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 Thu, Apr. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,662,65412%4,06519$901$104,700,2022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,006,0451%3,7190$808$65,563,0601Paramount
3Olympus Has Fallen$1,480,2258%3,1068$477$61,073,5012FilmDistrict
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,477,31611%3,324-481$444$204,596,7184Disney
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,326,225-3%2,047--$648$28,383,3411Lionsgate
6The Host (2013)$796,4120%3,202--$249$14,425,7131Open Road
7The Call$538,6912%2,439-68$221$41,981,0933Sony / TriStar
8Admission$390,3957%2,1611$181$13,319,5482Focus
9Spring Breakers$280,747-4%1,379275$204$11,444,7423A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$159,2902%1,575-1585$101$21,326,5723Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$130,0059%1,082-1084$120$130,435,6308Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$125,99812%1,080-1480$117$61,947,4815Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$108,42713%752-292$144$129,121,64720Weinstein Company
2Safe Haven$63,17114%550-729$115$70,054,2787Relativity Media
3Quartet$62,6348%302-123$207$16,833,76012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$62,52119%340-149$184$123,565,62119Fox
5Escape From Planet Earth$58,9878%977-517$60$54,178,6697Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$50,5956%746-1061$68$41,558,1226Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,9472%340-794$100$25,112,5765Relativity Media
8Emperor$27,44634%138-99$199$2,977,3644Roadside Attractions
9Django Unchained$24,4079%233-63$105$162,411,30514Weinstein Company
10Stoker$22,2342%194-81$115$1,564,1625Fox Searchlight
11Argo$20,0366%26075$77$135,811,85125Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,96310%202-7$99$55,301,15610Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$18,94011%209-239$91$66,630,4827Fox
14Parental Guidance$17,36717%140-45$124$76,963,05114Fox
15Warm Bodies$17,22613%162-137$106$65,314,3049Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$14,246-5%134-28$106$103,357,31519Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$12,7500%102-123$125$31,286,9298Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,46429%145-90$86$302,893,29916Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,8257%123-7$80$71,628,18011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,69514%109-20$80$148,809,77014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,89554%102-353$77$15,179,3035CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,44613%101-104$74$17,159,3016Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,39425%115-73$64$19,424,8487Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$34,435283%3921$883$578,4944Gathr Films
2The Place Beyond the Pines$22,999-13%4--$5,750$386,0301Focus
3From Up on Poppy Hill$14,8849%2519$595$341,7913GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$14,53422%520$280$11,976,29250Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,1789%300$339$22,396,954104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Impossible$7,80416%86-37$91$18,847,95515Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sapphires$6,1568%128$513$151,9522Weinstein Company
8Himmatwala$5,451-39%99--$55$239,4441UTV Motion Pictures
9Starbuck$4,530-7%1714$266$3,547,7822eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,25922%75-537$43$10,778,1294FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,975169%6-11$329$110,9956Freestyle Releasing
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,91887%7-21$274$368,7495Methinx Entertainment
13Parker$1,8175%36-19$50$17,616,64110FilmDistrict
14Bless Me, Ultima$1,6171%11-10$147$1,552,5696Arenas Entertainment
15Gangster Squad$938-3%500$19$46,000,90312Warner Bros.
16Kai Po Che$5722%5-13$114$1,118,4626UTV Motion Pictures