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 Mon, Nov. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,961,132-79%3,752--$789$51,999,8441Disney
2Flight$1,950,065-68%1,884--$1,035$26,850,6311Paramount
3Argo$719,513-70%2,774-81$259$76,579,7534Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$644,460-65%1,868--$345$8,555,4401Universal
5Cloud Atlas$454,914-69%2,0135$226$18,846,6572Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$439,715-66%2,639-356$167$126,026,6445Fox
7Paranormal Activity 4$313,750-64%3,006-406$104$49,843,4323Paramount
8Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$308,776-62%2,9330$105$14,189,0462Open Road
9Hotel Transylvania$249,345-79%2,922-354$85$137,726,7486Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$241,073-72%2,314-177$104$35,741,2964Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$240,320-64%1,502-497$160$55,874,0236Universal
12Sinister$226,133-60%1,882-465$120$44,502,9534Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$161,513-73%3,0162$54$7,616,0922Paramount
14Alex Cross$151,167-66%1,648-893$92$23,237,4823Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$109,205-66%2,03028$54$4,467,9572Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$108,811-63%622-114$175$13,168,0317Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$99,408-66%696-493$143$63,761,2126Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$69,180-63%459-544$151$13,480,9304CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$56,041-75%857-881$65$33,395,9605Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$28,060-59%2910$96$447,549,20716Warner Bros.
6The Master$16,710-65%138-63$121$15,528,1048Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$15,871-78%246-34$65$55,247,21112Focus
8End of Watch$15,226-65%158-132$96$38,868,4157Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$14,895-65%286-134$52$34,978,0737Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$10,091-62%188-34$54$86,754,59413Warner Bros.
11The Bourne Legacy$9,180-59%153-38$60$113,174,81513Universal
12The Expendables 2$9,126-68%173-5$53$84,864,43912Lionsgate
13The Possession$8,234-68%15573$53$48,990,36110Lionsgate
14Arbitrage$8,164-72%116-9$70$7,545,4488Roadside Attractions
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,840-80%157-35$50$160,428,67017Fox
16House at the End of the Street$5,532-56%128-174$43$31,186,8097Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$40,268-68%6949$584$983,4983Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,448-53%9--$1,161$85,7271Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$9,903-58%520$190$9,542,22829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,362-45%300$179$21,210,56783Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,714-83%60--$79$100,0781UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,074-68%70-77$44$3,289,4644Atlas Distribution
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,034-86%95-21$32$48,740,08114Fox
8The Intouchables$2,970-66%28-20$106$12,940,47424Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,371-52%23--$103$22,1181Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$1,561-55%41-24$38$5,286,7686Fox
11This Must Be the Place$1,372-56%2--$686$9,1261Weinstein Company
12Lawless$1,267-54%35-61$36$37,367,03510Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$745-39%6-2$124$46,3474Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$531-70%40$133$70,1555Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$12-94%1--$12$5601Anchor Bay Films