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 Sat, May. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$62,273,218-10%4,253--$14,642$131,131,7731Disney
2Pain and Gain$3,095,33632%3,28710$942$31,766,8612Paramount
342 (2013)$2,747,80354%3,345-60$821$76,654,8504Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$2,503,90046%3,430-362$730$74,390,8003Universal
5The Croods$2,003,227106%2,915-368$687$167,493,4267Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$1,697,41440%2,6330$645$13,247,9042Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,036,03643%1,160-450$893$228,506,0669Disney
8Scary Movie 5$670,38043%1,857-876$361$29,306,4194Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$577,82361%1,804-903$320$118,419,8986Paramount
10The Place Beyond the Pines$552,94245%1,162-422$476$18,330,1526Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$531,33754%1,632-702$326$95,057,1437FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$946,69449%576213$1,644$4,589,9652Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$387,10061%980-868$395$43,487,1805Universal
3Evil Dead$270,39135%959-1227$282$53,056,0565Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$191,20464%504-438$379$51,261,6676Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$131,90372%335-30$394$64,064,53010Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$96,01060%300-125$320$133,406,40013Universal
7Silver Linings Playbook$87,76442%468107$188$131,654,33225Weinstein Company
8The Sapphires$70,66889%123-3$575$1,597,6397Weinstein Company
9The Host (2013)$69,46140%290-321$240$26,111,1736Open Road
10Filly Brown$60,88135%204-55$298$2,540,5553Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Snitch (2013)$59,53364%215-37$277$42,484,17311Lionsgate / Summit
12Escape From Planet Earth$54,89654%257-26$214$55,177,25212Weinstein Company
13The Call$42,01748%200-313$210$50,912,1948Sony / TriStar
14Safe Haven$34,69543%169-90$205$71,193,46012Relativity Media
15Side Effects (2013)$28,77543%16557$174$32,068,77613Open Road
16Warm Bodies$27,25853%140-50$195$66,344,70914Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$17,95037%113-166$159$17,775,2547Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$34,13084%1412$2,438$85,9022Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$27,69678%99-32$280$124,742,13824Fox
3Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$26,41842%20--$1,321$45,0251Lionsgate / Pantelion
4A Good Day to Die Hard$20,46958%72-50$284$67,285,98312Fox
5Quartet$19,90469%86-44$231$18,084,22917Weinstein Company
6Trance$19,15150%86-71$223$2,207,4365Fox Searchlight
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$15,45128%4--$3,863$27,4791eOne Films US
8The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$14,86861%82-103$181$22,517,5008Warner Bros. / New Line
9From Up on Poppy Hill$12,92043%39-5$331$842,6748GKIDS
10To the Arctic 3D$12,779-32%520$246$12,359,20155Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Spring Breakers$10,40821%43-29$242$13,993,3288A24
1221 And Over$9,79823%82-54$119$25,643,29910Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$9,17022%50-230$183$1,136,0373Anchor Bay Films
14Starbuck$9,00957%281$322$3,751,5627eOne Films US
15Born to Be Wild 3D$7,964-10%300$265$22,568,039109Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Parental Guidance$7,102130%42-19$169$77,237,55719Fox
17Dark Skies$5,90259%29-34$204$17,362,79411Weinstein / Dimension
18The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,54532%10-15$555$533,28310Methinx Entertainment
19Emperor$3,68835%20-6$184$3,307,3659Roadside Attractions
20Camp (2013)$2,183-25%12-16$182$309,24111Freestyle Releasing
21Django Unchained$2,11353%12-26$176$162,799,54019Weinstein Company
22Not Today$1,199-25%30$400$151,7954Freestyle Releasing
23Girl Rising$570-56%39-33$15$1,095,6579Gathr Films