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, Jun. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$21,034,4753%3,773--$5,575$41,503,0001Universal
2Men in Black 3$12,188,77451%4,2480$2,869$103,269,4582Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$9,017,91360%3,670-248$2,457$547,123,5355Disney
4Battleship$2,215,53553%3,144-558$705$53,974,6253Universal
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,985,47057%1,29461$1,534$24,148,2135Fox Searchlight
6The Dictator$1,977,64141%2,649-365$747$49,491,6803Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,838,05327%2,907-114$632$29,577,8573Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$1,663,15756%3,002-402$554$69,706,1634Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$1,247,00820%2,4330$513$13,654,3342Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$677,40549%1,099-322$616$397,906,03511Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$656,78211%757--$868$1,246,1901ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$314,48468%509-277$618$89,543,6217Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$284,85889%585-299$487$28,365,4896Sony / Columbia
4Crooked Arrows$234,024-8%327260$716$1,012,4973Branded/Peck Films
521 Jump Street$163,30737%330-34$495$137,087,54012Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$159,26650%120--$1,327$265,4341UTV Communications
7Mirror Mirror$149,89926%357-65$420$62,812,05310Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$145,39245%404-211$360$58,891,5697Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$141,75038%315-75$450$211,389,78514Universal
10The Three Stooges$115,81648%285-40$406$42,671,6238Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$80,66054%218-56$370$28,237,7356Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$66,09652%205-50$322$83,175,33010Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$51,43936%155-20$332$103,308,14817Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$45,52133%136-67$335$41,132,2918Lionsgate
15Safe (2012)$42,79447%17563$245$16,908,5296Lionsgate
16High School$29,3564%200--$147$57,4931Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$353,44942%1612$22,091$1,462,7762Focus
2The Intouchables$148,54789%5046$2,971$393,6002Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$79,7235%500$1,594$2,725,8057Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$68,1977%86--$793$131,7751Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,00572%60-27$383$9,012,56913CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,181-32%33-1$551$19,210,23361Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Titanic 3D$12,88226%5210$248$57,848,4829Paramount
8Girl in Progress$12,87464%50-93$257$2,500,1874Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Artist$12,35737%8767$142$44,606,64628Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$11,23634%486$234$352,9776Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$8,4125%88-16$96$3,383,43210Weinstein Company
12The Raven$7,98738%61-50$131$15,785,7306Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$1,236-23%19-20$65$70,008,92415Relativity Media
14Undefeated$1,21474%60$202$560,41816Weinstein Company
15Friends With Kids$1,20642%8-1$151$7,244,92513Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$1,01930%5-2$204$49,875,31620Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$8278%1-2$82$594,8648Roadside Attractions