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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,227,300-16%4,046--$1,045$57,093,2841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,215,685-28%3,098--$715$38,419,1331FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,158,594-20%3,805-107$567$184,206,5243Disney
4The Call$794,230-24%2,5070$317$33,775,0372Sony / TriStar
5Admission$560,498-20%2,160--$259$7,924,6061Focus
6Spring Breakers$464,051-16%1,104--$420$6,822,3572A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$433,134-22%3,1600$137$18,865,4002Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$301,259-28%2,560-797$118$60,092,1164Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$249,090-18%2,166-676$115$128,582,5507Universal
10Silver Linings Playbook$154,601-14%1,044-558$148$127,646,01019Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$136,804-32%1,807-546$76$40,813,6195Lionsgate / Summit
12Safe Haven$118,558-19%1,279-927$93$69,298,0566Relativity Media
1321 And Over$100,530-33%1,134-1290$89$24,541,7964Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$80,808-13%1,494-717$54$53,607,4856Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$82,898-20%489-157$170$122,813,77018Fox
2Quartet$78,548-11%425-263$185$16,145,88511Weinstein Company
3Stoker$41,643-17%275181$151$1,256,3364Fox Searchlight
4Emperor$37,065-9%237-74$156$2,711,8993Roadside Attractions
5Side Effects (2013)$32,775-4%225-177$146$31,076,0407Open Road
6Django Unchained$31,521-17%29630$106$162,110,34113Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$31,021-31%448-669$69$66,369,6786Fox
8Dead Man Down$28,014-30%612-1576$46$10,715,2273FilmDistrict
9Warm Bodies$26,5710%299-360$89$65,099,7958Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$23,240-19%20979$111$55,009,0419Paramount
11Argo$20,31031%185-355$110$135,569,15024Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$18,517-19%235-70$79$302,757,02415Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Exorcism Part II$18,189-23%455-1120$40$15,076,6844CBS Films
14Parental Guidance$17,556-15%185-37$95$76,788,65013Fox
15InAPPropriate Comedy$14,841-29%275--$54$212,1191Freestyle Releasing
16Rise of The Guardians$13,629-15%162-51$84$103,215,57518Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$12,489-27%205-498$61$17,060,8435Weinstein / Dimension
18Les Miserables (2012)$12,255-5%129-112$95$148,708,00013Universal
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$11,532-17%18863$61$19,342,6736Warner Bros.
20Mama$9,750-6%130-74$75$71,501,43010Universal
21The Impossible$9,015-11%12318$73$18,763,96514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,719-9%520$360$11,833,09849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Girl Rising$15,940-17%7-3$2,277$476,5103Gathr Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,59116%300$420$22,299,445103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$7,9841%64$1,331$154,9032GKIDS
5The Sapphires$4,16614%4--$1,042$50,0791Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,60327%28-17$129$357,0444Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,9936%21-24$143$1,522,1505Arenas Entertainment
8Gangster Squad$2,5357%500$51$45,975,03711Warner Bros.
9Hyde Park on Hudson$2,48724%20-11$124$6,373,71916Focus
10Parker$2,024-24%55-37$37$17,594,0629FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,880-30%172$111$96,5105Freestyle Releasing
12Starbuck$1,78414%3--$595$3,475,4251eOne Films US
13Kai Po Che$1,121-2%18-24$62$1,108,6685UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$47125%11--$43$5,5321UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$120--1--$120$98,75625Roadside Attractions