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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,813,90125%2,993--$606$22,761,0921Sony / Columbia
2The Lion King 3D$1,743,36118%2,3300$748$64,697,4022Disney
3Killer Elite$979,66426%2,986--$328$11,106,6721Open Road
4Dolphin Tale$879,06318%3,507--$251$20,775,7951Warner Bros.
5Abduction$732,21730%3,118--$235$12,222,0121Lionsgate
6Contagion$721,04824%3,136-86$230$58,312,0503Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$668,94834%2,90418$230$22,585,3032FilmDistrict
8The Help$510,26024%2,695-319$189$155,336,6217Disney / DreamWorks
9I Don't Know How She Does It$247,98552%2,49014$100$8,379,9242Weinstein Company
10Straw Dogs (2011)$234,82530%2,4080$98$9,251,0812Sony / Screen Gems
11The Debt$130,12826%1,067-764$122$29,200,8594Focus
12Warrior (2011)$104,1408%1,411-472$74$12,410,9163Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,38310%1,178-1162$73$173,765,4858Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$23,9081%1,207-443$20$37,074,3606Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$90,0206%28757$314$5,340,7453CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$83,93923%847-1086$99$35,272,5285Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,88633%675-470$118$82,208,9529Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$36,0114%320-281$113$378,894,90911Warner Bros.
5Shark Night 3D$33,08520%637-1445$52$18,283,9684Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$31,1628%251-55$124$351,962,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$28,86918%313-131$92$116,997,08212Warner Bros. / New Line
8Our Idiot Brother$28,80230%411-1336$70$24,489,4185Weinstein Company
9The Smurfs$27,99011%669-750$42$138,407,0749Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$27,10816%334-206$81$174,843,53610Paramount
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$25,2625%424-910$60$23,526,6965FilmDistrict
12Cowboys & Aliens$24,07516%345-269$70$99,321,0419Universal
13Final Destination 5$18,56815%254-48$73$42,415,3057Warner Bros. / New Line
14Sarah's Key$16,2359%151-115$108$6,623,83110Weinstein Company
15The Change-Up$13,52045%169-138$80$37,058,6608Universal
16Apollo 18$12,143-1%339-1456$36$17,409,3124Weinstein Company
17Bridesmaids$8,88045%111-59$80$169,091,73020Universal
18Super 8$7,18213%117-42$61$126,988,68216Paramount
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,437-9%153-60$36$68,049,96615Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$4,308-14%113-29$38$165,239,57218Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,7020%490$259$13,031,47125Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,9858%4829$187$284,0384Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$6,84234%39-2$175$13,217,26318Fox Searchlight
4Thunder Soul$3,2850%35--$94$57,8161Roadside Attractions
5Machine Gun Preacher$3,2106%4--$803$51,3701Relativity Media
6Circumstance$3,1402%29-2$108$316,4625Roadside Attractions
7Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,80751%56-98$50$21,215,6826Lionsgate
8Green Lantern (2011)$2,14711%49-54$44$116,597,27315Warner Bros.
9Saving Private Perez$2,086-7%44-72$47$1,396,0904Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Future$1,80117%27-2$67$524,4309Roadside Attractions
11Monte Carlo$1,783-5%34-12$52$23,182,96113Fox
12The Devil's Double$1,42845%4823$30$1,359,4549Lionsgate
13Project Nim$994102%181$55$393,04112Roadside Attractions