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, Dec. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,327,187-19%4,045--$1,564$106,537,8731Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Guilt Trip$1,029,734--2,431--$424$1,029,7340Paramount
3Lincoln$825,863-12%2,285271$361$110,253,9636Disney / DreamWorks
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$778,913--2,618--$298$778,9130Disney
5Skyfall$742,693-16%2,717-684$273$274,250,5116Sony / Columbia
6Life of Pi$620,616-27%2,208-738$281$71,647,3744Fox
7Rise of The Guardians$619,375-16%3,387-252$183$72,935,7854Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$494,274-19%3,042-604$162$278,452,2995Lionsgate / Summit
9Wreck-It Ralph$251,624-25%1,863-883$135$169,568,3517Disney
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$239,566-43%2,338-499$102$11,731,0732FilmDistrict
11Red Dawn (2012)$186,029-32%1,547-1207$120$41,593,7634FilmDistrict
12Flight$175,393-35%1,823-608$96$90,096,0657Paramount
13Killing Them Softly$80,235-54%1,427-997$56$14,541,7083Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$264,076-15%3710$712$17,808,5025Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$137,279-19%388-34$354$8,829,7395Focus
3Argo$131,016-20%667-277$196$105,394,38010Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$124,684-24%549368$227$3,496,1624Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$37,129-47%621-782$60$6,694,3603LD Entertainment
6Pitch Perfect$29,095-12%291-96$100$63,963,25812Universal
7Taken 2$28,609-21%300-130$95$138,230,96711Fox
8The Sessions$17,803-17%151-46$118$5,264,3259Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,363-15%125-50$115$17,053,61113Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$14,299-2%175-57$82$66,347,32212Sony / TriStar
11Talaash$13,431-43%113-49$119$2,754,6003Reliance Entertainment
12End of Watch$12,200-13%172-1077$71$40,509,50613Open Road
13Sinister$10,625-2%184107$58$47,948,79110Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,085-17%100-41$81$15,016,50410CBS Films
15Alex Cross$7,552-22%175-39$43$25,765,1139Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$7,387-1%157109$47$53,829,9539Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$124,848--5--$24,970$124,8480Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$32,115-1%3632$892$501,1362Focus
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$18,85413%14-3$1,347$496,2094Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,490-17%520$259$10,247,42735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cloud Atlas$13,258-22%98-93$135$26,667,5268Warner Bros.
6A Late Quartet$8,3404%46-17$181$1,109,5437Entertainment One / RKO
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,944-3%300$198$21,528,26189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Man With the Iron Fists$5,915-25%91-90$65$15,628,6307Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,3029%84-6$51$161,022,71923Fox
10The Intouchables$3,286-47%2513$131$13,081,37030Weinstein Company
11ParaNorman$1,982-2%61-20$32$55,970,87918Focus
12The Master$1,580-33%14-9$113$15,918,86614Weinstein Company
13Hecho en Mexico$1,4432%10-16$144$150,1303Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Arbitrage$1,2995%10-15$130$7,894,19214Roadside Attractions
15House at the End of the Street$1,0897%41-27$27$31,610,67413Relativity Media
16This Must Be the Place$324-46%3-2$108$143,7727Weinstein Company