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, Jan. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,847,754-24%2,9372877$629$36,514,0094Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,355,261-28%3,103--$437$21,818,0471Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,076,062-23%3,0122$357$129,072,6033Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$878,555-22%2,92723$300$121,606,7453Universal
5A Haunted House$777,002-20%2,160--$360$20,831,1481Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$638,323-22%3,012-743$212$280,327,3935Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$590,361-18%2,027126$291$154,532,27510Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$359,981-22%2,707-581$133$73,805,1414Paramount
9This is 40$336,385-22%2,320-611$145$62,544,4754Universal
10Parental Guidance$320,959-24%2,957-411$109$61,680,1223Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$295,371-26%2,6595$111$31,922,5722Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$147,116-21%1,606-706$92$34,931,9944Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$127,953-17%1,647-29$78$7,278,4723Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$84,714-10%1,127-976$75$30,846,6694Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$648,608-14%81065$801$43,305,6329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$236,065-28%757-208$312$95,598,9178Fox
3Argo$207,495-13%621319$334$112,315,08614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$199,620-20%808236$247$7,492,8714Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$126,801-22%823-484$154$299,754,72910Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$62,618-5%24624$255$4,376,0636Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,094-11%542-283$91$290,330,2689Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$43,066-10%905-602$48$98,889,6628Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$42,850-17%430-387$100$11,904,3174Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$31,065-3%476-233$65$179,474,83811Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$29,894-11%144-19$208$12,038,9399Focus
12Flight$14,715-20%150-100$98$92,788,96311Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,436-6%1279$106$5,691,7438Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,273-3%190-23$65$139,536,33815Fox
15Cloud Atlas$8,568-12%1627$53$27,054,60512Warner Bros.
16Red Dawn (2012)$8,560-14%225-27$38$44,063,3848FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$6,8950%154-11$45$64,820,34316Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,6144%1002$66$17,600,93817Lionsgate / Summit
19Not Fade Away$5,879-8%177-388$33$591,9284Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$4,9932%111-29$45$40,998,02917Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,047-23%107-32$28$12,913,7596FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,148-2%5413$132$5,742,39113Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-2%520$127$10,778,99439Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$5,597-13%2--$2,799$65,6391Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,3345%164$333$16,022,45118Weinstein Company
5A Late Quartet$4,20716%17-6$247$1,420,84711Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$2,5712%31-20$83$14,945,5417Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,105-53%300$70$21,738,34893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,70511%48-5$36$161,244,69627Fox
9The Intouchables$1,67119%121$139$13,183,95234Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$238-41%40$60$7,919,17618Roadside Attractions