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, Oct. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,317,300-21%3,820160$607$177,237,1863Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,375,966-23%3,0200$456$56,944,5352Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$871,965-29%3,157--$276$19,277,9621Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$701,770-33%2,883--$243$12,448,6601Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$377,857-19%3,602-272$105$94,021,4264Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$194,006-24%2,160-695$90$57,884,7055Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$160,420-28%2,011-1015$80$18,121,8763Fox
8The Fifth Estate$142,932-24%1,769--$81$2,151,0941Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$131,002-23%2,5380$52$6,843,3872Open Road
10Don Jon$127,038-20%1,114-882$114$22,893,5034Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$125,410-23%1,197-933$105$25,030,7495Universal
12Insidious Chapter 2$84,429-12%1,665-491$51$81,163,1386FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,079-12%757151$246$11,292,2115Fox Searchlight
2We're the Millers$71,210-8%881-269$81$147,920,21811Warner Bros. / New Line
3Baggage Claim$63,008-20%865-455$73$20,217,4074Fox Searchlight
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,618-23%457--$113$1,153,3691High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$47,132-14%602-378$78$114,422,60110Weinstein Company
6Pulling Strings$32,549-27%43810$74$5,278,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Instructions Not Included$29,772-24%475-236$63$43,645,6068Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$25,870-13%395-39$65$363,826,46516Universal
9The Family (2013)$24,738-20%483-567$51$36,372,6896Relativity Media
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,164-4%4610$46$1,003,0652Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,110-21%350-54$43$66,975,82811Fox
12The Wolverine$14,563-16%207-20$70$132,125,95613Fox
13Grace Unplugged$14,267-21%313-189$46$2,226,3363Roadside Attractions
14Riddick$12,750-9%253-177$50$41,925,2057Universal
152 Guns$9,390-13%135-31$70$75,602,94512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$8,059-14%1470$55$466,3802Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,404-15%103-36$62$159,422,99017Fox
18Turbo$6,045-9%149-38$41$82,648,27914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$3,261-10%113-32$29$137,355,22314Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$83,358-2%19--$4,387$1,182,0951Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,7744%6--$1,962$128,0851Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$4,628-3%47-7$98$2,850,81011Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$3,2831%21-9$156$199,9875Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,8533%5421$53$6,819,77112A24
6The World's End$2,62612%40-33$66$25,941,2789Focus
7Populaire$1,30216%14-7$93$178,2507Weinstein Company
8Linsanity$1,258-33%9-7$140$232,2553Ketchup Entertainment
9Thanks for Sharing$1,186-27%14-2$85$1,048,9375Roadside Attractions
10We Are What We Are (2013)$1,048-1%12-1$87$67,3234eOne Films US
11Torn$99315%1--$993$7,5361The Film Collective
12Fruitvale Station$942-7%20-21$47$16,089,41615Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2992%53$60$23,0374Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$138-38%9-7$15$6,594,6689Weinstein Company