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 Mon, Sep. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$3,346,360-37%2,816--$1,188$21,078,8401Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,870,566-24%2,888--$994$15,014,9951Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,424,799-30%3,334-21$727$68,814,0853Lionsgate
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,287,554-6%2,63537$868$38,441,5663Disney
5ParaNorman$2,260,619-13%3,085-370$733$40,312,6253Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$2,082,115-25%3,131-523$665$98,313,1654Universal
72016: Obama's America$1,944,121--1,747--$1,113$20,722,2288Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Dark Knight Rises$1,880,976-23%2,187-419$860$433,311,2617Warner Bros.
9The Campaign$1,499,029-35%2,941-361$510$74,783,9274Warner Bros.
10Hope Springs (2012)$1,446,826-17%2,44139$593$53,500,4304Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$1,181,161-22%2,2550$524$13,507,6702Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$675,001-33%2,8700$235$10,730,8472Open Road
13Brave$628,9355%1,7081256$368$232,430,11411Disney
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$582,1622%1,204-761$484$45,768,4885Fox
15Marvel's The Avengers$563,243-33%1,705--$330$620,323,83718Disney
16Sparkle (2012)$545,100-11%1,257-987$434$22,251,7213Sony / TriStar
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$517,213-1%1,036-514$499$156,152,6558Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,1559%2,160--$77$835,6441Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$286,373-20%50183$572$259,811,2069Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$232,880-6%505131$461$214,772,53813Paramount / DreamWorks
3Robot & Frank$225,648--144--$1,567$1,366,2113IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Total Recall (2012)$218,968-34%756-820$290$56,957,1195Sony / Columbia
5Celeste and Jesse Forever$205,868--586--$351$2,079,7905Sony Pictures Classics
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$170,055-16%26755$637$9,788,16110Fox Searchlight
7The Apparition$157,151-29%8100$194$4,408,2722Warner Bros.
8Ted (2012)$148,665-54%561-222$265$216,124,21510Universal
9The Intouchables$121,807-17%175-19$696$11,138,44015Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$114,643-15%197-135$582$44,320,08115Focus
11Step Up Revolution$66,122-36%236-192$280$34,237,0306Lionsgate / Summit
12Men in Black 3$63,784-13%186--$343$178,856,55415Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$50,279-25%17973$281$65,304,46210Lionsgate
14The Watch$42,777-53%195-55$219$33,805,1836Fox
15Magic Mike$36,110-36%268-87$135$113,427,04010Warner Bros.
16The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,142-17%105-7$287$45,957,50618Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$30,030-19%143-51$210$155,111,81514Universal
18The Hunger Games$17,603-13%145-44$121$407,999,25524Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$71,213--29--$2,456$483,1062IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$47,708--87--$548$1,848,5287Magnolia Pictures
3Searching For Sugar Man$47,279--32--$1,477$741,2546Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$47,065-29%520$905$8,278,72020Warner Bros. / IMAX
5To Rome with Love$45,634--94--$485$16,169,65011Sony Pictures Classics
6For A Good Time, Call...$42,754-17%23--$1,859$186,6891Focus
7Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$32,257--15--$2,150$127,7091Indomina Releasing
8Cosmopolis$26,704-17%652$411$632,8413Entertainment One Films
9Ruby Sparks$26,281-19%78-57$337$2,295,9686Fox Searchlight
102 Days In New York$25,380--42--$604$443,2244Magnolia Pictures
11Joker$22,089-44%74--$299$127,9541UTV Communications
12The Imposter$17,914--0----$514,4838Indomina Releasing
13Farewell, My Queen$17,617--36--$489$1,203,5228Cohen Media Group
14Red Hook Summer$16,787--41--$409$261,8934Variance Films
15Compliance$16,185--19--$852$181,7843Magnolia Pictures
16Born to Be Wild 3D$15,393-15%330$466$20,781,90874Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Little White Lies$13,297-13%12--$1,108$93,6332MPI Media
18Savages$12,710-33%82-35$155$47,307,5509Universal
19Mugamoodi$12,074-37%21--$575$68,6771UTV Communications
20Safety Not Guaranteed$11,977-27%48-6$250$3,832,06013FilmDistrict
21The Bullet Vanishes$11,548--14--$825$54,9921China Lion Film
22Prometheus$10,397-35%55-36$189$126,386,75713Fox
23Bernie$9,577--26--$368$9,168,13419Millennium Entertainment
24Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,919-60%49-26$162$37,473,37111Fox
25The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,023--14--$502$249,9867Kino Lorber
26Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$5,948--18--$330$428,2206IFC Films
27Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$4,975-6%31-99$160$3,345,8184ARC Entertainment
28Beloved (2012)$4,752--6--$792$82,0513IFC Films
29Chicken With Plums$3,270--3--$1,090$103,3623Sony Pictures Classics
30A Cat In Paris$3,22745%3-3$1,076$313,28214GKIDS
31Neighboring Sounds$2,945--2--$1,473$32,2402Cinema Guild
32Oslo, August 31st$2,840--7--$406$91,18315Strand Releasing
33The Day$2,818-5%12--$235$15,6621Anchor Bay Films
34The Ambassador$2,712--4--$678$17,5391Drafthouse Films
35The Awakening (2012)$2,459--13--$189$172,1383Cohen Media Group
36Little Birds$1,777--1--$1,777$8,6911Millenium Entertainment
37360$1,747--3--$582$87,0265Magnolia Pictures
38Neil Young Journeys$1,570--11--$143$187,70510Sony Pictures Classics
39Teddy Bear$1,520--1--$1,520$16,1382Film Movement
40Monsieur Lazhar$1,038--2--$519$2,000,92045Music Box Films
41Somewhere Between$1,036--1--$1,036$15,0842Long Shot Factory
42The Good Doctor$926--2--$463$4,1061Magnolia Pictures
43Unforgivable$851--1--$851$122,28910Strand Releasing
44Take This Waltz$784--9--$87$1,207,34310Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$590--3--$197$108,13711Kino Lorber
46Hermano$479--8--$60$28,8022Music Box Films
47Breathing$395--1--$395$1,3441Kino Lorber
48Easy Money (2012)$369-58%2-3$185$187,4458Weinstein Company
49Hysteria$280--4--$70$1,774,75716Sony Pictures Classics
50Elena (2012)$277--2--$139$212,20016Zeitgeist Films
51Where Do We Go Now?$270--2--$135$530,88717Sony Pictures Classics
52The Magic of Belle Isle$261--2--$131$100,9109Magnolia Pictures
53Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$240--1--$240$79,08012Music Box Films
54Klown$229--2--$115$65,7786Drafthouse Films