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 Tue, May. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$8,477,8547%4,3490$1,949$389,473,2902Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,611,20813%3,755--$695$34,607,9371Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$515,2427%2,05242$251$82,429,5794Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$464,75817%2,531-263$184$387,870,2868Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$462,42033%2,569-372$180$25,432,6553Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$431,24936%2,839-166$152$54,535,5434Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$252,88328%3,079-279$82$23,497,9433Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$212,34433%1,690-581$126$16,089,8143Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$182,44228%1,55928$117$26,042,9734Disneynature
10The Raven$172,4528%1,888-321$91$15,055,8743Relativity Media
11The Cabin in the Woods$128,7348%1,029-640$125$40,002,2625Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$70,40114%1,416-758$50$41,285,7605Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$347,30224%178151$1,951$4,371,0702Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$84,936-8%322--$264$1,561,5551Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$79,09923%589-451$134$135,261,0959Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$62,52050%521-335$120$56,154,3706Universal
5Bully (2012)$44,62332%2630$170$2,942,4267Weinstein Company
6Mirror Mirror$43,57424%607-315$72$61,072,6887Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,4950%455-66$80$209,664,83011Universal
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,9359%200-47$120$8,587,96510CBS Films
9The Artist$21,7775%751710$29$44,482,00625Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$20,76216%157-176$132$57,652,8976Paramount
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,68124%260-43$76$102,616,87314Warner Bros. / New Line
12Lockout$18,63311%255-56$73$14,172,1235Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$18,26828%265-450$69$82,022,7087Warner Bros.
14Safe House$8,84018%136-39$65$126,165,97514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,80410%11770$58$4,257,1519Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,74712%127-13$53$18,305,63910Paramount
17This Means War$6,55415%132-39$50$54,599,01913Fox
18Act of Valor$6,01914%118-75$51$69,915,27812Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,62019%110-33$42$35,018,68412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$42,5923%49-1$869$1,496,8934Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,91425%340$497$18,815,19558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,9687%4618$195$205,6523Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,9156%50--$158$72,0571Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,624-3%56-12$65$5,902,5919Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$2,98713%51-27$59$64,517,39615Fox
7Friends With Kids$2,48145%362$69$7,210,98710Roadside Attractions
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,31433%67-8$35$133,066,46822Fox
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,100-24%23-7$91$1,185,7825Code Black Entertainment
10Project X (2012)$1,960-4%40-32$49$54,728,27311Warner Bros.
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$1,70687%10--$171$19,7171UTV Communications
12Undefeated$1,27097%130$98$543,23513Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,13732%11-7$103$742,16717Weinstein Company
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$55435%12-5$46$43,454,62014Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$44516%11-9$40$589,5295Roadside Attractions
16Tonight You're Mine$28011%2--$140$2,6771Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$190-44%4-8$48$203,3095Anchor Bay Films
18Red Tails$127-71%9-3$14$49,867,17317Fox
19Albert Nobbs$7-83%2-3$4$3,014,58816Roadside Attractions