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, Feb. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,041,655-28%3,141--$650$41,916,6751Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$632,178-30%2,605--$243$11,575,4461Open Road
3Warm Bodies$628,732-19%3,0090$209$38,665,0202Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$509,487-16%2,8090$181$91,139,90313Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$421,383-26%3,285-90$128$45,333,5663Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$283,355-19%2,562-309$111$84,526,8978Sony / Columbia
7Mama$227,545-23%2,677-104$85$64,754,9104Universal
8Argo$217,208-19%1,405470$155$124,322,01318Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$193,357-22%1,517-239$127$174,268,73614Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$191,419-18%1,502-275$127$155,165,8957Weinstein Company
11Bullet to the Head$169,411-33%2,4040$70$8,902,1942Warner Bros.
12Parker$161,677-32%2,004-234$81$16,434,2543FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$144,495-13%1,447-401$100$144,453,7757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$112,202-12%1,001-299$112$298,722,1329Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$61,558-30%1,219-261$50$74,585,3047Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$278,990-3%300--$930$2,788,0101Paramount
2Life of Pi$133,178-26%92422$144$109,033,56412Fox
3Quartet$119,750-4%24442$491$5,353,5435Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$77,580-26%739-26$105$16,938,8588Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$75,179-27%942-683$80$45,080,4295Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$67,584-22%67011$101$2,993,0432Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$52,178-21%75797$69$184,622,67715Disney
8Broken City$43,677-24%755-1031$58$19,382,4194Fox
9A Haunted House$42,677-29%913-588$47$39,161,7595Open Road
10Movie 43$24,014-23%777-1246$31$8,745,8293Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$19,823-9%307-143$65$79,178,9808Paramount
12Hyde Park on Hudson$16,594-7%130-14$128$5,881,81510Focus
13This is 40$16,550-8%278-95$60$67,306,9208Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$10,582-13%275-32$38$100,916,50712Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$9,564-17%225-66$43$36,726,6688Paramount
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,366-17%18564$40$34,212,0506Lionsgate
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,147-6%160-29$45$291,452,59713Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$6,612-26%239-450$28$11,927,8174Lionsgate
19Flight$4,807-15%115-85$42$93,764,96215Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,239-3%105-48$31$44,761,37612FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,34820%911$125$12,707,90413Focus
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$5,774-51%25--$231$119,3261UTV Motion Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$5,687-9%520$109$11,189,33943Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,80412%47-3$102$12,509,8228Paramount
5Race 2$4,025-54%63-76$64$1,543,7323UTV Motion Pictures
6Lost in Thailand$3,592-4%35--$103$43,8081WAMCR
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,17734%300$106$21,933,14297Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,167-25%36-8$60$5,933,09112Fox Searchlight
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,124-20%81-67$26$13,089,03110FilmDistrict
10The Master$2,069-22%291$71$18,254,70822Weinstein Company
11The Sessions$1,79419%18-11$100$5,939,22917Fox Searchlight
12A Late Quartet$1,26547%120$105$1,516,96215Entertainment One / RKO
13Taken 2$1,057-17%35-48$30$139,844,37219Fox
14Pitch Perfect$1,05017%15-26$70$65,000,69320Universal
15Brief Reunion$258-14%1--$258$6,6014Striped Entertainment
16LUV$1840%3-5$61$156,8314Indomina Media