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, Oct. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,508,353-10%3,661--$685$64,258,8521Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,104,5437%3,3523$330$84,892,6172Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,011,0507%2,7702435$365$26,748,4632Universal
4Looper$933,620-6%2,9931$312$45,142,4252Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$598,2301%3,005--$199$15,020,6681Disney
6End of Watch$360,012-10%2,370-410$152$34,672,1753Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$303,257-10%3,003-209$101$31,218,1093Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$210,625-3%2,720-363$77$28,686,0043Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$120,9138%1,746-893$69$39,727,2304Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$103,360-5%1,361-1020$76$41,512,1264Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,3010%2,5172$40$4,959,9832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,7996%221119$619$3,985,4453Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$133,046-20%8648$154$13,096,9084Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$68,231-5%575-80$119$445,688,59712Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$68,014-7%831-1726$82$13,049,6963Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$42,601-25%244-12$175$6,309,8894Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$35,928-8%821-797$44$48,571,0246Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,2950%482-342$65$112,422,2809Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,0947%534-653$49$50,325,0558Disney
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,94328%300-87$76$159,589,21013Fox
10Lawless$18,421-13%611-892$30$37,096,4536Weinstein Company
11Ted (2012)$17,7655%187-38$95$218,416,14515Universal
12The Campaign$14,388-15%303-327$47$86,338,5639Warner Bros.
13ParaNorman$14,30522%342-867$42$54,420,6128Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,04124%257-75$47$48,318,56510Fox
15The Expendables 2$11,573-23%313-502$37$84,435,9908Lionsgate
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,68827%155-48$63$216,280,10818Paramount / DreamWorks
17Barfi!$7,031-33%110-17$64$2,741,9394UTV Communications

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,53636%520$356$9,034,46525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$11,012-13%84-37$131$12,695,31120Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$6,80514%9210$74$45,415,64820Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,14919%51-18$121$11,127,01115Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,59428%330$139$21,002,28179Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,95241%12--$329$43,9281Roadside Attractions
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,095-39%18-14$116$46,355,20623Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$2,09415%43-41$49$1,251,7496Focus
9The Apparition$1,4269%38-27$38$4,936,8197Warner Bros.
10The Watch$1,313-24%32-14$41$34,339,70911Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$1,028-59%24-10$43$4,001,58418FilmDistrict
12Heroine$1,02138%18-79$57$598,6683UTV Communications
1310 Years$75723%21-42$36$203,6544Anchor Bay Films
14Thaandavam$730-47%21-24$35$197,8022UTV Communications
15Toys in the Attic$298-4%4-2$75$64,0955Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23050%6-1$38$3,377,6189ARC Entertainment