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, Jan. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$3,745,505-50%2,647--$1,415$32,147,8151Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$2,802,769-30%2,9469$951$56,945,1385Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$1,987,543-34%2,5231713$788$56,699,64910Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$1,521,610-30%2,579-348$590$131,571,6254Universal
5Gangster Squad$1,487,638-36%3,1030$479$33,238,2382Warner Bros.
6Django Unchained$1,460,313-31%2,516-496$580$139,334,8484Weinstein Company
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,446,369-24%2,323-689$623$288,613,0516Warner Bros. / New Line
8Parental Guidance$1,380,4188%2,337-620$591$67,657,9904Fox
9A Haunted House$1,302,007-42%2,1600$603$31,085,2072Open Road
10Lincoln$1,202,965-20%2,174147$553$161,814,30711Disney / DreamWorks
11Broken City$1,190,551-35%2,620--$454$9,459,4591Fox
12The Last Stand$931,894-45%2,913--$320$7,213,3271Lionsgate
13Life of Pi$855,561-19%1,256499$681$100,044,4919Fox
14Wreck-It Ralph$748,13659%1,312836$570$181,557,91412Disney
15Jack Reacher$447,958-23%1,707-1000$262$76,863,2385Paramount
16This is 40$264,880-47%1,232-1088$215$65,178,6855Universal
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$159,984-52%1,474-1185$109$33,622,8713Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$535,944-27%88678$605$10,728,7475Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$454,086-27%756135$601$115,238,58715Warner Bros.
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$282,5755%565-562$500$31,975,6355Disney
4Rise of The Guardians$265,04134%474-431$559$99,762,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$174,654-30%507-316$344$301,030,96911Sony / Columbia
6Hotel Transylvania$132,41312%237--$559$147,211,39417Sony / Columbia
7The Guilt Trip$119,552-31%642-964$186$35,817,3305Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$69,217-32%306-236$226$290,783,01210Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$68,995-39%194-52$356$4,930,2217Focus
10Here Comes the Boom$66,69014%209--$319$44,712,69215Sony / Columbia
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$57,274-28%265-165$216$12,222,2385Paramount
12Flight$55,091-31%300150$184$93,146,14812Paramount
13Red Dawn (2012)$49,278-23%24924$198$44,337,2689FilmDistrict
14Rust and Bone$40,578--168--$242$1,501,8859Sony Pictures Classics
15Anna Karenina (2012)$28,530-44%117-27$244$12,262,64410Focus
16Frankenweenie$25,664--100--$257$35,172,45316Disney
17Promised Land (2012)$22,580-25%134-1513$169$7,556,7084Focus
18Taken 2$20,212-29%156-34$130$139,674,08316Fox
19Pitch Perfect$16,250-24%125-29$130$64,912,84317Universal
20Hitchcock$14,219-27%122-5$117$5,788,2099Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$72,491--36--$2,014$1,217,7725Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$41,858-56%3230$1,308$418,1982Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$32,864--71--$463$11,487,86930Fox Searchlight
4To the Arctic 3D$27,3714%520$526$10,888,20240Warner Bros. / IMAX
5LUV$19,009-11%45--$422$102,2031Indomina Media
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,3190%300$444$21,787,67994Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$11,759-27%73-27$161$17,671,12818Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sessions$8,486-32%628$137$5,802,27114Fox Searchlight
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,452--40-8$186$161,276,53928Fox
10Cloud Atlas$4,884-48%58-104$84$27,098,58013Warner Bros.
11Searching For Sugar Man$4,737--27--$175$3,140,48326Sony Pictures Classics
12The Master$3,860-13%14-2$276$16,048,22119Weinstein Company
13A Late Quartet$3,489-38%14-3$249$1,448,28712Entertainment One / RKO
14Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,017-22%58-49$52$12,938,5267FilmDistrict
15The Rabbi's Cat$2,010-35%7--$287$19,3237GKIDS
16West of Memphis$1,610--9--$179$57,4164Sony Pictures Classics
17Not Fade Away$1,580-38%56-121$28$607,3275Paramount Vantage
18The Waiting Room$1,300--3--$433$180,63817International Film Circuit
19Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$941--7--$134$985,14518IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Robot & Frank$610--10--$61$3,325,03823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21North Sea Texas$257--1--$257$25,85012Strand Releasing
22Officer Down$123-29%1--$123$1,1841Anchor Bay Films
23California Solo$40--1--$40$15,3688Strand Releasing