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. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$7,294,332-44%4,1370$1,763$302,450,7223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$4,756,080-36%3,192--$1,490$21,514,0801Universal
3Wrath of the Titans$3,653,749-36%3,5450$1,031$58,614,2122Warner Bros.
4Titanic 3D$3,505,870-47%2,674--$1,311$25,645,9351Paramount
5Mirror Mirror$2,532,171-36%3,61815$700$36,773,2422Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$2,513,935-35%3,009-139$835$109,413,7634Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,066,065-38%3,003-261$355$198,204,3756Universal
8John Carter$210,148-36%1,015-1382$207$67,983,6525Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$246,443-42%52441$470$4,656,4295CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$131,862-29%651-257$203$99,387,9519Warner Bros. / New Line
3Safe House$130,140-43%482-247$270$124,746,1509Universal
4A Thousand Words$123,502-32%507-500$244$17,422,3035Paramount
5Act of Valor$122,444-45%708-531$173$68,764,3107Relativity Media
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$111,106-35%447-66$249$3,400,1204Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$83,692-19%283-156$296$5,496,4174Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Project X (2012)$82,437-32%444-459$186$54,061,2686Warner Bros.
9The Vow$64,573-44%479-35$135$123,922,1809Sony / Screen Gems
10Friends With Kids$55,749-38%207-101$269$6,728,2525Roadside Attractions
11This Means War$50,899-46%321-254$159$53,477,1798Fox
12The Artist$48,880-35%222-93$220$43,848,90020Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$48,285-48%277-103$174$51,114,8768Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$40,435-37%204-117$198$34,664,6327Lionsgate
15The Iron Lady$32,204-41%236-48$136$29,649,85615Weinstein Company
16Chronicle$30,498-36%162-36$188$63,951,66810Fox
17Silent House (2012)$28,367-37%214-111$133$12,555,2305Open Road
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,142-49%195-27$124$132,644,09217Fox
19Hugo$18,895-21%101-73$187$73,820,09420Paramount
20The Woman in Black$18,350-57%159-20$115$54,107,36510CBS Films
21Gone$12,866-40%12160$106$11,653,1237Summit
22Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,403-57%102-48$122$209,364,92117Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$22,345-41%400$559$17,892,04953Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$20,222-24%61$3,370$234,1642Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$11,538-47%99-37$117$75,406,97516Fox
4The Descendants$10,723-45%78-40$137$82,523,80921Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,592-40%4515$191$43,320,4119Fox
6The Grey$6,658-41%67-137$99$51,533,60811Open Road
7Being Flynn$6,535-58%33-7$198$526,3226Focus
8Coriolanus$6,483-40%171$381$634,27212Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$5,175-49%15-1$345$460,1958Weinstein Company
10Red Tails$5,062-52%55-46$92$49,759,62412Fox
11W.E.$4,265-43%210$203$519,16510Weinstein Company
12One For the Money$3,584-45%49-53$73$26,404,75311Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$2,668-49%301$89$2,962,47511Roadside Attractions