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 Sat, Oct. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,514,488-8%3,336--$3,452$24,074,7151Paramount
2Gravity$9,019,13548%3,707-113$2,433$194,613,7904Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$5,178,81843%3,143123$1,648$67,076,9123Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$2,940,093-6%3,044--$966$6,070,1751Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,870,93275%3,111-491$923$99,022,5595Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$2,553,34231%3,1570$809$24,630,5532Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,940,77548%2,8830$673$16,335,6782Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$487,62952%1,347-813$362$58,867,4396Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$423,74353%1,229-436$345$81,953,5497FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$239,07237%1,7690$135$2,690,5842Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$119,03625%1,253-1285$95$7,177,5403Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$926,54949%123104$7,533$2,808,3812Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$735,79159%83578$881$12,664,1176Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$311,42051%677-520$460$25,673,7446Universal
4Baggage Claim$274,95172%594-271$463$20,712,7345Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$262,53245%786-95$334$148,423,41412Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$237,40535%969-1042$245$18,672,1084Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$228,22653%4581$498$1,587,2622High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$208,39733%540-574$386$23,371,1475Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$176,23572%379-16$465$364,136,82517Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,77161%444-158$279$114,673,93611Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$116,52278%301-174$387$43,854,6899Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$104,41172%303-47$345$67,159,06512Fox
13Pulling Strings$103,26762%315-123$328$5,472,5114Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Grown Ups 2$63,41764%188-35$337$133,280,74816Sony / Columbia
15Grace Unplugged$50,64031%208-105$243$2,335,3984Roadside Attractions
16The Wolverine$46,76564%164-43$285$132,216,59914Fox
17The Smurfs 2$46,01080%205-37$224$70,745,22513Sony / Columbia
18The Family (2013)$38,89147%218-265$178$36,462,1267Relativity Media
19Turbo$32,45485%108-41$301$82,704,96015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Riddick$25,74043%156-97$165$41,981,4108Universal
21The Conjuring$13,22661%100-13$132$137,381,09815Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$212,59538%8276$2,593$504,6492Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$18,04632%80-23$226$159,461,57718Fox
3Elysium$16,02052%61-32$263$92,522,27912Sony / TriStar
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$14,3875%91-370$158$1,062,9503Relativity Media
5In a World...$10,02753%32-15$313$2,872,78112Roadside Attractions
6A.C.O.D.$6,95735%19-23$366$152,3854The Film Arcade
7Spinning Plates$6,9332%3--$2,311$13,7271The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$6,325113%49-98$129$482,9193Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9The World's End$5,42043%26-14$208$25,952,98610Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$4,22246%11-3$384$1,056,9146Roadside Attractions
11Linsanity$4,087-20%8-1$511$249,1664Ketchup Entertainment
12Haute Cuisine$3,84080%14-7$274$209,4476Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,36554%1411$240$29,0215Rialto Pictures
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,23130%175$190$74,1535eOne Films US
15Torn$2,968-28%54$594$15,3702The Film Collective
16The Spectacular Now$2,83343%24-30$118$6,828,16613A24
17Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,7382%1--$2,738$5,4241Cinepix
18Fruitvale Station$2,05637%16-4$129$16,094,17716Weinstein Company