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, Jul. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,224,379-6%2,903--$1,455$61,736,6281Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,208,885-5%3,820-71$840$290,388,5853Universal
3Turbo$2,588,882-1%3,806255$680$42,442,9981Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,354,259-3%3,4910$674$90,163,7712Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,770,477-7%3,28510$539$76,486,1042Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,597,128-10%3,016--$530$25,674,3561Lionsgate / Summit
7The Heat$1,224,7650%2,689-306$455$134,394,7444Fox
8R.I.P.D.$1,211,845-8%2,852--$425$18,494,9801Universal
9Monsters University$834,8130%2,186-652$382$252,612,1885Disney
10World War Z$635,118-9%2,066-937$307$189,859,5465Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$530,212-7%2,273-1159$233$83,637,0133Disney
12White House Down$294,649-4%1,454-1112$203$69,724,7694Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$231,262-8%1,050-1100$220$286,058,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$269,2287%304225$886$5,631,4413Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$169,523-6%748-144$227$30,752,9303Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$146,940-9%622-772$236$95,114,2856Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$78,619-4%351--$224$1,025,1141Roadside Attractions
5Epic$68,282-4%319-17$214$105,876,5909Fox
6Now You See Me$63,741-16%333-517$191$114,693,5918Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$55,236-5%250-153$221$225,352,74310Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,352-3%302177$180$143,888,40511Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$43,125-6%279-43$155$237,303,8509Universal
10The Croods$41,531-5%212-20$196$186,204,79618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,0440%2024$169$43,721,5977Fox
12The Purge$18,720-8%156-4$120$64,147,8707Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,9085%202-63$84$111,950,5129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$90,1247%3427$2,651$1,682,3162Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,2204%95-43$255$3,922,1447Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$21,2473%88-3$241$1,152,9325Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,9156%77-36$181$21,294,44113Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,048-3%38-59$317$5,676,6346A24
6The Kings of Summer$6,73916%35-21$193$1,315,5008CBS Films
742 (2013)$5,11118%85-20$60$95,020,21315Warner Bros.
8Pain and Gain$4,4461%70-80$64$49,753,51713Paramount
9The East$4,1390%31-36$134$2,225,5258Fox Searchlight
10Stories We Tell$3,841-15%22-6$175$1,534,24411Roadside Attractions
11Copperhead$3,5758%3631$99$158,7334Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$2,66371%9-12$296$1,474,03313Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$648-8%10-5$65$2,450,86718Weinstein Company
14Scary Movie 5$4014%8-25$50$32,015,78715Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$299-24%7-48$43$57,012,97723Weinstein Company
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$140-82%42$35$518,34212eOne Films US
17Not Today$676%10$67$318,12115Freestyle Releasing