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 Sun, Jan. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$10,425,645-38%2,663--$3,915$41,516,1701Universal
2The Nut Job$5,864,000-33%3,427--$1,711$19,423,0001Open Road
3Lone Survivor$5,081,295-51%2,989114$1,700$72,868,9364Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,974,379-25%2,979-260$1,334$332,403,2159Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,249,752-53%3,387--$959$15,451,9811Paramount
6American Hustle$2,410,355-48%2,204-425$1,094$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$2,037,710-37%2,0511146$994$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
8Devil's Due$1,830,873-39%2,544--$720$8,308,2201Fox
9The Wolf of Wall Street$1,795,026-45%1,930-591$930$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,110,778-37%1,7290$642$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,059,626-39%1,815-1260$584$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
12Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,209-43%2,449-222$420$75,159,5266Disney
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,015,360-31%2,1040$483$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$675,697-41%1,328-434$509$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$537,544-45%1,731-1281$311$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$385,321-33%1,569-1314$246$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$327,497-45%1,037-1547$316$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$490,918-46%944789$520$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$435,324-39%761647$572$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$351,699-37%505-102$696$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$281,827-33%419294$673$17,813,22012Focus
5Inside Llewyn Davis$247,302-49%585-144$423$11,044,4257CBS Films
6Nebraska$221,859-47%408-113$544$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$133,424-47%903789$148$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$121,765-36%343-1016$355$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$105,536-30%454-885$232$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,861-34%256-8$359$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$58,911-42%190-113$310$20,157,29311Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$43,132-47%391-649$110$52,222,0896Lionsgate
13Free Birds$38,896-31%199-33$195$55,274,79512Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$38,178-47%408-1597$94$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$31,229-46%194-46$161$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$25,859-30%154-38$168$101,963,47413Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$22,338-28%122-241$183$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,989-46%119-17$134$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$11,159-41%9760$115$11,264,4877Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$10,055-49%62-7$162$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,305-41%2--$653$39,19920Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$161-2%10$161$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$52-32%1--$52$1,8291Striped Entertainment