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, Aug. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,716,010-3%3,110177$552$59,265,1062Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,262,339-4%3,445120$366$96,951,9183Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$757,003-7%3,378-338$224$63,087,6703Disney
4Elysium$727,700-2%2,913-371$250$72,103,7293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$679,420-4%3,11872$218$17,454,1841Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$638,599-4%1,551--$412$11,809,2341Focus
7You're Next$491,553-4%2,437--$202$9,339,7081Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$432,157-9%2,730-142$158$50,540,0193Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$412,300-3%2,9455$140$24,529,0452Universal
102 Guns$300,730-3%1,769-441$170$66,709,9054Universal
11The Smurfs 2$295,812-16%1,852-262$160$64,154,2364Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$262,200-9%1,311-253$200$351,938,7908Universal
13Jobs$255,011-14%2,3810$107$13,264,3202Open Road
14The Wolverine$213,047-8%1,449-266$147$126,108,8825Fox
15The Conjuring$176,225-3%1,355-646$130$132,472,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$133,117-6%2,4590$54$6,861,4642Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$263,1426%862--$305$511,8460Focus
2The Spectacular Now$134,468-5%345290$390$2,342,2794A24
3Grown Ups 2$59,797-9%620-396$96$129,224,1577Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$59,457-5%470-114$127$79,047,4836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$49,289-18%409-145$121$156,625,6579Fox
6Pacific Rim$45,1717%260-184$174$99,377,0517Warner Bros.
7The Way, Way Back$45,0791%302-128$149$18,820,5738Fox Searchlight
8Now You See Me$40,9317%246112$166$116,597,84513Lionsgate / Summit
9Fruitvale Station$36,9055%392-85$94$15,333,1727Weinstein Company
10World War Z$36,762-8%239-68$154$199,023,83110Paramount
11Red 2$32,4162%389-326$83$51,746,0966Lionsgate / Summit
12Man of Steel$32,08410%303-62$106$290,360,08211Warner Bros.
13Chennai Express$26,550-10%144-46$184$4,834,7953UTV Motion Pictures
14R.I.P.D.$18,79517%179-2$105$32,803,0956Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$16,7009%144-66$116$227,440,81015Paramount
16Epic$6,450-1%115-53$56$107,384,02714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$33,0474%7538$441$863,4703Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$14,334-8%7--$2,048$196,0441Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$4,905-9%98-43$50$238,571,89014Universal
4Girl Rising$4,51093%1-6$4,510$1,533,33825Gathr Films
5Unfinished Song$3,654-17%27-16$135$1,625,98810Weinstein Company
6The Croods$3,4562%69-45$50$187,087,07023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,57026%27-9$95$4,262,20612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,314-20%14--$94$21,6501Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$1,00645%16-12$63$21,585,26218Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$44734%6-2$75$1,584,89016Roadside Attractions
11Underdogs (2013)$393-18%2-2$197$30,6082Freestyle Releasing
12Inch'Allah$29854%21$149$458,7232eOne Films US
13Girl Most Likely$136-54%1-1$136$1,377,0156Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$75-10%22-64$3$49,875,29118Paramount