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 Mon, Sep. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,658,359-66%3,260--$509$22,475,4121Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$669,340-75%3,155106$212$60,826,4182FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$548,577-67%3,0910$177$26,189,8212Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$343,971-66%2,931-308$117$106,685,2086Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$336,140-67%3,003-235$112$138,400,7087Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$317,310-68%3,022-95$105$37,482,2203Universal
7Battle of the Year$220,746-80%2,008--$110$4,823,9231Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$133,711-64%1,392-328$96$90,923,7417Sony / TriStar
9Planes$132,985-83%2,446-293$54$86,525,0147Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$88,431-81%1,473-165$60$64,336,5137Fox
11Despicable Me 2$65,260-83%1,004-2$65$360,796,08012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$55,772-81%1,706-594$33$28,506,2984Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$47,805-71%1,047-529$46$30,702,7065Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$328,006-83%97845$335$34,286,4194Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$311,347-71%318--$979$3,405,3451Warner Bros.
3The World's End$66,916-60%833-410$80$25,290,5585Focus
42 Guns$56,400-63%752-156$75$74,524,5458Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$49,190-62%269--$183$585,7811Roadside Attractions
6The Wolverine$35,179-70%462-78$76$130,920,0959Fox
7The Conjuring$35,078-62%561-115$63$136,660,15310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Spectacular Now$31,278-66%571-199$55$6,433,4148A24
9The Grandmaster$24,533-64%473-232$52$6,321,0865Weinstein Company
10Salinger$20,236-58%138134$147$378,3433Weinstein Company
11Turbo$19,836-82%333-20$60$81,657,76510Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$19,460-67%310-26$63$158,693,64013Fox
13In a World...$17,775-65%1440$123$2,424,0167Roadside Attractions
14You're Next$15,721-63%532-578$30$18,332,8565Lionsgate
15Getaway$15,169-68%515-863$29$10,421,1424Warner Bros.
16The Way, Way Back$14,189-69%324-97$44$21,182,75812Fox Searchlight
17Pacific Rim$13,420-72%202-52$66$101,466,83411Warner Bros.
18World War Z$12,642-74%203-77$62$202,148,78714Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,050-63%201-142$50$28,761,7656Universal
20Jobs$8,626-68%152-87$57$16,061,2546Open Road
21Red 2$8,003-63%178-31$45$52,778,88010Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$7,939-62%184-228$43$1,269,2933High Top Releasing
23R.I.P.D.$6,040-77%151-13$40$33,598,45510Universal
24Now You See Me$5,708-71%133-38$43$117,704,60217Lionsgate / Summit
25Fruitvale Station$4,856-57%103-34$47$15,967,09311Weinstein Company
26Closed Circuit$3,622-60%105-308$34$5,736,9324Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$19,251-68%4--$4,813$305,7851Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$18,149-63%5--$3,630$205,4381Universal
3Paranoia$6,192-54%8817$70$7,335,6236Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$2,573-65%20--$129$35,2501Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$2,158-71%205$108$108,4053Weinstein Company
6Haute Cuisine$1,952-58%3--$651$17,3391Weinstein Company
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,681-62%184$93$4,307,27016Roadside Attractions
8Unfinished Song$1,370-53%236$60$1,682,69414Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$822-86%20-10$41$5,295,6757UTV Motion Pictures
10Passion$283-30%4-8$71$91,4694eOne Films US
11Satyagraha$266-80%9-26$30$737,0924UTV Motion Pictures
12I Spit on Your Grave 2$128-12%1--$128$5701Anchor Bay Films
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$119-70%6-5$20$14,3952Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$99-75%4-2$25$36,8455Ketchup Entertainment
15Stories We Tell$56-25%51$11$1,597,06620Roadside Attractions