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 Tue, Feb. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,826,90013%3,141--$900$39,875,0201Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$903,11223%2,605--$347$10,943,2681Open Road
3Warm Bodies$777,7360%3,0090$258$38,036,2882Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$604,36519%2,8090$215$90,630,41613Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$572,31114%3,285-90$174$44,912,1833Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$348,4406%2,562-309$136$84,243,5428Sony / Columbia
7Mama$294,4705%2,677-104$110$64,527,3654Universal
8Argo$267,47717%1,405470$190$124,104,80518Warner Bros.
9Bullet to the Head$254,37822%2,4040$106$8,732,7832Warner Bros.
10Lincoln$247,57520%1,517-239$163$174,075,37914Disney / DreamWorks
11Parker$237,97028%2,004-234$119$16,272,5773FilmDistrict
12Django Unchained$232,6663%1,502-275$155$154,974,4767Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$166,4055%1,447-401$115$144,309,2807Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$128,138-14%1,001-299$128$298,609,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$87,407-5%1,219-261$72$74,523,7467Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$288,22513%300--$961$2,509,0201Paramount
2Life of Pi$180,040-5%92422$195$108,900,38612Fox
3Quartet$124,96315%24442$512$5,233,7845Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$105,45621%739-26$143$16,861,2788Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$103,21610%942-683$110$45,005,2505Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$86,09718%67011$129$2,925,4592Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$66,123-26%75797$87$184,570,49915Disney
8A Haunted House$60,1083%913-588$66$39,119,0825Open Road
9Broken City$57,15618%755-1031$76$19,338,7424Fox
10Movie 43$31,2396%777-1246$40$8,721,8153Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$21,6685%307-143$71$79,159,1578Paramount
12This is 40$18,0708%278-95$65$67,290,3708Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$17,85819%130-14$137$5,865,22110Focus
14Rise of The Guardians$12,134-56%275-32$44$100,905,92512Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$11,54515%225-66$51$36,717,1048Paramount
16The Last Stand$8,93220%239-450$37$11,921,2054Lionsgate
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,823-12%18564$48$34,204,6846Lionsgate
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,586-12%160-29$47$291,445,45013Lionsgate / Summit
19Flight$5,6296%115-85$49$93,760,15515Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,334-20%105-48$32$44,758,13712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,89285%25--$476$113,5521UTV Motion Pictures
2Anna Karenina (2012)$9,46220%911$104$12,696,55613Focus
3Race 2$8,78745%63-76$139$1,539,7073UTV Motion Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$6,255-23%520$120$11,183,65243Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,283-12%47-3$91$12,505,0188Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$3,740-12%35--$107$40,2161WAMCR
7Hitchcock$2,895-24%36-8$80$5,930,92412Fox Searchlight
8The Master$2,645-7%291$91$16,252,63922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,6412%81-67$33$13,086,90710FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-27%300$79$21,929,96597Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Sessions$1,503-29%18-11$84$5,937,43517Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,2788%35-48$37$139,843,31519Fox
13Pitch Perfect$900140%15-26$60$64,999,64320Universal
14A Late Quartet$8596%120$72$1,515,69715Entertainment One / RKO
15Brief Reunion$30199%1--$301$6,3434Striped Entertainment
16LUV$184-13%3-5$61$156,6474Indomina Media