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, Mar. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,611,125-29%3,729--$700$79,988,8551Universal
2Project X (2012)$1,565,997-30%3,055--$513$26,971,7311Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$891,491-22%3,05314$292$48,175,2582Relativity Media
4Safe House$561,660-20%2,553-499$220$110,216,6254Universal
5The Vow$456,832-24%2,826-212$162$113,117,0234Sony / Screen Gems
6This Means War$404,675-20%2,342-847$173$42,696,4233Fox
7Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$378,813-25%2,1320$178$27,153,9412Lionsgate
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$378,395-32%3,060-290$124$86,543,6674Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Artist$321,855-19%1,756790$183$37,833,51915Weinstein Company
10Wanderlust$320,320-24%2,0020$160$13,533,7902Universal
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$281,378-24%2,487-687$113$45,791,5523Sony / Columbia
12Gone$191,098-33%2,1860$87$9,620,3692Summit
13Chronicle$117,195-17%1,054-743$111$61,236,6075Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$90,558-17%1,431-91$63$17,048,9073Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$93,910-14%694-195$135$80,683,18416Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$89,998-16%511-11$176$27,279,14510Weinstein Company
3Hugo$76,400-29%406-95$188$71,570,55915Paramount
4The Woman in Black$69,433-16%812-915$86$52,647,2305CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$63,224-13%731-887$86$42,425,0324Fox
6The Grey$23,383-18%308-609$76$50,809,6456Open Road
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$22,600-11%266-67$85$186,340,57512Warner Bros.
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$22,599-15%3143$72$130,874,59612Fox
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$20,514-13%126-38$163$23,727,95913Focus
10Red Tails$19,28715%249-240$77$49,074,0087Fox
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,701-18%30323$62$31,575,53011Warner Bros.
12Big Miracle$17,950-23%359-269$50$19,421,3605Universal
13My Week with Marilyn$17,694-4%120-282$147$14,390,21415Weinstein Company
14We Bought a Zoo$16,964-20%266-14$64$74,461,89511Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$16,529-25%215-57$77$77,222,50411Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,806-33%107-71$120$208,065,31912Paramount
17Contraband$11,150-20%148-49$75$66,398,3058Universal
18Joyful Noise$9,350-22%202-75$46$30,798,9788Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$5,873-8%117-112$50$26,077,9616Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,62645%400$691$16,858,16848Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$7,068-13%68-32$104$2,744,5446Roadside Attractions
3Undefeated$7,064-47%138$543$190,7253Weinstein Company
4Shame$5,68737%22-3$259$3,869,18614Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$5,239-7%194$276$343,6525Weinstein Company
6Being Flynn$4,0606%4--$1,015$55,3311Focus
7Coriolanus$3,603-16%146$257$421,3067Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$3,028-28%850$36$64,003,13416Warner Bros.
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,402-44%26-22$92$163,6812UTV Communications
10Paan Singh Tomar$2,04655%10--$205$24,8271UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,47119%130$113$734,20110Focus
12Haywire$934-18%32-5$29$18,856,0047Relativity Media
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$72112%84$90$303,22211FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$417105%17-8$25$53,202,6779Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$382-49%25-10$15$1,151,6864UTV Communications