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, Mar. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$12,406,35023%3,090--$4,015$22,463,8851Universal
2The LEGO Movie$10,265,817133%3,770-120$2,723$202,987,8114Warner Bros.
3Son of God$9,346,491-1%3,260--$2,867$18,804,4801Fox
4The Monuments Men$2,406,44566%3,002-62$802$64,545,3714Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$2,309,13659%2,8720$804$19,564,3952Relativity Media
6RoboCop (2014)$2,081,13581%2,885-487$721$49,940,3503Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$1,971,66863%2,6580$742$16,617,9822Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$1,788,949149%1,746-145$1,025$387,632,11815Disney
9About Last Night$1,560,56650%1,804-449$865$42,949,4703Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$1,477,16570%1,869-317$790$126,469,6507Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$693,45521%1,874-1022$370$21,927,2503Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$613,99746%1,317--$466$126,202,77411Paramount
13Philomena$588,02872%1,09793$536$34,334,49915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$488,16072%1,017-499$480$123,087,65110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,011,675101%94542$1,071$146,304,05212Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$653,33140%496475$1,317$1,699,0732Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$610,80386%505-122$1,210$114,287,93310Paramount
412 Years a Slave$523,106134%41162$1,273$50,106,89320Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$450,314109%340-8$1,324$270,255,08522Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$324,188202%752-483$431$60,562,0457Open Road
7That Awkward Moment$242,52921%608-600$399$24,966,5425Focus
8Dallas Buyers Club$229,918105%21641$1,064$25,232,99118Focus
9Repentance$220,50530%152--$1,451$390,6451Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Her (2013)$218,72188%2500$875$24,508,39011Warner Bros.
11Stalingrad (2014)$213,48348%308--$693$357,9031Sony / Columbia
12Nebraska$199,71380%28979$691$17,038,71616Paramount Vantage
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,56559%367-440$358$49,805,3447Paramount
14August: Osage County$119,95080%346-179$347$37,013,65910Weinstein Company
15Winter's Tale$112,33447%705-2260$159$12,259,1043Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$100,17190%215-51$466$256,901,03412Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,99486%198-42$465$423,860,82115Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$74,63180%102-8$732$1,560,1246Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$60,80387%169-48$360$18,811,5156Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$58,46867%163-45$359$57,875,79710Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$57,269147%195-19$294$35,746,35111Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$38,477195%163-18$236$119,617,28723Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$21,38838%107-311$200$13,239,6655Paramount
24In Secret$20,28159%109-157$186$410,6032Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$19,27876%111-425$174$7,715,6824Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Phillips$89,673709%96-93$934$107,091,67121Sony / Columbia
2Highway$45,25053%80-17$566$470,7292UTV Motion Pictures
3The Legend Of Hercules$31,15780%89-21$350$18,733,2778Lionsgate / Summit
4The Book Thief$25,47254%73-11$349$21,267,40017Fox
5Inside Llewyn Davis$21,46399%65-42$330$13,151,40213CBS Films
6Devil's Due$13,53267%48-36$282$15,765,3807Fox
7Free Birds$13,007226%48-8$271$55,673,94218Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$10,08853%75-33$135$29,779,50210Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,20255%9158$90$8,266,65314Weinstein Company
10Ernest & Celestine$7,819237%1--$7,819$10,1381GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$1,91030%9-24$212$644,5194Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$25364%10$253$21,3924Rialto Pictures