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 Mon, Jan. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,462,017-18%2,625--$1,700$22,213,9221Disney
2Contraband$4,165,665-42%2,863--$1,455$28,515,4801Universal
3Joyful Noise$2,577,118-23%2,735--$942$13,802,3081Warner Bros.
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,515,206-32%3,346-209$752$189,448,6125Paramount
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,108,7423%2,849-576$740$120,983,8615Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,851,414-31%3,155-448$587$172,043,7155Warner Bros.
7We Bought a Zoo$1,808,450-3%2,909-261$622$65,857,7654Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,589,7567%2,073-933$767$69,329,9864Paramount
9War Horse$1,427,409-26%2,85673$500$67,522,5004Disney / DreamWorks
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,371,856-34%2,674-276$513$89,213,6124Sony / Columbia
11The Devil Inside$1,006,422-55%2,551266$395$47,381,7082Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$185,550-43%1,182-981$157$20,714,0234Summit
13New Year's Eve$177,607-43%1,092-772$163$53,870,5886Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$1,215,514-25%802797$1,516$7,216,0693Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$823,73023%660-77$1,248$47,928,1829Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$669,881-30%88677$756$15,806,5936Focus
4Hugo$500,11126%545-298$918$54,663,2348Paramount
5The Artist$411,2363%21644$1,904$9,201,1958Weinstein Company
6The Muppets$285,03529%547-689$521$86,694,4318Disney
7Happy Feet Two$193,0978%36580$529$62,091,4409Warner Bros.
8My Week with Marilyn$156,1695%400-184$390$11,501,1558Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$156,164-35%708-350$221$279,795,1639Lionsgate / Summit
10Carnage (2011)$151,162--494--$306$1,448,0615Sony Pictures Classics
11Puss in Boots (2011)$149,5643%316-35$473$147,299,70812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$109,994-23%298--$369$72,534,31210Sony / Columbia
13A Dangerous Method$100,494--104--$966$2,787,2588Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sitter$98,426-44%449-309$219$29,748,6816Fox
15Young Adult$95,730-28%387-443$247$15,801,7106Paramount
16Tower Heist$49,400-32%260-35$190$77,588,50511Universal
17Real Steel$39,217--187--$210$85,093,41015Disney / DreamWorks
18Immortals$34,528-41%18759$185$83,094,46210Relativity Media
19Moneyball$19,773-8%128--$154$75,440,94417Sony / Columbia
20Courageous$18,057-43%116--$156$34,453,02416Sony / TriStar
21In Time$16,112-34%106-26$152$37,376,10812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,486-8%41-4$1,061$2,670,1177Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,48212%450$944$15,525,28141Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pina$37,781--6--$6,297$594,4124IFC Films
4Pariah (2011)$27,121-15%2413$1,130$401,3053Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$26,443-16%60$4,407$661,9884Warner Bros.
6A Separation$25,320--6--$4,220$339,2073Sony Pictures Classics
7Dolphin Tale$19,19936%91-58$211$72,247,77417Warner Bros.
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,261--2--$6,631$94,8036Oscilloscope
9Vettai$12,152-60%34--$357$100,0731UTV Communications
10J. Edgar$12,092-28%82-70$147$36,986,61410Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$10,762-32%1811$598$160,4974FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$6,501-28%322$203$34,972,71718FilmDistrict
13The Skin I Live In$5,834--31--$188$3,127,70114Sony Pictures Classics
14The Way$5,519--40--$138$4,331,54115Producers Distribution Agency
15Midnight in Paris$3,960--15--$264$56,428,52635Sony Pictures Classics
16Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,954--1--$3,954$35,8262Cinema Guild
17Margin Call$3,753-11%20-10$188$5,330,22013Roadside Attractions
18The Help$3,008--28--$107$169,585,99523Disney / DreamWorks
19The Women on the 6th Floor$2,846--6--$474$518,19315Strand Releasing
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,568--15--$171$2,954,53013Fox Searchlight
21Take Shelter$1,745--14--$125$1,707,09316Sony Pictures Classics
22The Guard$1,009--11--$92$5,347,60825Sony Pictures Classics
23Domain$692--1--$692$3,5021Strand Releasing
24Addiction Incorporated$316--1--$316$9,6025Variance Films
25Pianomania$213--1--$213$48,34934First Run Features
26Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$164--2--$82$91,77110Variance Films
27Garbo: The Spy$158--2--$79$26,9969First Run Features
28Loosies$158--1--$158$2,6441IFC Films
29The Man Nobody Knew$115--1--$115$173,57717First Run Features
30Man on a Mission$76--4--$19$3,5061First Run Features