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. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,855,391-26%3,003--$618$34,095,7161Warner Bros.
2The Croods$655,024-24%3,689-190$178$144,672,6044Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$653,472-27%3,535-199$185$104,765,9053Paramount
4Evil Dead$618,248-27%3,0250$204$43,737,2692Sony / TriStar
5Jurassic Park 3D$596,835-20%2,7787$215$33,915,4352Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$561,229-23%2,935-124$191$83,708,9364FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$516,429-37%3,402--$152$16,123,5211Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$309,003-19%2,504-401$123$220,399,7436Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$267,720-27%1,805-242$148$46,382,0203Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$176,027-20%2,172-1030$81$23,996,4463Open Road
11The Call$148,779-25%1,630-372$91$49,064,4205Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$343,128-22%514484$668$6,362,8753Focus
2Trance$86,796-14%438434$198$1,342,4622Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,251-21%909-498$83$17,035,0854Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,890-32%426-646$105$13,684,3435A24
5Identity Thief$42,300-12%564-157$75$132,151,73010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$36,217-14%451-73$80$130,444,38322Weinstein Company
7Quartet$29,017-7%224-28$130$17,661,48214Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$19,819-32%331-171$60$63,028,9697Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$19,124-22%217-52$88$124,341,64421Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,423-10%279-8$59$65,949,32511Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$14,834-24%277-83$54$70,652,2249Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,564-18%274-261$46$22,170,4955Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$12,111-17%210-15$58$67,044,8169Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,250-9%276-156$41$54,693,8719Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,037-24%215-89$47$42,020,8808Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,967-15%107-73$84$25,459,4327Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$7,785-13%154-26$51$55,611,96312Paramount
18Django Unchained$7,150-16%126-57$57$162,713,98716Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,659-17%1720$21$135,998,57627Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$24,676-11%9333$265$858,4154Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$21,400-7%480$446$725,5576Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$9,624-2%498$196$637,2815GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$8,67233%520$167$12,141,67152Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Emperor$7,291-8%96-24$76$3,240,3606Roadside Attractions
6The Impossible$6,375-3%77-3$83$19,014,09817Lionsgate / Summit
7Side Effects (2013)$5,781-16%53-27$109$31,496,70210Open Road
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,69856%300$190$22,468,198106Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Not Today$5,009-12%41--$122$112,9701Freestyle Releasing
10Dead Man Down$3,176-23%94-52$34$10,891,2456FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$3,152-5%321$99$3,667,8484eOne Films US
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,05257%13-3$235$117,6272CodeBlack Films
13Camp (2013)$2,952-8%2113$141$177,9568Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,359-20%90-20$26$77,126,56316Fox
15Stoker$1,823-26%30-59$61$1,678,8487Fox Searchlight
16Dark Skies$1,7977%25-3$72$17,223,3518Weinstein / Dimension
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,684-8%55-22$31$302,980,25718Warner Bros. / New Line
18Settai$589-65%15-18$39$79,7442UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$103472%3-58$34$270,7473UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$35-3%1-1$35$1,120,8868UTV Motion Pictures