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 Fri, Feb. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$7,275,739169%3,890115$1,870$158,985,8353Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$4,034,208--2,872--$1,405$4,034,2081Relativity Media
3Pompeii$3,367,131--2,658--$1,267$3,367,1311Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$2,589,989119%3,3720$768$36,790,0952Sony / Columbia
5About Last Night$2,278,167168%2,2530$1,011$33,024,4572Sony / Screen Gems
6The Monuments Men$2,243,767124%3,064-19$732$52,188,4513Sony / Columbia
7Endless Love (2014)$1,462,480248%2,8960$505$17,303,7352Universal
8Ride Along$1,333,460221%2,186-331$610$119,839,2606Universal
9Frozen (2013)$1,023,438126%1,891-210$541$380,727,77314Disney
10Winter's Tale$674,323117%2,9650$227$9,768,2242Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$545,760126%1,516-497$360$120,276,6669Universal
12That Awkward Moment$477,078123%1,208-714$395$23,145,6204Focus
13Philomena$297,96057%1,004-221$297$31,821,89614Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$212,17912%1,235-683$172$59,051,6826Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$458,279155%903-169$508$142,841,35311Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$341,382120%627-124$544$111,860,0739Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$244,55085%807-471$303$48,717,2286Paramount
4Gravity$220,437168%348-7$633$268,648,56521Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$121,11691%349-37$347$48,675,83919Fox Searchlight
6Her (2013)$106,111107%250-5$424$23,676,72110Warner Bros.
7August: Osage County$101,26215%525-485$193$36,316,5739Weinstein Company
8Nebraska$100,24868%210-114$477$16,189,12115Paramount Vantage
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$88,305158%240-86$368$423,395,82114Lionsgate
10In Secret$78,464--266--$295$78,4641Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$74,913118%266-19$282$256,418,65711Warner Bros. / New Line
12Vampire Academy$72,750-37%536-2140$136$7,417,3583Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$71,613106%175-48$409$24,521,11417Focus
14Labor Day (2013)$69,301-18%418-1246$166$12,948,9424Paramount
15Gloria (2014)$59,36694%11012$540$1,170,2885Roadside Attractions
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$54,242255%2087$261$57,601,3269Fox
17I, Frankenstein$39,96440%217-251$184$18,552,0965Lionsgate
18Walking With Dinosaurs$29,354141%214-34$137$35,525,19210Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$25,042426%11020$228$18,570,9557Lionsgate / Summit
20Inside Llewyn Davis$18,67444%10721$175$13,017,74712CBS Films
21Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$18,233103%1810$101$119,479,52122Sony / Columbia
22Captain Phillips$16,476130%18954$87$106,909,25620Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$13,80839%108-183$128$29,714,0919Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$93,434--97--$963$93,4341UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$81,626--21--$3,887$223,6761Disney
3The Book Thief$18,25899%84-10$217$21,146,05016Fox
4Devil's Due$17,701114%84-39$211$15,673,7156Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$10,528110%33-44$319$608,2073Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$5,44285%56-19$97$55,631,31217Relativity Media
7Barefoot$3,934--18--$219$3,9341Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,417-49%33-1$73$8,235,90613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$1,934834%54$387$7,1243Dada Films
10All Is Lost$81578%5-4$163$6,261,44019Roadside Attractions
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$55512%5-10$111$1,358,1315Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$486-56%10$486$18,9843Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$126-98%31$42$113,6575eOne Films US