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, Dec. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of The Guardians$3,197,263-35%3,639-33$879$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
2Skyfall$2,639,192-47%3,401-62$776$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
3Life of Pi$2,395,988-35%2,94618$813$60,948,2933Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,352,584-41%3,646-362$645$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
5Lincoln$2,299,684-43%2,014-4$1,142$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,387,574-41%2,746-341$505$164,402,9346Disney
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,274,004-46%2,837--$449$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,030,366-46%2,754-27$374$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$800,350-44%2,431-172$329$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$752,813-36%2,4240$311$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$410,987-31%1,4030$293$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$219,191-29%1,2491225$175$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$557,141-43%3710$1,502$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$455,572-30%42238$1,080$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$368,045-47%944-99$390$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$197,941-38%181131$1,094$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$127,958-41%162-12$790$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$95,071-46%430-66$221$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$63,855-55%387-16$165$63,517,40811Universal
8Cloud Atlas$58,842-14%191-3$308$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
9The Sessions$58,005-42%197-29$294$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Looper$36,903-36%232-48$159$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$35,842-40%175-14$205$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
12Here Comes the Boom$33,783-50%234-100$144$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
13Alex Cross$30,032-42%214100$140$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$29,732-38%196-52$152$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$27,150-21%1817$150$15,522,0606Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$18,916-36%141-21$134$14,903,8859CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$32,079-40%171$1,887$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$22,966-34%4--$5,742$81,3621Focus
3A Late Quartet$22,336-34%63-11$355$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,991-43%90-12$189$160,953,22422Fox
5ParaNorman$13,105-26%81-23$162$55,925,77917Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$11,722-27%520$225$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hecho en Mexico$11,50422%2614$442$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Sinister$9,906-36%77-11$129$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
9Fun Size$9,346-26%80-36$117$9,402,4107Paramount
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$7,453-37%76-48$98$17,507,4397Open Road
11Born to Be Wild 3D$6,943-12%300$231$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Chasing Mavericks$6,733-42%67-12$100$5,874,5707Fox
13House at the End of the Street$6,348-43%68-40$93$31,588,93212Relativity Media
14The Dark Knight Rises$5,856-48%62-18$94$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,796-32%47-5$123$48,984,79319Fox
16The Master$4,4200%230$192$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
17Trouble with the Curve$4,364-49%71-29$61$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 4$3,935-49%48-22$82$53,745,4148Paramount
19Arbitrage$3,926-41%25-10$157$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
20The Rabbi's Cat$1,83831%1--$1,838$4,3011GKIDS
21This Must Be the Place$1,449-28%5-2$290$136,3396Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$541-65%12-7$45$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8252%2--$41$83,87610Roadside Attractions