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, Nov. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$3,546,237-1%3,841--$923$108,511,1141Disney
2Last Vegas$926,211-6%3,08217$301$38,092,9832CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$720,0714%3,187-158$226$82,531,6383Paramount
4Ender's Game$646,7847%3,4070$190$47,576,5842Lionsgate / Summit
5Gravity$571,1492%2,720-304$210$234,275,6146Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$509,845-5%1,144734$446$20,248,7854Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$423,951-3%2,646-375$160$93,117,4585Sony / Columbia
8Free Birds$399,05114%3,7360$107$33,918,2052Relativity Media
9About Time$377,8452%1,2001025$315$8,105,6482Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$100,34110%1,836-594$55$111,066,4987Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$81,2771%1,512-740$54$34,470,9114Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$73,4089%1,049-917$70$23,573,5534Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$72,035-7%1,022-2022$70$16,232,2513Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$104,734-7%399269$262$3,302,6044Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$52,340-4%429-233$122$16,082,7148Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$29,86910%358-197$83$149,804,91914Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$23,250-6%3101$75$365,525,67019Universal
5Prisoners$14,92310%225-240$66$60,342,0698Warner Bros.
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,788-4%214-98$69$115,372,94813Weinstein Company
7Machete Kills$12,501-5%212-51$59$8,008,1615Open Road
8Rush (2013)$12,3007%164-139$75$26,808,7348Universal
9Diana$10,987-5%10062$110$243,1422eOne Films US
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,1998%216-35$38$67,771,21414Fox
11Insidious Chapter 2$7,6925%229-324$34$83,090,2969FilmDistrict
12Runner Runner$4,6102%119-118$39$19,261,9436Fox
13Baggage Claim$4,033-18%135-159$30$21,410,8277Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$60,0565%3526$1,716$1,260,9362Focus
2Don Jon$12,2185%92-89$133$24,133,5227Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$8,5567%4--$2,139$143,5181Fox
4Linsanity$6,763146%3-1$2,254$280,1566Ketchup Entertainment
5The Wolverine$3,8134%77-42$50$132,444,48616Fox
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$3,2193%74-169$44$2,185,8524High Top Releasing
7The Family (2013)$2,8550%57-30$50$36,635,1899Relativity Media
8Pulling Strings$2,676-35%76-33$35$5,801,3786Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,555298%21-1$122$1,132,2885Relativity Media
10Turbo$2,31312%62-7$37$82,891,56917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Instructions Not Included$2,1869%52-84$42$44,208,26011Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Reaching for the Moon$2,0269%2--$1,013$22,5031Wolfe Releasing
13In a World...$1,29298%18-4$72$2,931,72814Roadside Attractions
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,237196%32$412$25,6473Cinepix
15The World's End$1,12785%9-7$125$25,985,93812Focus
16Grace Unplugged$1,11426%37-44$30$2,486,8016Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$1,05438%28-14$38$159,535,95320Fox
18Big Sur$998151%5-8$200$32,7952Ketchup Entertainment
19The Spectacular Now$58524%12-6$49$6,848,69715A24
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$305-12%1-4$305$53,4987Rialto Pictures