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, Jun. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$10,036,422-15%4,004--$2,507$115,333,1571Disney
2World War Z$6,226,175-22%3,607--$1,726$88,294,5431Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,112,073-21%4,2070$977$223,924,8182Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,881,267-18%3,0550$616$64,238,0732Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,184,878-14%2,823-259$420$98,122,6174Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$555,910-16%2,417-958$230$230,407,2855Universal
7The Internship$510,424-11%1,916-1483$266$39,884,4293Fox
8The Purge$484,220-15%2,201-390$220$61,166,5403Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$413,983-14%1,565-766$265$218,063,8516Paramount
10Epic$281,662-12%1,994-1157$141$101,896,2225Fox
11After Earth$134,872-17%1,166-1266$116$57,805,7704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$281,070-18%650645$432$3,269,7742A24
2Iron Man 3$219,957-7%924-725$238$403,823,0468Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$98,124-8%362-813$271$141,894,3317Warner Bros.
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$97,617-5%206183$474$1,517,2253Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$94,851-18%324-44$293$183,857,34914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Hangover Part III$89,494-6%530-1371$169$110,279,9345Warner Bros.
7The East$43,882-9%19580$225$1,342,5994Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$43,237-7%325-119$133$94,334,22011Warner Bros.
9Mud$40,370-7%213-192$190$20,328,4729Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,235-12%201-57$101$89,085,09010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$18,930-5%177-24$107$98,649,10614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,993-14%139-31$101$122,306,13513Paramount
13The Big Wedding$13,835-9%141-24$98$21,656,1859Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$12,317-10%134-7$92$31,712,57011Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,928-22%138-13$65$56,812,95019Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$19,700-8%652$303$819,7014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$8,654-6%520$166$12,881,75162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,4571%53-17$160$1,326,3519Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,652-19%300$222$22,870,059116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$6,50911%33-30$197$1,349,2677Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$5,531-8%53-23$104$21,398,97813Focus
7The Sapphires$5,155-1%29-10$178$2,374,53314Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$4,260-3%50-20$85$49,345,6569Paramount
9Unfinished Song$4,00617%2--$2,003$36,3231Weinstein Company
10Lost and Found in Armenia$1,754-11%1-1$1,754$108,6003High Top Releasing
11Quartet$1,496-21%294$52$18,388,35724Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8075%8-6$101$492,7568eOne Films US
13Made in Cleveland$335-17%5--$67$8,4681Striped Entertainment
14Tiger Eyes$25842%2-4$129$26,0873Freestyle Releasing
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$186-8%3-3$62$45,8513eOne Films US
16Not Today$17226%3-4$57$297,38611Freestyle Releasing
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$13655%17--$8$6,5511High Top Releasing