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 Thu, Feb. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,262,1184%3,890115$324$188,310,0843Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$734,673-14%2,872--$256$15,800,8831Relativity Media
3The Monuments Men$714,4551%3,064-19$233$60,692,9733Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$635,133-8%2,658--$239$13,435,6841Sony / TriStar
5RoboCop (2014)$596,389-4%3,3720$177$46,711,4442Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$454,534-4%2,2530$202$40,351,3482Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$272,71911%1,891-210$144$385,125,14314Disney
8Ride Along$229,530-5%2,186-331$105$124,123,4006Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$202,5450%2,8960$70$20,662,8302Universal
10Winter's Tale$189,175-4%2,9650$64$12,070,1502Warner Bros.
11Philomena$184,3692%1,004-221$184$33,404,66814Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$151,4250%1,516-497$100$122,314,9669Universal
13That Awkward Moment$101,728-9%1,208-714$84$24,522,8734Focus
14The Nut Job$56,384-2%1,235-683$46$60,130,6446Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$191,03914%903-169$212$144,788,43011Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$139,8275%627-124$223$113,349,0529Paramount
3Gravity$87,43221%348-7$251$269,589,53121Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$80,18712%349-37$230$49,360,36519Fox Searchlight
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$73,7912%807-471$91$49,590,7766Paramount
6August: Osage County$58,3517%525-485$111$36,827,0519Weinstein Company
7Nebraska$52,836-3%210-114$252$16,728,20815Paramount Vantage
8Her (2013)$49,261-6%250-5$197$24,173,29510Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$45,77226%175-48$262$24,890,93317Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,11114%266-19$109$256,748,11211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gloria (2014)$26,0246%11012$237$1,444,0575Roadside Attractions
12In Secret$25,237-14%266--$95$377,5541Roadside Attractions
13The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$24,6107%240-86$103$423,719,42414Lionsgate
14Labor Day (2013)$23,288-5%418-1246$56$13,202,7464Paramount
15Vampire Academy$20,0928%536-2140$37$7,685,4453Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,14411%2087$78$57,782,2269Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$12,21510%10721$114$13,119,16312CBS Films
18I, Frankenstein$11,676-6%217-251$54$18,718,2025Lionsgate
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,1400%11020$83$18,684,8277Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$8,3008%214-34$39$35,665,85610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,9453%108-183$37$29,762,8349Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$34,91219%21--$1,662$578,5931Disney
2Highway$12,016-27%97--$124$395,8311UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$9,0583%84-10$108$21,225,36316Fox
4Devil's Due$4,884-13%84-39$58$15,743,7416Fox
5Knights of Badassdom$4,457192%31$1,486$123,8545eOne Films US
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,823-48%33-1$55$8,253,14313Weinstein Company
7Hasee Toh Phasee$1,366-23%33-44$41$641,1413Reliance Entertainment
8Free Birds$1,35113%56-19$24$55,656,94217Relativity Media
9Barefoot$786-18%18--$44$15,0711Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$6977%54$139$13,7693Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$206-24%10$206$20,9853Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$100-67%5-4$20$6,263,67019Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$60-29%5-10$12$1,359,9105Roadside Attractions