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 Tue, Sep. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,616,40413%2,330--$1,123$35,082,3421Disney
2Drive (2011)$1,316,89926%2,886--$456$13,700,9811FilmDistrict
3Contagion$1,296,39227%3,2220$402$46,576,1092Warner Bros.
4The Help$742,01732%3,01479$246$148,742,6066Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$513,86920%2,408--$213$6,066,3991Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$501,47056%2,476--$203$5,225,4301Weinstein Company
7The Debt$351,49245%1,831-45$192$27,159,0193Focus
8Warrior (2011)$323,59125%1,88314$172$10,584,5382Lionsgate
9Colombiana$233,16218%1,933-421$121$33,807,9074Sony / TriStar
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$219,35617%2,340-547$94$172,057,6357Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$157,25829%1,145-165$137$81,015,8198Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$142,92518%1,747-649$82$23,936,2794Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$131,86326%2,082-766$63$17,547,3193Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$91,03514%1,334-917$68$22,954,6804FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$79,1582%1,795-1535$44$17,042,7613Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$63,64928%1,419-558$45$137,707,3368Sony / Columbia
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$55,83921%1,650-894$34$36,209,8835Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$54,07511%1,5000$36$2,434,1712Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$115,1730%230132$501$3,828,8202CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$64,6818%601-209$108$378,305,00710Warner Bros.
3Seven Days in Utopia$52,18415%437-118$119$3,687,4043Visio Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$48,63913%540-264$90$174,393,3699Paramount
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$46,45615%306129$152$351,418,94612Paramount / DreamWorks
6Horrible Bosses$46,37019%444-59$104$116,589,82411Warner Bros. / New Line
7Cowboys & Aliens$45,74514%614-306$75$98,916,2368Universal
8Sarah's Key$42,62358%266-40$160$6,386,4089Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$27,48048%307-67$90$36,887,2907Universal
10One Day$25,88066%254-238$102$13,807,5255Focus
11Final Destination 5$20,43922%302-353$68$42,176,4016Warner Bros. / New Line
12Bridesmaids$15,21529%170-27$90$168,971,13019Universal
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$11,83840%154-397$77$21,170,5525Lionsgate
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,25313%213-39$43$67,911,30814Fox
15Super 8$8,45915%159-44$53$126,885,64415Paramount
16Saving Private Perez$8,185-1%116-49$71$1,346,2883Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Kung Fu Panda 2$6,010-6%142-22$42$165,140,56217Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern (2011)$4,64322%103-52$45$116,559,57514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,84332%490$262$12,862,53124Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Circumstance$6,03530%318$195$265,1494Roadside Attractions
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,49811%1916$289$173,9143Indomina Media
4The Tree of Life$3,854-16%41-21$94$13,159,16017Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$3,10510%35-16$89$1,009,4028Sony / Screen Gems
6Monte Carlo$2,928-9%46-23$64$23,137,47012Fox
7The Devil's Double$2,50224%25-8$100$1,346,5168Lionsgate
8The Future$2,015-15%29--$69$506,2338Roadside Attractions
9Another Earth$1,42123%17-24$84$1,295,5339Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$1,093-5%176$64$385,61311Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$539175%5-3$108$1,342,50210Fox Searchlight
12Tanner Hall$18-60%1-4$18$5,0682Anchor Bay Films