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, Jun. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,140,02013%4,258--$1,677$73,785,6261Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$5,002,455-4%3,396--$1,473$61,257,4521Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,966,75011%3,7774$785$104,185,8952Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,937,66918%3,792-456$511$139,478,9673Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,547,79612%3,129-541$495$575,233,7646Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$557,81440%1,2984$430$31,996,4746Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$467,67722%2,087-820$224$36,673,6504Lionsgate
8The Dictator$386,06724%1,651-998$234$55,978,1824Paramount
9Battleship$284,2504%1,954-1190$145$60,378,0254Universal
10Dark Shadows$206,14514%1,550-1452$133$74,173,0285Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$138,4301%1,180-1253$117$17,218,4943Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$171,5839%751-348$228$400,601,12112Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$120,1653%642-115$187$3,759,3772ARC Entertainment
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,96022%290-25$190$212,128,42015Universal
4Mirror Mirror$54,51722%303-54$180$63,576,15711Relativity Media
5The Lucky One (2012)$53,0279%402-2$132$59,579,5368Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$43,0930%287-222$150$90,399,7808Sony / Screen Gems
7Crooked Arrows$31,83216%278-49$115$1,617,2134Branded/Peck Films
8The Three Stooges$30,46012%245-40$124$43,180,5869Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$21,43740%126-29$170$103,584,19518Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$20,46229%317-268$65$29,008,0727Sony / Columbia
11The Five-Year Engagement$18,45024%175-43$105$28,523,5507Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$16,14015%150-55$108$83,441,51811Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,1147%113-23$98$41,311,8019Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$8,529-1%111-64$77$17,068,6427Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$232,24219%9680$2,419$4,158,3533Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$65,22333%511$1,279$3,294,3078Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$48,26020%7727$627$1,103,0593Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,869-23%330$481$19,390,70962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$11,88515%9--$1,321$119,9541FilmDistrict
6Piranha 3DD$11,077165%78-8$142$330,6312Weinstein Company
7Bully (2012)$5,960167%31-57$192$3,471,67811Weinstein Company
8Girl in Progress$4,4712%577$78$2,564,9515Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Lola Versus$3,5808%4--$895$38,7241Fox Searchlight
10The Raven$3,35352%34-27$99$15,822,8737Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,6016%36-51$72$44,655,58829Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,3973%24-24$58$389,2437Fox Searchlight
13High School$96250%4-196$241$137,6852Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$2537%5-3$51$7,250,57614Roadside Attractions