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, Feb. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$30,813,59980%3,775--$8,163$47,907,7311Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$9,609,84739%3,083--$3,117$16,524,6891Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$4,676,02580%2,800-67$1,670$103,002,5604Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,326,659140%2,460-294$1,352$366,480,12412Disney
5Lone Survivor$2,696,86094%2,869-416$940$111,374,6117Universal
6That Awkward Moment$2,339,53136%2,8090$833$15,371,7402Focus
7The Nut Job$1,872,196160%3,004-468$623$53,865,0474Open Road
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,722,68587%2,139-768$805$43,515,6414Paramount
9Vampire Academy$1,621,99714%2,676--$606$3,045,7281Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$1,533,185104%1,640-576$935$137,300,9209Sony / Columbia
11Labor Day (2013)$1,483,66164%2,5840$574$9,330,8442Paramount
12The Wolf of Wall Street$1,212,68590%1,167-440$1,039$107,163,2367Paramount
13August: Osage County$692,91687%1,327-992$522$33,872,1387Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$675,67978%1,427-1326$473$17,062,4133Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$822,794119%701-431$1,174$266,001,07719Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$382,80097%678-494$565$47,108,52517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$365,25793%504-63$725$28,429,63312Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$341,51786%457-346$747$22,258,3438Warner Bros.
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$327,045107%537-396$609$255,194,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
6Nebraska$325,67192%525-350$620$14,735,75513Paramount Vantage
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$323,34096%529-293$611$422,238,73612Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$289,934100%488-564$594$23,507,35515Focus
9Devil's Due$153,03163%385-905$397$15,331,5844Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$122,15074%346-74$353$124,726,6988Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$102,39478%248-350$413$18,315,8215Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$88,63560%242-168$366$57,152,8037Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$84,494165%251-72$337$35,143,6088Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$78,123109%129-85$606$12,712,05610CBS Films
15Grudge Match$66,25471%341100$194$29,481,6747Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$62,015140%197-23$315$119,239,77320Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$51,46970%182-63$283$106,706,48618Sony / Columbia
18The Book Thief$47,10357%135-43$349$20,924,22914Fox
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$35,064127%115-48$305$52,509,3779Lionsgate
20Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$30,64168%103-47$297$32,365,2376Paramount
21Free Birds$17,677201%109-26$162$55,556,61415Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$154,05067%88--$1,751$246,2471Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$115,055103%6536$1,770$476,3603Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$25,11584%76-271$330$1,318,9353Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$11,54895%60-44$192$63,876,16215CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,32698%46-31$203$8,179,44111Weinstein Company
6Knights of Badassdom$3,341144%9-2$371$86,3353eOne Films US
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$3,05448%1--$3,054$5,1201Rialto Pictures
8All Is Lost$1,47472%12-13$123$6,252,32117Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$1,45875%8-12$182$48,7852Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10The Pretty One$745141%1--$745$1,0541Dada Films
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$73762%11-41$67$116,630,68126Weinstein Company
12Love Is in the Air$57037%3-3$190$7,5182Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$24318%1--$243$4491Rialto Premieres