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, Oct. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$10,815,61027%3,440--$3,144$19,349,3001Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$4,265,44524%2,199--$1,940$7,691,8791Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$3,952,79864%3,478-37$1,137$46,270,7483Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$3,229,20546%3,01825$1,070$47,196,9803Sony / Columbia
550/50$2,277,77328%2,47921$919$15,891,3092Summit
6The Lion King 3D$1,949,38761%2,267-73$860$84,571,9804Disney
7Dream House$1,931,40042%2,6643$725$13,282,0102Universal
8Courageous$1,882,43133%1,1610$1,621$14,587,6252Sony / TriStar
9Contagion$1,284,02752%2,250-494$571$68,215,7705Warner Bros.
10Abduction$1,258,24750%2,591-527$486$22,568,3603Lionsgate
11What's Your Number?$1,249,43121%3,0119$415$9,542,0372Fox
12Killer Elite$909,10141%2,411-575$377$20,997,8683Open Road
13The Help$827,90247%2,064-441$401$162,096,8829Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$761,73340%1,330-644$573$29,572,4634FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$223,36573%515104$434$139,221,86311Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$213,24056%248-30$860$6,812,0105CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,47351%407155$416$379,626,52813Warner Bros.
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$132,20862%382-209$346$174,855,79110Fox
5Captain America: The First Avenger$131,96044%303-47$436$175,717,85012Paramount
6The Debt$108,70166%358-245$304$30,490,0556Focus
7Colombiana$101,38459%245-167$414$36,143,7017Sony / TriStar
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$85,09930%222-183$383$83,069,17511Warner Bros.
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$71,941151%365-345$197$37,705,2328Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$68,65632%319-388$215$13,377,8625Lionsgate
11Zookeeper$67,04779%198-55$339$80,069,66614Sony / Columbia
12Cowboys & Aliens$63,86048%206-35$310$99,728,50111Universal
13Horrible Bosses$41,35131%142-80$291$117,360,07114Warner Bros. / New Line
14I Don't Know How She Does It$39,16522%240-505$163$9,457,7024Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$36,72337%181-693$203$10,300,3854Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$35,89461%143-65$251$352,334,01215Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$31,47360%114-102$276$23,801,0137FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$30,10083%145-147$208$18,576,2676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$22,86247%113-26$202$6,862,67512Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$46,20845%9360$497$256,6633Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$39,69444%490$810$13,299,43227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$20,14428%77-58$262$4,272,0056Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$19,29723%98$2,144$82,7362Freestyle Releasing
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$15,73374%68-35$231$68,169,94617Fox
6Thunder Soul$14,37236%3724$388$111,1293Roadside Attractions
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$13,53152%27-7$501$399,3826Indomina Media
8Bad Teacher$13,49935%64-290$211$100,283,78716Sony / Columbia
9Final Destination 5$13,47468%61-83$221$42,566,6209Warner Bros. / New Line
10Our Idiot Brother$11,09315%67-69$166$24,650,2947Weinstein Company
11Apollo 18$7,25033%46-68$158$17,515,7346Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$6,5725%9--$730$12,8151Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$6,01834%18-5$334$366,3197Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$5,22153%1412$373$20,4562Fox Searchlight
15Muran$3,075123%7-3$439$24,2482UTV Communications
16The Future$1,63646%15-1$109$543,60811Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$1,122173%90$125$12,8472UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$361-1%4-2$90$10,3042Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$21742%1--$217$244,59756Collective Eye
20Project Nim$150183%6-1$25$398,95414Roadside Attractions