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 Thu, Oct. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,522,4871%3,66085$962$139,536,1302Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,012,206-4%3,020--$666$36,030,2351Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$836,75826%3,874-127$216$83,036,7683Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$339,397-12%3,0260$112$15,911,3182Fox
5Prisoners$316,225-4%2,855-381$111$55,194,1584Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$256,012-12%2,538--$101$5,199,2391Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,8350%2,130-178$115$23,362,1794Universal
8Don Jon$227,654-5%1,996-426$114$21,297,1673Relativity Media
9Insidious Chapter 2$174,184-1%2,156-451$81$79,390,2415FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$120,418-3%1,320-710$91$18,900,6553Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$97,2951%1,150-456$85$146,966,16110Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$56,764-5%1,050-973$54$36,080,0355Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,421-2%606169$308$8,987,4474Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$76,8411%980-583$78$113,895,2279Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$59,458-12%42841$139$4,555,7862Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$53,761-7%711-147$76$43,003,5507Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Grace Unplugged$46,12723%502-9$92$1,943,3382Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$42,4783%461--$92$717,0731Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$39,06039%434-51$90$363,255,23015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,74631%404-109$74$66,621,90610Fox
9Riddick$23,65010%430-365$55$41,768,1456Universal
10The Wolverine$18,3916%227-14$81$131,926,08712Fox
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$17,092-17%147--$116$356,8051Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Turbo$15,69746%187-35$84$82,508,70613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$12,3950%166-34$75$75,481,56011Universal
14The Heat$11,7992%139-43$85$159,325,99816Fox
15Red 2$11,48011%168-35$68$53,262,56013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$6,94319%145-57$48$137,301,40913Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$3,678-34%126-91$29$679,8612Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$8,18352%167$511$210,9522Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$5,23010%54-24$97$2,800,89210Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$4,570-5%8742$53$18,494,0068Lionsgate
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$4,33328%50-196$87$5,509,3344Warner Bros.
5Pacific Rim$4,28310%52-40$82$101,802,90614Warner Bros.
6Haute Cuisine$3,882-5%30-30$129$170,5804Weinstein Company
7The World's End$3,769-6%73-58$52$25,920,1108Focus
8The Spectacular Now$3,43563%33-25$104$6,789,00411A24
9The Way, Way Back$3,240-4%63-68$51$21,438,21615Fox Searchlight
10Salinger$1,89018%16-5$118$583,6336Weinstein Company
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,821-10%135$140$56,1363eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$1,6835%41-35$41$16,079,05314Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,1261%16-19$70$6,590,5538Weinstein Company
14Populaire$964-9%21-37$46$170,9076Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$7360%16-49$46$1,035,6634Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$32458%21$162$19,8123Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$21888%3--$73$2,1481Archstone Distribution