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 Mon, Aug. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$2,994,750-58%3,025--$990$30,053,8801Universal
2The Wolverine$2,703,138-57%3,9240$689$97,341,8782Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,454,003-50%3,866--$635$29,563,2631Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$1,717,163-52%3,11593$551$109,674,0703Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$1,555,395-46%3,207-269$485$327,966,9805Universal
6Grown Ups 2$1,102,378-49%3,075-183$358$117,297,6534Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$888,752-50%2,985-824$298$70,196,2113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$689,052-51%1,803-799$382$93,570,0964Warner Bros.
9Red 2$677,567-57%2,755-261$246$45,737,0003Lionsgate / Summit
10The Heat$610,016-51%2,074-310$294$150,074,9736Fox
11R.I.P.D.$366,145-48%1,703-1147$215$30,848,2403Universal
12The Way, Way Back$325,516-54%1,001115$325$13,878,1695Fox Searchlight
13Fruitvale Station$307,886-59%1,08622$284$11,160,3424Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$276,182-50%912-528$303$196,158,3757Paramount
2Monsters University$248,500-42%879-591$283$258,813,7387Disney
3The To Do List$111,454-41%585-6$191$3,206,4192CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$89,295-52%553-714$161$86,854,6475Disney
5Star Trek Into Darkness$78,245-46%300120$261$226,300,62512Paramount
6Man of Steel$75,106-46%304-197$247$287,756,5038Warner Bros.
7Epic$38,402-41%255-34$151$106,687,23511Fox
8Now You See Me$36,292-68%206-9$176$115,512,29710Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$32,200-56%230-37$140$238,052,19011Universal
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$31,949-52%214-284$149$32,041,4955Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,282-46%228-43$124$144,540,49713Warner Bros.
12The Internship$25,091-62%172-25$146$44,246,7579Fox
13The Croods$23,857-41%162-32$147$186,674,99020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Purge$12,540-55%132-25$95$64,436,1909Universal
15The Hangover Part III$6,225-88%103-44$60$112,149,08511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$19,336-67%4--$4,834$216,7521A24
2Unfinished Song$11,899-51%68-14$175$1,418,6017Weinstein Company
3Mud$7,673-55%62-11$124$21,479,72015Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,915-59%58-19$119$4,105,9809Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$4,921-22%395$126$5,778,2758A24
6Girl Most Likely$4,074-59%36-191$113$1,350,6773Roadside Attractions
7Stories We Tell$1,738-54%173$102$1,557,18713Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$1,253-57%20-15$63$49,787,71515Paramount
9Kon-Tiki$1,031-65%9-5$115$1,512,82915Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$617-40%20$309$167,9136Brainstorm Media