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 Mon, Mar. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,607,564-64%3,121--$1,156$39,910,1761Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,451,065-77%3,76923$385$159,838,8403Universal
3John Carter$1,090,084-72%3,7490$291$54,317,3322Disney
4Project X (2012)$417,313-59%2,922-133$143$48,587,3183Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$357,843-66%2,765-186$129$62,811,9094Relativity Media
6Safe House$239,845-66%1,920-224$125$120,449,7356Universal
7A Thousand Words$239,729-73%1,8955$127$12,225,4822Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$182,106-73%1,935-590$94$95,176,1126Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$177,838-61%2,175-303$82$121,335,1966Sony / Screen Gems
10Silent House (2012)$176,069-66%2,1240$83$10,781,6132Open Road
11This Means War$172,476-63%1,660-289$104$50,714,0185Fox
12The Artist$106,934-63%1,155-350$93$42,215,30817Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$97,067-70%1,016-500$96$32,828,3964Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,953-69%1,024-780$67$49,811,2295Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$161,092-78%382--$422$2,448,3311Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$114,457-71%640271$179$4,299,0002Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$82,592-66%254--$325$938,3011Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$52,350-62%698-522$75$16,796,4754Universal
5The Iron Lady$50,848-58%4569$112$28,666,60512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$46,296-69%38370$121$73,040,04917Paramount
7Chronicle$42,440-65%432-163$98$63,201,4917Fox
8The Descendants$30,668-59%347-170$88$82,026,71018Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,544-63%286-1$100$131,676,94514Fox
10Seeking Justice$26,646-66%231--$115$276,5581Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,079-63%2290$101$208,805,88414Paramount
12Gone$22,083-57%476-668$46$11,381,7504Summit
13The Woman in Black$19,618-64%305-128$64$53,493,3847CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$16,614-58%188-40$88$74,925,38513Fox
15The Grey$16,454-63%21968$75$51,186,5168Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,227-73%156-102$85$43,127,9406Fox
17Big Miracle$11,800-67%236-2$50$19,804,2257Universal
18Red Tails$9,055-60%152-26$60$49,489,8209Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,627-53%125-83$69$186,685,93114Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$6,734-60%11248$60$26,202,7938Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$5,514-77%123-30$45$77,569,55113Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,663-66%105-97$35$31,802,56613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,790-72%6244$577$804,7262CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,455-52%400$386$17,276,63850Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$13,179-68%8876$150$279,7073Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$9,709-65%86-23$113$24,113,82215Focus
5Undefeated$5,324-66%218$254$336,2125Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$4,169-65%7767$54$53,249,22411Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$4,018-60%483$84$2,850,3468Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$3,563-65%212$170$534,8469Weinstein Company
9W.E.$3,255-62%20-4$163$432,2227Weinstein Company
10My Week with Marilyn$3,188-57%50-70$64$14,558,13217Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$2,410-68%65-38$37$30,922,57710Warner Bros.
12Haywire$1,456-65%69-13$21$18,936,3149Relativity Media