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, May. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$69,557,990-14%4,349--$15,994$150,371,9751Disney
2Think Like a Man$3,299,97624%2,010-5$1,642$70,999,6203Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,457,54686%3,3580$732$16,944,1392Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$2,426,87749%2,794-778$869$379,083,9217Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,211,36014%3,005-170$736$46,564,1413Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$2,043,99522%2,9415$695$17,824,2702Universal
7The Raven$1,047,75623%2,2096$474$11,436,9012Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,004,31943%1,531-36$656$22,324,8893Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,003,14218%2,2715$442$12,253,6122Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$800,36368%2,174-931$368$39,114,6834Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$617,86720%1,669-970$370$37,587,5584Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$444,63223%1,040-780$428$133,740,4878Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$342,40023%856-1298$400$55,104,2005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$326,01872%922-1095$354$59,943,9596Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$195,37583%521-362$375$208,909,82510Universal
4Wrath of the Titans$184,31427%715-857$258$81,488,9656Warner Bros.
5Titanic 3D$147,09353%333-1076$442$57,168,4465Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$127,94070%303-98$422$102,189,42713Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,09169%247-88$510$8,159,5129CBS Films
8Lockout$92,65612%311-948$298$13,849,9464Open Road
9Bully (2012)$60,592-1%2630$230$2,488,9136Weinstein Company
10Safe House$48,12549%175-54$275$125,994,65013Universal
11This Means War$37,16030%171-61$217$54,466,49412Fox
12A Thousand Words$35,19565%140-29$251$18,165,1769Paramount
13The Vow$34,03537%157-61$217$124,918,66313Sony / Screen Gems
14Act of Valor$30,15128%193-92$156$69,804,29011Relativity Media
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$26,37143%143104$184$34,924,50411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$312,24758%27--$11,565$509,3011Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$70,1825%500$1,404$973,8463Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,44867%95-32$457$51,756,92212Sony / Columbia
4Sound of My Voice$23,51737%2823$840$89,9102Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,520-34%340$633$18,624,57357Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Beautiful Soul$16,7492%20--$837$33,1051Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Chronicle$13,20545%78-43$169$64,463,06314Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,713185%75-36$170$133,022,55321Fox
9Project X (2012)$12,56937%72-83$175$54,689,28110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$11,55542%30-37$385$1,129,2394Code Black Entertainment
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,49634%47-32$245$4,183,7628Paramount Vantage
12Casa de mi Padre$11,03227%6832$162$5,838,7268Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$6,94226%34-19$204$7,181,7059Roadside Attractions
14The Artist$6,30452%41-9$154$44,237,94524Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$6,29098%38-14$166$75,604,35420Fox
16Coriolanus$5,34832%184$297$724,07416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$4,23435%20-26$212$575,2194Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$3,36862%12-16$281$195,2394Anchor Bay Films
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,23542%17-10$190$43,444,62613Fox
20Undefeated$2,47413%13-7$190$529,13512Weinstein Company
21Red Tails$1,99130%12-11$166$49,857,50216Fox
22W.E.$1,242238%6-4$207$581,02014Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$78651%5-11$157$3,012,51115Roadside Attractions