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, Apr. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,762,627-67%2,015--$1,371$36,398,9301Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,448,453-70%3,155--$459$23,966,8111Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,009,203-76%3,752-164$269$358,075,6705Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$752,153-78%1,563--$481$11,425,9011Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$723,029-67%2,8110$257$27,969,2762Lionsgate
6American Reunion$485,025-67%3,033-170$160$49,003,3503Universal
7The Three Stooges$457,158-85%3,4825$131$30,376,8182Fox
821 Jump Street$405,221-69%2,427-308$167$127,622,3886Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$366,758-75%2,515-182$146$53,227,3323Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$319,192-73%2,502-600$128$77,552,1474Warner Bros.
11Lockout$284,201-70%2,33527$122$11,503,8212Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$255,596-81%2,938-268$87$55,755,5284Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$110,985-83%1,583-529$70$207,263,8508Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,052-69%44611$128$7,134,2667CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$51,223-69%263105$195$1,588,8934Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,806-84%444-58$67$101,268,71311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,565-66%301-70$65$125,626,84511Universal
5Project X (2012)$15,527-60%258113$60$54,509,5048Warner Bros.
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,525-64%1064$146$952,0592Code Black Entertainment
7This Means War$14,083-68%29310$48$54,125,11510Fox
8Act of Valor$11,493-67%229-123$50$69,484,0319Relativity Media
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,228-68%122-61$92$4,040,9366Paramount Vantage
10Blue Like Jazz$10,531-68%126-10$84$478,6052Roadside Attractions
11The Iron Lady$8,546-54%102-44$84$29,967,98217Weinstein Company
12Chronicle$8,141-71%137-28$59$64,314,97012Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,553-80%135-18$34$132,928,05719Fox
14A Thousand Words$4,231-75%168-109$25$17,941,1107Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,733-62%50--$675$303,9611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,726-41%32-8$429$18,344,49855Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$6,776-64%83-30$82$7,096,7357Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$5,776-62%86-35$67$44,160,29422Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,101-70%58-63$71$5,779,0386Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$4,092-71%6919$59$145,5482Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,331-69%90-32$37$54,283,04212CBS Films
8Silent House (2012)$3,140-57%590$53$12,729,6987Open Road
9We Bought a Zoo$3,033-68%66-17$46$75,551,27718Fox
10Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,987-75%81-44$25$34,855,4969Lionsgate
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,853-75%32-1$58$43,403,95411Fox
12Red Tails$1,446-65%39-4$37$49,827,16714Fox
13Coriolanus$1,424-56%14-4$102$687,57314Weinstein Company
14W.E.$1,034-69%15-2$69$565,72212Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$769-65%170$45$505,72010Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$559-53%153$37$2,998,79513Roadside Attractions