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 Sun, Jun. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$13,522,498-23%4,0040$3,377$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$10,952,911-24%3,181--$3,443$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$9,136,868-22%3,6070$2,533$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$6,596,562-29%3,222--$2,047$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$6,365,117-24%4,131-76$1,541$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,797,912-15%2,710-345$1,032$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,705,605-24%2,564-259$665$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$736,250-26%1,550-867$475$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$696,546-21%1,035-530$673$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$425,249-27%1,008-908$422$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$336,600-31%1,122-1079$300$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$347,192-42%540-384$643$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$267,685-14%630-20$425$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$240,723-24%774-1220$311$103,010,1336Fox
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$179,690-27%22216$809$2,193,5664Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$138,286-26%307-17$450$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$123,665-19%255-107$485$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$102,533-28%277-253$370$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
8After Earth$100,730-23%331-835$304$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
9The East$77,009-31%185-10$416$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
10Mud$63,587-29%168-45$378$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
11The Big Wedding$59,27920%101-40$587$21,805,33410Lionsgate
1242 (2013)$53,046-31%252-73$211$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
13Scary Movie 5$37,01115%122-12$303$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
14Olympus Has Fallen$31,729-25%165-12$192$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
15G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,071-24%118-21$212$122,400,46614Paramount
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,533-17%101-37$94$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$38,567-28%89--$433$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
2Unfinished Song$30,391-25%1917$1,600$131,8232Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$26,768-25%48-17$558$925,1785CBS Films
4Copperhead$17,692-7%59--$300$55,6251Brainstorm Media
5Kon-Tiki$10,233-6%34-19$301$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$10,064-29%520$194$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$9,213-23%23-10$401$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
8Redemption (2013)$7,162-5%19--$377$19,9771Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$5,2381%18-11$291$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,927-36%300$164$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Not Today$4,5371%52$907$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
12Pain and Gain$3,674-11%26-24$141$49,359,97310Paramount
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2260%21$1,113$117,1914High Top Releasing
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,86518%6-2$311$497,8829eOne Films US
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,8134%1--$1,813$32,35811Rialto Pictures
16Made in Cleveland$420-2%3-2$140$9,8742Striped Entertainment
17Detention of the Dead$1032%2--$52$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
18The Stroller Strategy$57-64%1--$57$3,2553Rialto Premieres
19Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$32-58%1-16$32$6,7812High Top Releasing