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, Feb. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$12,632,036-25%3,7750$3,346$142,781,3962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$3,380,151-49%3,372--$1,002$30,007,1931Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$2,438,633-46%3,0830$791$46,582,7902Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$2,189,190-55%2,253--$972$27,838,2011Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$1,830,553-13%2,101-359$871$378,248,34713Disney
6Ride Along$1,120,065-48%2,517-283$445$117,202,6805Universal
7Endless Love (2014)$1,100,480-52%2,896--$380$14,407,6051Universal
8Winter's Tale$709,365-49%2,965--$239$8,007,0591Warner Bros.
9The Nut Job$688,2373%1,918-1086$359$58,277,7805Open Road
10Lone Survivor$563,655-52%2,013-856$280$118,976,2568Universal
11That Awkward Moment$417,532-48%1,922-887$217$21,960,9313Focus
12American Hustle$393,538-43%1,072-568$367$141,847,53410Sony / Columbia
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$344,888-42%1,278-861$270$48,024,0245Paramount
14Philomena$330,873-37%1,225721$270$30,928,44313Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$294,648-42%2,6760$110$6,958,2982Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$173,837-42%1,010-317$172$35,938,9448Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$159,969-47%1,664-920$96$12,605,2123Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$359,280-44%751-416$478$111,034,8048Paramount
2Gravity$214,657-36%355-346$605$268,172,92620Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$140,535-29%386-292$364$48,355,27518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$110,038-42%324-201$340$15,910,82514Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,755-30%285-252$382$256,231,64110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$108,186-39%255-202$424$23,419,1319Warner Bros.
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,417-38%326-203$280$423,202,84813Lionsgate
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$71,715--167--$429$1,452,3833ShortsHD
9Dallas Buyers Club$70,350-41%223-265$315$24,344,52016Focus
10I, Frankenstein$70,329-49%468-959$150$18,409,3154Lionsgate
11Thor: The Dark World$58,409--212--$276$205,517,63415Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$50,557--212--$238$82,297,38210Disney
13Walking With Dinosaurs$48,511-19%248-3$196$35,458,2419Fox
14The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$40,966-16%201-41$204$57,497,5148Fox
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,284-45%261-85$120$125,118,1359Paramount
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$29,893-10%181-16$165$119,435,06421Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$12,582-45%135-47$93$106,871,72019Sony / Columbia
18Devil's Due$12,159-61%123-262$99$15,630,0135Fox
19Grudge Match$12,087-53%291-50$42$29,673,5868Warner Bros.
20Delivery Man$10,498--114--$92$30,485,80213Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$57,631-44%9833$588$1,011,2284Roadside Attractions
2Journey to the South Pacific$46,721--15--$3,115$543,06812IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Beijing Love Story$28,270--9--$3,141$168,3761China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$21,808-45%86-43$254$12,961,93011CBS Films
5The Book Thief$21,114-10%94-41$225$21,099,43215Fox
6The Past$21,064--77--$274$1,017,5399Sony Pictures Classics
7The Great Beauty$21,045--52--$405$1,970,45414Janus Films
8Hasee Toh Phasee$20,568-56%77-11$267$575,9462Reliance Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$14,796--16--$925$42,495,132205Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tim's Vermeer$12,925--12--$1,077$215,6713Sony Pictures Classics
11The Legend Of Hercules$11,546-51%90-158$128$18,530,3886Lionsgate / Summit
12The Invisible Woman$10,492--44--$238$1,051,4828Sony Pictures Classics
13Free Birds$9,432-16%75-34$126$55,618,21316Relativity Media
14Like Father, Like Son (2014)$8,711--15--$581$142,2865IFC Films
15Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,695-57%62-41$92$32,453,3457Paramount
16When Comedy Went to School$5,170--7--$739$273,86329International Film Circuit
17Stranger By the Lake$5,164--9--$574$174,6424Strand Releasing
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,344-20%34-12$128$8,221,85612Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$2,787--4--$697$33,746,274262Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Blue Jasmine$2,730--16--$171$33,268,64230Sony Pictures Classics
21The Last of the Unjust$2,368--4--$592$30,9392Cohen Media Group
22Last Vegas$2,366-44%41-19$58$63,910,58316CBS Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$2,217--6--$370$23,173,685150Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Jimmy P$2,133--1--$2,133$9,3241IFC Films
25Visitors$1,704--10--$170$44,0994Cinedigm
26To the Arctic 3D$1,675--9--$186$13,810,71496Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,577-26%15-61$105$1,354,4024Roadside Attractions
28Blue Is the Warmest Color$1,352--9--$150$2,190,51017IFC Films
29Knights of Badassdom$1,256-55%2-7$628$101,9604eOne Films US
30The Best Offer$889--8--$111$73,1687IFC Films
31Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$8406%10$840$15,9732Rialto Pictures
32Adult World$585--2--$293$4,3681IFC Films
33All Is Lost$562-50%9-3$62$6,259,62218Roadside Attractions
34The Pretty One$305-45%10$305$4,6392Dada Films
35Kill Your Darlings$295--4--$74$1,028,46718Sony Pictures Classics
36At Middleton$213-59%1-7$213$53,1393Anchor Bay / Freestyle
37Big Bad Wolves$181--3--$60$23,6375Magnolia / Magnet
38Muscle Shoals$72--3--$24$690,27121Magnolia Pictures
39Sweet Dreams (2013)$47--2--$24$33,83816International Film Circuit
40The Armstrong Lie$30--1--$30$381,70315Sony Pictures Classics