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 Sat, Jan. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$8,180,67926%3,185--$2,569$14,662,3961Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$5,460,45361%3,0780$1,774$41,477,5302Sony / Screen Gems
3Red Tails$4,848,46275%2,57361$1,884$30,999,2892Fox
4One For the Money$4,745,97816%2,737--$1,734$8,846,3621Lionsgate
5Man on a Ledge$3,550,15743%2,998--$1,184$6,041,3301Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,215,47660%2,6300$1,223$19,184,8396Warner Bros.
7Contraband$3,034,25059%2,650-220$1,145$54,811,7353Universal
8The Descendants$2,945,61870%2,0011441$1,472$56,977,26511Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,446,47599%2,145-480$1,141$39,477,9793Disney
10Haywire$1,777,42952%2,4412$728$14,227,4262Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,671,42779%1,654-865$1,011$201,698,6307Paramount
12Joyful Noise$1,531,60180%2,021-714$758$25,869,6423Warner Bros.
13The Iron Lady$1,448,33962%1,244168$1,164$16,656,6705Weinstein Company
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,186,58873%1,530-955$776$181,610,9107Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,018,86368%1,202-705$848$97,620,0576Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$923,52772%1,861-664$496$75,074,6866Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$873,377172%1,070-1000$816$126,453,4997Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$698,08493%1,089-976$641$71,296,6586Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$1,499,16571%897235$1,671$15,807,19310Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,082,167122%965315$1,121$57,985,79910Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$608,576108%702-638$867$73,826,4246Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$516,33281%410-321$1,259$19,867,2338Focus
5Albert Nobbs$299,65353%245--$1,223$545,2321Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$297,77443%722-1485$412$52,553,0984Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$177,22699%309-22$574$62,963,20811Warner Bros.
8Puss in Boots (2011)$161,886124%270-22$600$148,039,26514Paramount / DreamWorks
9My Week with Marilyn$151,88072%186-39$817$12,497,39410Weinstein Company
10Jack and Jill$144,74187%253-30$572$73,264,88112Sony / Columbia
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$75,74863%191-179$397$280,493,66011Lionsgate / Summit
12Tower Heist$61,77065%174-46$355$77,978,70013Universal
13The Sitter$52,55349%145-46$362$30,165,8608Fox
14J. Edgar$46,51240%208162$224$37,132,21712Warner Bros.
15Immortals$30,85170%117-52$264$83,375,80512Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$72,31351%80-15$904$3,233,2879Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$50,51957%450$1,123$15,810,04743Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Young Adult$26,65863%87-63$306$16,179,1928Paramount
4Moneyball$23,50465%81-29$290$75,593,00319Sony / Columbia
5Coriolanus$22,36972%123$1,864$127,6292Weinstein Company
6The Darkest Hour$21,07177%87-214$242$21,161,4256Summit
7Pariah (2011)$20,05575%14-7$1,433$557,5205Focus
8In Time$14,73546%58-39$254$37,501,18014Fox
9New Year's Eve$14,50629%62-203$234$54,253,1528Warner Bros. / New Line
10Vettai$7,24898%7-14$1,035$170,1463UTV Communications
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$5,28060%11-3$480$222,1766FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$4,9632%23-10$216$35,033,59920FilmDistrict
13Margin Call$787209%1-13$787$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions