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, Jun. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,062,124--4,207--$2,867$12,062,1240Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$4,492,183-43%3,055--$1,470$12,308,1350Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,941,206-2%3,02095$643$69,689,4432Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,687,505-11%2,536--$665$43,644,8501Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,487,695-8%3,77185$395$210,140,6253Universal
6The Internship$1,378,656-2%3,366--$410$23,951,3611Fox
7Epic$1,333,2144%3,390-504$393$89,428,6233Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$1,114,719-2%3,152-433$354$204,830,6944Paramount
9After Earth$901,495-9%3,4010$265$50,464,0152Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$545,327-10%3,242-323$168$105,250,5523Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$542,436-2%2,193-702$247$396,702,2396Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$455,110-4%2,160-475$211$138,303,5415Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$109,2233%384-122$284$182,081,09712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$105,757-3%5801$182$19,075,6627Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$39,422-2%370-131$107$93,095,3689Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,4051%298-59$95$88,594,7108Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$25,564-2%23687$108$98,218,38512FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$24,0895%236-50$102$121,997,92711Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,45910%182-86$118$56,629,34717Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$13,041-8%1309$100$9,177,0655Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$10,228-9%13330$77$21,287,79511Focus
10Pain and Gain$7,378-11%175-32$42$49,253,2917Paramount
11Quartet$6,63012%11497$58$18,326,01422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$20,856-6%4440$474$391,9442CBS Films
2The East$20,4799%4137$499$421,3052Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$17,168-7%7031$245$1,160,8035Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$15,6237%751$208$1,135,4877Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,156-5%5--$2,631$227,0341Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,9364%55-3$126$2,303,33612Weinstein Company
7The Big Wedding$6,03021%92-34$66$21,396,9047Lionsgate
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,48420%2514$219$148,4163Focus World
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,3286%9--$592$74,4351High Top Releasing
10To the Arctic 3D$5,2361%520$101$12,776,46860Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,199-8%300$173$22,783,381114Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,5942%29-9$158$460,8756eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$4,17716%58-85$72$65,187,60315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$3,00637%510$59$31,443,2579Weinstein / Dimension
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,2921%11--$208$35,7451eOne Films US
16Not Today$1,70841%191$90$284,3739Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,642-8%17--$97$17,0411Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$839-15%10-2$84$996,36213GKIDS
19Hello Herman$73738%15--$49$8,4371Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$26925%5-1$54$3,346,26414Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$32-33%3--$11$2,6162Cinema Purgatorio