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, Sep. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,869,69811%3,012--$621$24,604,3341Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$1,226,1221%2,904--$422$19,131,5411Disney
3Lawless$630,23443%3,063-75$206$31,342,3773Weinstein Company
4The Possession$455,2466%2,86026$159$42,019,0823Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$364,71431%2,896-364$126$81,049,6985Lionsgate
6The Words$358,94644%2,8010$128$9,749,4492CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$314,65526%2,170-596$145$108,358,3406Universal
8The Campaign$283,06128%2,002-540$141$83,374,4956Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$278,9634%2,326-530$120$49,935,6065Focus
10Hope Springs (2012)$268,86453%1,946-491$138$60,920,4306Sony / Columbia
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$243,21115%2,415-302$101$46,827,6825Disney
12The Dark Knight Rises$238,13715%1,581-406$151$441,497,5819Warner Bros.
13Premium Rush$154,34936%1,339-843$115$19,102,9464Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$119,09643%1,5110$79$3,481,9852Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$198,22014%197--$1,006$2,374,3841Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$96,03643%132--$728$1,224,7081UTV Communications
3Hit and Run$47,68435%651-1159$73$13,404,8224Open Road
4Ted (2012)$47,26528%411-104$115$217,516,13512Universal
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$43,2139%32255$134$2,908,3592Paramount
6The Intouchables$41,05050%180-14$228$12,009,36717Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,5361%541-222$71$157,970,34610Fox
8For A Good Time, Call...$36,07819%10751$337$881,9353Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$34,391-16%591-340$58$47,417,3307Fox
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,08520%212-57$156$10,721,62412Fox Searchlight
11Moonrise Kingdom$27,846-1%157-43$177$44,987,50617Focus
12Step Up Revolution$20,25628%26870$76$34,789,6698Lionsgate / Summit
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$18,249-1%306-39$60$215,641,01115Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Watch$11,01013%1383$80$34,160,8388Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,06112%160-7$50$65,638,41212Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,45223%115-87$56$113,676,71012Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$84,975-18%5--$16,995$924,9361Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$14,81520%520$285$8,553,78022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,74234%80-34$134$46,204,23020Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$6,19618%70-6$89$2,447,2188Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$3,9850%46-8$87$3,929,34615FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,96564%330$120$20,859,58476Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Apparition$3,48317%68-208$51$4,842,8724Warner Bros.
8Cosmopolis$3,0291%31-14$98$749,6715Entertainment One Films
9Branded$2,758-1%80-227$34$348,6252Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$2,200-10%3--$733$27,3451Anchor Bay Films
11Mugamoodi$1,018597%3-14$339$99,2743UTV Communications
12The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$80872%8-273$101$1,065,5563Kenn Viselman Presents
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$50318%7-15$72$3,368,8186ARC Entertainment
14Joker$5-85%3-40$2$169,1763UTV Communications