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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,936,3854%3,003--$645$36,032,1011Warner Bros.
2The Croods$725,13811%3,689-190$197$145,397,7424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$670,3613%3,535-199$190$105,436,2663Paramount
4Evil Dead$607,681-2%3,0250$201$44,344,9502Sony / TriStar
5Olympus Has Fallen$592,3166%2,935-124$202$84,301,2524FilmDistrict
6Jurassic Park 3D$555,655-7%2,7787$200$34,471,0902Universal
7Scary Movie 5$524,0711%3,402--$154$16,647,5921Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$322,3654%2,504-401$129$220,722,1086Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$282,1455%1,805-242$156$46,664,1653Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$182,3074%2,172-1030$84$24,178,7533Open Road
11The Call$157,7296%1,630-372$97$49,222,1495Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$362,2256%514484$705$6,725,1003Focus
2Trance$80,152-8%438434$183$1,422,6142Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,6591%909-498$83$17,110,7444Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,184-2%426-646$104$13,728,5275A24
5Identity Thief$39,480-7%564-157$70$132,191,21010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$38,8327%451-73$86$130,483,21522Weinstein Company
7Quartet$27,283-6%224-28$122$17,688,76514Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$22,19512%331-171$67$63,051,1647Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$21,47512%217-52$99$124,363,11921Fox
10Warm Bodies$18,70414%279-8$67$65,968,02911Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$15,3283%277-83$55$70,667,5529Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$13,40411%210-15$64$67,058,2209Fox
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,087-4%274-261$44$22,182,5825Warner Bros. / New Line
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,118-1%276-156$40$54,704,9899Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,4884%215-89$49$42,031,3688Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,55410%154-26$56$55,620,51712Paramount
17Django Unchained$7,6607%126-57$61$162,721,64716Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$6,826-24%107-73$64$25,466,2587Relativity Media
19Argo$3,9989%1720$23$136,002,57427Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,25918%480$526$750,8166Gathr Films
2The Sapphires$24,343-1%9333$262$882,7584Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$10,90613%498$223$648,1875GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$10,28619%520$198$12,151,95752Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65452%300$288$22,476,852106Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Emperor$7,8377%96-24$82$3,248,1976Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$6,1286%53-27$116$31,502,83010Open Road
8Not Today$6,11622%41--$149$119,0861Freestyle Releasing
9The Impossible$5,784-9%77-3$75$19,019,88217Lionsgate / Summit
10Dead Man Down$4,05028%94-52$43$10,895,2956FilmDistrict
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,85326%13-3$296$121,4802CodeBlack Films
12Starbuck$2,987-5%321$93$3,670,8354eOne Films US
13Camp (2013)$2,9590%2113$141$180,9158Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,74016%90-20$30$77,129,30316Fox
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,15528%55-22$39$302,982,41218Warner Bros. / New Line
16Stoker$1,9054%30-59$64$1,680,7537Fox Searchlight
17Dark Skies$1,719-4%25-3$69$17,225,0708Weinstein / Dimension
18Settai$545-7%15-18$36$80,2892UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$10-71%1-1$10$1,120,8968UTV Motion Pictures