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, Nov. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,434,29715%3,952--$616$38,623,9581Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,361,02127%3,122--$436$14,481,8491Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$1,328,012-48%3,3298$399$84,778,7672Paramount
4The Rum Diary$680,35125%2,272--$299$6,359,9641FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$480,36026%3,224-331$149$39,405,2343Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$428,10511%3,0170$142$15,661,2132Summit
7Real Steel$381,8660%2,914-498$131$74,704,4684Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$305,839-12%1,572-470$195$34,255,7774Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$247,280-19%1,631-722$152$67,960,9636Sony / Columbia
1050/50$183,84026%1,194-738$154$31,669,8235Summit
11Johnny English Reborn$179,71010%1,5542$116$6,808,5652Universal
12Courageous$178,262-8%1,134-61$157$28,054,8255Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$140,417-21%1,838-990$76$67,352,8536Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$97,580-26%1,394-1601$70$16,305,0853Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$117,2896%265--$443$1,249,5031Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$81,0294%14084$579$1,649,0612Roadside Attractions
3The Way$43,739-4%258-25$170$1,699,1364Producers Distribution Agency
4The Help$43,301-8%450-326$96$166,994,37712Disney / DreamWorks
5The Mighty Macs$41,23329%389-586$106$1,586,4322Quaker Media
6Drive (2011)$39,56133%194-173$204$33,790,2377FilmDistrict
7Contagion$38,737-5%411-490$94$74,181,2938Warner Bros.
8Dream House$26,325-31%585-639$45$20,898,7455Universal
9The Big Year$23,284-14%423-1727$55$6,870,6073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$21,00412%378-713$56$93,183,3077Disney
11Abduction$19,79514%351-402$56$27,200,0016Lionsgate
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,18028%250-58$77$83,939,09914Warner Bros.
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,7156%231-18$81$175,925,01213Fox
14Killer Elite$14,1604%257-494$55$24,937,4116Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,8287%163-77$66$380,728,65016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$7,830-2%139-45$56$176,566,97015Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,6662%120107$47$17,616,4099Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,578-25%151-27$24$38,290,02111Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$32,04019%3228$1,001$506,2482Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,67410%490$279$13,839,62630Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$13,40226%4--$3,351$147,2051Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$8,5211%87-32$98$31,163,5509Focus
5What's Your Number?$8,23078%62-281$133$13,868,5335Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$6,370-13%91-40$70$100,228,76614Universal
7Shark Night 3D$4,01127%90-12$45$18,804,4439Relativity Media
8Laugh at My Pain$3,5794%51-52$70$7,644,2508CodeBlack Entertainment
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,140-30%7522$42$23,982,35910FilmDistrict
10The Double (2011)$2,645-17%11--$240$32,4741Image Entertainment
11Our Idiot Brother$2,16344%51-28$42$24,767,61610Weinstein Company
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,05637%13-12$158$508,9216Relativity Media
13Sarah's Key$1,799-3%29-19$62$7,061,01015Weinstein Company
14Inni$1,607191%2--$804$33,8321Cinema Purgatorio
15Warrior (2011)$1,40544%31-34$45$13,654,0438Lionsgate
16Circumstance$1,13078%7-3$161$431,17010Roadside Attractions
17I Don't Know How She Does It$856128%14-15$61$9,604,4177Weinstein Company
18Texas Killing Fields$816-39%73$117$35,8843Anchor Bay Films
19Munger Road$584-64%10-6$58$245,8885Freestyle Releasing
20The Future$557-5%5-9$111$565,80614Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$37786%11-32$34$135,4863Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2314%6-15$39$483,7399Indomina Media
23Project Nim$5557%3-9$18$405,98017Roadside Attractions
24Thunder Soul$25-55%40$6$143,6496Roadside Attractions
25Dirty Girl$14-76%1-4$14$51,5034Weinstein Company