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 Mon, Jan. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$7,110,210-32%2,663--$2,670$48,626,3801Universal
2The Nut Job$6,277,0007%3,427--$1,832$25,700,0001Open Road
3Frozen (2013)$4,296,6988%2,979-260$1,442$336,699,9139Disney
4Lone Survivor$3,870,755-24%2,989114$1,295$76,739,6914Universal
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,582,745-21%3,387--$763$18,034,7261Paramount
6American Hustle$1,898,632-21%2,204-425$861$117,596,1866Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$1,436,365-30%2,0511146$700$19,390,3564Weinstein Company
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,301,040-28%1,930-591$674$91,147,0214Paramount
9Saving Mr. Banks$955,486-7%2,449-222$390$76,115,0126Disney
10Devil's Due$837,138-54%2,544--$329$9,145,3581Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$835,207-21%1,815-1260$460$249,360,0096Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$797,775-28%1,7290$461$15,831,6195Warner Bros.
13The Legend Of Hercules$757,752-25%2,1040$360$15,130,5462Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$568,638-16%1,328-434$428$418,019,6119Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$411,117-24%1,731-1281$238$122,510,2395Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$351,4487%1,037-1547$339$55,447,2894Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$202,127-48%1,569-1314$129$31,535,3523Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$440,224-10%944789$466$258,717,93016Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$429,491-1%761647$564$41,073,62714Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$288,162-18%505-102$571$24,312,0279Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$225,695-20%419294$539$18,038,91512Focus
5Nebraska$203,517-8%408-113$499$9,861,44210Paramount Vantage
6Inside Llewyn Davis$194,907-21%585-144$333$11,239,3327CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$126,752-5%903789$140$105,768,18515Sony / Columbia
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$125,37036%256-8$490$118,552,55617Sony / Columbia
9Walking With Dinosaurs$106,4741%454-885$235$34,402,7285Fox
1047 Ronin$66,885-45%343-1016$195$37,667,1054Universal
11The Book Thief$60,5853%190-113$319$20,217,87811Fox
12Thor: The Dark World$53,350--185-72$288$204,286,53611Disney
13Free Birds$45,58117%199-33$229$55,320,37612Relativity Media
14Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$34,298-20%391-649$88$52,256,3876Lionsgate
15Grudge Match$30,953-19%408-1597$76$29,090,2404Warner Bros.
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$26,10317%122-241$214$8,002,9808Weinstein Company
17Last Vegas$22,718-27%194-46$117$63,626,03912CBS Films
18Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$15,366-41%154-38$100$101,978,84013Paramount
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,192-5%119-17$128$116,544,50923Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$21,427--30--$714$398,0505Sony Pictures Classics
2The Invisible Woman$18,660--26--$718$279,4964Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$16,786--12--$1,399$42,202,570201Warner Bros. / IMAX
4All Is Lost$14,97649%62-7$242$6,192,16514Roadside Attractions
5Blue Jasmine$10,208--28--$365$33,155,72826Sony Pictures Classics
6Delivery Man$10,120--79--$128$30,079,2509Disney / DreamWorks
7Out of the Furnace$8,861-21%9760$91$11,273,3487Relativity Media
8Space Station 3D$6,852--3--$2,284$89,873,976614IMAX
9Like Father, Like Son (2014)$4,469--2--$2,235$20,5131IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$3,684--4--$921$108,0198IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,650--24-9$152$68,552,87624Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$3,583--12--$299$2,147,00813IFC Films
13The Best Offer$2,066--6--$344$21,6263IFC Films
14In Bloom$1,954--2--$977$21,1422Big World Pictures
15Big Bad Wolves$1,545--6--$258$7,8871Magnolia / Magnet
16Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,3765%2--$688$40,57520Rialto Pictures
17The Armstrong Lie$1,300--9--$144$368,80711Sony Pictures Classics
18Maidentrip$1,283--1--$1,283$17,6095First Run Features
19Born to Be Wild 3D$1,165--7--$166$23,137,632146Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Kill Your Darlings$1,083--12--$90$1,015,19614Sony Pictures Classics
21Life of a King$478--16--$30$5,7091Millennium Entertainment
22Under the Sea 3D$414--4--$104$33,724,945258Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Muscle Shoals$392--11--$36$682,00517Magnolia Pictures
24Wadjda$342--8--$43$1,422,51819Sony Pictures Classics
25To the Arctic 3D$179--8--$22$13,765,76492Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Indigo Children$131152%1--$131$1,9601Striped Entertainment
27Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$55-66%10$55$4,7902Anchor Bay Films