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 Sun, Apr. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$9,041,355-39%3,783--$2,390$37,054,4851Universal
242 (2013)$4,502,324-44%3,250247$1,385$53,753,5112Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,590,884-41%3,435-254$754$154,633,0375Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,580,608-40%3,175-360$498$111,200,1574Paramount
5The Place Beyond the Pines$1,316,491-40%1,5421028$854$11,642,6454Focus
6Scary Movie 5$1,266,006-55%3,4020$372$22,798,1762Weinstein / Dimension
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,176,565-43%2,638-297$446$88,776,7955FilmDistrict
8Jurassic Park 3D$1,130,050-39%2,330-448$485$38,525,3753Universal
9Evil Dead$1,009,690-42%2,823-202$358$48,456,9513Sony / TriStar
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$804,398-44%2,045-459$393$223,726,7527Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$543,258-47%1,405-400$387$48,884,4564Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$232,003-50%1,356-816$171$25,178,8784Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$395,480-3%188--$2,104$1,478,3231Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$222,297-44%977-653$228$50,100,4436Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$153,087-25%355--$431$642,9421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$128,513-53%867416$148$131,030,87523Weinstein Company
5Trance$106,744-42%4435$241$1,826,3963Fox Searchlight
6Identity Thief$105,600-56%480-84$220$132,675,99511Universal
7Side Effects (2013)$83,939-40%645592$130$31,803,64511Open Road
8Admission$73,375-56%485-424$151$17,452,4975Focus
9The Sapphires$65,859-47%11421$578$1,137,7275Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$55,075-44%255-76$216$63,261,1268Warner Bros. / New Line
11Safe Haven$48,163-50%32548$148$70,876,74510Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$44,023-35%265-9$166$22,339,6676Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$44,014-42%193-24$228$124,525,08422Fox
14Quartet$43,817-40%176-48$249$17,843,84415Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$42,815-37%240-36$178$54,849,38110Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$39,876-42%240-39$166$66,118,64312Lionsgate / Summit
17Girl Rising$32,822-12%170122$193$849,4847Gathr Films
18Spring Breakers$28,794-31%122-304$236$13,831,7486A24
19A Good Day to Die Hard$26,416-39%170-40$155$67,153,51310Fox
20Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,531-29%112-42$174$55,682,07013Paramount
21Snitch (2013)$19,214-48%161-54$119$42,111,9929Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$22,295-33%48-1$464$722,4246GKIDS
2Dark Skies$16,566-46%9166$182$17,293,0659Weinstein / Dimension
3Parental Guidance$13,023-53%900$145$77,184,90717Fox
4Camp (2013)$10,850-31%32--$339$230,0459Freestyle Releasing
521 And Over$10,318-37%50-57$206$25,505,4758Relativity Media
6To the Arctic 3D$9,846-35%520$189$12,197,94253Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Django Unchained$9,257-51%77-49$120$162,760,25617Weinstein Company
8Emperor$7,826-33%64-32$122$3,274,2487Roadside Attractions
9Not Today$6,514-6%20-21$326$138,6772Freestyle Releasing
10Starbuck$6,198-49%29-3$214$3,696,7785eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,976-35%51-4$98$303,001,22919Warner Bros. / New Line
12Argo$3,915-49%43-129$91$136,019,44828Warner Bros.
13Born to Be Wild 3D$2,980-54%300$99$22,493,946107Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Stoker$2,753-38%28-2$98$1,690,8878Fox Searchlight
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,631-45%1--$2,631$10,3411Rialto Pictures
16Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$996-21%2-11$498$124,3663CodeBlack Films
17Settai$919-56%2-13$460$84,4053UTV Motion Pictures
18Pawn$303-23%1--$303$2,1371Anchor Bay Films
19Kai Po Che$222-57%21$111$1,121,8169UTV Motion Pictures
20Himmatwala$8156%1-2$81$270,8804UTV Motion Pictures