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, Aug. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$4,344,20013%3,745--$1,160$46,344,3801Universal
2The Campaign$3,436,1969%3,205--$1,072$33,165,7381Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,674,36014%3,690-552$725$394,606,5794Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$2,092,72333%2,361--$886$22,767,5221Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,505,75535%3,40110$443$32,975,6882Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,307,90929%3,6010$363$46,421,5412Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,131,76138%3,103-439$365$145,645,2515Fox
8Ted (2012)$496,80022%2,208-559$225$210,753,8657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$493,14933%1,898-708$260$31,119,1323Lionsgate / Summit
10The Amazing Spider-Man$397,73234%1,585-840$251$256,159,2536Sony / Columbia
11The Watch$368,74620%2,463-705$150$32,071,5713Fox
12Brave$336,66931%1,259-851$267$227,838,7718Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$162,308-7%800--$203$2,502,6551ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$102,19113%286-32$357$7,352,9227Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$100,57010%447-240$225$42,266,78212Focus
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$98,49452%306-198$322$211,849,32210Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$84,00434%450-752$187$112,385,4437Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$76,24426%261197$292$1,377,1893Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$61,71433%1940$318$9,406,84012Weinstein Company
8The Hunger Games$51,29310%260-31$197$407,392,20021Lionsgate
9Savages$46,11021%318-386$145$46,892,3906Universal
10Snow White and the Huntsman$40,95015%273-36$150$154,375,50011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$31,40416%202-75$155$25,132,7986Paramount
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,62335%184-46$166$45,428,57615Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$29,75014%364-373$82$64,798,3327Lionsgate
14Prometheus$19,71514%141-57$140$126,085,30610Fox
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$15,16713%130-35$117$37,208,0258Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,14831%520$1,118$7,398,90917Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,25722%330$523$20,521,19871Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,549-4%73-48$117$3,620,52510FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,9278%45-87$87$79,719,24214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,50121%71$357$147,8225Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,223-7%57-88$39$38,513,9599Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$1,16621%12-2$97$289,84211GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$64518%10-24$65$5,670,27311ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$38419%456$9$64,934,37820Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$42200%2-48$21$38,8982Roadside Attractions