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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,224,36031%3,22257$380$95,778,3553Universal
2Snitch (2013)$1,095,30923%2,511--$436$15,150,4931Lionsgate / Summit
3A Good Day to Die Hard$978,55030%3,5552$275$53,700,0882Fox
4Safe Haven$881,80543%3,2230$274$49,414,6852Relativity Media
5Silver Linings Playbook$694,38524%2,012-190$345$108,431,74515Weinstein Company
6Dark Skies$510,80813%2,313--$221$9,150,4281Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$466,01923%3,35365$139$35,658,4702Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$371,21344%2,070-535$179$25,729,3693Open Road
9Warm Bodies$311,23019%2,644-253$118$58,816,1554Lionsgate / Summit
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$306,22926%2,9500$104$17,119,0022Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$205,15212%1,197-330$171$91,927,11910Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$173,05322%1,425-678$121$53,259,9865Paramount
13Mama$81,4108%1,163-485$70$70,387,5756Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$331,50220%572-75$580$114,132,30014Fox
2Argo$262,44316%802-101$327$130,142,24920Warner Bros.
3Quartet$156,96943%35623$441$9,111,3297Weinstein Company
4Django Unchained$142,46011%659-358$216$159,054,4499Weinstein Company
5Lincoln$130,05710%875-132$149$178,851,76516Disney / DreamWorks
6Les Miserables (2012)$99,33010%462-214$215$146,886,3159Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$46,8843%388-217$121$301,044,73211Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bless Me, Ultima$36,0728%263--$137$1,016,6981Arenas Entertainment
9Wreck-It Ralph$34,4996%402-104$86$186,743,57917Disney
10The Impossible$33,47843%273-149$123$18,109,62910Lionsgate / Summit
11Kai Po Che$31,98866%110--$291$573,9791UTV Motion Pictures
12Parental Guidance$23,85644%381-222$63$75,813,1429Fox
13Rise of The Guardians$20,48210%305-33$67$102,056,23614Paramount / DreamWorks
14A Haunted House$19,081-2%302-38$63$39,902,2727Open Road
15Gangster Squad$18,98030%202-8$94$45,628,7997Warner Bros.
16Parker$15,60226%212-493$74$17,393,6535FilmDistrict
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,4321%223-31$69$292,153,90015Lionsgate / Summit
18The Guilt Trip$15,42221%18698$83$36,989,74110Paramount
19Jack Reacher$7,25014%100-75$73$79,479,50010Paramount
20The Last Stand$6,2295%11460$55$12,038,8096Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$4,52327%105-365$43$9,405,6084Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$12,16935%65-21$187$6,147,65012Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$8,25561%520$159$11,401,18745Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Broken City$7,37137%98-35$75$19,596,2886Fox
4This is 40$5,76033%96-71$60$67,533,46510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$5,17620%41-78$126$3,273,5964Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,62796%300$154$22,052,25799Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,92888%28-23$140$12,808,92815Focus
8Hitchcock$1,987-39%162$124$5,968,83414Fox Searchlight
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,939-4%44-52$44$34,338,2088Lionsgate
10The Sessions$1,66838%160$104$5,975,35119Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$1,115-25%21-14$53$8,801,9745Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$7649%9-13$85$219,7233UTV Motion Pictures
13A Late Quartet$71855%7-6$103$1,545,95217Entertainment One / RKO
14Camp (2013)$267-49%1--$267$8,5731Freestyle Releasing
15Race 2$137-65%5-6$27$1,579,5285UTV Motion Pictures