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 Wed, Nov. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,541,933-23%3,505--$1,581$114,650,1651Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,074,471-26%3,7520$286$102,086,0782Disney
3Flight$1,014,922-22%2,047163$496$51,746,4292Paramount
4Argo$481,313-17%2,763-11$174$87,489,4685Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$238,672-17%2,487-152$96$132,310,3236Fox
6Cloud Atlas$238,162-19%2,02310$118$23,782,6573Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$234,025-24%1,8724$125$13,757,0552Universal
8Here Comes the Boom$124,854-23%2,044-270$61$39,718,8335Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$118,235-23%1,391-111$85$59,712,0337Universal
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$112,348-21%1,902-1031$59$16,818,6013Open Road
11Paranormal Activity 4$105,692-19%2,348-658$45$53,046,4944Paramount
12Hotel Transylvania$100,367-22%2,566-356$39$141,702,6777Sony / Columbia
13Sinister$88,587-16%1,554-328$57$46,931,8725Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$60,867-16%1,090-558$56$24,861,9724Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$26,001-33%1,301-1715$20$8,997,8523Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$204,890-36%160--$1,281$524,1450Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$71,038-14%607-15$117$14,923,5118Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$55,056-12%12859$430$1,846,3964Fox Searchlight
4Looper$48,913-27%491-205$100$64,868,7867Sony / TriStar
5Seven Psychopaths$38,044-34%356-103$107$14,257,4245CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$29,306-13%459-1571$64$5,413,2543Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$24,081-12%421135$57$35,379,9318Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,115-5%243-48$42$447,807,03417Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$9,543-5%125-33$76$39,066,1338Open Road
10ParaNorman$8,395-1%198-48$42$55,509,27813Focus
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,752-6%147-10$39$160,598,18618Fox
12The Expendables 2$4,971-12%134-39$37$84,976,56313Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,625-6%138-50$34$86,862,94514Warner Bros.
14The Possession$3,705-11%121-34$31$49,091,00811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$94,7020%11--$8,609$1,329,5571Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,442-4%6253$314$353,4172Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$15,09913%520$290$9,726,67430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$11,493-4%88-50$131$15,726,4639Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$8,337-23%87-29$96$7,700,1849Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,531-28%300$151$21,271,92184Warner Bros. / IMAX
7This Must Be the Place$3,90835%119$355$55,6022Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,6065%346$106$12,986,46425Weinstein Company
9House at the End of the Street$2,174-10%78-50$28$31,250,0068Relativity Media
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,802-10%82-13$22$48,826,33015Fox
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,5315%43-27$36$3,320,1465Atlas Distribution
12Lawless$1,11113%20-15$56$37,382,69911Weinstein Company
13Won't Back Down$784-2%38-3$21$5,301,6717Fox
14Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$48812%38-22$13$143,4362UTV Communications
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$310-79%2-2$155$76,4896Roadside Attractions
16Vamps$12763%10$127$3,3612Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$74196%1-22$74$30,6032Roadside Attractions