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 Sun, Apr. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$15,159,630-39%4,1370$3,664$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$8,422,264-34%3,545--$2,376$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$4,731,358-38%3,603--$1,313$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$3,957,521-37%3,14827$1,257$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,170,560-39%3,264-413$665$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$592,843-34%2,397-815$247$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$265,632-40%1,239-980$214$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$233,419-45%1,007-780$232$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$335,645-43%483359$695$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$233,868-35%908-432$258$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$202,817-40%903-1162$225$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$196,830-47%729-601$270$123,881,7808Universal
5Casa de mi Padre$194,864-16%439-36$444$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$176,506-43%513259$344$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Friends With Kids$113,822-47%308-250$370$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
8This Means War$91,686-50%575-613$159$53,076,9347Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$85,947-37%380-131$226$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
10The Vow$76,022-49%514-744$148$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$75,369-43%315-261$239$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$69,641-45%321-300$217$34,401,7376Lionsgate
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$57,532-38%222-26$259$132,349,97716Fox
14The Iron Lady$51,358-34%284-43$181$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
15Chronicle$39,327-30%198-94$199$63,759,1689Fox
16Hugo$38,901-32%174-109$224$73,688,26419Paramount
17Silent House (2012)$37,014-55%325-877$114$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$35,543-51%179-1$199$53,946,9899CBS Films
19We Bought a Zoo$28,392-39%136-19$209$75,279,52215Fox
20Big Miracle$25,485-38%170-54$150$20,113,9659Universal
21Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$25,180-49%150-50$168$209,239,67916Paramount
22The Descendants$21,194-48%118-81$180$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
23The Grey$18,106-31%2040$89$51,475,17210Open Road
24Wanderlust$16,820-52%116-119$145$17,255,6756Universal
25Red Tails$15,221-32%101-30$151$49,703,34211Fox
26One For the Money$9,300-42%102-49$91$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$40,303-12%5--$8,061$116,4721Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$31,015-23%400$775$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$11,597-42%40-33$290$480,0255Focus
4Undefeated$9,138-29%16-1$571$424,2827Weinstein Company
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,417-50%55-31$153$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
6Albert Nobbs$7,580-20%29-15$261$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,234-38%30-44$241$43,271,5878Fox
8W.E.$5,788-30%213$276$490,7919Weinstein Company
9Coriolanus$5,395-33%16-3$337$599,64511Weinstein Company
10Gone$4,620-73%61-122$76$11,586,8166Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$1,687-54%12-32$141$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$1,187-36%8-66$148$410,8193Anchor Bay Films