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, Feb. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Escape From Planet Earth$5,210,921-5%3,288--$1,585$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
2A Good Day to Die Hard$3,805,812-49%3,553--$1,071$36,879,7731Fox
3Identity Thief$3,782,175-48%3,16524$1,195$74,744,2552Universal
4Safe Haven$3,067,561-48%3,223--$952$33,298,0731Relativity Media
5Warm Bodies$1,684,917-35%2,897-112$582$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,362,666-39%2,950--$462$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,171,854-41%2,202-607$532$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$1,026,993-47%2,6050$394$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$663,046-43%2,103-1182$315$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$606,416-42%1,527-1035$397$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Lincoln$427,937-25%1,007-510$425$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
12Mama$395,520-48%1,648-1029$240$68,561,9405Universal
13Django Unchained$329,883-37%1,017-485$324$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$504,249-15%647-277$779$111,376,51813Fox
2Argo$443,088-40%903-502$491$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
3Quartet$310,550-25%33389$933$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4Wreck-It Ralph$308,59812%506-251$610$185,835,92916Disney
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$286,579-17%605-396$474$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$236,550-20%676-771$350$145,764,4258Universal
7Parental Guidance$190,32314%603-616$316$75,343,6928Fox
8Rise of The Guardians$158,9603%33863$470$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
9Amour$155,670--306--$509$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
10The Impossible$105,113-33%422-317$249$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
11Parker$85,287-44%705-1299$121$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$69,969--266--$263$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$59,585-39%25494$235$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14Skyfall$55,579-30%262--$212$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
15Gangster Squad$45,213-34%210-732$215$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House$45,073-51%340-573$133$39,591,3346Open Road
17Bullet to the Head$44,514-45%470-1934$95$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$34,788--192--$181$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Hotel Transylvania$32,4132%144--$225$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
20Jack Reacher$26,327-25%175-132$150$79,360,5599Paramount
21Stand Up Guys$25,829-31%119-551$217$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
22This is 40$16,700-43%167-111$100$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$16,390-35%133-622$123$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,643--99--$330$33,265,5859Disney
2Top Gun 3D$27,739-43%40-260$693$2,986,1382Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$22,615-20%520$435$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$21,405--21--$1,019$36,381,867153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Royal Affair$19,402--34--$571$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
6No (2013)$18,712--4--$4,678$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
756 Up$16,992--27--$629$388,0547First Run Features
8Born to Be Wild 3D$16,587-14%300$553$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Here Comes the Boom$16,067-2%96--$167$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Hyde Park on Hudson$15,665-51%86-44$182$6,030,75711Focus
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$12,203-40%22-3$555$192,0142UTV Motion Pictures
12The Gatekeepers$11,797--4--$2,949$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
13The Guilt Trip$10,509-37%88-137$119$36,805,3169Paramount
14Rust and Bone$9,825--33--$298$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
15Koch$9,374--11--$852$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,304-57%96-89$97$34,298,2157Lionsgate
17Anna Karenina (2012)$8,732-44%51-40$171$12,771,63614Focus
18Lore$7,451--8--$931$93,5532Music Box Films
19Under the Sea 3D$6,707--10--$671$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,204--7--$886$59,4584Music Box Films
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,770-35%56-49$103$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
22Searching For Sugar Man$4,903--19--$258$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Race 2$4,834-31%11-52$439$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
24Like Someone in Love$4,772--3--$1,591$26,5851IFC Films
25The Last Stand$4,619-51%54-185$86$11,964,2665Lionsgate
26Sound City$4,529--17--$266$291,1123Variance Films
27A Late Quartet$3,670-30%131$282$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
28Deep Sea 3D$3,380--7--$483$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Movie 43$3,282-35%35-742$94$8,781,9614Relativity Media
30The Sessions$3,193-24%16-2$200$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
31Yossi$2,897--7--$414$59,1404Strand Releasing
32John Dies at the End$2,032--10--$203$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
33Lost in Thailand$1,833-42%350$52$57,3972WAMCR
34West of Memphis$1,368--8--$171$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
35Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,356-43%23-58$59$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
36The Sorcerer and the White Snake$1,089--4--$272$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
37The Waiting Room$864--4--$216$199,85621International Film Circuit
38Taken 2$856-56%16-19$54$139,852,97120Fox
39Hitchcock$514-82%14-22$37$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
40Frankenweenie$314--3--$105$35,283,50620Disney
41The Power of Few$299--2--$150$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
42Brooklyn Castle$235--3--$78$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
43Masquerade (2012)$200--2--$100$912,01722CJ Entertainment
44The Package (2013)$18260%1--$182$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
45North Sea Texas$165--2--$83$27,57816Strand Releasing
46Any Day Now$122--3--$41$183,19710Music Box Films