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 Wed, Oct. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,405,914-23%3,440--$409$33,969,9151Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$901,942-14%2,199--$410$13,744,2131Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$623,973-12%3,01825$207$51,558,1413Sony / Columbia
450/50$537,532-16%2,47921$217$19,445,1522Summit
5Dolphin Tale$467,259-16%3,478-37$134$51,778,8973Warner Bros.
6Courageous$351,118-19%1,1610$302$17,531,6572Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$308,175-17%3,0119$102$11,485,1162Fox
8Dream House$293,040-15%2,6643$110$15,599,6902Universal
9The Lion King 3D$282,000-13%2,267-73$124$87,416,7564Disney
10Contagion$237,097-6%2,250-494$105$69,922,1665Warner Bros.
11Killer Elite$235,755-14%2,411-575$98$22,494,3643Open Road
12The Help$232,737-2%2,064-441$113$163,449,7849Disney / DreamWorks
13Drive (2011)$197,140-8%1,330-644$148$30,803,5534FilmDistrict
14Abduction$190,559-15%2,591-527$74$24,152,6313Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$40,499-13%407155$100$379,903,35913Warner Bros.
2Laugh at My Pain$31,698-13%248-26$128$7,056,6955CodeBlack Entertainment
3The Debt$30,980-4%358-245$87$30,669,8906Focus
4Captain America: The First Avenger$28,602-8%303-47$94$175,908,70312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,143-3%382-209$74$175,036,80710Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$22,0372%222-183$99$83,192,13011Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$16,7421%319-388$52$13,485,3635Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$13,390-7%206-35$65$99,815,02111Universal
9Sarah's Key$11,80711%113-26$104$6,915,65412Weinstein Company
10I Don't Know How She Does It$10,771-11%240-505$45$9,524,4884Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$9,9811%142-80$70$117,420,89414Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,368-13%365-345$23$37,825,5018Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,360-15%143-65$44$352,382,93315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,054-10%114-102$44$23,838,2737FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$4,2764%145-147$29$18,612,3036Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,7553%9360$169$340,9203Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$5,54114%77-58$72$4,307,8686Visio Entertainment
3Our Idiot Brother$3,6603%67-69$55$24,669,9797Weinstein Company
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,128-6%27-7$116$421,1796Indomina Media
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,7620%68-35$41$68,194,63417Fox
6Final Destination 5$2,512-19%61-83$41$42,584,7809Warner Bros. / New Line
7Circumstance$2,422-5%18-5$135$380,6747Roadside Attractions
8Margaret$2,3944%1412$171$32,8352Fox Searchlight
9Dirty Girl$2,388-31%9--$265$26,4951Weinstein Company
10Thunder Soul$2,056-9%3724$56$129,7913Roadside Attractions
11Munger Road$1,928-27%98$214$109,2212Freestyle Releasing
12Apollo 18$1,382-13%46-68$30$17,525,1956Weinstein Company
13The Future$549-1%15-1$37$546,43111Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$326--1--$326$245,32256Collective Eye
15Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$238113%90$26$14,0802UTV Communications
16Project Nim$144-28%6-1$24$399,40614Roadside Attractions
17Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$52-32%4-2$13$10,7442Freestyle Releasing