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. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$2,630,1318%3,112--$845$37,276,2491Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$1,295,54828%3,438--$377$27,309,4321Sony / Columbia
3J. Edgar$1,038,27424%1,910--$544$13,192,2201Warner Bros.
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,019,53011%3,903-60$261$109,975,3453Paramount / DreamWorks
5Tower Heist$894,64529%3,3703$265$45,052,7102Universal
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$712,07940%2,8750$248$24,458,7082Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$353,71633%2,591-536$137$31,218,7753Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$231,86911%2,776-510$84$101,250,1074Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$154,63126%2,215-596$70$49,045,2665Paramount
10Real Steel$107,63413%1,758-680$61$81,815,8526Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rum Diary$95,73022%947-1345$101$12,545,4093FilmDistrict
2Courageous$85,4896%905-233$94$31,731,8597Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$81,29037%696-695$117$38,498,8896Sony / Columbia
4Moneyball$70,68015%813-465$87$71,989,8958Sony / Columbia
5Anonymous$62,98630%482-32$131$3,865,3743Sony / Columbia
6Martha Marcy May Marlene$52,43818%18385$287$1,778,2924Fox Searchlight
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$51,75944%669-1194$77$19,254,9244Summit
850/50$48,25432%424-323$114$33,926,4387Summit
9The Way$34,49315%171-53$202$2,695,2056Producers Distribution Agency
10Contagion$32,74025%35595$92$74,924,70910Warner Bros.
11Dolphin Tale$31,1125%705-400$44$69,694,8158Warner Bros.
12Johnny English Reborn$18,99550%210-434$90$8,161,0854Universal
13Sarah's Key$14,97728%162-156$92$7,603,14417Weinstein Company
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$9,72711%164-35$59$176,351,32615Fox
15Killer Elite$8,97422%16041$56$25,109,9668Open Road
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$8,49424%130-42$65$84,260,20016Warner Bros.
17Abduction$5,80924%127-80$46$27,493,5248Lionsgate
18The Thing (2011)$5,64013%141-243$40$16,918,0955Universal
19Dream House$5,2002%172-158$30$21,293,7157Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,83437%0-178--$3,402,2944Roadside Attractions
2Like Crazy$49,21310%7054$703$1,149,5933Paramount Vantage
3Drive (2011)$13,28237%75-61$177$34,282,2939FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,84424%490$262$14,168,04532Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Inni$5,894858%84$737$79,3023Cinema Purgatorio
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$5,3932%85-140$63$380,966,30018Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$3,90023%61-40$64$1,832,8054Quaker Media
8I Don't Know How She Does It$3,69143%8375$44$9,645,5209Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$3,01248%63-39$48$13,992,5317Fox
10The Big Year$2,98014%83-130$36$7,087,6605Fox
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,776-32%72-26$25$38,425,51813Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$1,0296%29-15$35$18,862,40511Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$97931%12-23$82$24,811,27112Weinstein Company
14The Double (2011)$91019%12-33$76$135,9583Image Entertainment
15The Son of No One$83477%4-6$209$30,1762Anchor Bay Films
16Apollo 18$523-19%18-75$29$17,684,84111Weinstein Company
17Laugh at My Pain$309-31%13-25$24$7,689,51010CodeBlack Entertainment
18Machine Gun Preacher$29629%120$25$527,3748Relativity Media
19Circumstance$26041%50$52$440,54012Roadside Attractions
20Munger Road$120-31%7-2$17$266,4857Freestyle Releasing
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$68127%1-4$68$487,60411Indomina Media
22The Future$48140%3-2$16$568,14816Roadside Attractions
23Project Nim$48-61%30$16$406,98019Roadside Attractions
24Texas Killing Fields$37-56%3-7$12$45,4035Anchor Bay Films