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 Sun, Oct. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$3,903,006-40%3,5158$1,110$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2The Lion King 3D$2,863,924-36%2,34010$1,224$79,209,7943Disney
3Courageous$2,723,408-16%1,161--$2,346$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$2,664,928-52%2,9930$890$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
550/50$2,133,374-41%2,458--$868$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$1,716,345-51%2,661--$645$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$1,332,462-48%3,1180$427$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8Killer Elite$1,280,401-40%2,9860$429$17,501,2862Open Road
9What's Your Number?$1,234,774-43%3,002--$411$5,421,6691Fox
10Contagion$1,137,820-50%2,744-392$415$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$836,744-42%1,974-930$424$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$792,316-41%2,505-190$316$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$155,762-55%278-9$560$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$147,116-53%603-464$244$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$136,400-47%591-587$231$174,482,6299Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$122,787-36%35016$351$175,330,41811Paramount
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$120,343-31%710-497$169$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$117,732-43%707-704$167$13,082,6674Lionsgate
7The Smurfs$100,391-38%411-258$244$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
8Colombiana$99,379-49%412-435$241$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9Straw Dogs (2011)$99,231-49%874-1534$114$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$96,744-45%745-1745$130$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$90,921-50%405-270$224$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,426-37%252-68$311$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
13Zookeeper$60,952-38%253-41$241$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$56,193-39%208-43$270$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
15Cowboys & Aliens$48,220-43%241-104$200$99,552,61110Universal
16Horrible Bosses$41,270-45%222-91$186$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Sarah's Key$33,545-28%139-12$241$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$33,197-54%292-345$114$18,492,1055Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$30,121-51%216-208$139$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
20Seven Days in Utopia$22,133-34%135-137$164$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
21Bad Teacher$20,326-89%354122$57$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
22Final Destination 5$20,028-43%144-110$139$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
23Mr. Popper's Penguins$19,657-42%103-50$191$68,131,16016Fox
24Our Idiot Brother$16,038-42%136-275$118$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
25Conan the Barbarian (2011)$15,929-25%11559$139$21,270,9047Lionsgate
26Apollo 18$14,679-38%114-225$129$17,486,0595Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,331-22%490$762$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$25,315-25%3329$767$142,9312Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$16,057-29%34-14$472$355,2785Indomina Media
4Munger Road$7,750-38%1--$7,750$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$6,360-22%23-6$277$345,7236Roadside Attractions
6Thunder Soul$4,478-38%13-22$344$81,3902Roadside Attractions
7Muran$4,102-44%10--$410$16,4901UTV Communications
8The Future$2,554-28%16-11$160$535,95710Roadside Attractions
9Margaret$2,429-20%2--$1,215$7,5251Fox Searchlight
10Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,196-43%9--$244$9,5481UTV Communications
11Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$1,939-33%6--$323$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
12Project Nim$76628%7-11$109$397,78513Roadside Attractions