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, Mar. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,663,116-78%3,525--$472$28,865,3421Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$743,039-63%2,771--$268$9,497,2071Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$629,850-73%3,2308$195$108,063,1004Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,429-74%2,5110$214$25,016,1592Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$418,979-70%2,951-272$142$57,490,9923Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$394,372-72%1,836-176$215$115,697,02116Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$358,408-71%2,589-966$138$60,054,9353Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$333,661-84%3,110-243$107$43,440,5383Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$331,590-74%2,700--$123$8,059,9441CBS Films
10Dark Skies$232,046-70%2,3130$100$13,597,2862Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$155,027-75%1,930-714$80$62,092,9575Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$142,182-69%1,112-958$128$28,214,6354Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,026-72%1,075-1875$67$18,629,7703Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$174,414-66%725369$241$11,355,7308Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$169,678-75%62654$271$117,188,30315Fox
3Argo$143,298-73%985183$145$132,803,02521Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$92,602-72%722-475$128$93,667,40311Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$91,371-61%983324$93$160,360,30810Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$76,388-71%652-223$117$180,147,68117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$51,824-69%601-824$86$54,144,0676Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$45,760-72%352-110$130$147,677,40510Universal
9Mama$24,585-68%447-716$55$70,899,4907Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,922-72%210-178$104$301,424,66812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$17,286-64%225125$77$79,700,01211Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$15,981-83%295-10$54$102,402,08815Paramount / DreamWorks
13Bless Me, Ultima$15,738-76%183-80$86$1,277,0312Arenas Entertainment
14The Impossible$14,131-66%151-122$94$18,336,71911Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$13,569-76%258-123$53$76,074,46110Fox
16Gangster Squad$10,969-59%138-64$79$45,764,3608Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$8,113-87%104-6$78$884,6812UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$6,935-70%133-53$52$37,107,94611Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,904-76%180-43$38$292,305,82716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$14,741-68%7--$2,106$175,2881Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,675-49%520$225$11,487,90846Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$7,359-52%38-27$194$6,223,35313Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,246-83%68--$77$148,7781Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,306-66%86-19$50$9,458,7105Warner Bros.
6Broken City$3,072-66%69-29$45$19,643,7637Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,544-69%300$85$22,089,085100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parker$2,482-60%51-161$49$17,444,4406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,262-60%17-24$133$3,303,3085Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,303-82%11--$118$21,6241eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$750-59%21$375$16,1622Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$436-54%6-1$73$1,552,28318Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$376-59%17-4$22$8,809,3596Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$82-77%2-7$41$221,9904UTV Motion Pictures