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, May. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$7,609,602-6%4,253--$1,789$212,421,0841Disney
2Pain and Gain$649,8101%3,28710$198$36,608,2002Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$481,9054%3,430-362$140$77,791,6153Universal
442 (2013)$477,4724%3,345-60$143$80,081,8794Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$355,491-7%2,6330$135$15,787,6912Lionsgate
6The Croods$230,56610%2,915-368$79$169,615,4777Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$149,966-3%1,162-422$129$19,303,5366Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$127,1311%1,632-702$78$95,877,6247FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$101,3727%1,804-903$56$119,156,8916Paramount
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,2985%1,160-450$69$229,182,3209Disney
11Scary Movie 5$76,011-5%1,857-876$41$29,938,0304Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,6640%576213$362$6,019,9792Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$87,8750%980-868$90$44,118,9105Universal
3Evil Dead$62,661-1%959-1227$65$53,465,5085Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$33,5430%504-438$67$51,512,4996Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$23,899-2%468107$51$131,803,58325Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$20,1664%335-30$60$64,235,58810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Sapphires$16,705-2%123-3$136$1,699,8907Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$16,6152%300-125$55$133,522,00513Universal
9The Host (2013)$16,56810%290-321$57$26,209,5846Open Road
10Snitch (2013)$11,86515%215-37$55$42,570,38011Lionsgate / Summit
11Filly Brown$10,687-4%204-55$52$2,657,7893Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Side Effects (2013)$8,4736%16557$51$32,119,04813Open Road
13Safe Haven$6,6616%169-90$39$71,236,54012Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$6,416-17%257-26$25$55,239,23712Weinstein Company
15Admission$5,40421%113-166$48$17,802,5387Focus
16Warm Bodies$5,3675%140-50$38$66,380,66214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,460279%39-33$678$1,144,2979Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$11,57624%520$223$12,401,17355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,96438%300$299$22,599,435109Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kon-Tiki$8,146-5%1412$582$140,7482Weinstein Company
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,2282%4--$1,557$62,3571eOne Films US
6Quartet$6,210-10%86-44$72$18,122,76017Weinstein Company
7Trance$6,094-21%86-71$71$2,246,8565Fox Searchlight
8Life of Pi$5,6587%99-32$57$124,778,50224Fox
9Spring Breakers$5,10612%43-29$119$14,019,7248A24
10From Up on Poppy Hill$4,03625%39-5$103$867,4448GKIDS
11Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,453-1%20--$173$102,3691Lionsgate / Pantelion
1221 And Over$3,3316%82-54$41$25,663,61210Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$3,305-13%50-230$66$1,157,6663Anchor Bay Films
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,26617%82-103$40$22,537,8818Warner Bros. / New Line
15Starbuck$2,74229%281$98$3,770,5927eOne Films US
16A Good Day to Die Hard$2,66212%72-50$37$67,305,15912Fox
17Emperor$2,023132%22-4$92$3,313,9829Roadside Attractions
18Dark Skies$1,2016%29-34$41$17,372,31411Weinstein / Dimension
19The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0083%100$101$541,93210Methinx Entertainment
20Django Unchained$74433%12-26$62$162,803,11419Weinstein Company
21Parental Guidance$691-2%42-19$16$77,243,66119Fox
22Camp (2013)$611-14%12-16$51$313,39011Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$32460%30$108$153,8514Freestyle Releasing