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 Tue, Sep. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,348,389-75%3,330220$405$80,814,7673Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,053,219-71%3,4450$306$114,293,2314Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$603,449-77%2,735--$221$19,076,3241Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$601,038-70%2,539-374$237$81,125,5504Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$470,015-71%3,1180$151$24,993,9082Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$461,034-69%1,5532$297$18,781,6032Focus
7Planes$406,338-87%3,259-119$125$74,376,3304Disney
8Getaway$375,109-66%2,130--$176$5,981,2511Warner Bros.
9You're Next$368,242-62%2,4370$151$14,777,3112Lionsgate
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$260,706-85%2,393-337$109$56,990,1724Fox
112 Guns$225,760-70%1,411-430$160$70,322,0905Universal
12Kick-Ass 2$205,750-60%1,646-1299$125$27,203,8103Universal
13Despicable Me 2$147,660-86%1,284-118$115$355,886,9509Universal
14The Smurfs 2$119,332-86%1,366-486$87$67,105,1955Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$111,588-67%1,302-1079$86$14,917,9353Open Road
16Monsters University$99,012-86%1,889--$52$264,385,38111Disney
17World War Z$91,342-76%1,2471008$73$200,765,54711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$683,101-73%348--$1,963$11,061,6591Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$227,723-68%749742$304$3,605,1012Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$186,138-71%870--$214$3,814,8691Focus
4The Wolverine$138,031-72%988-461$140$128,460,3186Fox
5The Conjuring$104,470-64%903-452$116$134,288,3987Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$93,721-73%385231$243$3,912,5815A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$71,225-74%958814$74$228,568,04916Paramount
8Pacific Rim$57,543-71%401141$143$100,423,8078Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$51,476-79%654352$79$19,858,0539Fox Searchlight
10Turbo$39,148-86%438-32$89$80,126,2817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Heat$37,183-70%393-16$95$157,467,71010Fox
12Now You See Me$34,466-70%239-7$144$117,131,45114Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$31,681-81%471-149$67$130,220,1288Sony / Columbia
14Red 2$26,888-72%261-128$103$52,237,4957Lionsgate / Summit
15Fruitvale Station$19,833-69%294-98$67$15,609,9678Weinstein Company
16Man of Steel$19,595-80%284-19$69$290,769,85212Warner Bros.
17Paranoia$16,596-71%392-2067$42$7,109,5653Relativity Media
18R.I.P.D.$14,480-72%1812$80$33,099,0257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$33,286-62%83--$401$534,0001UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$27,254-75%9116$299$1,333,3584Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$15,508-72%93-51$167$5,137,7484UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$9,353-43%34--$275$96,933,85212Sony / Columbia
5Passion$3,115-65%14--$223$45,5841eOne Films US
6Fast & Furious 6$2,360-74%59-39$40$238,675,73015Universal
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,349-24%13-14$181$4,270,84613Roadside Attractions
8Epic$2,169-90%80-35$27$107,454,52515Fox
9The Croods$1,856-87%45-24$41$187,132,52324Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Unfinished Song$598-73%17-10$35$1,635,13011Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$580-73%2--$290$33,9956Rialto Pictures
12Savannah$423-58%5-9$85$25,9742Ketchup Entertainment
13The Last Flight of the Champion$200-72%15--$13$2,4201High Top Releasing
14Inch'Allah$172-69%20$86$461,1173eOne Films US
15Mud$156-76%6-10$26$21,588,20419Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$130-87%1-1$130$34,0313Freestyle Releasing