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 Tue, Mar. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,916,05014%3,74617$1,045$129,067,5602Universal
2John Carter$2,800,94811%3,749--$747$35,515,2561Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,312,06010%3,0550$429$42,217,3502Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$734,3569%2,951-102$249$57,497,8593Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$652,52324%1,890--$345$7,354,1671Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$606,00644%2,525-535$240$91,669,0815Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$546,72021%2,144-409$255$116,603,3455Universal
8Silent House (2012)$539,46111%2,124--$254$7,688,7081Open Road
9The Vow$473,90333%2,478-348$191$118,287,7275Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$423,71022%1,949-393$217$47,665,6474Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$252,0607%1,516-616$166$30,935,1873Lionsgate
12The Artist$241,66428%1,505-251$161$40,664,96916Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$221,71015%1,804-683$123$48,480,3954Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$214,05030%1,220-782$175$15,895,9053Universal
15Gone$110,44439%1,144-1042$97$10,917,0813Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$206,20428%369--$559$2,386,8181Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$104,6454%595-459$176$62,472,4066Fox
3The Iron Lady$76,41737%447-64$171$28,063,81411Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$75,73935%517-177$146$81,586,54717Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$68,93326%313-93$220$72,392,76416Paramount
6The Woman in Black$52,9016%433-379$122$53,133,9486CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$52,59514%501-930$105$17,671,6824Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$49,51524%287-27$173$131,276,95913Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$41,81919%229122$183$208,471,62713Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$30,8317%258-473$120$42,905,3405Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$29,18642%153-62$191$77,434,42412Paramount
12We Bought a Zoo$27,10120%228-38$119$74,719,57912Fox
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,45134%109-17$197$23,959,64714Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,34621%208-58$88$186,556,87413Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$17,90525%238-121$75$19,626,9506Universal
16The Grey$15,96422%151-157$106$50,989,0907Open Road
17My Week with Marilyn$14,68264%1200$122$14,509,96316Weinstein Company
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,96724%202-101$64$31,734,49312Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$11,79013%178-71$66$49,365,4188Fox
20Contraband$10,11513%119-29$85$66,508,4659Universal
21Joyful Noise$6,06721%103-99$59$30,878,7869Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$31,65040%400$791$17,062,08149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,84821%18--$1,269$267,6321CBS Films
3Haywire$6,06211%8250$74$18,909,7098Relativity Media
4Undefeated$6,0208%130$463$265,9894Weinstein Company
5Coriolanus$5,6095%195$295$485,7228Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$5,189-17%45-23$115$2,802,8647Roadside Attractions
7Being Flynn$4,4208%128$368$111,4932Focus
8W.E.$4,1446%245$173$392,9786Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$3,45717%64-53$54$26,126,1927Lionsgate
10Shame$3,28730%20-2$164$3,901,91115Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$2,267-24%196$119$763,36511Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,27347%10-16$127$173,9153UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$481114%5-5$96$34,6192UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$456204%4-21$114$1,153,9665UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$19923%10-7$20$53,206,12010Paramount