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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$31,696,570-18%3,658--$8,665$70,434,0751Universal
2The Hangover Part III$14,627,6601%3,555--$4,115$40,915,0071Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$14,422,06644%3,90739$3,691$133,235,0292Paramount
4Epic$13,379,65943%3,882--$3,447$22,727,6731Fox
5Iron Man 3$7,533,15446%3,424-813$2,200$360,762,0944Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$5,099,55130%3,090-460$1,650$109,761,1283Warner Bros.
7The Croods$507,54888%1,008-1365$504$178,801,14310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$247,24233%1,003-1426$247$48,347,6945Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$784,74363%712-248$1,102$13,872,9005Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$508,11469%915-1465$555$90,613,2437Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$320,60530%572-1505$560$87,031,9956Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$255,16655%401-134$636$231,982,42312Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$169,81645%346-63$491$120,934,7939Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$128,19156%485-1556$264$8,686,6653Lionsgate
7Escape From Planet Earth$104,49985%346-347$302$55,864,38715Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$95,60468%265-1178$361$21,008,8205Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$83,21541%187-54$445$134,191,58516Universal
10The Place Beyond the Pines$66,30763%128-189$518$20,901,8049Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$62,20960%209-257$298$97,619,42810FilmDistrict
12The Call$56,76134%166-63$342$51,501,09211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$43,30670%185-65$234$64,930,53113Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$26,32424%171-337$154$31,350,5397Weinstein / Dimension
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$23,65963%131-19$181$51,914,4989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$67,57764%643$1,056$609,1755Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$56,66478%263$2,179$682,8523Roadside Attractions
3The Sapphires$29,42482%61-41$482$2,085,30110Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$26,69165%3713$721$266,6734eOne Films US
5To the Arctic 3D$18,19921%520$350$12,603,95358Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$16,12463%29-10$556$2,800,4526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$13,76259%93-60$148$42,895,33814Lionsgate / Summit
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$11,05748%4--$2,764$18,5411Focus World
9Quartet$10,96954%30-12$366$18,228,04120Weinstein Company
10The Host (2013)$9,07920%59-172$154$26,604,0019Open Road
11Spring Breakers$8,75821%7059$125$14,072,46011A24
12Evil Dead$7,96618%58-150$137$54,105,0868Sony / TriStar
13From Up on Poppy Hill$7,51168%24-12$313$953,31511GKIDS
14Silver Linings Playbook$7,14351%35-96$204$132,065,28428Weinstein Company
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,278-3%300$209$22,685,467112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Admission$4,55835%26-103$175$17,988,11210Focus
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$4,46680%1--$4,466$6,9521Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$4,00943%26-25$154$124,882,08827Fox
19Not Today$3,792-7%5-1$758$192,9287Freestyle Releasing
20The Painting (2013)$3,772165%65$629$12,1623GKIDS
21Safe Haven$2,46220%36-54$68$71,343,64815Relativity Media
22Emperor$1,5352%81$192$3,331,41812Roadside Attractions
23Girl Rising$1,450113%6326$23$1,287,66512Gathr Films