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, Oct. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,868,7650%3,321--$864$58,319,0481Paramount
2The Three Musketeers (2011)$843,96828%3,017--$280$10,177,6821Summit
3Footloose (2011)$768,45432%3,5556$216$31,716,9712Paramount
4Real Steel$674,37612%3,412-28$198$68,011,1173Disney / DreamWorks
5The Ides of March$490,75538%2,042-157$240$29,959,2153Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$394,85741%2,353-487$168$64,314,8875Sony / Columbia
7The Thing (2011)$329,45016%2,995-1$110$14,663,1952Universal
850/50$322,06831%1,932-459$167$29,389,0014Summit
9Johnny English Reborn$310,02548%1,552--$200$4,352,9001Universal
10Dolphin Tale$233,2631%2,828-458$82$64,872,5695Warner Bros.
11Courageous$227,13612%1,195-19$190$25,404,6904Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$174,28633%2,1500$81$6,305,7322Fox
13The Lion King 3D$84,357-1%1,091-879$77$92,777,9456Disney
14Dream House$67,32010%1,224-948$55$20,308,3554Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$86,87334%975--$89$1,114,7191Quaker Media
2The Help$84,30323%776-491$109$166,343,05611Disney / DreamWorks
3Contagion$75,2109%901-783$83$73,618,5017Warner Bros.
4Drive (2011)$75,07915%367-336$205$33,329,4976FilmDistrict
5The Way$61,82215%283--$218$1,125,6523Producers Distribution Agency
6Killer Elite$53,40133%751-680$71$24,714,1365Open Road
7Abduction$46,88216%753-954$62$26,879,8195Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$38,58744%343-939$112$13,756,5214Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$30,44831%308146$99$83,698,18213Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,08316%249-24$89$175,672,33312Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$16,0747%240-90$67$380,562,47815Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$13,65317%184-62$74$176,448,71814Paramount
13The Debt$12,29845%119-81$103$31,073,3968Focus
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,82525%131-77$75$100,135,64113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$9,6646%103-85$94$7,576,3177CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3310%178-133$30$38,208,45510Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,766-13%102-13$47$18,742,5668Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,1778%56--$932$662,3161Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,7470%4--$3,937$169,1271Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,64539%490$319$13,697,82829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$5,79343%48-38$121$7,035,52414Weinstein Company
5Our Idiot Brother$5,09021%7938$64$24,742,2279Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$4,66230%25-18$186$484,3375Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$3,05521%65-70$47$13,638,1077Lionsgate
8Horrible Bosses$2,53617%50-35$51$117,533,35016Warner Bros. / New Line
9Labios Rojos$2,480-2%43-24$58$127,0542Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,34121%53-27$44$23,929,7409FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,85072%21--$88$477,6828Indomina Media
12Munger Road$1,62520%16-16$102$223,3824Freestyle Releasing
13Circumstance$1,58192%10-9$158$421,2979Roadside Attractions
14Texas Killing Fields$1,56916%41$392$25,6832Anchor Bay Films
15I Don't Know How She Does It$945126%29-78$33$9,596,8686Weinstein Company
16Apollo 18$88291%13-5$68$17,553,3838Weinstein Company
17Dirty Girl$81485%5-5$163$49,1843Weinstein Company
18Project Nim$674-67%129$56$204,63616Roadside Attractions
19The Future$538-5%14--$38$561,43113Roadside Attractions
20Thunder Soul$14969%4-8$37$143,2785Roadside Attractions