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, Feb. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,256,102-25%2,907--$432$26,637,0581Fox
2The Woman in Black$939,018-26%2,855--$329$24,258,0911CBS Films
3The Grey$713,145-25%3,20722$222$37,041,2442Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$504,208-17%2,636-442$191$55,936,6743Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$421,088-20%2,03837$207$66,800,52012Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$415,056-22%2,7370$152$20,960,7212Lionsgate
7Big Miracle$361,930-28%2,129--$170$8,995,2951Universal
8Red Tails$358,863-19%2,347-226$153$42,256,8143Fox
9Man on a Ledge$350,905-29%2,9980$117$15,819,0232Lionsgate
10Contraband$317,025-21%2,047-603$155$63,075,9304Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$298,173-22%2,505-125$119$27,630,7537Warner Bros.
12The Artist$272,218-19%1,005108$271$21,478,73811Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$234,576-21%1,021-223$230$21,402,5516Weinstein Company
14Hugo$186,369-14%1,03065$181$62,483,91711Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$170,425-12%1,719-426$99$45,440,6494Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,809-17%1,077-577$133$205,657,7558Paramount
17Haywire$121,345-20%1,251-1190$97$18,251,8393Relativity Media
18War Horse$106,971-17%1,163-698$92$77,631,7067Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$97,457-23%1,350-671$72$29,289,3874Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$99,323-15%668-534$149$100,216,7977Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$84,408-15%857-673$98$184,154,9828Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$61,631-21%302-108$204$21,380,6749Focus
4Albert Nobbs$58,040-13%2450$237$1,704,8122Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$45,944-31%486-216$95$75,483,4067Paramount
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,948-8%818-252$49$128,479,2288Fox
7We Bought a Zoo$39,353-10%754-335$52$72,844,0977Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$29,988-29%171-15$175$13,102,72411Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,476-16%296105$89$280,961,54212Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$15,468-12%253-17$61$148,506,80115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,577-11%255-54$53$63,475,19212Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,518-11%303-419$45$53,100,9045Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,341-26%222160$51$54,419,3939Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,370-13%126-19$66$30,347,0209Fox
15J. Edgar$4,954-19%135-73$37$37,274,56413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0691%450$313$16,035,58544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$13,981-12%64-16$218$3,507,66410Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,347-3%142$453$230,5003Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,244-1%4--$1,061$60,3061Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,496-10%62-55$56$83,465,84813Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,9313%195$154$629,6336Focus
7Young Adult$2,6406%58-29$46$16,241,5109Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,116-14%7-4$302$259,3837FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$1,635-20%39-48$42$21,209,0537Summit
10Drive (2011)$1,5615%22-1$71$35,059,13221FilmDistrict
11Vettai$545-69%4--$136$194,5984UTV Communications