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 Fri, Sep. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,885,645266%2,83418$1,018$26,734,7552Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,797,444143%3,138250$573$19,315,8632Weinstein Company
3The Words$1,582,843--2,801--$565$1,582,8431CBS Films
4The Expendables 2$1,338,396144%3,260-74$411$72,005,5354Lionsgate
5The Bourne Legacy$1,132,770178%2,766-365$410$100,792,2655Universal
62016: Obama's America$1,061,80155%2,017--$526$23,868,1239Rocky Mountain Pictures
7The Campaign$1,003,085182%2,542-399$395$76,946,5175Warner Bros.
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$874,311278%2,71782$322$40,231,3614Disney
9The Dark Knight Rises$863,319123%1,987-200$434$435,427,6128Warner Bros.
10ParaNorman$848,517279%2,856-229$297$42,105,9784Focus
11Hope Springs (2012)$836,229123%2,437-4$343$55,555,6685Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$645,653147%2,182-73$296$15,077,3433Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$634,120--1,511--$420$634,1201Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$315,02248%1,810-1060$174$11,741,6263Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$217,231127%1,209-496$180$620,845,67719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$440,136--267--$1,648$440,1361Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$208,226106%873-384$239$22,802,3034Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$162,480163%515-46$315$216,471,81011Universal
4The Amazing Spider-Man$145,208148%416-85$349$260,150,56910Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$144,612573%931-273$155$46,069,2216Fox
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$139,625242%763-273$183$156,479,0699Fox
7Brave$139,085111%959-749$145$232,816,47712Disney
8Total Recall (2012)$130,344108%502-254$260$57,290,4756Sony / Columbia
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,853132%2692$353$10,007,99211Fox Searchlight
10Branded$93,000--307--$303$93,0001Roadside Attractions
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$79,106267%345-160$229$214,938,28814Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Intouchables$73,393123%19419$378$11,326,35316Weinstein Company
13Moonrise Kingdom$63,108106%2003$316$44,473,32616Focus
14The Apparition$50,0048%276-534$181$4,615,5253Warner Bros.
15Step Up Revolution$46,397211%198-38$234$34,339,8617Lionsgate / Summit
16The Watch$42,978189%135-60$318$33,892,7807Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$37,045220%167-12$222$65,376,51411Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$31,364--173-13$181$178,923,50316Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$31,10349%202-66$154$113,516,92111Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$23,20340%1149$204$46,023,88419Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$11,032-70%281-1879$39$996,2282Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$69,536381%5633$1,242$303,5552Focus
2Ruby Sparks$15,291108%76-2$201$2,333,4757Fox Searchlight
3Cosmopolis$14,48350%45-20$322$673,7884Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$14,42626%520$277$8,330,77321Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,298229%546$191$3,851,80714FilmDistrict
6Prometheus$7,87679%48-7$164$126,408,55914Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,222144%330$219$20,799,11575Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Joker$5,15157%43-31$120$150,4962UTV Communications
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,79694%39-10$123$37,485,07012Fox
10Mugamoodi$4,160152%17-4$245$81,1462UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,978--22-9$135$3,353,9905ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$58614%52$117$315,58615GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$125-40%20$63$188,3929Weinstein Company