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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$52,619,106-26%4,163--$12,640$123,569,2421Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$6,378,33358%3,713-128$1,718$164,140,6413Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$5,653,57048%2,04117$2,770$47,339,8302Universal
4Delivery Man$3,349,07421%3,036--$1,103$6,118,2411Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$2,572,786134%3,071-439$838$46,963,8264Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,956,88649%2,926-311$669$52,800,1344CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,529,81643%2,625-565$583$94,602,0855Paramount
8Gravity$1,491,22567%1,845-715$808$244,580,7948Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$1,269,17958%1,47463$861$28,666,2656Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$881,17158%2,035-1201$433$56,656,1294Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$846,95459%1,656-970$511$100,265,2627Sony / Columbia
12About Time$540,75039%1,050-230$515$13,502,3084Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$421,678195%1,121-524$376$113,930,0919Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$1,216,15457%666482$1,826$5,677,4984Focus
2Despicable Me 2$169,625113%295-10$575$366,281,23021Universal
3All Is Lost$163,79564%347-136$472$4,844,2406Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$122,93591%233-160$528$16,932,31010Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$83,65934%112--$747$145,9611Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$59,07743%267-420$221$24,425,8756Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$56,97646%255-100$223$60,771,66410Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$52,45653%195-108$269$150,180,82716Warner Bros. / New Line
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$51,036109%185-30$276$68,031,42316Fox
10Insidious Chapter 2$48,65273%18518$263$83,283,64811FilmDistrict
11Carrie (2013)$31,31335%210-723$149$35,249,9536Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$27,92352%129-352$216$16,781,0795Fox
13The Family (2013)$27,23447%12696$216$36,702,34311Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,71753%124-52$207$115,556,51215Weinstein Company
15Elysium$22,44350%114-67$197$93,034,47516Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$278,65685%7041$3,981$1,127,0153Fox
2Nebraska$151,11576%2824$5,397$426,6472Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$92,69839%1--$92,698$159,1961Disney
4Philomena$57,48674%4--$14,372$90,6011Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$23,70693%8033$296$44,283,18913Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$22,99546%17-38$1,353$2,367,9406High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$14,19257%36-12$394$24,249,3459Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$11,47981%46-62$250$21,499,1169Fox Searchlight
9Diana$3,31265%26-57$127$328,9004eOne Films US
10In a World...$2,79041%90$310$2,953,14516Roadside Attractions
11Runner Runner$2,63435%38-38$69$19,302,1008Fox
12The World's End$2,25272%6-2$375$25,995,38514Focus
13Grace Unplugged$1,622-18%10-19$162$2,504,2518Roadside Attractions
14Reaching for the Moon$1,000269%1-1$1,000$38,0873Wolfe Releasing
15The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$894144%1-2$894$57,8699Rialto Pictures
16Romeo and Juliet (2013)$388-87%12-17$32$1,153,8577Relativity Media
17Big Sur$195400%10$195$34,3914Ketchup Entertainment