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 Tue, Oct. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,532,08514%4,001--$383$36,896,8131Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$1,122,03232%3,29030$341$40,523,3372Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$1,045,13530%2,2972292$455$12,124,9142Universal
4Don Jon$970,45223%2,422--$401$10,436,1321Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$617,46013%2,027--$305$10,193,0891Fox Searchlight
6Insidious Chapter 2$444,92421%3,120-35$143$70,161,1893FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$410,46836%2,894-197$142$32,466,8183Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$264,11128%2,062-869$128$110,736,5077Weinstein Company
9We're the Millers$261,19620%2,405-598$109$142,840,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
10Riddick$173,47019%1,826-1196$95$40,376,2604Universal
11Battle of the Year$148,92437%2,0080$74$7,749,6002Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$51,64916%1,007-466$51$65,476,4528Fox
13Planes$47,638-8%1,426-1020$33$87,781,0138Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$232,35016%948-30$245$39,085,4695Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$205,51621%227223$905$2,841,9062Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$115,6097%305--$379$1,800,0781Picturehouse
4Elysium$57,81323%562-830$103$91,955,8068Sony / TriStar
5Despicable Me 2$48,6208%748-256$65$361,868,21513Universal
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$38,126-4%305-13$125$5,158,9422Warner Bros.
72 Guns$36,18038%403-349$90$75,064,9309Universal
8The Wolverine$28,70717%329-133$87$131,357,83310Fox
9The World's End$23,34322%281-552$83$25,737,0836Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$19,60413%251-18$78$935,4022Roadside Attractions
11The Heat$19,08435%251-59$76$158,981,85014Fox
12The Conjuring$18,80710%338-223$56$137,007,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
13In a World...$13,66632%121-23$113$2,621,3828Roadside Attractions
14Turbo$13,0915%282-51$46$81,989,02311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Pacific Rim$11,30827%140-62$81$101,644,81412Warner Bros.
16The Spectacular Now$10,90820%142-429$77$6,676,9899A24
17Salinger$8,851-2%134-4$66$522,4174Weinstein Company
18The Grandmaster$8,5049%143-330$59$6,521,9246Weinstein Company
19World War Z$7,87023%160-43$49$202,293,13415Paramount
20Red 2$7,45648%110-68$68$52,881,78411Lionsgate / Summit
21The Way, Way Back$7,0746%158-166$45$21,338,43213Fox Searchlight
22You're Next$2,69117%112-420$24$18,414,9506Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$4,65844%1411$333$63,2052Weinstein Company
2The Ultimate Life$4,635155%47-137$99$1,317,6884High Top Releasing
3Fruitvale Station$4,02427%42-61$96$16,018,79312Weinstein Company
4Jobs$3,78229%84-68$45$16,124,1577Open Road
5Paranoia$3,37443%66-22$51$7,381,7687Relativity Media
6Getaway$1,985-5%74-441$27$10,498,5715Warner Bros.
7Populaire$1,6122%244$67$133,2864Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$1,254-24%19-4$66$1,700,20615Weinstein Company
9The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,10760%1--$1,107$7,2921Rialto Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,09880%8-10$137$4,320,95117Roadside Attractions
11Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$85789%1--$857$6,9841Rialto Pictures
12We Are What We Are (2013)$815-18%2--$408$15,5361eOne Films US
13Chennai Express$597131%9-11$66$5,307,5858UTV Motion Pictures
14C.O.G.$41824%9-11$46$50,4472Screen Media / Focus World
15Morning$356106%4--$89$3,4051Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$28722%1--$287$3,0751Rialto Premieres