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 Tue, Jul. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$7,573,068-4%4,0040$1,891$185,905,0212Disney
2The Heat$5,382,4371%3,181--$1,692$49,823,2691Fox
3World War Z$4,106,417-6%3,6070$1,138$132,190,4952Paramount
4White House Down$2,922,546-4%3,222--$907$30,827,9291Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$2,784,230-9%4,131-76$674$254,405,8463Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$1,236,408-19%2,710-345$456$77,438,9143Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$742,501-21%2,564-259$290$106,474,6945Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$278,985-20%1,550-867$180$233,979,5006Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$262,982-26%1,035-530$254$221,208,9297Paramount
10The Internship$173,459-28%1,008-908$172$42,126,4094Fox
11The Purge$129,030-34%1,122-1079$115$63,116,6954Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Epic$159,986-1%774-1220$207$103,331,1796Fox
2The Bling Ring$135,017-13%630-20$214$4,640,5843A24
3Iron Man 3$129,165-21%540-384$239$405,686,2719Disney
4The Croods$104,81021%307-17$341$184,611,16315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$77,151-4%22216$348$2,350,9854Roadside Attractions
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$62,586-7%255-107$245$142,505,9508Warner Bros.
7After Earth$52,8533%331-835$160$58,351,2975Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$33,748-28%277-253$122$110,787,9266Warner Bros.
942 (2013)$33,38013%252-73$132$94,628,67412Warner Bros.
10The East$33,1021%185-10$179$1,706,3885Fox Searchlight
11Mud$27,777-8%168-45$165$20,628,28210Roadside Attractions
12Olympus Has Fallen$16,6318%165-12$101$98,802,26415FilmDistrict
13G.I. Joe: Retaliation$12,1761%118-21$103$122,424,65014Paramount
14Scary Movie 5$11,5541%122-12$95$31,837,08512Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,06341%101-37$80$56,866,27020Weinstein Company
16The Big Wedding$6,51312%101-40$64$21,811,84710Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$15,41712%89--$173$172,7921UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$14,27414%48-17$297$951,9305CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$12,0912%1917$636$155,7712Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$9,437-13%59--$160$75,8781Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$6,35440%520$122$12,938,91363Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Kon-Tiki$4,61916%34-19$136$1,371,22210Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,987-3%300$133$22,904,961117Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Stories We Tell$3,9295%23-10$171$1,393,0228Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$3,569-20%18-11$198$2,401,08715Weinstein Company
10Redemption (2013)$2,669-17%19--$140$25,8791Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,619-11%26-24$62$49,363,40910Paramount
12Not Today$1,050-9%52$210$311,75512Freestyle Releasing
13Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$710-10%1--$710$33,85611Rialto Pictures
14Lost and Found in Armenia$586-70%21$293$119,7144High Top Releasing
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$292-22%6-2$49$498,5509eOne Films US
16Made in Cleveland$22223%3-2$74$10,2762Striped Entertainment
17Tiger Eyes$19048%1-1$190$26,9864Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$80--1-16$80$6,8612High Top Releasing
19Detention of the Dead$42-42%2--$21$1,4481Anchor Bay Films
20The Stroller Strategy$26-30%1--$26$3,3183Rialto Premieres