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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,201,106-68%4,046--$1,038$47,840,8421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,763,340-65%3,098--$892$33,137,1341FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,251,262-64%3,805-107$592$179,348,3523Disney
4The Call$826,670-64%2,5070$330$31,931,7262Sony / TriStar
5Spring Breakers$541,195--1,104--$490$5,806,9972A24
6Admission$509,622-63%2,160--$236$6,664,6061Focus
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$468,435-57%3,1600$148$17,880,2532Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$337,450-60%2,560-797$132$59,373,8344Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$259,920-58%2,166-676$120$128,030,2207Universal
10Snitch (2013)$177,431-63%1,807-546$98$40,475,1805Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$148,149-61%1,044-558$142$127,311,76319Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$126,415-50%1,134-1290$111$24,290,2564Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$114,532-53%1,279-927$90$69,032,5416Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$78,814-48%1,494-717$53$53,433,7136Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$79,934-62%489-157$163$122,626,70218Fox
2Quartet$65,108-59%425-263$153$15,979,38011Weinstein Company
3Stoker$40,038-59%275181$146$1,164,6894Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$35,227-61%612-1576$58$10,647,1853FilmDistrict
5Django Unchained$33,480-59%29630$113$162,040,91513Weinstein Company
6Emperor$33,159-58%237-74$140$2,633,8913Roadside Attractions
7A Good Day to Die Hard$33,131-63%448-669$74$66,293,8626Fox
8Side Effects (2013)$28,451-60%225-177$126$31,009,1247Open Road
9Warm Bodies$27,527-51%299-360$92$65,046,5348Lionsgate / Summit
10The Last Exorcism Part II$25,551-61%455-1120$56$15,035,0244CBS Films
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,174-61%20979$120$54,956,9809Paramount
12InAPPropriate Comedy$19,984-50%275--$73$176,3981Freestyle Releasing
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,797-58%235-70$84$302,715,73515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Dark Skies$15,839-61%205-498$77$17,031,3365Weinstein / Dimension
15Argo$14,250-59%185-355$77$135,533,39524Warner Bros.
16Parental Guidance$14,247-53%185-37$77$76,750,37313Fox
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$12,625-53%18863$67$19,317,1756Warner Bros.
18Rise of The Guardians$11,764-64%162-51$73$103,185,98418Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mama$10,400-60%130-74$80$71,441,26510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,675-62%129-112$75$148,682,84013Universal
21The Impossible$8,487-58%12318$69$18,744,83214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,544-26%520$203$11,793,72549Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$7,074-65%64$1,179$138,9992GKIDS
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,9870%300$233$22,275,981103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$6,36038%3-6$2,120$441,3863Gathr Films
5The Sapphires$3,879-66%4--$970$42,2511Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,910-51%28-17$104$350,6044Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,862-65%21-24$136$1,516,3245Arenas Entertainment
8Parker$2,447-67%55-37$44$17,589,3739FilmDistrict
9Camp (2013)$2,263-57%172$133$91,9545Freestyle Releasing
10Gangster Squad$1,910-79%500$38$45,970,13411Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$1,516-65%3--$505$3,472,0711eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$1,443-64%20-11$72$6,369,22316Focus
13Kai Po Che$846-78%18-24$47$1,106,4055UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$367-69%11--$33$4,6851UTV Motion Pictures