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, Dec. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,919,722-29%4,1000$1,688$228,546,6043Warner Bros. / New Line
2Les Miserables (2012)$6,247,080-24%2,814--$2,220$72,967,2401Universal
3Django Unchained$5,162,458-43%3,010--$1,715$68,605,6111Weinstein Company
4Parental Guidance$4,650,60512%3,367--$1,381$33,993,3501Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,393,293-12%3,3520$1,012$47,550,6422Paramount
6This is 40$2,520,610-32%2,9141$865$38,951,9602Universal
7Lincoln$2,321,9386%1,966-327$1,181$134,189,0978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,813,103-8%2,4310$746$22,770,9212Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,440,079-23%2,6180$550$20,013,9802Disney
10Skyfall$1,345,069-2%1,637-728$822$290,904,2718Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$1,198,238-13%2,055-976$583$91,337,6596Paramount / DreamWorks
12Life of Pi$989,363-17%1,178-572$840$85,639,8166Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$383,828-47%1,191-809$322$286,422,8937Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,128,950-11%745374$1,515$28,458,9867Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$663,915-15%8400$790$8,090,8412Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$484,687-8%913-531$531$175,990,0199Disney
4Argo$294,960-4%345-105$855$108,720,92012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$119,139-32%218-113$547$10,825,0057Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$111,374-31%3010$370$145,321,69014Sony / Columbia
7Hitchcock$105,528-13%349-186$302$5,091,2076Fox Searchlight
8Flight$105,315-17%400-342$263$91,978,5519Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$74,300-38%425-586$175$43,468,0526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$67,567-26%252-39$268$43,599,65612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$38,885-43%232-43$168$138,936,37913Fox
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$30,240-15%268-583$113$12,717,9174FilmDistrict
13Pitch Perfect$23,790-48%183-31$130$64,427,36814Universal
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,228-46%125-16$130$17,328,05715Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$12,088-55%162-10$75$40,766,73415Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$151,9014%84-2$1,808$1,889,8974Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$73,746-33%50$14,749$1,442,7322Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$52,4458%25--$2,098$226,3601Focus
4The Impossible$45,880-24%150$3,059$528,8032Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$22,497-36%520$433$10,518,62537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Not Fade Away$16,517-6%1916$869$112,3242Paramount Vantage
7The Sessions$14,609-39%80-18$183$5,529,31011Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$13,809-25%37-2$373$1,280,9639Entertainment One / RKO
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,543-18%62-10$154$161,139,59925Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$9,006-29%300$300$21,632,59191Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Looper$6,727-45%84-16$80$66,475,04214Sony / TriStar
12Killing Them Softly$6,009-51%68-81$88$14,836,6305Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$5,573-46%77-17$72$25,869,48811Lionsgate / Summit
14The Intouchables$5,262-8%114$478$13,132,20332Weinstein Company
15Sinister$4,616-63%82-11$56$48,061,55612Lionsgate / Summit
16Cloud Atlas$3,867-59%45-5$86$26,785,67310Warner Bros.
17The Master$2,905-33%130$223$15,959,56716Weinstein Company
18Talaash$2,865-49%16-9$179$2,854,0095Reliance Entertainment
19Paranormal Activity 4$2,173-66%500$43$53,886,99411Paramount
20The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,916-13%150$128$667,3426Warner Bros.
21ParaNorman$1,431-41%22-1$65$55,995,98820Focus
22Arbitrage$880-63%72$126$7,909,61316Roadside Attractions