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 Fri, Mar. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$13,239,489--3,121--$4,242$13,239,4891Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,784,20098%3,76923$1,800$142,407,2153Universal
3John Carter$3,968,48789%3,7490$1,059$43,625,9402Disney
4Project X (2012)$1,545,14560%2,922-133$529$45,670,9913Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$1,143,21681%2,765-186$413$59,863,5854Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,130,794120%1,8955$597$9,483,6152Paramount
7Safe House$825,60083%1,920-224$430$118,318,6956Universal
8The Vow$760,35588%2,175-303$350$119,823,6106Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$760,27999%1,660-289$458$49,160,0615Fox
10Silent House (2012)$733,22185%2,1240$345$9,224,9652Open Road
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$717,76446%1,935-590$371$93,323,4506Warner Bros. / New Line
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$401,34683%1,016-500$395$31,757,6794Lionsgate
13The Artist$306,79547%1,155-350$266$41,372,21417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$268,12529%1,024-780$262$49,150,5175Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$780,056--382--$2,042$780,0561Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$457,287163%640271$715$3,187,2692Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$269,351--254--$1,060$269,3511Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$171,0250%698-522$245$16,395,1254Universal
5Chronicle$153,09351%432-163$354$62,823,0547Fox
6Hugo$135,770124%38370$354$72,642,45017Paramount
7The Iron Lady$119,53082%4569$262$28,308,80112Weinstein Company
8Gone$101,0058%476-668$212$11,193,0994Summit
9The Descendants$88,32846%347-170$255$81,793,13918Fox Searchlight
10The Woman in Black$84,21460%305-128$276$53,316,3737CBS Films
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$81,58368%286-1$285$131,453,53514Fox
12Seeking Justice$75,712--231--$328$75,7121Anchor Bay Films
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$71,35183%2290$312$208,616,66214Paramount
14The Grey$44,823213%21968$205$51,062,1058Open Road
15Big Miracle$42,480124%236-2$180$19,703,9307Universal
16We Bought a Zoo$41,56666%188-40$221$74,808,37213Fox
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$35,3511%156-102$227$43,005,5926Fox
18Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,55657%125-83$228$186,620,16914Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$25,734118%152-26$169$49,414,7839Fox
20The Adventures of Tintin$24,8221%123-30$202$77,508,58513Paramount
21The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$21,401--108-103$198$102,465,22713Sony / Columbia
22One For the Money$20,713539%11248$185$26,153,5828Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,6387%105-97$120$31,769,97313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$120,444486%6244$1,943$428,8442CBS Films
2Joyful Noise$89,6891245%65-38$1,380$30,899,35810Warner Bros.
3Born to Be Wild 3D$54,22848%400$1,356$17,185,81850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Being Flynn$41,767805%8876$475$161,7533Focus
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,28649%86-23$341$24,031,02715Focus
6Undefeated$13,713153%218$653$291,7725Weinstein Company
7The Devil Inside$11,2073587%7767$146$53,217,74311Paramount
8Coriolanus$10,03971%212$478$507,5179Weinstein Company
9Albert Nobbs$8,75940%483$182$2,823,1428Roadside Attractions
10My Week with Marilyn$8,237-13%50-70$165$14,536,67517Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,14662%20-4$357$409,4097Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,347-26%69-13$63$18,924,9429Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$86665%50$173$36,3033UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$254-76%3-7$85$176,4224UTV Communications