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, Sep. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,009,775-15%3,107--$325$24,266,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$714,889-5%3,3300$215$94,459,1184Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$586,428-8%3,4450$170$126,187,0965Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$275,862-9%2,241-298$123$86,337,6155Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$191,948-14%1,520-33$126$22,664,6163Focus
6Planes$190,421-4%3,033-226$63$79,917,6565Disney
7This Is The End$166,864-18%2,1612127$77$99,641,40213Sony / Columbia
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$143,123-9%2,519-599$57$28,514,6063Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$125,143-17%2,1355$59$9,296,8132Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$115,8541%2,7350$42$24,487,2022Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$110,705-14%1,165-246$95$72,578,4006Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,2250%2,045-348$49$60,210,4395Fox
13You're Next$83,745-31%1,902-535$44$17,376,9203Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$62,9950%1,050-234$60$357,831,32010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$412,737-10%717369$576$22,330,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$85,662-16%80455$107$5,357,5003Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$71,690-24%8700$82$5,378,7002Focus
4The Spectacular Now$61,687-11%41530$149$5,032,7706A24
5The Wolverine$53,299-13%698-290$76$129,660,8647Fox
6The Conjuring$48,270-9%716-187$67$135,403,5448Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$43,030-13%662-984$65$28,306,4004Universal
8World War Z$38,033-4%374-873$102$201,518,83312Paramount
9Jobs$37,189-10%502-800$74$15,690,0264Open Road
10The Ultimate Life$36,574-9%412--$89$829,4631High Top Releasing
11The Way, Way Back$35,251-14%550-104$64$20,560,13710Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$34,3958%949-417$36$68,318,7936Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$28,421-6%350-43$81$158,015,13211Fox
14Pacific Rim$26,043-2%307-94$85$100,970,2699Warner Bros.
15In a World...$25,347-11%10211$249$1,770,9505Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$24,984-1%596-1293$42$265,092,05412Disney
17Turbo$20,124-8%358-80$56$80,700,5268Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$14,820-8%205-34$72$117,448,42415Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$14,30414%250-11$57$52,498,1648Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,678-16%188-106$57$15,805,3089Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,910-9%1810$55$33,327,1208Universal
22Man of Steel$8,837-3%201-83$44$290,960,54813Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$5,2111%106-852$49$228,778,66117Paramount
24Paranoia$4,896-10%178-214$28$7,217,7754Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,488-4%4--$1,622$113,7171Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$4,227-33%79-4$54$700,2372UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,682-24%53-40$51$5,236,1745UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$2,30418%13-1$177$79,6342eOne Films US
5Epic$2,1742%56-24$39$107,499,81416Fox
6Populaire$1,884-18%3--$628$23,2271Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,756-4%214$84$1,653,83912Weinstein Company
8Stories We Tell$1,49878%9--$166$1,595,54518Roadside Attractions
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,271-24%196$67$4,284,68514Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,098-37%1--$1,098$13,2841Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$324-30%50$65$31,1223Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$1998%4-2$50$21,590,08620Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$181-37%1-1$181$37,3837Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$27-71%10$27$35,0174Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$16-84%21$8$1,378,5918Roadside Attractions