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 Wed, May. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$5,327,026-21%3,868--$1,377$103,773,2881Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,311,274-19%3,55015$651$98,568,3632Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$2,256,761-18%4,237-16$533$345,876,9813Disney
4Pain and Gain$261,810-33%2,429-874$108$47,767,7404Paramount
542 (2013)$255,364-4%2,380-550$107$89,590,3006Warner Bros.
6The Croods$209,218-7%2,373-277$88$177,804,1009Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$206,750-20%2,077-693$100$86,312,1305Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$136,021-33%2,0410$67$8,384,2222Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$130,538-28%1,443-855$90$20,782,0424Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$235,681-9%960108$246$12,389,1154Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$53,2951%535-239$100$231,520,56511Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$43,339-20%466-370$93$97,484,3899FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$36,424-25%317-352$115$20,759,1468Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$31,1809%409-341$76$120,614,6658Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$22,264-22%508-499$44$31,285,7426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$20,920-7%693439$30$55,681,51114Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$19,465-17%428-225$45$45,367,9457Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$16,214-10%250-31$65$64,842,84812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$14,415-7%241-38$60$134,034,88515Universal
11The Sapphires$11,838-4%102-16$116$2,027,3479Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,545-3%231-70$46$26,574,5978Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$7,963-12%153-35$52$42,864,38613Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,383-12%150-128$49$51,872,1738Lionsgate
15Admission$6,5692%129-27$51$17,973,6469Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$6,249-4%131-192$48$132,046,64027Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$20,458-2%6139$335$480,4494Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,540156%37-26$393$1,266,06411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$14,0261%2321$610$216,3812Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$7,6541%520$147$12,563,59357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,0544%241$294$210,9063eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,198-48%300$140$22,667,084111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,65317%42-17$87$18,206,04019Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,601-7%90-34$40$71,334,99314Relativity Media
9Not Today$3,076170%61$513$182,6726Freestyle Releasing
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,5740%36-1$72$936,87610GKIDS
11Life of Pi$2,422-19%51-19$47$124,871,94426Fox
12Trance$2,086-9%23-17$91$2,301,9487Fox Searchlight
13Dark Skies$1,752-1%323$55$17,417,07413Weinstein / Dimension
14Spring Breakers$1,59218%11-5$145$14,054,58510A24
15Filly Brown$1,563-33%39-53$40$2,773,4945Lionsgate / Pantelion
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,38072%31-19$45$67,347,93614Fox
17Starbuck$1,281-10%90$142$3,793,3659eOne Films US
18Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,073-29%25-18$43$173,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$8139%15--$54$8,6931Freestyle Releasing
20No One Lives$746-11%12-41$62$74,6172Anchor Bay Films
21Emperor$440-16%7-4$63$3,327,95211Roadside Attractions
22Camp (2013)$26426%2-1$132$317,13113Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$101-50%10$101$6,7762GKIDS