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 Sat, Feb. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$6,668,78063%3,22257$2,070$90,364,1603Universal
2Snitch (2013)$5,621,84035%2,511--$2,239$9,784,5131Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$5,183,226120%3,35365$1,546$31,673,6382Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$4,763,34634%3,2230$1,478$45,770,9242Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$4,730,50668%3,5552$1,331$49,354,4642Fox
6Dark Skies$3,493,61413%2,313--$1,510$6,587,7921Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$2,913,47790%2,012-190$1,448$105,873,72515Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$2,269,72057%2,644-253$858$57,131,2114Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,644,43757%2,9500$557$15,654,0252Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,621,03462%2,070-535$783$24,363,5523Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$1,145,76999%1,197-330$957$91,030,48010Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$775,33983%1,425-678$544$52,460,5685Paramount
13Mama$569,43069%1,163-485$490$69,963,6256Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$956,54699%802-101$1,193$129,262,35820Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$841,790132%572-75$1,472$113,123,97914Fox
3Lincoln$762,841116%875-132$872$178,239,30716Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$550,11572%35623$1,545$8,588,6607Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$476,73681%659-358$723$158,551,3659Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$316,47093%462-214$685$146,542,1159Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$315,601114%402-104$785$186,493,35817Disney
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$265,168104%388-217$683$300,797,26911Warner Bros. / New Line
9Kai Po Che$248,24378%110--$2,257$387,7701UTV Motion Pictures
10Bless Me, Ultima$198,71443%263--$756$814,6821Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$173,647105%305-33$569$101,905,21014Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$147,17089%381-222$386$75,701,0269Fox
13The Impossible$142,78679%273-149$523$17,986,18410Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$97,41872%223-31$437$292,064,57415Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$92,00188%302-38$305$39,802,7167Open Road
16Skyfall$69,82057%184-78$379$304,135,60916Sony / Columbia
17The Guilt Trip$62,89358%18698$338$36,926,69710Paramount
18Gangster Squad$61,75150%202-8$306$45,557,9407Warner Bros.
19Parker$53,50254%212-493$252$17,330,9195FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$33,28645%100-75$333$79,451,78310Paramount
21The Last Stand$24,02958%11460$211$12,010,2556Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$17,16665%105-365$163$9,386,0344Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,19882%65-21$480$6,111,43112Focus
2This is 40$22,60552%96-71$235$67,512,87010Universal
3Broken City$22,14152%98-35$226$19,570,6846Fox
4To the Arctic 3D$21,5647%520$415$11,372,80445Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stand Up Guys$16,94468%41-78$413$3,255,6434Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,32779%300$411$22,037,27799Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,724112%44-52$221$34,327,6108Lionsgate
8Anna Karenina (2012)$8,33681%28-23$298$12,799,25915Focus
9ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,52368%9-13$725$213,2803UTV Motion Pictures
10Hitchcock$6,05545%162$378$5,960,00314Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$5,90146%21-14$281$8,797,1545Relativity Media
12The Sessions$4,69382%160$293$5,970,20419Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$2,31919%7-6$331$1,543,59817Entertainment One / RKO
14Race 2$1,610241%5-6$322$1,577,8055UTV Motion Pictures
15Camp (2013)$701-89%1--$701$7,2721Freestyle Releasing