2203Visio Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$43,210-71%540-264$80$174,344,7309Paramount
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$40,503-72%306129$132$351,372,49012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Cowboys & Aliens$40,125-72%614-306$65$98,870,4918Universal
7Horrible Bosses$38,967-63%444-59$88$116,543,45411Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$26,985-64%266-40$101$6,343,7859Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$18,565-65%307-67$60$36,859,8107Universal
10Final Destination 5$16,754-69%302-353$55$42,155,9626Warner Bros. / New Line
11One Day$15,631-60%254-238$62$13,781,6455Focus
12Bridesmaids$11,815-91%170-27$70$168,955,91519Universal
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,470-65%154-397$55$21,158,7145Lionsgate
14Saving Private Perez$8,253-77%116-49$71$1,338,1033Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$8,190-83%213-39$38$67,902,05514Fox
16Super 8$7,352-71%159-44$46$126,877,18515Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$6,370-81%142-22$45$165,134,55217Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern (2011)$3,810-73%103-52$37$116,554,93214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$9,745-73%490$199$12,849,68824Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$4,961-67%1916$261$168,4163Indomina Media
3Circumstance$4,648-66%318$150$259,1144Roadside Attractions
4The Tree of Life$4,573-58%41-21$112$13,155,30617Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$3,208-79%46-23$70$23,134,54212Fox
6Attack the Block$2,835-59%35-16$81$1,006,2978Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$2,360-51%29--$81$504,2188Roadside Attractions
8The Devil's Double$2,015-39%25-8$81$1,344,0148Lionsgate
9Another Earth$1,160-49%17-24$68$1,294,1129Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$1,147-36%176$67$384,52011Roadside Attractions
11Everything Must Go$488--1-3$488$2,712,13119Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$196-60%5-3$39$1,341,96310Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$45-49%1-4$45$5,0502Anchor Bay Films