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. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$19,135,5828%4,248--$4,505$36,799,9911Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$14,066,38446%3,918-331$3,590$500,415,4954Disney
3Battleship$4,127,73035%3,70212$1,115$40,687,2252Universal
4The Dictator$3,318,97319%3,0146$1,101$37,944,6222Paramount
5Dark Shadows$2,832,81436%3,404-351$832$60,391,1363Warner Bros.
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,620,28217%3,0210$867$19,882,1072Lionsgate
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,457,47847%1,233879$1,993$14,332,7854Fox Searchlight
8Chernobyl Diaries$2,385,146-32%2,433--$980$5,916,0701Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$881,69147%1,421-643$620$394,490,71710Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$559,87038%786-936$712$87,837,4676Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$423,80658%884-956$479$26,895,9325Sony / Columbia
321 Jump Street$274,69754%364103$755$136,295,89711Sony / Columbia
4The Lucky One (2012)$212,96424%615-1390$346$58,097,4916Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$198,88562%39011$510$210,685,50513Universal
6Mirror Mirror$192,32344%42215$456$62,044,0219Relativity Media
7The Three Stooges$133,08770%325-269$409$42,192,7707Fox
8The Five-Year Engagement$113,71036%274-901$415$27,852,5705Universal
9Wrath of the Titans$89,37845%255-105$351$82,846,5069Warner Bros.
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$69,56545%175-70$398$103,051,01016Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Cabin in the Woods$64,29236%203-245$317$40,870,3447Lionsgate
12American Reunion$52,77573%165-125$320$56,675,4058Universal
13Girl in Progress$46,00358%143-179$322$2,353,4373Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Safe (2012)$23,26747%112-391$208$16,776,0265Lionsgate
15The Raven$22,73244%111-321$205$15,714,0095Relativity Media
16Bully (2012)$11,053-44%104-100$106$3,285,1449Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$178,2243%4--$44,556$350,5531Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$79,33920%501$1,587$2,230,2176Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$42,134-11%6712$629$408,7462Branded/Peck Films
4The Intouchables$37,10229%4--$9,276$65,8061Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,68257%87-47$387$8,835,95412CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$21,001-14%340$618$19,049,42860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sound of My Voice$15,05862%425$359$297,2755Fox Searchlight
8Titanic 3D$12,60652%42-28$300$57,788,5048Paramount
9A Thousand Words$12,21053%59-51$207$18,418,30512Paramount
10This Means War$11,02525%44-46$251$54,712,58915Fox
11The Artist$4,37856%20-83$219$44,570,94127Weinstein Company
12Act of Valor$2,75534%39-57$71$69,999,09314Relativity Media
13Friends With Kids$2,13834%9-16$238$7,236,48912Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$1,29722%6-3$216$555,16515Weinstein Company
15Lovely Molly$758137%2-3$379$17,6322Image Entertainment
16Tonight You're Mine$506-32%3--$169$4,4033Roadside Attractions
17Coriolanus$504-7%4-4$126$755,34619Weinstein Company
18Red Tails$48329%74$69$49,870,73819Fox
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$250--10$250$43,456,38216Fox
20Blue Like Jazz$17463%3-4$58$594,2557Roadside Attractions