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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,268,421-63%2,730--$465$14,421,1041Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$854,376-68%3,212--$266$13,016,4161Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$611,964-73%3,083--$198$12,899,1981Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$567,929-65%2,506--$227$6,846,4201Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$542,746-71%3,0164$180$34,012,2762Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$457,093-83%2,9040$157$30,632,5422Disney
7Lawless$204,706-64%2,614-449$78$34,681,8404Weinstein Company
8The Possession$167,245-71%2,598-262$64$45,458,8624Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$119,289-55%1,216--$98$32,141,89111Rocky Mountain Pictures
10ParaNorman$111,096-85%1,617-709$69$52,693,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$107,954-71%1,820-1076$59$83,127,7596Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$107,325-69%1,431-739$75$110,509,9007Universal
13The Campaign$93,420-64%1,250-752$75$85,079,6217Warner Bros.
14The Odd Life of Timothy Green$81,862-80%1,752-663$47$48,737,6906Disney
15Hope Springs (2012)$73,572-62%1,147-799$64$62,227,9557Sony / Columbia
16Last Ounce of Courage$63,502-61%1,064--$60$2,829,0372Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Words$57,838-66%1,247-1554$46$11,058,0493CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$351,070-66%788783$446$5,798,0452Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$103,442-67%948-633$109$443,227,45610Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$82,592-71%24447$338$3,940,7992Roadside Attractions
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$31,812-80%420-121$76$158,593,10411Fox
5Barfi!$31,321-83%130-2$241$2,008,8492UTV Communications
6Premium Rush$25,957-68%567-772$46$19,691,0595Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$23,440-62%293-118$80$217,862,34013Universal
8Moonrise Kingdom$17,188-46%120-37$143$45,178,81118Focus
9Heroine$16,613-82%114--$146$406,5141UTV Communications
10The Intouchables$15,851-65%156-24$102$12,269,03418Weinstein Company
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,846-85%374-217$40$47,794,1648Fox
12Hit and Run$14,226-58%291-360$49$13,620,4445Open Road
13For A Good Time, Call...$14,142-61%105-2$135$1,098,3944Focus
14Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,262-63%132-80$93$10,915,23513Fox Searchlight
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,550-84%240-66$44$215,907,00116Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$7,762-80%182-86$43$34,967,8309Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$4,140-62%155-1356$27$3,695,5343Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$18,621-67%4--$4,655$246,9801Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$14,890-29%520$286$8,672,27223Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$6,558-70%85-237$77$3,061,8613Paramount
410 Years$6,381-63%4340$148$111,4942Anchor Bay Films
5My Uncle Rafael$5,897-83%14--$421$115,6451Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Watch$5,158-62%77-61$67$34,237,8089Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,424-63%47-33$94$46,267,48521Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,090-31%330$124$20,889,64377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Magic Mike$2,291-49%55-60$42$113,712,28313Warner Bros.
10Safety Not Guaranteed$2,146-59%40-6$54$3,960,19116FilmDistrict
11Ruby Sparks$1,986-61%43-27$46$2,480,2409Fox Searchlight
12Toys in the Attic$725-65%6--$121$49,2873Hannover House
13The Apparition$685-65%35-33$20$4,861,1725Warner Bros.
14Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$351-60%70$50$3,371,8207ARC Entertainment
15Cosmopolis$242-63%9-22$27$757,8086Entertainment One Films
16Husbands In Goa$187-84%7--$27$4,6701UTV Communications
17Branded$94-11%2-78$47$353,3213Roadside Attractions