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 Wed, Jan. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,062,215-31%2,75996$385$79,503,9702Universal
2Lone Survivor$885,360-16%3,162173$280$96,776,5315Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$727,035-22%3,3870$215$32,785,0592Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$594,727-34%2,757-222$216$350,053,02210Disney
5American Hustle$579,048-10%2,304100$251$128,719,9487Sony / Columbia
6August: Osage County$545,866-7%2,411360$226$28,068,6645Weinstein Company
7The Nut Job$520,193-42%3,47245$150$42,096,2062Open Road
8I, Frankenstein$496,552-32%2,753--$180$10,462,6391Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$474,752-18%1,804-126$263$100,021,1115Paramount
1012 Years a Slave$211,225-10%1,231470$172$44,185,12315Fox Searchlight
11Her (2013)$209,365-13%1,325-404$158$19,823,3766Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$206,779-11%1,110691$186$20,968,75413Focus
13Saving Mr. Banks$204,194-8%1,660-789$123$79,749,4537Disney
14Devil's Due$181,291-27%2,5440$71$13,564,4412Fox
15Gravity$175,525-17%1,260316$139$261,774,25417Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$159,753-25%1,285-530$124$252,861,3187Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$102,798-19%1,051-277$98$420,357,90410Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$88,050-16%1,371-733$64$17,332,2103Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$209,9201%968560$217$12,294,43911Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$164,0176%5050$325$26,245,92410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$65,487-21%824-907$79$124,019,6366Paramount
4Inside Llewyn Davis$46,1753%289-296$160$12,128,3358CBS Films
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$43,628-19%385--$113$835,5231Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$42,772-26%540-497$79$56,489,8495Fox
7Captain Phillips$31,552-11%302-601$104$106,339,11816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$24,609-25%527-1042$47$32,181,6184Paramount
9The Book Thief$24,587-6%1977$125$20,586,31812Fox
1047 Ronin$22,705-34%239-104$95$38,137,1055Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,938-25%242-14$62$118,921,80618Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,089-29%330-124$37$34,734,6616Fox
13Grudge Match$9,661-11%244-164$40$29,266,5335Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,926-15%171-28$35$55,453,65213Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,254-13%102-20$52$8,095,5659Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,459-17%101-18$34$116,608,36524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,151-18%132-259$16$52,334,7677Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,3165%3--$1,772$72,3101Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,401-13%74-23$32$11,316,3778Relativity Media
3Knights of Badassdom$2,203-18%130$169$52,6931eOne Films US
4All Is Lost$1,9719%30-32$66$6,230,05115Roadside Attractions