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. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$8,995,48929%3,260--$2,759$15,969,8371Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$6,454,56938%3,155106$2,046$57,488,0642FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$3,212,81652%3,0910$1,039$23,966,3002Relativity Media
4We're the Millers$2,204,07763%3,003-235$734$137,058,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
5Battle of the Year$2,085,36447%2,008--$1,039$3,508,5091Sony / Screen Gems
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,026,02874%2,931-308$691$105,339,0966Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,646,99063%3,022-95$545$36,167,6503Universal
8Planes$1,375,993152%2,446-293$563$85,604,1687Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$896,851123%1,473-165$609$63,771,4677Fox
10Elysium$689,23570%1,392-328$495$90,418,9607Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$682,720139%1,004-2$680$360,339,26012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$533,07374%1,706-594$312$28,159,1834Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$307,39672%1,047-529$294$30,490,6685Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,106,54953%97845$2,154$32,041,2344Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,279,50070%318--$4,024$2,034,2611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$337,39860%833-410$405$25,055,5635Focus
42 Guns$304,56059%752-156$405$74,313,9858Universal
5The Smurfs 2$275,589215%596-97$462$69,413,6238Sony / Columbia
6Thanks for Sharing$238,34941%269--$886$407,3481Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$215,03469%462-78$465$130,769,3609Fox
8Turbo$206,036129%333-20$619$81,525,52010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$195,62251%561-115$349$136,532,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$179,69461%571-199$315$6,310,0628A24
11This Is The End$144,23446%527-806$274$101,018,71715Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$133,90063%310-26$432$158,616,02813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$127,20382%258-36$493$131,278,28411Sony / Columbia
14In a World...$119,53683%1440$830$2,354,9277Roadside Attractions
15The Way, Way Back$108,01573%324-97$333$21,123,07912Fox Searchlight
16The Grandmaster$106,24562%473-232$225$6,228,1215Weinstein Company
17You're Next$97,28668%532-578$183$18,274,2655Lionsgate
18Getaway$91,69853%515-863$178$10,358,5684Warner Bros.
19World War Z$86,10367%203-77$424$202,086,64414Paramount
20Pacific Rim$81,56375%202-52$404$101,405,48511Warner Bros.
21Salinger$80,15050%138134$581$309,4953Weinstein Company
22R.I.P.D.$47,56580%151-13$315$33,565,99010Universal
23Kick-Ass 2$45,22561%201-142$225$28,724,5806Universal
24Red 2$44,64741%178-31$251$52,749,35810Lionsgate / Summit
25The Ultimate Life$43,82638%184-228$238$1,240,4313High Top Releasing
26Jobs$38,62354%152-87$254$16,025,9786Open Road
27Now You See Me$37,43556%133-38$281$117,679,13917Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$20,12167%103-34$195$15,950,88111Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$16,74058%105-308$159$5,724,3044Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$109,41874%4--$27,355$225,9041Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$72,08410%5--$14,417$137,6551Universal
3Paranoia$26,64227%8817$303$7,315,9396Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$13,89522%20--$695$25,2591Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$12,72563%205$636$98,8813Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$9,54644%20-10$477$5,289,1727UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$6,60261%3--$2,201$10,6981Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$5,79753%236$252$1,678,40814Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,00463%184$222$4,301,19416Roadside Attractions
10Satyagraha$2,67396%9-26$297$735,5034UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$2,42953%12-27$202$173,4654The Film Arcade
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$90462%6-5$151$13,8792Anchor Bay Films
13Stories We Tell$711259%51$142$1,596,93520Roadside Attractions
14Passion$704-8%4-8$176$90,7804eOne Films US
15Savannah$42818%4-2$107$36,3425Ketchup Entertainment
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$92-55%1--$92$2961Anchor Bay Films