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 Wed, Mar. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,134,381-28%3,912--$1,312$97,674,8501Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$927,433-26%3,5250$263$46,741,2592Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$630,420-19%3,002-228$210$118,541,4355Universal
421 And Over$537,448-26%2,7710$194$18,713,2002Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$473,285-20%2,549-561$186$49,332,3104Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$446,932-21%2,340-171$191$33,308,0983Lionsgate / Summit
7Dead Man Down$418,801-30%2,188--$191$6,857,8841FilmDistrict
8Safe Haven$378,441-23%2,541-410$149$64,048,2744Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$329,690-23%1,727-109$191$121,684,73317Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$225,148-21%2,7000$83$12,882,6422CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$218,291-24%1,725-864$127$64,089,6224Fox
12Dark Skies$126,695-16%1,505-808$84$15,972,0493Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$103,152-11%1,052-878$98$63,902,9376Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$170,304-29%67145$254$119,937,62516Fox
2Quartet$153,130-27%715-10$214$13,742,9819Weinstein Company
3Emperor$89,755-25%261--$344$1,319,3791Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$88,064-23%602-510$146$29,849,5555Open Road
5Argo$87,423-26%741-244$118$134,575,89022Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$59,415-19%522-200$114$94,822,54812Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$47,663-13%337127$141$302,023,69713Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$45,794-24%336-647$136$161,253,13811Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$41,424-22%432-220$96$180,966,86018Disney / DreamWorks
10Rise of The Guardians$37,475-7%275-20$136$102,792,64416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Les Miserables (2012)$34,320-17%286-66$120$148,243,47011Universal
12Parental Guidance$25,476-16%219-39$116$76,363,44211Fox
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,053-2%281-794$75$19,080,0804Warner Bros.
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,092-23%225-376$89$54,559,2907Paramount
15Jack Reacher$14,819-8%194-31$76$79,938,34412Paramount
16Mama$13,919-19%214-233$65$71,165,3008Universal
17The Impossible$11,175-12%114-37$98$18,519,66412Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,324-20%13--$1,640$322,5011Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$18,658-3%520$359$11,615,55547Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$12,476-20%1710$734$367,5972Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,3689%300$412$22,154,824101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$7,717-5%90-48$86$45,879,7899Warner Bros.
6Hyde Park on Hudson$7,4590%391$191$6,307,17314Focus
7Bless Me, Ultima$7,154-12%52-131$138$1,409,2983Arenas Entertainment
8Kai Po Che$6,068-23%71-33$85$1,032,0033UTV Motion Pictures
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,524-14%56-12$99$252,0452Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,885-1%6346$46$8,837,4487Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,279-11%1--$2,279$13,2841Rialto Pictures
12Parker$1,975-20%34-17$58$17,476,3407FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,743-5%42$436$37,8173Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,343-20%34-52$40$9,488,2346Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,156-27%24-45$48$19,670,1338Fox
16A Late Quartet$37780%71$54$1,562,30019Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$82-27%1-10$82$26,5812eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$12-33%1--$12$97,35823Roadside Attractions