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 Sun, Sep. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$12,602,119-33%3,349--$3,763$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$5,269,855-40%2,992--$1,761$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,050,123-39%2,78050$737$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$1,605,003-52%3,2120$500$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$1,400,143-59%3,0830$454$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,119,007-40%2,639-265$424$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$840,815-37%2,381-635$353$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Dredd 3D$677,281-32%2,55751$265$10,948,5632Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$585,285-47%2,515--$233$2,603,3701Fox
10The Possession$285,125-57%1,618-980$176$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11ParaNorman$222,616-39%1,209-408$184$53,934,9447Focus
12Lawless$206,112-47%1,503-1111$137$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$176,339-42%1,187-565$149$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,265,282-41%335--$3,777$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$631,017-50%85668$737$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$263,670-44%10298$2,585$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$211,426-50%25511$829$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$192,540-49%655-293$294$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$164,800-57%824-607$200$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$139,970-43%815-1005$172$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$117,915-35%387-33$305$159,080,86612Fox
9Hope Springs (2012)$102,184-48%691-456$148$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
10The Campaign$101,585-57%630-620$161$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
11Barfi!$85,090-43%127-3$670$2,462,0083UTV Communications
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$55,051-40%332-42$166$48,034,7119Fox
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$44,793-37%203-37$221$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Amazing Spider-Man$44,508-59%204-49$218$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Ted (2012)$42,750-47%225-68$190$218,118,55014Universal
16Total Recall (2012)$41,393-41%239-83$173$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
17The Words$37,733-44%278-969$136$11,434,8674CBS Films
18The Intouchables$35,228-47%121-35$291$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
19Sparkle (2012)$24,740-48%22014$112$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
20Premium Rush$24,567-61%208-359$118$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
21Step Up Revolution$18,073-40%110-72$164$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$10,504-40%132-159$80$13,714,1376Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$7,970-47%104-51$77$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,461-18%520$624$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thaandavam$25,281-54%45--$562$129,0441UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$18,953-39%69-63$275$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
4Heroine$18,640-43%97-17$192$560,2852UTV Communications
5Moonrise Kingdom$16,213-48%82-38$198$45,294,88819Focus
6For A Good Time, Call...$14,354-35%84-21$171$1,205,0455Focus
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,1749%32-15$349$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
8The Apparition$10,846-37%6530$167$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
910 Years$9,333-46%6320$148$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
10The Watch$8,431-45%46-31$183$34,287,28410Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$8,367-27%330$254$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$5,986-54%40-45$150$3,115,1154Paramount
13Tales of the Night$3,72046%1--$3,720$10,9751GKIDS
14The Other Dream Team$3,169-71%2--$1,585$19,8211The Film Arcade
15Safety Not Guaranteed$3,077-43%34-6$91$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
16Toys in the Attic$2,405-35%60$401$59,7774Hannover House
17Ruby Sparks$2,088-57%17-26$123$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
18Cosmopolis$595-38%5-4$119$761,5527Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$516-44%4-3$129$7,4552UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$382-53%70$55$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment