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, Dec. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,026,098-22%3,505--$293$16,347,7521Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$790,840-22%2,750--$288$12,564,7721Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$651,265-13%3,604-442$181$261,451,4064Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$474,930-17%2,608768$182$34,926,8593Paramount
5The Muppets$419,949-12%3,328-112$126$67,046,4093Disney
6Arthur Christmas$369,894-14%3,272-104$113$34,502,1153Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$280,732-16%2,299-328$122$80,765,9325Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$258,224-14%2,840-696$91$57,565,3684Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$196,555-5%2,069-335$95$74,701,5056Universal
10Jack and Jill$174,267-20%2,787-262$63$69,085,7855Sony / Columbia
11J. Edgar$139,498-12%1,555-430$90$35,197,0305Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$108,541-3%1,843-907$59$142,195,0417Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$405,151-17%876302$463$24,946,4384Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$90,229-11%2440$370$5,400,6503Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$62,492-15%470-240$133$34,180,4226Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$40,114-15%354-67$113$36,533,2427Fox
5Like Crazy$21,925-4%16210$135$3,211,9847Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$17,413-17%191-74$91$33,388,51611Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$17,319-14%148-3$117$5,000,0338Roadside Attractions
8The Way$16,6791%120-40$139$3,870,25410Producers Distribution Agency
9Dolphin Tale$16,337-14%342-68$48$71,119,99812Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$15,198-10%208-796$73$74,224,79712Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$15,115-6%30247$50$103,675,5088Paramount
12The Ides of March$12,326-13%187-829$66$40,506,75810Sony / Columbia
1350/50$9,282-14%146-50$64$34,916,55811Summit
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,735-23%168-40$52$20,256,1778Summit
15Footloose (2011)$7,131-4%201-108$35$51,162,3839Paramount
16Abduction$5,370-12%131-20$41$28,081,21612Lionsgate
17Contagion$4,952-4%111-44$45$75,653,49414Warner Bros.
18The Way Back$1,679--120--$14$3,884,37747Newmarket Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$35,861-12%1610$2,241$999,7193Weinstein Company
2Shame$34,707-8%2111$1,653$890,0582Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,413-1%8--$3,927$408,8141Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$26,166-8%4--$6,542$399,5861Focus
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,35516%251$574$331,0383Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,010-14%490$245$14,711,00936Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,3107%72-12$102$2,841,3588Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$6,875-3%70-16$98$34,698,07613FilmDistrict
9The Rum Diary$4,286-7%630$68$13,083,0137FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,222-12%61-23$53$176,708,21419Fox
11Pastorela$2,425-3%44-11$55$144,1862Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Inni$754-30%1-2$754$115,8267Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$701112%23-8$30$38,537,74317Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$63380%1--$633$453,92116Roadside Attractions
15Project Nim$24635%2--$123$410,75823Roadside Attractions
16Answers to Nothing$16812%7-14$24$21,7682Roadside Attractions
17The Future$15-55%0----$568,60320Roadside Attractions