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, Nov. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$32,078,0101%3,841--$8,351$63,977,2201Disney
2Free Birds$5,027,32296%3,7360$1,346$26,606,4572Relativity Media
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$4,812,94142%3,187-158$1,510$75,643,0593Paramount
4Last Vegas$4,791,15649%3,08217$1,555$30,433,5782CBS Films
5Ender's Game$4,435,83253%3,4070$1,302$41,093,3122Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$3,854,62568%2,720-304$1,417$228,863,8286Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$2,871,25155%1,144734$2,510$15,474,7224Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$2,541,93460%2,646-375$961$89,310,7185Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,925,98525%1,2001025$1,605$4,985,6932Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,282,742119%1,836-594$699$109,045,1347Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$568,68848%1,512-740$376$33,718,3244Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$357,73162%1,049-917$341$22,940,8254Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$342,87346%1,022-2022$335$15,622,6693Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$488,20849%399269$1,224$2,482,6804Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$296,78173%429-233$692$15,674,4698Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$220,10095%3101$710$365,212,55519Universal
4We're the Millers$122,91563%358-197$343$149,607,79714Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$81,22165%225-240$361$60,220,4038Warner Bros.
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77,03392%216-35$357$67,657,29714Fox
7Elysium$68,71450%192154$358$92,696,93714Sony / TriStar
8Insidious Chapter 2$64,96452%229-324$284$83,016,7809FilmDistrict
9Machete Kills$63,04735%212-51$297$7,908,6175Open Road
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$62,76266%214-98$293$115,260,44613Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$55,76070%164-139$340$26,716,8548Universal
12Baggage Claim$49,20587%135-159$364$21,360,9397Fox Searchlight
13Grown Ups 2$39,91891%111-37$360$133,561,68718Sony / Columbia
14Diana$35,47340%10062$355$163,8602eOne Films US
15Runner Runner$17,05946%119-118$143$19,230,8676Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$275,42161%3526$7,869$801,0002Focus
2The Book Thief$46,10380%4--$11,526$71,7681Fox
3Don Jon$43,79357%92-89$476$24,046,5657Relativity Media
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$26,524103%74-169$358$2,149,4394High Top Releasing
5The Smurfs 2$24,826136%94-41$264$70,930,78915Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$24,220114%62-7$391$82,854,43717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Wolverine$20,09172%77-42$261$132,411,30416Fox
8Pulling Strings$19,66292%76-33$259$5,762,5196Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$15,206104%52-84$292$44,180,96311Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$10,18468%57-30$179$36,616,8909Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$7,73020%37-44$209$2,475,7676Roadside Attractions
12Reaching for the Moon$7,01883%2--$3,509$10,8611Wolfe Releasing
13Spinning Plates$5,76468%60$961$54,0893The Film Arcade
14In a World...$5,51276%18-4$306$2,923,37914Roadside Attractions
15The Heat$4,54830%28-14$162$159,529,68220Fox
16The World's End$2,80621%9-7$312$25,981,21812Focus
17The Spectacular Now$2,39151%12-6$199$6,844,80315A24
18Big Sur$1,66285%5-8$332$28,5792Ketchup Entertainment
19Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,084-23%32$361$21,8303Cinepix
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$97019%3-2$323$52,1727Rialto Pictures
21Romeo and Juliet (2013)$948-79%21-1$45$1,123,9115Relativity Media
22Approved for Adoption$680-73%1--$680$3,1641GKIDS
23Linsanity$494-47%3-1$165$268,3196Ketchup Entertainment