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 Sun, Feb. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$3,383,094-40%2,511--$1,347$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$3,255,455-51%3,22257$1,010$93,619,6153Universal
3Escape From Planet Earth$3,139,061-39%3,35365$936$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4A Good Day to Die Hard$2,613,433-45%3,5552$735$51,967,8972Fox
5Safe Haven$2,145,432-55%3,2230$666$47,916,3562Relativity Media
6Dark Skies$1,601,374-54%2,313--$692$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,302,287-55%2,012-190$647$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,112,230-51%2,644-253$421$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$916,573-44%2,9500$311$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$736,003-55%2,070-535$356$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$508,595-56%1,197-330$425$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$484,518-38%1,425-678$340$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$266,945-53%1,163-485$230$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$401,147-52%572-75$701$113,525,12614Fox
2Argo$391,144-59%802-101$488$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
3Lincoln$364,264-52%875-132$416$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$256,290-53%35623$720$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$232,065-51%659-358$352$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$183,053-42%402-104$455$186,676,41117Disney
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,110-42%388-217$400$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
8Les Miserables (2012)$154,575-51%462-214$335$146,696,6909Universal
9Kai Po Che$134,995-46%110--$1,227$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
10Bless Me, Ultima$132,547-33%263--$504$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$111,913-36%305-33$367$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$71,707-51%381-222$188$75,772,7339Fox
13The Impossible$66,576-53%273-149$244$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$61,004-34%302-38$202$39,863,7207Open Road
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$58,647-40%223-31$263$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
16Gangster Squad$37,279-40%202-8$185$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$34,895-45%18698$188$36,961,59210Paramount
18Parker$34,729-35%212-493$164$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
19Skyfall$29,151-58%184-78$158$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
20The Last Stand$16,415-32%11460$144$12,026,6706Lionsgate
21Jack Reacher$14,107-58%100-75$141$79,465,89010Paramount
22Bullet to the Head$11,489-33%105-365$109$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$15,061-52%65-21$232$6,126,49212Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,003-30%520$289$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Broken City$12,868-42%98-35$131$19,583,5526Fox
4This is 40$10,515-53%96-71$110$67,523,38510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$8,474-50%41-78$207$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,988-35%300$266$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$6,646-32%44-52$151$34,334,2568Lionsgate
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$4,977-24%9-13$553$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
9Anna Karenina (2012)$3,648-56%28-23$130$12,802,90715Focus
10Hitchcock$3,605-40%162$225$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$2,274-52%160$142$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
12Movie 43$2,220-62%21-14$106$8,799,3745Relativity Media
13Race 2$1,191-26%5-6$238$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
14A Late Quartet$1,172-49%7-6$167$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
15Camp (2013)$513-27%1--$513$7,7851Freestyle Releasing