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 Sun, Mar. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Son of God$6,797,385-27%3,260--$2,085$25,601,8651Fox
2Non-Stop (2014)$6,411,750-48%3,090--$2,075$28,875,6351Universal
3The LEGO Movie$6,150,629-40%3,770-120$1,631$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
4RoboCop (2014)$1,279,703-39%2,885-487$444$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$1,187,301-49%2,8720$413$20,751,6962Relativity Media
6Pompeii$1,149,133-42%2,6580$432$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
7Frozen (2013)$1,124,665-37%1,746-145$644$388,756,78315Disney
8The Monuments Men$1,087,800-55%3,002-62$362$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
9About Last Night$785,131-50%1,804-449$435$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$691,430-53%1,869-317$370$127,161,0807Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$324,427-47%1,317--$246$126,527,20111Paramount
12Philomena$277,010-53%1,09793$253$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$262,360-62%1,874-1022$140$22,189,6103Universal
14Lone Survivor$253,965-48%1,017-499$250$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$406,323-60%94542$430$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$396,924-39%496475$800$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$282,359-54%505-122$559$114,570,29210Paramount
4The Nut Job$230,136-29%752-483$306$60,792,1817Open Road
512 Years a Slave$229,403-56%41162$558$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$223,746-50%340-8$658$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
7Stalingrad (2014)$152,943-28%308--$497$510,8461Sony / Columbia
8That Awkward Moment$114,722-53%608-600$189$25,081,2645Focus
9Repentance$110,645-50%152--$728$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,103-60%21641$426$25,325,09418Focus
11Her (2013)$85,954-61%2500$344$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
12Nebraska$80,031-60%28979$277$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,151-40%215-51$280$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$57,457-56%367-440$157$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$55,138-51%705-2260$78$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$52,752-56%346-179$152$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$44,645-51%198-42$225$423,905,46615Lionsgate
18I, Frankenstein$38,910-36%169-48$230$18,850,4256Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$37,645-34%195-19$193$35,783,99611Fox
20Gloria (2014)$30,252-59%102-8$297$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,766-56%163-45$158$57,901,56310Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$22,977-40%163-18$141$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$10,857-49%107-311$101$13,250,5225Paramount
24In Secret$9,706-52%109-157$89$420,3092Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$9,122-53%111-425$82$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Legend Of Hercules$21,726-30%89-21$244$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
2Highway$19,856-56%80-17$248$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$10,017-61%73-11$137$21,277,41717Fox
4Captain Phillips$9,184-90%96-93$96$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
5Free Birds$8,576-34%48-8$179$55,682,51818Relativity Media
6Devil's Due$8,019-41%48-36$167$15,773,3997Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,712-64%65-42$119$13,159,11413CBS Films
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,584-44%9158$50$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
9Grudge Match$4,557-55%75-33$61$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$2,940-62%1--$2,940$13,0781GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$607-68%9-24$67$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$168-34%10$168$21,5604Rialto Pictures