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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$8,345,415-37%2,015--$4,142$33,636,3031Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$4,851,656-43%3,155--$1,538$22,518,3581Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$4,151,707-36%3,752-164$1,107$357,066,4675Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$3,383,067-10%1,563--$2,164$10,673,7481Disneynature
5The Three Stooges$3,106,876-28%3,4825$892$29,919,6602Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$2,172,562-35%2,8110$773$27,246,2472Lionsgate
7American Reunion$1,471,005-37%3,033-170$485$48,518,3253Universal
8Titanic 3D$1,470,676-32%2,515-182$585$52,860,5743Paramount
9Mirror Mirror$1,349,820-31%2,938-268$459$55,499,9324Relativity Media
1021 Jump Street$1,287,424-38%2,427-308$530$127,217,1676Sony / Columbia
11Wrath of the Titans$1,170,402-32%2,502-600$468$77,232,9554Warner Bros.
12Lockout$942,673-31%2,33527$404$11,219,6202Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$664,860-21%1,583-529$420$207,152,8658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$187,093-33%444-58$421$101,238,90711Warner Bros. / New Line
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$186,336-43%44611$418$7,077,2147CBS Films
3Bully (2012)$163,789-20%263105$623$1,537,6704Weinstein Company
4Safe House$57,190-46%301-70$190$125,607,28011Universal
5This Means War$44,455-53%29310$152$54,111,03210Fox
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$43,312-40%1064$409$936,5292Code Black Entertainment
7The Vow$40,410-52%297-38$136$124,618,23611Sony / Screen Gems
8Project X (2012)$38,900-24%258113$151$54,493,9778Warner Bros.
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$35,552-39%122-61$291$4,029,7086Paramount Vantage
10Act of Valor$35,254-42%229-123$154$69,472,5389Relativity Media
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$34,408-43%175-41$197$51,538,03710Sony / Columbia
12Blue Like Jazz$32,654-36%126-10$259$468,0742Roadside Attractions
13Chronicle$28,212-38%137-28$206$64,306,82912Fox
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$22,340-31%135-18$165$132,923,50419Fox
15The Iron Lady$18,482-45%102-44$181$29,959,43617Weinstein Company
16A Thousand Words$16,916-45%168-109$101$17,936,8797Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$88,493-17%50--$1,770$270,2281Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$23,449-14%32-8$733$18,330,77255Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$19,070-41%83-30$230$7,089,9597Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$15,058-40%86-35$175$44,154,51822Weinstein Company
5Touchback$14,011-37%6919$203$141,4562Anchor Bay Films
6Casa de mi Padre$13,651-9%58-63$235$5,774,9376Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Woman in Black$10,745-48%90-32$119$54,279,71112CBS Films
8We Bought a Zoo$9,358-45%66-17$142$75,548,24418Fox
9Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$8,043-55%81-44$99$34,853,5099Lionsgate
10Silent House (2012)$7,328-60%590$124$12,726,5587Open Road
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,301-32%32-1$228$43,402,10111Fox
12Red Tails$4,105-54%39-4$105$49,825,72114Fox
13W.E.$3,320-32%15-2$221$564,68812Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$3,263-27%14-4$233$686,14914Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$2,190-54%170$129$504,95110Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$1,201-66%153$80$2,998,23613Roadside Attractions