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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,603,054-26%3,260--$492$26,255,7771Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$594,303-24%3,155106$188$62,202,9352FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$580,965-22%3,0910$188$27,511,7892Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$373,427-17%2,931-308$127$107,510,6126Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$373,221-15%3,003-235$124$139,212,3497Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$302,505-20%3,022-95$100$38,162,4753Universal
7Battle of the Year$183,396-36%2,008--$91$5,293,3831Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$135,988-18%1,392-328$98$91,225,1897Sony / TriStar
9Planes$133,951-5%2,446-293$55$86,799,3507Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,247-19%1,473-165$51$64,505,1297Fox
11Despicable Me 2$60,240-14%1,004-2$60$360,926,60012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$48,552-24%1,706-594$28$28,618,7394Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$46,767-18%1,047-529$45$30,806,5405Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$387,78911%318--$1,219$4,143,9661Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$277,551-22%97845$284$34,918,6964Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$68,979-11%833-410$83$25,437,1025Focus
42 Guns$63,920-11%752-156$85$74,659,9058Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$53,357-3%269--$198$694,4001Roadside Attractions
6The Wolverine$35,790-19%462-78$77$131,000,1579Fox
7The Conjuring$35,589-11%561-115$63$136,735,73010Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Spectacular Now$35,088-7%571-199$61$6,506,3098A24
9The Grandmaster$27,440-1%473-232$58$6,376,2285Weinstein Company
10The Heat$23,373-11%310-26$75$158,743,16013Fox
11Salinger$21,2510%138134$154$420,9473Weinstein Company
12In a World...$20,296-1%1440$141$2,464,8087Roadside Attractions
13Turbo$18,400-6%333-20$55$81,695,72310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Getaway$16,223-7%515-863$32$10,454,8094Warner Bros.
15The Way, Way Back$15,771-21%324-97$49$21,218,45412Fox Searchlight
16Pacific Rim$14,905-7%202-52$74$101,497,74711Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,275-21%532-578$27$18,365,1195Lionsgate
18World War Z$13,673-12%203-77$67$202,177,95114Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$11,055-15%201-142$55$28,785,8856Universal
20Jobs$9,164-15%152-87$60$16,081,2006Open Road
21Red 2$8,523-3%178-31$48$52,796,17810Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$7,682-13%184-228$42$1,285,7733High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$6,347-8%103-34$62$15,980,30711Weinstein Company
24Now You See Me$6,308-7%133-38$47$117,717,65717Lionsgate / Summit
25R.I.P.D.$6,055-20%151-13$40$33,612,06010Universal
26Closed Circuit$3,844-30%105-308$37$5,746,2344Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,542-3%40$5,136$347,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$19,630-1%5--$3,926$244,8101Universal
3Paranoia$6,712-16%8817$76$7,350,3326Relativity Media
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,191127%184$233$4,313,30616Roadside Attractions
5C.O.G.$2,862-9%20--$143$41,2611Screen Media / Focus World
6Populaire$2,8222%205$141$113,9823Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,994106%236$87$1,685,65714Weinstein Company
8Haute Cuisine$1,93615%3--$645$20,9651Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$81919%20-10$41$5,297,1837UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$656--1--$656$6560Rialto Pictures
11Stories We Tell$2866%51$57$1,597,62220Roadside Attractions
12Satyagraha$170-50%9-26$19$737,6024UTV Motion Pictures
13I Spit on Your Grave 2$12673%1--$126$7691Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$122-12%4-2$31$37,1055Ketchup Entertainment
15Jayne Mansfield's Car$122-23%6-5$20$14,6762Anchor Bay Films
16Passion$121-78%4-8$30$92,1374eOne Films US