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. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$3,330,484-64%2,958--$1,126$44,532,9421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,946,470-71%3,119--$945$43,119,1901Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,275,486-84%3,470--$368$28,610,8491Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$917,433-83%2,655--$346$23,387,3651Fox
5Chronicle$776,742-75%2,9081$267$40,736,5982Fox
6The Woman in Black$562,339-74%2,8561$197$35,820,4842CBS Films
7The Grey$405,011-70%2,801-406$145$43,192,8953Open Road
8The Descendants$265,252-71%1,581-457$168$70,936,54113Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$246,003-66%1,657-979$148$59,160,5284Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$222,990-81%2,1334$105$13,504,9752Universal
11Red Tails$201,078-70%1,580-767$127$45,281,8504Fox
12One For the Money$177,558-71%2,056-681$86$23,857,2163Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$113,246-72%1,375-1130$82$29,520,1468Warner Bros.
14Contraband$102,155-68%1,081-966$95$64,744,9805Universal
15Man on a Ledge$100,107-68%1,423-1575$70$17,571,5393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$207,606-67%808-197$257$24,209,64412Weinstein Company
2Hugo$135,885-77%702-328$194$64,577,90912Paramount
3The Iron Lady$114,391-65%512-509$223$22,911,6557Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$56,929-82%678-1041$84$46,520,2355Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$55,325-69%469-608$118$206,570,0939Paramount
6War Horse$42,263-70%502-661$84$78,242,4308Disney / DreamWorks
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$40,606-72%232-70$175$22,035,68410Focus
8Joyful Noise$34,764-74%686-664$51$29,924,8935Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,349-81%502-316$64$129,087,2409Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$26,368-64%265-592$100$184,599,5689Warner Bros.
11The Adventures of Tintin$26,366-77%257-229$103$75,897,8528Paramount
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$26,122-84%111--$235$663,2221UTV Communications
13Albert Nobbs$25,173-69%151-94$167$2,059,5713Roadside Attractions
14We Bought a Zoo$21,794-78%420-334$52$73,268,3938Fox
15My Week with Marilyn$21,019-62%125-46$168$13,365,08712Weinstein Company
16Haywire$19,634-64%263-988$75$18,599,0854Relativity Media
17Puss in Boots (2011)$17,424-75%209-44$83$148,758,44416Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$12,377-80%202-53$61$63,687,50813Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$11,958-71%230-66$52$281,170,13013Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$6,048-61%155-67$39$54,499,49010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$10,604-68%44-1$241$16,167,62745Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$9,228-62%52-12$177$3,616,12511Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$6,418-65%1713$378$130,2112Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,068-65%99-27$61$30,418,01810Fox
5Coriolanus$3,420-62%11-3$311$271,3674Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$3,240-62%95-208$34$53,153,0166Paramount
7Pariah (2011)$2,093-68%13-6$161$659,5307Focus
8Immortals$1,777-72%33-29$54$83,490,32314Relativity Media
9J. Edgar$1,389-65%42-93$33$37,294,86714Warner Bros.
10Young Adult$1,227-59%35-23$35$16,258,73910Paramount
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$924-75%103$92$273,3008FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$582-71%18-21$32$21,218,0718Summit
13Vettai$168-85%2-2$84$198,3605UTV Communications
14Margin Call$144-31%2--$72$5,353,73017Roadside Attractions