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 Mon, Jun. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$3,310,105-51%2,536--$1,305$37,368,4651Universal
2Now You See Me$2,419,293-54%3,02095$801$63,334,2072Lionsgate / Summit
3Fast & Furious 6$2,147,595-60%3,77185$570$204,960,1753Universal
4The Internship$2,031,042-52%3,366--$603$19,356,3491Fox
5Epic$1,429,240-57%3,594-300$398$85,359,7993Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$1,334,349-59%3,152-433$423$201,200,5434Paramount
7After Earth$1,243,254-58%3,4010$366$47,347,0632Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$911,449-53%3,242-323$281$103,248,8193Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$669,037-58%2,351-544$285$394,952,3636Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$603,184-46%2,160-475$279$136,770,7115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$132,612-58%5801$229$18,722,3657Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$107,853-46%414-92$261$181,756,86012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$48,343-51%370-131$131$92,973,2979Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$31,435-50%298-59$105$88,505,3608Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$28,036-52%23687$119$98,138,74812FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,037-56%236-50$106$121,925,15611Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$18,515-48%182-86$102$56,566,87017Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$11,792-26%1309$91$9,135,6265Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$10,827-45%13431$81$21,266,30811Focus
10Pain and Gain$10,665-56%175-32$61$49,226,5047Paramount
11Quartet$4,528-56%11497$40$18,306,65722Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$28,992-52%4440$659$323,4732CBS Films
2The East$24,906-58%4137$607$360,9082Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$16,565-55%7031$237$1,108,2255Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$15,068-61%5--$3,014$187,0111Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$14,386-56%751$192$1,090,9267Weinstein Company
6Lost and Found in Armenia$7,475-58%9--$831$57,3041High Top Releasing
7The Sapphires$6,260-47%55-3$114$2,282,49712Weinstein Company
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,037-52%2514$201$133,7283Focus World
9The Big Wedding$4,943-61%92-34$54$21,378,8967Lionsgate
10To the Arctic 3D$4,748-58%520$91$12,759,22160Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,717-44%29-9$163$450,5936eOne Films US
12Born to Be Wild 3D$4,32533%300$144$22,764,566114Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Jack the Giant Slayer$4,045-46%58-85$70$65,175,90515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,794-61%11--$254$28,7311eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,081-50%510$41$31,435,9329Weinstein / Dimension
16Tiger Eyes$1,392-44%17--$82$12,2661Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$1,102-83%191$58$279,6069Freestyle Releasing
18Hello Herman$671-72%15--$45$6,6561Freestyle Releasing
19From Up on Poppy Hill$575-68%10-2$58$994,08513GKIDS
20Spring Breakers$32124%5-35$64$14,124,09413A24
21Emperor$199-62%5-1$40$3,345,51814Roadside Attractions
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$8-91%3--$3$2,5202Cinema Purgatorio