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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$10,973,012--3,349--$3,277$10,973,0121Sony / Columbia
2Looper$6,804,981--2,992--$2,274$6,804,9511Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,401,952130%2,78050$864$20,570,5852Open Road
4House at the End of the Street$2,340,244319%3,0830$759$17,411,2132Relativity Media
5Trouble with the Curve$2,296,982157%3,2120$715$18,492,9442Warner Bros.
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,044,831141%2,639-265$396$33,453,8113Disney
7Won't Back Down$917,768--2,515--$365$917,7681Fox
8Resident Evil: Retribution$820,62775%2,381-635$345$36,525,5603Sony / Screen Gems
9Dredd 3D$689,91545%2,55751$270$9,274,5222Lionsgate
10The Possession$413,468137%1,618-980$256$46,462,7865Lionsgate
11Lawless$269,70524%1,503-1111$179$35,679,3455Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$191,63284%1,209-408$159$53,345,6017Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$167,14097%1,187-565$141$49,229,9827Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,755,935--335--$5,242$1,755,9351Universal
2The Master$789,291146%85668$922$7,677,3613Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$373,1261965%10298$3,658$697,9652Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$236,071172%25511$926$4,476,8303Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$234,84083%824-607$285$111,151,9958Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$218,235105%655-293$333$443,806,46611Warner Bros.
7The Campaign$152,46850%630-620$242$85,563,9808Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$140,02926%815-1005$172$83,641,1777Lionsgate
9Hope Springs (2012)$126,07644%691-456$182$62,638,3078Sony / Columbia
10Barfi!$87,636213%127-3$690$2,228,6103UTV Communications
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$84,157204%387-33$217$158,780,60212Fox
12The Amazing Spider-Man$68,250--204-49$335$261,612,32013Sony / Columbia
13Ted (2012)$51,750107%225-68$230$217,994,81514Universal
14Total Recall (2012)$48,203--239-83$202$58,619,7159Sony / Columbia
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,290273%332-42$133$47,888,2799Fox
16Premium Rush$44,25153%208-359$213$19,836,7756Sony / Columbia
17The Words$42,659-33%278-969$153$11,329,5494CBS Films
18The Intouchables$34,23258%121-35$283$12,369,28519Weinstein Company
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$33,484206%203-37$165$215,980,65817Paramount / DreamWorks
20Sparkle (2012)$25,020--22014$114$24,325,0147Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$15,384112%110-72$140$35,009,20710Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$13,164-19%132-159$100$13,686,1256Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$10,793132%104-51$104$3,726,0594Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$43,033--45--$956$48,3241UTV Communications
2Heroine$24,28090%97-17$250$508,8402UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$19,75832%69-63$286$10,980,12514Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$18,60311%82-38$227$45,247,64619Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$18,4375%520$355$8,734,29524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6For A Good Time, Call...$17,1145%84-21$204$1,168,7005Focus
710 Years$13,01378%6320$207$151,3273Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$10,0321157%6530$154$4,873,2116Warner Bros.
9The Watch$9,23882%46-31$201$34,263,57610Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$7,403-34%40-45$185$3,095,9964Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,04082%330$213$20,909,78978Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$5,676--2--$2,838$5,6761The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,248-31%32-15$133$46,292,56322Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$4,22974%34-6$124$3,972,32417FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$2,422-7%17-26$142$2,491,15710Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$1,79096%60$298$53,6974Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$881181%1--$881$4,7021GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$79356%5-4$159$759,9977Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$5551010%4-3$139$6,0192UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$51636%70$74$3,373,3418ARC Entertainment
21Branded$14-55%1-1$14$353,4584Roadside Attractions