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, Nov. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$14,232,730-33%3,752--$3,793$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$6,109,512-43%1,884--$3,243$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$2,395,172-50%2,774-81$863$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$1,849,320-39%1,868--$990$7,910,9801Universal
5Cloud Atlas$1,468,450-39%2,0135$729$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$1,305,431-53%2,639-356$495$125,586,9295Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$1,195,628-43%2,922-354$409$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$862,405-56%3,006-406$287$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$846,498-49%2,314-177$366$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$810,079-44%2,9330$276$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$668,390-53%1,502-497$445$55,633,7036Universal
12Fun Size$588,679-44%3,0162$195$7,454,5792Paramount
13Sinister$563,604-55%1,882-465$299$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$441,702-53%1,648-893$268$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$320,216-42%2,03028$158$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$291,447-48%622-114$469$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$288,784-49%696-493$415$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$226,200-35%857-881$264$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$186,476-45%459-544$406$13,411,7504CBS Films
5ParaNorman$73,183-32%246-34$297$55,231,34012Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$68,440-43%2910$235$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7The Master$47,617-46%138-63$345$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
8End of Watch$43,504-39%158-132$275$38,853,1897Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$42,570-46%286-134$149$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,259-37%157-35$244$160,420,83017Fox
11Arbitrage$29,226-52%116-9$252$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
12The Expendables 2$28,721-39%173-5$166$84,855,31312Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,557-42%188-34$141$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
14The Possession$25,984-42%15573$168$48,982,12710Lionsgate
15Resident Evil: Retribution$25,383-31%131-67$194$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
16The Bourne Legacy$22,185-55%153-38$145$113,165,63513Universal
17House at the End of the Street$12,662-65%128-174$99$31,181,2777Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$124,934-43%6949$1,811$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$27,412-39%60--$457$95,3641UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$23,819-26%520$458$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,366-25%95-21$235$48,737,04714Fox
5A Late Quartet$22,148-30%9--$2,461$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,750-20%300$325$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,556-39%70-77$137$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$8,783-41%28-20$314$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
9Simon and the Oaks$7,592-48%13-1$584$119,0974The Film Arcade
10The Bay$4,896-43%23--$213$19,7471Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$3,469-39%41-24$85$5,285,2076Fox
12This Must Be the Place$3,126-3%2--$1,563$7,7541Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,732-52%35-61$78$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,747-43%40$437$69,6245Roadside Attractions
15War of the Buttons (2012)$1,231-19%6-2$205$45,6024Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$924-48%5-9$185$128,9776The Film Arcade
17Vamps$2025%1--$202$5481Anchor Bay Films