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, Jul. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$14,266,349-22%3,924--$3,636$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$6,438,531-24%3,022119$2,131$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$5,161,860-19%3,476-344$1,485$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$4,168,318-23%3,8093$1,094$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$3,320,552-27%3,258-233$1,019$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$2,753,774-29%3,0160$913$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$2,435,013-20%2,602-683$936$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$1,963,512-31%2,384-305$824$141,309,4085Fox
9R.I.P.D.$1,767,000-27%2,850-2$620$24,565,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$1,361,095-24%1,0641030$1,279$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$952,680-13%1,470-716$648$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$854,197-25%1,440-626$593$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$491,832-30%1,267-1006$388$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,049,632-26%886582$1,185$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$451,829-16%591--$765$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$245,128-38%676-778$363$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$227,573-26%501-549$454$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$195,919-34%498-250$393$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$161,019-17%270-352$596$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
7Fast & Furious 6$93,450-27%267-12$350$237,614,90510Universal
8Epic$91,031-29%289-30$315$106,189,99310Fox
9Now You See Me$83,478-30%215-118$388$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$77,653-26%271-31$287$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$70,103-38%180-70$389$225,602,79611Paramount
12The Internship$57,520-29%197-5$292$43,923,1718Fox
13Girl Most Likely$56,994-29%227-124$251$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
14After Earth$52,774-22%167-22$316$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
15The Croods$51,421-30%194-18$265$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Purge$36,110-22%1571$230$64,265,6208Universal
17The Hangover Part III$20,414-25%147-55$139$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$33,579-29%82-6$410$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,507-19%77-18$318$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
3Mud$21,848-36%73-4$299$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$18,584-1%34-4$547$5,726,5067A24
5The East$5,051-46%20-11$253$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
6Pain and Gain$4,985-16%35-35$142$49,768,38714Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$4,90620%145$350$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,466-26%1--$2,466$7,8591Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$1,85634%14-8$133$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$869-17%2-34$435$161,5155Brainstorm Media