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, Apr. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,358,320-27%3,025--$449$30,692,4601Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,158,417-27%3,73415$310$90,417,7762Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,039,125-21%2,771--$375$22,056,1851Universal
4The Croods$887,991-22%3,879-186$229$128,346,6203Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$808,208-17%3,059-47$264$73,763,9733FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$537,721-25%2,0470$263$40,373,6152Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$444,627-18%2,905-419$153$214,035,0375Disney
8The Host (2013)$325,463-24%3,2020$102$20,697,2152Open Road
9The Call$267,922-22%2,002-437$134$46,341,5454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$156,784-21%1,407-754$111$15,756,2053Focus
11Spring Breakers$123,663-25%1,072-307$115$13,026,2014A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$60,945-11%721-361$85$131,419,8159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$50,787-8%524-228$97$129,873,29421Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,123-19%535-1040$75$21,934,6864Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$39,561-21%502-578$79$62,594,8656Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$38,309-11%252-50$152$17,313,08113Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$28,875-24%269-71$107$124,014,25320Fox
7Warm Bodies$21,963-7%287125$77$65,651,81610Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,939-31%360-190$58$70,399,6578Relativity Media
921 And Over$18,008-25%180-164$100$25,336,7336Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$16,514-21%304-442$54$41,838,0827Lionsgate / Summit
11Django Unchained$15,339-14%183-50$84$162,594,38615Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$14,291-19%22516$64$66,840,0728Fox
13Emperor$13,909-16%120-18$116$3,152,3415Roadside Attractions
14Escape From Planet Earth$13,502-27%432-545$31$54,486,5328Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,400-8%180-22$63$55,474,10111Paramount
16Argo$7,170-21%172-88$42$135,920,87226Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,726-20%14671$39$10,847,1345FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,985-13%110-30$45$77,060,63215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$73,562-2%3026$2,452$1,300,9402Focus
2The Sapphires$24,601-3%6048$410$513,9273Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$15,53050%489$324$635,3635Gathr Films
4From Up on Poppy Hill$11,10313%4116$271$502,5844GKIDS
5Trance$10,8646%4--$2,716$163,5231Fox Searchlight
6To the Arctic 3D$10,387-22%520$200$12,055,71151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Side Effects (2013)$8,870-10%80-22$111$31,416,9589Open Road
8The Impossible$8,44012%80-6$106$18,929,32116Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$7,834-14%89-105$88$1,651,5696Fox Searchlight
10Starbuck$5,68210%3114$183$3,621,2543eOne Films US
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,13980%300$171$22,435,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$4,208-4%16--$263$84,7751CodeBlack Films
13Rise of The Guardians$2,815-15%89-45$32$103,409,73520Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,742-10%77-68$36$302,941,34617Warner Bros. / New Line
15Himmatwala$1,858-34%61-38$30$268,8132UTV Motion Pictures
16Settai$1,701-52%33--$52$59,8731UTV Motion Pictures
17Camp (2013)$1,547-6%82$193$133,4737Freestyle Releasing
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,503-22%55-60$27$19,450,4208Warner Bros.
19Dark Skies$1,2026%28-73$43$17,181,7687Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$968-10%6-5$161$1,562,6567Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$53639%2--$268$6,1521Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$423-27%12--$35$5,2991Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$73-32%2-3$37$1,120,1517UTV Motion Pictures