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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$10,703,314-22%3,952--$2,708$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$4,410,224-40%3,3298$1,325$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$3,063,279-35%3,122--$981$12,050,3681Fox
4The Rum Diary$1,400,766-26%2,272--$617$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$1,334,082-44%3,224-331$414$38,544,8253Paramount
6Real Steel$1,314,098-38%2,914-498$451$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$989,786-33%3,0170$328$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$728,259-43%1,572-470$463$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$607,141-47%1,631-722$372$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$529,416-31%1,134-61$467$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$489,510-34%1,5542$315$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$467,965-35%1,838-990$255$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$391,890-34%1,194-738$328$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$230,025-35%1,394-1601$165$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$296,664-28%265--$1,119$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$222,366-29%14084$1,588$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
3The Help$107,631-36%450-326$239$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
4Dream House$87,765-52%585-639$150$20,834,3955Universal
5Contagion$86,755-41%411-490$211$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$81,620-27%194-173$421$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
7The Mighty Macs$74,165-11%389-586$191$1,513,3132Quaker Media
8The Smurfs$74,057-34%303-24$244$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
9The Lion King 3D$67,996-19%378-713$180$93,143,4697Disney
10The Big Year$53,635-49%423-1727$127$6,820,2293Fox
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$49,415-36%231-18$214$175,888,65213Fox
12Abduction$48,006-48%351-402$137$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$39,081-40%250-58$156$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$31,555-36%163-77$194$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
15Killer Elite$29,819-36%257-494$116$24,909,6216Open Road
16Colombiana$23,163-34%151-25$153$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
17Captain America: The First Avenger$20,517-42%139-45$148$176,551,17615Paramount
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$20,250-28%151-27$134$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
19Apollo 18$14,957-32%120107$125$17,605,1929Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$80,674-20%3228$2,521$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$38,571-12%4--$9,643$123,1401Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,106-34%490$431$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cowboys & Aliens$15,925-43%91-40$175$100,215,11614Universal
5Shark Night 3D$14,523-24%90-12$161$18,797,2869Relativity Media
6The Debt$14,174-37%87-32$163$31,146,5709Focus
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,214-38%7522$150$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
8What's Your Number?$11,146-31%62-281$180$13,855,6745Fox
9Laugh at My Pain$10,585-48%51-52$208$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$6,894-24%11--$627$26,6401Image Entertainment
11Sarah's Key$4,985-12%29-19$172$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
12Munger Road$4,048-45%10-6$405$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,818-22%13-12$294$505,3616Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$3,738-29%51-28$73$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
15Inni$2,860-62%3--$953$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
16Texas Killing Fields$1,856-23%73$265$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
17Warrior (2011)$1,640-54%31-34$53$13,651,6628Lionsgate
18I Don't Know How She Does It$1,6319%14-15$117$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$1,627-35%7-3$232$429,40510Roadside Attractions
20Seven Days in Utopia$1,112-56%11-9$101$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
21Labios Rojos$1,1019%11-32$100$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$663-29%6-15$111$483,2859Indomina Media
23The Future$546-32%5-9$109$564,66114Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$203-25%1-4$203$51,4314Weinstein Company
25Project Nim$125-19%3-9$42$405,89017Roadside Attractions
26Thunder Soul$40-57%40$10$143,5686Roadside Attractions