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 Thu, Oct. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$885,586-7%2,9930$296$41,753,1782Sony / Columbia
250/50$742,908-2%2,458--$302$11,830,3721Summit
3Dolphin Tale$678,4744%3,5158$193$39,909,6452Warner Bros.
4Courageous$561,24720%1,161--$483$11,292,1561Sony / TriStar
5The Lion King 3D$501,6340%2,34010$214$81,409,9893Disney
6Killer Elite$437,180-3%2,9860$146$19,445,5672Open Road
7What's Your Number?$414,962-2%3,002--$138$7,256,0181Fox
8Dream House$412,3550%2,661--$155$9,991,9651Universal
9Contagion$366,1571%2,744-392$133$66,084,2214Warner Bros.
10The Help$349,0575%2,505541$139$160,707,3158Disney / DreamWorks
11Abduction$320,2634%3,1180$103$20,469,1422Lionsgate
12Drive (2011)$305,9071%1,974-930$155$28,265,3223FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$56,585-10%603-464$94$30,315,8375Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$49,5194%274-13$181$6,461,9374CodeBlack Entertainment
3Warrior (2011)$45,4709%707-704$64$13,257,1014Lionsgate
4I Don't Know How She Does It$45,1989%745-1745$61$9,386,3653Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$41,3855%405-270$102$82,918,67310Warner Bros.
6Captain America: The First Avenger$41,0897%35016$117$175,494,10011Paramount
7Rise of the Planet of the Apes$40,8334%591-587$69$174,641,9129Fox
8Straw Dogs (2011)$40,6604%874-1534$47$10,236,8473Sony / Screen Gems
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$26,96611%252-68$107$379,344,88612Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$18,2508%241-104$76$99,621,38110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$15,533-3%222-91$70$117,287,04813Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$15,3365%710-497$22$37,604,6447Weinstein Company
13Sarah's Key$14,7995%139-12$106$6,824,22311Weinstein Company
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,4353%208-43$65$352,275,87814Paramount / DreamWorks
15Seven Days in Utopia$10,29011%135--$76$4,236,1535Visio Entertainment
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$10,239-11%216-208$47$23,749,8556FilmDistrict
17Shark Night 3D$9,79911%292-345$34$18,529,7005Relativity Media
18Our Idiot Brother$6,431-1%136-275$47$24,629,5506Weinstein Company
19Final Destination 5$6,34016%144-110$44$42,545,1198Warner Bros. / New Line
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,8591%11559$51$21,295,0217Lionsgate
21Apollo 18$4,150-8%114-225$36$17,503,0435Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$4,08945%103-50$40$68,145,16216Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0678%490$287$13,232,10426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,685-8%3329$263$178,6322Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,00912%34-14$177$376,9415Indomina Media
4Circumstance$2,94016%23-6$128$355,8006Roadside Attractions
5Thunder Soul$1,25728%13-22$97$86,2112Roadside Attractions
6Margaret$1,1886%2--$594$11,8211Fox Searchlight
7The Future$1,173-21%16-11$73$540,85410Roadside Attractions
8Muran$55532%10--$56$19,7951UTV Communications
9Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$276-56%9--$31$11,3141UTV Communications
10Project Nim$203-33%7-11$29$398,75113Roadside Attractions
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$67--1--$67$244,22755Collective Eye