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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$32,053,12763%4,2530$7,537$264,188,0432Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$17,657,569-9%3,535--$4,995$37,070,3511Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$2,123,76359%3,30316$643$40,071,3723Paramount
442 (2013)$1,967,96076%2,930-415$672$83,167,2255Warner Bros.
5Oblivion (2013)$1,787,50572%2,770-660$645$80,618,3704Universal
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$1,737,10046%2,041--$851$2,930,6661Lionsgate
7The Croods$1,616,908134%2,650-265$610$171,923,6668Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$964,34968%2,298-335$420$17,324,8003Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$328,33858%1,007-850$326$30,474,8275Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,079,37771%852276$1,267$7,730,0063Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$517,59087%774-386$669$229,976,53010Disney
3The Place Beyond the Pines$315,09679%669-493$471$19,794,7277Focus
4Olympus Has Fallen$313,11268%836-796$375$96,377,0328FilmDistrict
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$279,64577%750-1054$373$119,594,9617Paramount
6Jurassic Park 3D$264,75072%653-327$405$44,537,1956Universal
7Evil Dead$132,57054%443-516$299$53,683,9226Sony / TriStar
8Jack the Giant Slayer$105,64986%281-54$376$64,398,14311Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$80,91066%279-21$290$133,651,74014Universal
10Tyler Perry's Temptation$74,64193%278-226$268$51,625,7657Lionsgate
11The Host (2013)$67,24350%30111$223$26,321,6567Open Road
12The Sapphires$59,66896%118-5$506$1,790,0048Weinstein Company
13Silver Linings Playbook$52,77754%323-145$163$131,890,73626Weinstein Company
14Snitch (2013)$48,80072%188-27$260$42,647,63412Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$44,30588%254-3$174$55,307,14313Weinstein Company
16The Call$43,25450%121-79$357$51,048,5229Sony / TriStar
17Admission$27,85136%15643$179$17,850,9218Focus
18Safe Haven$19,00630%124-45$153$71,270,19913Relativity Media
19Side Effects (2013)$15,56669%108-57$144$32,143,82514Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$38,047101%228$1,729$197,7603Weinstein Company
2Filly Brown$23,99255%92-112$261$2,697,2484Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$18,56083%2319$807$91,0672eOne Films US
4No One Lives$16,756-7%53--$316$34,8341Anchor Bay Films
5Life of Pi$15,95391%70-29$228$124,802,82025Fox
6Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$14,64278%4323$341$125,2352Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Stories We Tell$14,638172%2--$7,319$20,0161Roadside Attractions
8Quartet$13,98876%59-27$237$18,144,68618Weinstein Company
9To the Arctic 3D$13,864-25%520$267$12,433,45956Warner Bros. / IMAX
10From Up on Poppy Hill$11,09580%37-2$300$884,7169GKIDS
11Trance$9,74766%40-46$244$2,262,4906Fox Searchlight
12A Good Day to Die Hard$8,38774%50-22$168$67,318,37513Fox
13Dark Skies$6,38573%290$220$17,382,40012Weinstein / Dimension
14Spring Breakers$5,06442%16-27$317$14,028,3449A24
1521 And Over$5,02651%37-45$136$25,671,97711Relativity Media
16Born to Be Wild 3D$4,337-54%300$145$22,613,297110Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,73967%6-4$457$546,31511Methinx Entertainment
18Starbuck$2,54924%9-19$283$3,775,2028eOne Films US
19The Painting (2013)$2,242369%1--$2,242$2,7201GKIDS
20Emperor$2,18260%10-10$218$3,317,53010Roadside Attractions
21The Lords of Salem$2,086-16%15-35$139$1,162,1474Anchor Bay Films
22Girl Rising$1,870--6324$30$1,146,16710Gathr Films
23Not Today$1,521-25%52$304$157,3915Freestyle Releasing
24Django Unchained$69550%5-7$139$162,804,27220Weinstein Company
25Camp (2013)$65248%3-9$217$314,48312Freestyle Releasing