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 Sat, Oct. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,942,4163%3,661--$5,174$37,300,4731Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$11,794,65582%3,3523$3,519$67,940,6492Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$5,913,55521%2,7702435$2,135$17,648,8132Universal
4Looper$5,142,30847%2,9931$1,718$36,750,2372Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$4,562,04137%3,005--$1,518$7,886,8201Disney
6Trouble with the Curve$1,702,13648%3,003-209$567$28,689,8463Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$1,664,80544%2,720-363$612$26,654,0833Relativity Media
8End of Watch$1,662,03743%2,370-410$701$31,670,0063Open Road
9Finding Nemo 3D$703,11586%1,746-893$403$38,495,3264Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$493,68156%1,361-1020$363$40,660,1284Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$420,41937%2,5172$167$4,193,8372Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$839,31268%8648$971$11,813,0474Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$634,02731%221119$2,869$2,899,6943Lionsgate / Summit
3Arbitrage$307,594102%244-11$1,261$5,872,3884Roadside Attractions
4The Dark Knight Rises$295,27565%575-80$514$445,169,67412Warner Bros.
5The Possession$285,06054%821-797$347$48,237,4636Lionsgate
6Dredd 3D$260,72943%831-1726$314$12,493,8103Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$151,83047%482-342$315$112,186,1359Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$134,84996%300-87$449$159,376,61513Fox
9Lawless$133,04031%611-892$218$36,909,7766Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$118,06543%534-653$221$50,129,4928Disney
11ParaNorman$110,36662%342-867$323$54,297,1368Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$93,88049%439-252$214$63,270,7239Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$79,35978%257-75$309$48,199,44510Fox
14The Campaign$76,31540%303-327$252$86,220,3179Warner Bros.
15The Expendables 2$75,71873%313-502$242$84,322,2048Lionsgate
16Barfi!$71,78083%110-17$653$2,639,8424UTV Communications
17Ted (2012)$63,58048%187-38$340$218,303,89015Universal
18The Amazing Spider-Man$56,71061%145-59$391$261,907,61314Sony / Columbia
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$45,90298%155-48$296$216,201,41918Paramount / DreamWorks
20Total Recall (2012)$35,51850%167-72$213$58,853,44510Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$48,21493%84-37$574$12,606,31920Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$41,83951%520$805$8,932,14225Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$24,00356%9210$261$45,366,61220Focus
4Premium Rush$22,78235%77-131$296$20,001,6137Sony / Columbia
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,79565%51-18$349$11,088,98715Fox Searchlight
6Thaandavam$16,338103%21-24$778$170,1012UTV Communications
7The Watch$13,72538%32-14$429$34,325,99211Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,51346%330$409$20,969,08179Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Apparition$7,49167%38-27$197$4,926,1457Warner Bros.
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,411-54%12--$618$23,5591Roadside Attractions
11For A Good Time, Call...$5,64745%43-41$131$1,240,2376Focus
12Hit and Run$4,98040%51-81$98$13,744,0607Open Road
13Heroine$4,40380%18-79$245$589,8943UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,27138%18-14$237$46,340,25023Fox Searchlight
15The Other Dream Team$3,831-20%75$547$32,8652The Film Arcade
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,649-8%24-10$110$3,991,87718FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,99316%21-42$95$199,6164Anchor Bay Films
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$706123%6-1$118$3,376,3989ARC Entertainment
19Toys in the Attic$642-7%4-2$161$62,5065Hannover House