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, Feb. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,691,695-48%2,907--$582$23,695,7931Fox
2The Woman in Black$1,176,137-60%2,855--$412$22,050,2091CBS Films
3The Grey$819,707-41%3,20722$256$35,377,2392Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$567,880-47%2,636-442$215$54,821,5453Sony / Screen Gems
5Red Tails$395,552-41%2,347-226$169$41,454,6053Fox
6One For the Money$391,783-57%2,7370$143$20,016,0492Lionsgate
7The Descendants$377,996-48%2,03837$185$65,853,59112Fox Searchlight
8Big Miracle$372,575-76%2,129--$175$8,132,7801Universal
9Man on a Ledge$356,295-43%2,9980$119$14,972,1052Lionsgate
10Contraband$337,755-28%2,047-603$165$62,359,3104Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$281,467-54%2,505-125$112$26,951,5107Warner Bros.
12The Artist$240,184-52%1,005108$239$20,872,03511Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$215,652-43%1,021-223$211$20,871,1846Weinstein Company
14Beauty and the Beast 3D$169,149-74%1,719-426$98$45,077,2814Disney
15Hugo$168,745-67%1,03065$164$62,080,17411Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,315-43%1,077-577$132$205,343,0918Paramount
17Haywire$131,306-33%1,251-1190$105$17,978,9773Relativity Media
18Joyful Noise$101,137-64%1,350-671$75$29,065,5954Warner Bros.
19War Horse$100,335-40%1,163-698$86$77,396,6227Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$96,785-33%668-534$145$100,000,6087Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$86,257-46%857-673$101$183,971,3808Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$55,576-52%302-108$184$21,240,6979Focus
4Albert Nobbs$51,453-57%2450$210$1,580,1582Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$47,705-73%486-216$98$75,371,0247Paramount
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$44,141-84%818-252$54$128,395,9468Fox
7We Bought a Zoo$39,602-73%754-335$53$72,761,0437Fox
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$27,234-54%296105$92$280,903,69912Lionsgate / Summit
9My Week with Marilyn$24,738-48%171-15$145$13,030,59911Weinstein Company
10The Devil Inside$15,230-41%303-419$50$53,072,1195Paramount
11Puss in Boots (2011)$14,306-77%253-17$57$148,473,67315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Happy Feet Two$13,873-79%255-54$54$63,446,36112Warner Bros.
13New Year's Eve$10,054-45%222160$45$54,394,1759Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,829-41%126-19$70$30,329,0249Fox
15J. Edgar$4,854-30%135-73$36$37,263,49413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$12,416-45%64-16$194$3,477,81210Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,355-52%450$252$16,007,57244Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$5,254-47%142$375$217,5903Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,719-57%4--$1,180$51,7931Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,551-44%62-55$57$83,458,48613Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,793-59%195$147$623,8446Focus
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,017-63%7-4$288$254,8187FilmDistrict
8Young Adult$2,004-42%58-29$35$16,236,3919Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$1,606-57%39-48$41$21,205,3707Summit
10Drive (2011)$1,171-15%22-1$53$35,056,08021FilmDistrict
11Vettai$449-84%4--$112$192,3134UTV Communications