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 Fri, Sep. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,245,997--4,001--$2,311$9,245,9971Sony / Columbia
2Rush (2013)$3,709,65522943%2,2972292$1,615$3,970,5642Universal
3Prisoners$3,369,126136%3,29030$1,024$31,053,0582Warner Bros.
4Baggage Claim$3,297,613--2,027--$1,627$3,297,6131Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,288,247--2,422--$1,358$3,288,2471Relativity Media
6Insidious Chapter 2$2,071,786249%3,120-35$664$64,869,1813FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,090,748114%2,894-197$377$29,112,9183Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$841,155147%2,405-598$350$140,394,6078Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$695,41697%2,062-869$337$108,559,4857Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$556,987218%2,0080$277$6,025,2792Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$438,50553%1,826-1196$240$38,888,0704Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$192,139161%1,007-466$191$64,770,8908Fox
13Planes$172,23340%1,426-1020$121$87,094,3928Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Metallica Through The Never$811,400--305--$2,660$811,4001Picturehouse
2Instructions Not Included$799,989198%948-30$844$35,987,4775Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$582,6222813%227223$2,567$950,1012Fox Searchlight
4Despicable Me 2$190,755245%748-256$255$361,172,57513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$161,632--390132$414$131,574,87712Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$149,01920%562-830$265$91,498,0818Sony / TriStar
72 Guns$84,63050%403-349$210$74,801,0409Universal
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$82,837-78%305-13$272$4,606,6532Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs 2$80,053--353-243$227$69,745,0309Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$75,803116%329-133$230$131,110,97610Fox
11The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$60,90225%329-718$185$30,916,1216Sony / Screen Gems
12The World's End$58,624-10%281-552$209$25,561,1966Focus
13The Conjuring$58,03266%338-223$172$136,828,79511Warner Bros. / New Line
14Turbo$56,276218%282-51$200$81,769,68811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Heat$55,927150%251-59$223$158,821,45414Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$46,6666%251-18$186$785,2572Roadside Attractions
17This Is The End$37,913--205-322$185$101,278,37616Sony / Columbia
18The Spectacular Now$37,3275%142-429$263$6,579,1069A24
19One Direction: This Is Us$36,639-38%228-1478$161$28,714,3175Sony / TriStar
20In a World...$33,32968%121-23$275$2,517,9868Roadside Attractions
21The Grandmaster$29,13120%143-330$204$6,429,6576Weinstein Company
22Pacific Rim$28,86496%140-62$206$101,541,36712Warner Bros.
23The Way, Way Back$28,66484%158-166$181$21,262,66813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$23,55784%160-43$147$202,214,28515Paramount
25Red 2$20,951141%110-68$190$52,825,82811Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$17,319-9%134-4$129$457,3114Weinstein Company
27You're Next$10,277-27%112-420$92$18,389,4916Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jobs$8,635-3%84-68$103$16,098,6947Open Road
2Haute Cuisine$8,360291%1411$597$31,4632Weinstein Company
3Getaway$8,050-45%74-441$109$10,477,4335Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$6,837-3%42-61$163$15,994,17512Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$6,6882%66-22$101$7,363,5637Relativity Media
6We Are What We Are (2013)$6,362--2--$3,181$6,3621eOne Films US
7The Ultimate Life$5,295-37%47-137$113$1,299,5104High Top Releasing
8Populaire$3,82022%244$159$120,9234Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,14752%19-4$166$1,690,87615Weinstein Company
10Chennai Express$2,340102%9-11$260$5,300,6818UTV Motion Pictures
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,803--1--$1,803$1,8031Rialto Pictures
12C.O.G.$1,528-49%9-11$170$45,7812Screen Media / Focus World
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5153%8-10$189$4,316,29817Roadside Attractions
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,27346%1--$1,273$2,8001Rialto Pictures
15Morning$1,174--4--$294$1,1741Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$401--1--$401$4011Rialto Premieres
17Satyagraha$166-39%2-7$83$738,0425UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$130189%4-1$33$1,597,79721Roadside Attractions