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 Sat, Sep. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,239,01852%2,3300$3,965$54,860,8052Disney
2Dolphin Tale$8,636,20869%3,507--$2,463$13,733,3371Warner Bros.
3Moneyball$8,374,49724%2,993--$2,798$15,102,6921Sony / Columbia
4Abduction$4,658,54421%3,118--$1,494$8,502,7661Lionsgate
5Contagion$3,856,18947%3,136-86$1,230$55,033,8013Warner Bros.
6Killer Elite$3,699,1059%2,986--$1,239$7,105,3131Open Road
7Drive (2011)$2,402,72529%2,90418$827$19,922,7462FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,908,31645%2,695-319$708$153,266,1067Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$860,20726%2,4080$357$8,329,2852Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$858,30426%2,49014$345$7,504,3092Weinstein Company
11The Debt$596,80067%1,067-764$559$28,661,1794Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$545,48372%1,178-1162$463$173,300,4588Fox
13Warrior (2011)$470,35734%1,411-472$333$11,910,6413Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$349,351202%1,207-443$289$36,773,4336Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$521,37644%28757$1,817$4,914,6573CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$432,52760%847-1086$511$34,888,8995Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$353,12940%675-470$523$81,890,0609Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$258,687103%669-750$387$138,198,3209Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$224,40366%637-1445$352$18,115,8094Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$178,37875%251-55$711$351,781,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$175,36781%320-281$548$378,709,04311Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$162,90248%424-910$384$23,396,5295FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$143,56477%294-54$488$79,544,09012Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$139,51963%334-206$418$174,715,88010Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$124,22553%345-269$360$99,203,8169Universal
12Horrible Bosses$116,77032%313-131$373$116,882,26212Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$111,35837%411-1336$271$24,378,0505Weinstein Company
14Seven Days in Utopia$91,97814%272-165$338$3,956,6644Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$85,81249%339-1456$253$17,340,6154Weinstein Company
16Final Destination 5$74,90766%254-48$295$42,330,9327Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bad Teacher$69,19442%232-242$298$99,642,06414Sony / Columbia
18Sarah's Key$60,29767%151-115$399$6,556,58310Weinstein Company
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$50,78999%153-60$332$68,005,82115Fox
20The Change-Up$47,32040%169-138$280$37,011,3408Universal
21Kung Fu Panda 2$38,171104%113-29$338$165,208,56718Paramount / DreamWorks
22Super 8$35,78375%117-42$306$126,957,99716Paramount
23Bridesmaids$34,96534%111-59$315$169,059,54020Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,29987%490$1,027$12,967,44825Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34,96660%4829$728$241,0924Indomina Media
330 Minutes or Less$32,94643%95-196$347$37,036,8587Sony / Columbia
4Machine Gun Preacher$21,228105%4--$5,307$31,5581Relativity Media
5Thunder Soul$19,417-2%35--$555$39,2831Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$14,91828%34-12$439$23,170,85913Fox
7Circumstance$14,22254%29-2$490$300,8885Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$12,84153%39-2$329$13,194,82418Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$11,52570%44-72$262$1,378,8604Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern (2011)$11,18570%49-54$228$116,586,13415Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,75536%56-98$156$21,205,6946Lionsgate
12The Future$4,39181%27-2$163$518,5939Roadside Attractions
13Attack the Block$3,44938%17-18$203$1,021,6349Sony / Screen Gems
14The Devil's Double$3,21442%4823$67$1,354,9439Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,389-23%181$77$390,25912Roadside Attractions