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 Sat, Aug. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,292,10812%2,933--$3,168$17,614,1691Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$7,205,40832%3,32565$2,167$64,377,2612Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$5,593,62753%3,71614$1,505$41,191,7652Disney
4Elysium$5,511,88740%3,2840$1,678$51,764,1742Sony / TriStar
5Kick-Ass 2$4,189,555-28%2,940--$1,425$10,025,4551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,576,16240%3,08049$1,161$36,655,2512Fox
72 Guns$2,396,87044%2,471-557$970$57,714,1403Universal
8Jobs$2,348,527-10%2,381--$986$4,957,2431Open Road
9The Smurfs 2$1,951,90143%2,349-1518$831$55,626,3673Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$1,858,17642%2,058-809$903$119,198,1734Fox
11The Conjuring$1,645,62638%2,001-649$822$126,793,2375Warner Bros. / New Line
12Despicable Me 2$1,581,66047%1,818-577$870$344,860,4007Universal
13Paranoia$1,325,9981%2,459--$539$2,634,4111Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$761,50343%1,241-861$614$126,978,0176Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$452,75257%759-1012$597$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2The Heat$388,37642%691-660$562$155,252,8608Fox
3Chennai Express$374,70254%190-6$1,972$3,738,5362UTV Motion Pictures
4The Way, Way Back$315,31353%457-323$690$17,634,2547Fox Searchlight
5Red 2$296,33343%715-859$414$50,777,9945Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$289,81537%444-536$653$98,177,9056Warner Bros.
7Man of Steel$210,98045%365-61$578$289,478,09410Warner Bros.
8Fruitvale Station$209,55337%477-351$439$14,482,5506Weinstein Company
9World War Z$184,66839%307-198$602$198,183,7159Paramount
10R.I.P.D.$89,32028%203-275$440$32,363,6805Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$81,39745%210-46$388$227,105,25514Paramount
12Now You See Me$59,02520%134-9$440$115,954,36512Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$51,41161%168-54$306$107,176,09613Fox
14White House Down$45,61743%107-52$426$72,095,8478Sony / Columbia
15Fast & Furious 6$40,89061%141-50$290$238,424,53513Universal
16The Croods$33,39359%114-28$293$186,972,15922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Internship$28,23843%100-36$282$44,533,68611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$164,22038%5536$2,986$944,9783A24
2In a World...$94,80859%3734$2,562$258,1212Roadside Attractions
3This Is The End$38,78045%58-44$669$96,654,19310Sony / Columbia
4After Earth$24,00479%77-32$312$60,503,31912Sony / Columbia
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$18,28824%88-47$208$144,798,98915Warner Bros.
6Pain and Gain$15,42946%8667$179$49,835,71417Paramount
7Unfinished Song$13,46733%43-10$313$1,564,6269Weinstein Company
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$12,69631%32-45$397$32,220,0987Lionsgate / Summit
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$8,60123%36-17$239$4,212,51711Roadside Attractions
10Mud$5,60833%28-16$200$21,562,61217Roadside Attractions
11Underdogs (2013)$4,795-51%4--$1,199$14,5841Freestyle Releasing
12The Bling Ring$1,8374%18-22$102$5,822,33510A24
13Inch'Allah$765-38%1--$765$453,7891eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$67436%8-2$84$1,576,15615Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$283--1--$283$25,14924Rialto Pictures
16Girl Most Likely$195-17%2-10$98$1,374,4045Roadside Attractions