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 Thu, Sep. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,036,402-8%3,012--$344$26,767,7271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$686,571-4%2,904--$236$20,533,9751Disney
3Lawless$409,348-7%3,063-75$134$32,190,9193Weinstein Company
4The Possession$319,0512%2,86026$112$42,649,6273Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$257,8121%2,896-364$89$81,561,9525Lionsgate
6The Words$241,775-5%2,8010$86$10,244,5712CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$217,1350%2,170-596$100$108,792,7006Universal
8The Campaign$203,4460%2,002-540$102$83,781,0656Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$187,940-1%1,946-491$97$61,298,1556Sony / Columbia
10The Dark Knight Rises$181,1221%1,581-406$115$441,857,8709Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$153,3504%2,326-530$66$50,237,0985Focus
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$144,3353%2,415-302$60$47,112,7385Disney
13Premium Rush$97,547-5%1,339-843$73$19,302,7644Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$72,676-6%1,5110$48$3,631,8512Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$134,083-16%197--$681$2,668,5071Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$53,268-5%132--$404$1,334,2681UTV Communications
3Ted (2012)$39,0650%411-104$95$217,594,24512Universal
4Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$38,30514%32255$119$2,980,1892Paramount
5Hit and Run$32,163-5%651-1159$49$13,470,8414Open Road
6The Intouchables$31,8445%180-14$177$12,071,55817Weinstein Company
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$27,720-7%212-57$131$10,779,22612Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$27,497-1%10751$257$937,0743Focus
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$24,942-4%541-222$46$158,021,17810Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$23,9197%157-43$152$45,033,74417Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$15,588-4%306-39$51$215,672,79215Paramount / DreamWorks
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,060-6%591-340$25$47,448,3997Fox
13Step Up Revolution$14,564-6%26870$54$34,819,5918Lionsgate / Summit
14The Watch$9,236-3%1383$67$34,179,6388Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,7098%160-7$48$65,653,24212Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,331-1%115-87$55$113,689,43512Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$62,012-10%5--$12,402$1,055,8831Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,61515%520$204$8,573,60322Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$9,0037%80-34$113$46,221,67620Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$5,7395%70-6$82$2,458,4438Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$4,3875%46-8$95$3,937,91515FilmDistrict
6The Apparition$3,29212%68-208$48$4,849,1074Warner Bros.
7Cosmopolis$2,331-20%31-14$75$754,9145Entertainment One Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,240-14%330$68$20,864,43476Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Branded$2,1957%80-227$27$352,8692Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$1,764-2%3--$588$30,9151Anchor Bay Films
11The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$234100%8-273$29$1,065,9073Kenn Viselman Presents
12Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$195-15%7-15$28$3,369,2426ARC Entertainment
13Mugamoodi$124-25%3-14$41$99,5643UTV Communications