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, Jan. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,469,075-11%2,55720$575$69,586,5512Paramount
2American Hustle$1,208,601-7%2,51811$480$92,962,9284Sony / Columbia
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,104,187-6%3,730-198$296$234,204,4354Warner Bros. / New Line
4Frozen (2013)$1,089,445-8%3,318-17$328$302,590,9887Disney
5Saving Mr. Banks$835,752-1%2,1100$396$62,371,2264Disney
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$775,213-10%3,407-100$228$112,417,9443Paramount
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$751,003-11%2,867--$262$22,171,3891Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$590,921-9%2,92213$202$48,290,7622Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$496,498-5%2,143-172$232$409,392,6517Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$404,025-17%2,6901$150$34,799,8852Universal
11Grudge Match$333,388-14%2,85618$117$26,503,4302Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$160,169-18%2,560-683$63$32,309,0273Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$108,572-9%1,474-314$74$50,763,8974Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$101,288-3%1,01035$100$7,485,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$43,1086%1,0370$42$6,157,6142Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$305,3088%607-120$503$20,556,0287Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$150,9023%156-5$967$7,433,1265CBS Films
3Nebraska$100,85611%240-10$420$7,329,6548Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$71,5147%329-152$217$19,349,7349Fox
5Gravity$51,35416%165-10$311$255,805,70414Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$43,606-1%151-3$289$38,633,77512Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,603-1%1284$309$16,442,08310Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$37,550-5%291-28$129$203,619,5869Disney
9Last Vegas$27,90315%25736$109$63,214,90910CBS Films
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,6970%278-25$89$117,738,75715Sony / Columbia
11Ender's Game$20,2796%242-7$84$61,737,19110Lionsgate / Summit
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,271-1%220-37$79$101,694,81711Paramount
13Dhoom 3$16,013-26%138-82$116$7,932,7113Yash Raj Films
14Free Birds$13,649-9%25310$54$54,964,82610Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$12,26417%13399$92$116,336,69721Weinstein Company
16The Best Man Holiday$8,4258%13010$65$70,525,1958Universal
17Delivery Man$8,168-15%1459$56$29,904,6807Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$5,285-13%151-14$35$367,983,19027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$107,519-5%470$2,288$3,399,0363Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,127117%2927$901$381,5612Universal
3August: Osage County$18,59712%50$3,719$545,3852Weinstein Company
4All Is Lost$6,6746%714$94$6,071,52512Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,3943%23-4$278$17,517,11016Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,8276%84-23$57$25,082,48412Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$4,08913%59-43$69$11,201,1075Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$842-26%39-14$22$68,523,51522Fox
9Black Nativity$41335%15-9$28$7,013,6786Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$245-27%19-10$13$36,918,81117Relativity Media
11Don Jon$228-53%21-10$11$24,477,70415Relativity Media