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 Wed, Sep. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,056,643-22%3,330220$317$81,871,4103Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$828,484-21%3,4450$240$115,121,7154Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$453,805-24%2,539-374$179$81,579,3554Sony / TriStar
4One Direction: This Is Us$385,552-36%2,735--$141$19,461,8761Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$359,810-22%1,5532$232$19,141,4132Focus
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$331,651-29%3,1180$106$25,325,5592Sony / Screen Gems
7You're Next$289,991-21%2,4370$119$15,067,3022Lionsgate
8Getaway$269,199-28%2,130--$126$6,250,4501Warner Bros.
9Planes$269,094-34%3,259-119$83$74,645,4244Disney
102 Guns$183,430-19%1,411-358$130$70,505,5205Universal
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$166,250-36%2,393-337$69$57,156,4224Fox
12Kick-Ass 2$140,005-32%1,646-1299$85$27,343,8153Universal
13Jobs$103,777-7%1,302-1079$80$15,021,7123Open Road
14Despicable Me 2$96,300-35%1,284-27$75$355,983,2509Universal
15World War Z$75,778-17%1,2471008$61$200,841,32511Paramount
16The Smurfs 2$68,189-43%1,366-486$50$67,173,3845Sony / Columbia
17Monsters University$64,594-35%1,889--$34$264,449,97511Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$590,797-14%348--$1,698$11,652,4561Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$172,223-24%749742$230$3,777,3242Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$139,414-25%8708$160$3,954,2831Focus
4The Wolverine$105,664-23%988-461$107$128,565,9826Fox
5The Conjuring$93,218-11%903-452$103$134,381,6167Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$90,049-4%38540$234$4,002,6295A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$60,888-15%958814$64$228,628,93716Paramount
8Pacific Rim$46,609-19%401141$116$100,470,4168Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$45,007-13%654352$69$19,903,0609Fox Searchlight
10The Heat$31,430-15%393-16$80$157,499,14010Fox
11Now You See Me$30,301-12%239-7$127$117,161,75214Lionsgate / Summit
12Turbo$27,434-30%438-32$63$80,153,7157Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Grown Ups 2$26,845-15%471-149$57$130,246,9738Sony / Columbia
14Red 2$21,930-18%261-128$84$52,259,4257Lionsgate / Summit
15Fruitvale Station$19,9391%294-98$68$15,629,9068Weinstein Company
16Man of Steel$17,831-9%284-19$63$290,787,68312Warner Bros.
17Paranoia$13,551-18%392-2067$35$7,123,1163Relativity Media
18R.I.P.D.$12,670-13%1812$70$33,111,6957Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$26,194-4%9116$288$1,359,5524Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$21,067-37%83--$254$555,0671UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$9,839-37%93-51$106$5,147,5874UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,137-34%34--$181$96,939,98912Sony / Columbia
5Passion$5,22268%14--$373$50,8061eOne Films US
6Fast & Furious 6$2,065-13%59-39$35$238,677,79515Universal
7Epic$1,667-23%80-35$21$107,456,19215Fox
8The Croods$1,651-11%45-24$37$187,134,17424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Servant (2013 re-issue)$82542%2--$413$34,8206Rialto Pictures
10Unfinished Song$71820%17-10$42$1,635,84811Weinstein Company
11Savannah$46610%5-9$93$26,4402Ketchup Entertainment
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$460-80%13-14$35$4,271,30613Roadside Attractions
13Inch'Allah$18910%20$95$461,3063eOne Films US
14Underdogs (2013)$16829%1-1$168$34,1993Freestyle Releasing
15The Last Flight of the Champion$106-47%15--$7$2,5261High Top Releasing
16Mud$76-51%6-10$13$21,588,28019Roadside Attractions