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, Nov. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$1,380,470-30%3,367--$410$28,890,5051Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$1,330,404-45%3,96311$336$80,931,5932Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$921,491-29%2,875--$321$16,201,1091Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$528,479-26%3,1275$169$25,792,4672Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$418,198-22%3,286-43$127$96,578,1983Paramount
6The Rum Diary$282,339-19%2,29220$123$11,257,9852FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$250,008-28%2,811-413$89$45,582,3704Paramount
8Real Steel$188,975-30%2,438-476$78$79,444,2665Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$158,321-16%1,391-181$114$37,223,8795Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$134,696-23%1,863-1154$72$18,490,8463Summit
11Moneyball$129,970-13%1,278-353$102$70,618,5917Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$129,043-15%1,1384$113$30,366,6616Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$58,491-39%1,105-733$53$68,835,4217Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$109,409-18%514249$213$3,033,6852Sony / Columbia
250/50$79,674-17%747-447$107$33,226,6396Summit
3Margin Call$58,954-20%17838$331$2,702,0443Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$38,640-40%644-910$60$7,866,8303Universal
5The Way$36,008-10%224-34$161$2,256,2635Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$32,083-18%318289$101$7,439,74416Weinstein Company
7The Thing (2011)$23,010-8%384-1010$60$16,815,6454Universal
8Drive (2011)$20,292-21%136-58$149$34,131,0178FilmDistrict
9Contagion$18,812-15%260-151$72$74,526,5479Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$14,357-8%199-32$72$176,183,83614Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,415-6%172-78$72$84,146,29415Warner Bros.
12Dream House$11,550-22%330-255$35$21,188,0306Universal
13The Mighty Macs$9,455-10%101-288$94$1,759,9293Quaker Media
14Abduction$9,444-24%207-144$46$27,398,5987Lionsgate
15The Big Year$7,977-17%213-210$37$7,038,8574Fox
16What's Your Number?$6,605-18%10240$65$13,957,8016Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,418-4%22562$29$380,892,14617Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2350%119-138$44$25,022,0297Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$3,777-17%102-37$37$176,648,66316Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$52,645--7--$7,521$52,6450Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,277-18%9866$431$1,154,6193Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$25,261-6%1612$1,579$520,2922Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,561-14%490$297$14,005,45531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$7,5520%4534$168$120,1842Image Entertainment
6Inni$3,63563%54$727$53,4062Cinema Purgatorio
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,718-32%98-53$28$38,364,64512Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$2,690-16%93-27$29$17,672,53610Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,455-16%35-16$70$24,799,42811Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,969-10%52-23$38$24,026,39211FilmDistrict
11The Son of No One$1,826-12%10--$183$23,8091Anchor Bay Films
12Laugh at My Pain$1,626-26%38-13$43$7,679,7169CodeBlack Entertainment
13Shark Night 3D$1,286-32%44-46$29$18,842,68310Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$872-31%12-1$73$523,4617Relativity Media
15Munger Road$63936%9-1$71$260,4246Freestyle Releasing
16I Don't Know How She Does It$60240%8-6$75$9,610,0788Weinstein Company
17Texas Killing Fields$510-21%103$51$43,9894Anchor Bay Films
18Dirty Girl$359-36%65$60$54,8575Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$298-50%5-2$60$437,69311Roadside Attractions
20The Future$234-19%50$47$567,68315Roadside Attractions
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$17885%5-1$36$486,37010Indomina Media
22Project Nim$9660%30$32$406,66018Roadside Attractions