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, Nov. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$2,112,73213%3,407--$620$30,997,9511Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,923,26141%3,065--$627$19,618,5931CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,761,51415%3,3459$527$64,862,7752Paramount
4Free Birds$1,229,96476%3,736--$329$17,735,2591Relativity Media
5Gravity$1,154,59529%3,024-683$382$220,939,4335Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$820,29032%3,021-122$272$83,899,2014Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$416,917103%2,430-681$172$106,768,3546Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$409,35632%3,0440$134$14,486,9712Fox
9Carrie (2013)$296,99225%2,252-905$132$32,371,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$259,49140%1,966-917$132$22,036,3653Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$522,20716%410287$1,274$9,923,4773Fox Searchlight
2About Time$122,49532%175--$700$1,291,8681Universal
3Enough Said$109,84229%662-173$166$15,004,9937Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,58213%13048$466$1,547,6213Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$53,22111%555-231$96$149,322,57313Warner Bros. / New Line
6Prisoners$47,14348%465-882$101$60,028,9847Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$43,16738%263-990$164$7,707,2794Open Road
8Rush (2013)$40,90542%303-374$135$26,561,6097Universal
9Despicable Me 2$32,44524%309-70$105$364,833,03518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,43851%312-132$85$115,115,70112Weinstein Company
11Insidious Chapter 2$26,0664%553-676$47$82,871,6938FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$23,68026%181-359$131$23,931,9376Relativity Media
13Baggage Claim$19,22328%294-300$65$21,258,6896Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$17,14331%243-215$71$2,087,5173High Top Releasing
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,69610%251-52$59$67,517,98113Fox
16Runner Runner$13,94533%237-732$59$19,181,0685Fox
17Instructions Not Included$7,34916%136-165$54$44,146,33310Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$6,39219%119-45$54$132,368,86915Fox
19Pulling Strings$5,88940%109-206$54$5,723,6715Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$27,45626%9--$3,051$310,1251Focus
2Diana$9,88617%38--$260$86,0741eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$6,82858%87-131$78$36,590,1448Relativity Media
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,716175%22-69$169$1,112,9724Relativity Media
5Turbo$3,40537%69-39$49$82,813,11416Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Grace Unplugged$3,08319%81-127$38$2,456,9325Roadside Attractions
7The Heat$2,87924%42-38$69$159,516,64919Fox
8Big Sur$2,008-18%13--$154$21,2871Ketchup Entertainment
9In a World...$1,886-12%22-10$86$2,910,19213Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,120-4%16-10$70$25,973,64111Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7881974%10$788$18,7422Cinepix
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$645-7%5-9$129$47,2376Rialto Pictures
13The Spectacular Now$41338%18-6$23$6,837,62014A24
14Linsanity$128700%4-4$32$260,0765Ketchup Entertainment
15Torn$94-45%2--$47$17,7113The Film Collective