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, Sep. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$13,397,398-34%3,049--$4,394$33,628,7611FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$5,367,4740%3,091--$1,736$10,742,2661Relativity Media
3Riddick$2,758,54526%3,11710$885$29,206,8052Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,424,99942%3,239-91$749$98,586,5075Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$2,377,63736%3,238-207$734$130,313,0026Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$1,419,821100%2,739-294$518$82,046,2146Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$1,033,04624%2,300-435$449$26,350,2903Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$911,67344%1,720-521$530$87,884,4586Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$881,69093%1,638-407$538$61,548,3066Fox
10Despicable Me 2$613,660126%1,006-44$610$358,716,60511Universal
11The World's End$576,02240%1,243-277$463$23,651,7544Focus
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$501,53253%1,576-943$318$29,344,5334Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$315,58712%1,333-828$237$100,239,27814Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$275,18114%1,378-757$200$9,812,6183Warner Bros.
15You're Next$200,686-18%1,110-792$181$17,823,7314Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,382,388-1%933216$1,482$25,109,5583Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$363,20027%908-257$400$73,227,6207Universal
3The Smurfs 2$297,822146%693-256$430$68,737,4567Sony / Columbia
4The Spectacular Now$291,18427%770355$378$5,552,6777A24
5The Wolverine$246,71536%540-158$457$130,088,5848Fox
6The Conjuring$240,0738%676-40$355$135,864,9669Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$194,561101%353-5$551$80,991,9099Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Grandmaster$192,23630%705-99$273$5,697,7954Weinstein Company
9The Way, Way Back$135,57257%421-129$322$20,782,10011Fox Searchlight
10Grown Ups 2$132,94139%294-61$452$130,952,77910Sony / Columbia
11In a World...$130,97657%14442$910$1,985,4746Roadside Attractions
12World War Z$130,48440%280-94$466$201,742,80213Paramount
13The Heat$128,03342%336-14$381$158,233,32312Fox
14Kick-Ass 2$104,61530%343-319$305$28,491,7105Universal
15The Ultimate Life$97,80316%4120$237$1,011,7352High Top Releasing
16Pacific Rim$97,27454%254-53$383$101,130,75610Warner Bros.
17Closed Circuit$94,15646%413-457$228$5,537,3553Focus
18Jobs$84,00150%239-263$351$15,830,0395Open Road
19Red 2$61,02350%209-41$292$52,599,8489Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$58,22058%164-17$355$33,422,2359Universal
21Now You See Me$55,10341%171-34$322$117,542,52316Lionsgate / Summit
22White House Down$30,56445%117-51$261$73,086,99312Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$30,43319%137-51$222$15,861,27310Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$27,36056%91-110$301$291,005,46314Warner Bros.
2Salinger$20,57686%40$5,144$145,3522Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$18,39439%71-107$259$7,249,4125Relativity Media
4Populaire$15,75254%1512$1,050$49,2322Weinstein Company
5Chennai Express$15,281112%30-23$509$5,258,6646UTV Motion Pictures
6Afternoon Delight$12,95522%3914$332$142,2443The Film Arcade
7Satyagraha$11,28079%35-44$322$717,8293UTV Motion Pictures
8Jayne Mansfield's Car$3,98818%11--$363$7,3581Anchor Bay Films
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,21278%14-5$229$4,289,69915Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$3,20948%17-4$189$1,659,21313Weinstein Company
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,76430%10$2,764$18,1672Rialto Pictures
12Passion$2,3518%12-1$196$84,1553eOne Films US
13Savannah$1,13518%61$189$33,2154Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$152300%10$152$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
15Stories We Tell$48-24%4-5$12$1,595,65619Roadside Attractions