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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,046,554-14%2,730--$383$18,168,6321Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$894,063-15%3,212--$278$16,195,9621Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$558,738-17%3,083--$181$15,070,9691Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$475,160-10%2,506--$190$8,584,6071Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$468,858-11%3,0164$155$35,704,9332Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$433,956-40%2,9040$149$32,408,9802Disney
7Lawless$217,539-8%2,614-449$83$35,409,6404Weinstein Company
8The Possession$174,688-8%2,598-262$67$46,049,3184Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$130,8874%1,216--$108$32,534,43611Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Bourne Legacy$128,150-6%1,431-739$90$110,917,1557Universal
11The Expendables 2$111,313-7%1,820-1076$61$83,501,1486Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$103,926-53%1,617-709$64$53,153,9696Focus
13The Campaign$101,479-4%1,250-752$81$85,411,5127Warner Bros.
14Hope Springs (2012)$87,654-4%1,147-799$76$62,512,2317Sony / Columbia
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$84,973-39%1,752-663$49$49,062,8426Disney
16Last Ounce of Courage$74,66314%1,064--$70$3,044,9012Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Words$63,716-16%1,247-1554$51$11,286,8903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$320,678-16%788783$407$6,888,0702Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$106,289-16%948-633$112$443,588,23110Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$86,655-18%24447$355$4,240,7592Roadside Attractions
4Premium Rush$28,902-10%567-772$51$19,792,5245Sony / Columbia
5Barfi!$27,996-31%130-2$215$2,140,9742UTV Communications
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$27,666-31%420-121$66$158,696,44511Fox
7Ted (2012)$25,045-6%293-118$85$217,943,06513Universal
8The Intouchables$21,6324%156-24$139$12,335,05318Weinstein Company
9Moonrise Kingdom$16,804-5%120-37$140$45,229,04318Focus
10For A Good Time, Call...$16,350-5%105-2$156$1,151,5864Focus
11Hit and Run$16,190-3%291-360$56$13,672,9615Open Road
12Beasts of the Southern Wild$14,914-4%132-80$113$10,960,36713Fox Searchlight
13Heroine$12,777-41%114--$112$484,5601UTV Communications
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,879-49%374-217$32$47,843,9898Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,948-29%240-66$46$215,947,17416Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$7,246-24%182-86$40$34,993,8239Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$4,661-23%155-1356$30$3,715,2663Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$18,072-48%4--$4,518$324,8391Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$17,51215%520$337$8,715,85823Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$11,25225%85-237$132$3,088,5933Paramount
410 Years$7,295-31%4340$170$138,3162Anchor Bay Films
5My Uncle Rafael$6,253-20%14--$447$137,0461Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,188-15%47-33$132$46,288,31521Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$5,068-13%77-61$66$34,254,3389Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,868-41%330$117$20,902,74977Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Magic Mike$3,18212%55-60$58$113,721,57113Warner Bros.
10Ruby Sparks$2,602-11%43-27$61$2,488,7359Fox Searchlight
11Safety Not Guaranteed$2,430-5%40-6$61$3,968,09516FilmDistrict
12Toys in the Attic$91410%6--$152$51,9073Hannover House
13The Apparition$79845%35-33$23$4,863,1795Warner Bros.
14Cosmopolis$508-19%9-22$56$759,2046Entertainment One Films
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$37960%70$54$3,372,8257ARC Entertainment
16Tales of the Night$314-91%1--$314$3,8210GKIDS
17Husbands In Goa$50-81%7--$7$5,4641UTV Communications
18Branded$3182%2-78$16$353,4443Roadside Attractions