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, Mar. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$2,091,49126%3,525--$593$30,956,8331Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$904,38222%2,771--$326$10,401,5891Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$807,33528%3,2308$250$108,870,4354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$684,74027%2,5110$273$25,700,8992Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$602,88444%2,951-272$204$58,093,8763Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$469,69119%1,836-176$256$116,166,71216Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$463,30129%2,589-966$179$60,518,2363Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$451,61135%3,110-243$145$43,892,1493Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$367,23711%2,700--$136$8,427,1811CBS Films
10Dark Skies$282,96222%2,3130$122$13,880,2482Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$184,22230%1,112-958$166$28,398,8574Open Road
12Warm Bodies$177,08214%1,930-714$92$62,270,0395Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,4191%1,075-1875$67$18,702,1893Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$243,02343%62654$388$117,431,32615Fox
2Quartet$230,17532%725369$317$11,585,9058Weinstein Company
3Argo$172,18620%985183$175$132,975,21121Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$116,73928%983324$119$160,477,04710Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$96,9975%722-475$134$93,764,40011Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$90,02318%652-223$138$180,237,70417Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$72,82841%601-824$121$54,216,8956Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$54,56019%352-110$155$147,731,96510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,01123%210-178$129$301,451,67912Warner Bros. / New Line
10Mama$22,350-9%447-716$50$70,921,8407Universal
11Jack Reacher$19,95315%225125$89$79,719,96511Paramount
12The Impossible$19,15736%151-122$127$18,355,87611Lionsgate / Summit
13Bless Me, Ultima$18,44917%183-80$101$1,295,4802Arenas Entertainment
14Rise of The Guardians$16,4883%295-10$56$102,418,57615Paramount / DreamWorks
15Parental Guidance$15,15312%258-123$59$76,089,61410Fox
16Kai Po Che$14,95684%104-6$144$899,6372UTV Motion Pictures
17Gangster Squad$12,45314%138-64$90$45,776,8138Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$8,94029%133-53$67$37,116,88611Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,425-7%180-43$36$292,312,25216Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$14,8441%7--$2,121$190,1321Fox Searchlight
2Hyde Park on Hudson$11,12151%38-27$293$6,234,47413Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$9,654-17%520$186$11,497,56246Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,61726%68--$97$155,3951Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,6949%86-19$55$9,463,4045Warner Bros.
6Broken City$4,44245%69-29$64$19,648,2057Fox
7Parker$3,89057%51-161$76$17,448,3306FilmDistrict
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,329-8%300$78$22,091,414100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Stand Up Guys$1,882-17%17-24$111$3,305,1905Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,43610%11--$131$23,0601eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$635-15%21$318$16,7972Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$54926%6-1$92$1,552,83218Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$45822%17-4$27$8,809,8176Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$40-51%2-7$20$222,0304UTV Motion Pictures