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 Fri, Feb. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$15,293,042--2,958--$5,170$15,293,0421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$13,645,625--3,119--$4,375$13,645,6251Universal
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,602,102--2,655--$3,240$8,602,1021Fox
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,541,362--3,470--$1,885$6,541,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
5Chronicle$3,557,123189%2,9081$1,223$31,424,3902Fox
6The Woman in Black$3,384,716277%2,8561$1,185$28,540,2032CBS Films
7The Grey$1,362,31794%2,801-406$486$39,104,5813Open Road
8Big Miracle$938,520176%2,1334$440$10,274,4552Universal
9The Descendants$877,260104%1,581-457$555$68,106,87313Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$675,14862%2,056-681$328$22,053,8533Lionsgate
11Underworld Awakening$670,50335%1,657-979$405$57,104,8724Sony / Screen Gems
12Red Tails$637,78257%1,580-767$404$43,301,1684Fox
13Man on a Ledge$398,69914%1,423-1575$280$16,568,9093Lionsgate
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$387,97528%1,375-1130$282$28,321,8648Warner Bros.
15Contraband$362,13518%1,081-966$335$63,745,6205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$558,11197%808-197$691$22,319,89712Weinstein Company
2Hugo$360,69387%702-328$514$63,037,51212Paramount
3The Iron Lady$296,71724%512-509$580$21,938,0127Weinstein Company
4Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$196,245--111--$1,768$196,2451UTV Communications
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$186,91625%469-608$399$205,994,7179Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$135,692103%232-70$585$21,583,26110Focus
7Joyful Noise$131,39018%686-664$192$29,531,9035Warner Bros.
8Beauty and the Beast 3D$127,572-30%678-1041$188$45,750,7675Disney
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$123,42019%269-399$459$100,444,2098Sony / Columbia
10War Horse$114,629-2%502-661$228$77,863,0038Disney / DreamWorks
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,038134%502-316$189$128,614,8929Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$94,4656%265-592$356$184,338,7639Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$88,745112%420-334$211$72,974,6508Fox
14Albert Nobbs$70,35228%151-94$466$1,829,9313Roadside Attractions
15The Adventures of Tintin$69,80845%257-229$272$75,601,2668Paramount
16Haywire$58,347-53%263-988$222$18,433,3564Relativity Media
17My Week with Marilyn$55,11265%125-46$441$13,191,16812Weinstein Company
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$52,82086%230-66$230$281,042,70913Lionsgate / Summit
19Puss in Boots (2011)$42,941154%209-44$205$148,566,61916Paramount / DreamWorks
20Jack and Jill$39,337--187-35$210$73,712,21514Sony / Columbia
21Happy Feet Two$35,613155%202-53$176$63,524,78913Warner Bros.
22New Year's Eve$19,27167%155-67$124$54,450,19510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,32436%44-1$598$16,081,24945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$23,38760%52-12$450$3,545,64711Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$15,669308%1713$922$79,8162Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$14,40778%99-27$146$30,369,51910Fox
5The Devil Inside$10,461-25%95-208$110$53,125,2246Paramount
6Coriolanus$7,53322%11-3$685$244,2134Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$6,22040%13-6$478$640,3037Focus
8Chico & Rita$5,438--1--$5,438$5,4381GKIDS
9Immortals$4,1536%33-29$126$83,473,93514Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$4,103-21%42-93$98$37,283,87814Warner Bros.
11Young Adult$3,61136%35-23$103$16,247,77710Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,83156%103$283$264,0338FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$1,90723%18-21$106$21,212,5168Summit
14Vettai$61789%2-2$309$195,5415UTV Communications
15Margin Call$144--20$72$5,352,98717Roadside Attractions