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 Thu, Mar. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$1,575,9772%3,039--$519$31,539,3461Relativity Media
2Safe House$793,5204%3,052-69$260$100,964,4903Universal
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$683,14612%2,132--$320$18,744,6321Lionsgate
4The Vow$658,10211%3,03880$217$105,612,3493Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$585,7138%3,1890$184$35,838,6392Fox
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$517,3439%3,1740$163$40,180,7392Sony / Columbia
7Wanderlust$489,9950%2,002--$245$8,640,8151Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$475,0433%3,350-150$142$78,686,4993Warner Bros. / New Line
9Gone$269,7895%2,186--$123$5,947,9771Summit
10Chronicle$229,2376%1,797-759$128$58,915,2664Fox
11The Secret World of Arrietty$186,4213%1,5220$122$15,268,3802Disney
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$178,92413%1,618-1037$111$41,118,3333Fox
13The Woman in Black$167,56314%1,727-832$97$51,086,9154CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$326,4470%966158$338$33,188,41814Weinstein Company
2Hugo$156,747-1%501-57$313$70,066,57714Paramount
3The Descendants$152,5781%889-354$172$79,100,72615Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$105,5563%522-101$202$26,156,0049Weinstein Company
5The Grey$76,4349%917-1190$83$50,473,5505Open Road
6Big Miracle$43,96017%628-1006$70$19,060,5804Universal
7Red Tails$35,656-25%489-520$73$48,832,8216Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,2060%402282$83$14,209,70414Weinstein Company
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$32,83512%333-70$99$186,013,79311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,959-3%164-20$183$23,402,22612Focus
11Underworld Awakening$25,66914%260-566$99$62,248,7696Sony / Screen Gems
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$22,4588%178-97$126$207,861,46011Paramount
13War Horse$19,8976%213-181$93$79,120,99810Disney / DreamWorks
14The Adventures of Tintin$19,1333%272-31$70$76,980,84210Paramount
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$18,3955%311-89$59$130,459,22911Fox
16Joyful Noise$18,26719%277-63$66$30,653,3137Warner Bros.
17Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,2324%280-297$65$31,290,36710Warner Bros.
18Contraband$17,82513%197-223$90$66,241,4457Universal
19We Bought a Zoo$17,42817%280-7$62$74,162,95310Fox
20One For the Money$14,80530%229-704$65$26,001,1585Lionsgate
21Albert Nobbs$12,7047%100-19$127$2,659,1485Roadside Attractions
22Puss in Boots (2011)$6,81010%138-25$49$149,260,50418Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,125-13%40-5$478$16,696,85447Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Man on a Ledge$5,58214%76-325$73$18,620,0005Lionsgate
3Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$5,048-20%48--$105$122,8151UTV Communications
4Shame$5,01710%25-19$201$3,826,82413Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$4,906-2%15-5$327$283,8854Weinstein Company
6Haywire$4,2066%37-42$114$18,843,0616Relativity Media
7Happy Feet Two$3,66419%85-50$43$63,948,71915Warner Bros.
8Undefeated$2,5740%50$515$81,8282Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,3636%130$182$719,5619Focus
10Coriolanus$2,0135%8-5$252$373,1046Weinstein Company
11The Darkest Hour$1,850-61%94-19$20$21,443,49410Summit
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,789-12%35-63$51$1,139,7253UTV Communications
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$68040%4-4$170$295,03110FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$545-21%25-9$22$53,196,5508Paramount