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 Sat, Mar. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$50,394,419-25%4,137--$12,181$117,658,0691Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$8,653,47639%3,1210$2,773$64,619,6902Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,919,97083%3,677-92$1,610$173,385,7404Universal
4John Carter$2,236,99164%3,212-537$696$60,937,4813Disney
5Act of Valor$917,35261%2,219-546$413$65,366,2555Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$899,08670%1,787-108$503$14,427,4863Paramount
7Project X (2012)$809,35028%2,065-857$392$51,243,6344Warner Bros.
8Safe House$664,88572%1,330-590$500$122,229,9007Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$613,07489%1,340-595$458$96,719,8127Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$449,71439%1,188-472$379$52,058,3866Fox
11The Vow$367,16028%1,258-917$292$122,588,3707Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$294,06143%1,202-922$245$11,821,9623Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$478,52759%47593$1,007$3,627,5282Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$390,66473%558-82$700$5,313,3063Roadside Attractions
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$342,08910%621-395$551$33,754,0255Lionsgate
4Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$338,67599%12462$2,731$1,435,3223CBS Films
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$273,27477%2540$1,076$1,615,4612Paramount Vantage
6The Artist$225,54593%576-579$392$42,905,99518Weinstein Company
7Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$146,70569%511-513$287$50,264,8906Sony / Columbia
8The Iron Lady$115,15978%327-129$352$29,025,46913Weinstein Company
9Hugo$113,33490%283-100$400$73,360,51418Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$110,34488%248-38$445$131,942,94015Fox
11The Woman in Black$87,97115%180-125$489$53,715,3948CBS Films
12Chronicle$87,73838%292-140$300$63,478,5668Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$86,80562%200-29$434$209,021,96215Paramount
14The Descendants$71,20584%199-148$358$82,242,74919Fox Searchlight
15Wanderlust$64,65549%235-463$275$17,082,7505Universal
16We Bought a Zoo$57,59366%155-33$372$75,073,31314Fox
17Big Miracle$54,88053%224-12$245$19,932,6358Universal
18The Grey$53,23165%204-15$261$51,325,6529Open Road
19Gone$34,05823%183-293$186$11,512,0875Summit
20Red Tails$32,50954%131-21$248$49,580,02810Fox
21One For the Money$32,30338%15139$214$26,282,7339Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$39,02310%400$976$17,428,44951Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$34,15988%73-15$468$379,6244Focus
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$25,12354%86-39$292$186,752,84715Warner Bros.
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$22,325141%74-82$302$43,154,3467Fox
5Seeking Justice$13,89841%74-157$188$382,2452Anchor Bay Films
6Albert Nobbs$13,70096%44-4$311$2,885,4559Roadside Attractions
7Undefeated$11,96460%17-4$704$370,9836Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$11,064119%19-2$582$563,12510Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$8,72645%50-55$175$31,831,42414Warner Bros.
10W.E.$7,61055%18-2$423$455,8528Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$5,81684%44-6$132$14,577,38918Weinstein Company