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 Fri, Dec. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,619,3345%4,1000$2,590$200,320,1483Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,695,41617%3,010--$3,221$43,015,6811Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$9,314,3452%2,814--$3,310$48,752,7701Universal
4Parental Guidance$5,061,70722%3,367--$1,503$19,850,3991Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,519,18527%3,3520$1,348$35,072,3432Paramount
6This is 40$4,108,74031%2,9141$1,410$28,039,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,388,54213%1,966-327$1,215$126,918,3398Disney / DreamWorks
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$2,286,88018%2,6180$874$14,413,3442Disney
9The Guilt Trip$2,164,11928%2,4310$890$16,574,4752Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$1,793,73113%2,055-976$873$87,040,8616Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,475,42714%1,637-728$901$286,473,5138Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,183,02513%1,178-572$1,004$82,053,2096Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$776,32718%1,191-809$652$284,456,1037Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,284,29733%745374$1,724$24,535,0197Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$740,93713%8400$882$5,767,5982Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$664,10216%913-531$727$174,314,2219Disney
4Argo$302,00225%345-105$875$107,724,11312Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$185,11925%3010$615$144,832,01614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$157,85012%218-113$724$10,337,9267Focus
7Flight$135,67031%400-342$339$91,570,4279Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$129,18650%425-586$304$43,131,7026FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$114,56519%349-186$328$4,721,4996Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$111,35618%252-39$442$43,311,78612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$78,46430%232-43$338$138,732,83113Fox
12Pitch Perfect$53,98526%183-31$295$64,299,26814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$44,04852%268-583$164$12,606,6784FilmDistrict
14End of Watch$29,36041%162-10$181$40,691,96315Open Road
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,21316%125-16$234$17,248,05415Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$124,16429%84-2$1,478$1,432,4664Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$94,081-3%50$18,816$1,146,6522Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$53,453--25--$2,138$53,4531Focus
4The Impossible$51,82142%150$3,455$352,1682Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$45,33769%520$872$10,414,22537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$20,88421%80-18$261$5,461,67211Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$19,27272%300$642$21,594,81191Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Not Fade Away$15,634245%1916$823$56,6462Paramount Vantage
9A Late Quartet$15,33021%37-2$414$1,227,4769Entertainment One / RKO
10Killing Them Softly$14,70677%68-81$216$14,802,1395Weinstein Company
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,0924%62-10$227$161,102,66825Fox
12Sinister$12,95628%82-11$158$48,029,74012Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$12,39228%84-16$148$66,440,58514Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$11,81537%77-17$153$25,838,78511Lionsgate / Summit
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,7406%150$449$657,6596Warner Bros.
16Cloud Atlas$6,639-19%45-5$148$26,761,62510Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity 4$6,19121%500$124$53,870,26011Paramount
18The Collection$4,80987%17-95$283$6,833,3575LD Entertainment
19The Intouchables$4,43348%114$403$13,114,37732Weinstein Company
20Talaash$4,2343%16-9$265$2,840,2095Reliance Entertainment
21The Master$4,08374%130$314$15,947,30116Weinstein Company
22ParaNorman$2,715-2%22-2$123$55,988,39220Focus
23Arbitrage$1,38738%72$198$7,903,96016Roadside Attractions