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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$2,924,771-75%2,958--$989$59,013,1061Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,510,795-59%3,119--$805$51,712,0351Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$967,351-60%3,470--$279$31,972,2761Warner Bros. / New Line
4Chronicle$690,233-47%2,9081$237$42,734,7792Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$655,454-41%2,655--$247$25,155,9491Fox
6The Woman in Black$539,906-67%2,8561$189$37,994,4582CBS Films
7The Grey$405,022-54%2,801-406$145$44,471,9383Open Road
8The Descendants$271,553-54%1,581-457$172$71,793,26813Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$248,381-58%1,657-979$150$60,005,1224Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$213,300-53%2,1334$100$14,176,8702Universal
11Red Tails$212,521-46%1,580-767$135$45,886,4804Fox
12One For the Money$196,208-52%2,056-681$95$24,462,9593Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$118,142-48%1,375-1130$86$29,866,6868Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$108,435-56%1,423-1575$76$17,925,9263Lionsgate
15Contraband$108,095-58%1,081-966$100$65,112,5155Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$220,895-49%808-197$273$24,867,11512Weinstein Company
2Hugo$127,890-46%702-328$182$64,943,57012Paramount
3The Iron Lady$121,570-37%512-509$237$23,227,7107Weinstein Company
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$54,622-57%469-608$116$206,750,3089Paramount
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$52,395-50%678-1041$77$46,677,5315Disney
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$45,952-36%232-70$198$22,153,56210Focus
7War Horse$42,545-42%502-661$85$78,358,1288Disney / DreamWorks
8Joyful Noise$37,503-54%686-664$55$30,043,9585Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$31,616-21%151-94$209$2,131,2753Roadside Attractions
10Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$28,471-65%111--$256$772,9361UTV Communications
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,033-54%265-592$106$184,688,2389Warner Bros.
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,142-45%502-316$50$129,158,4119Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$22,806-53%257-229$89$75,969,6638Paramount
14My Week with Marilyn$21,599-34%125-46$173$13,419,56012Weinstein Company
15Haywire$21,484-45%263-988$82$18,659,6084Relativity Media
16We Bought a Zoo$19,481-54%420-334$46$73,330,0118Fox
17Puss in Boots (2011)$12,042-50%209-44$58$148,794,78616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$10,696-44%202-53$53$63,717,30313Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$10,285-50%230-66$45$281,200,99313Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$5,940-52%155-67$38$54,517,80510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,00418%44-1$432$16,202,74545Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$11,686-18%52-12$225$3,642,09611Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$7,126-27%1713$419$147,1242Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,275-41%99-27$63$30,434,94910Fox
5The Devil Inside$3,412-50%95-208$36$53,163,2166Paramount
6Coriolanus$3,203-21%11-3$291$278,6384Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,61312%35-23$75$16,263,68610Paramount
8Pariah (2011)$1,997-35%13-6$154$664,6197Focus
9Immortals$1,960-33%33-29$59$83,495,22714Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$1,615-30%42-93$38$37,298,79314Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,449-8%103$145$276,3178FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$744-45%18-21$41$21,220,1758Summit
13Vettai$245-78%2-2$123$199,7145UTV Communications
14Margin Call$12056%2--$60$5,353,92717Roadside Attractions