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, Mar. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$2,023,950-68%3,090--$655$30,899,5851Universal
2Son of God$1,471,015-78%3,260--$451$27,072,8801Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,268,495-79%3,770-120$336$210,406,9354Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$410,688-65%2,8720$143$21,162,3842Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$401,703-63%3,002-62$134$66,034,8744Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$396,415-66%2,6580$149$18,163,5302Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$376,506-71%2,885-487$131$51,596,5593Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$338,298-70%1,746-145$194$389,095,08115Disney
9About Last Night$284,655-64%1,804-449$158$44,019,2563Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$214,935-69%1,869-317$115$127,376,0157Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$138,502-57%1,317--$105$126,665,70311Paramount
12Philomena$130,068-53%1,09793$119$34,741,57715Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$121,810-54%1,874-1022$65$22,311,4203Universal
14Lone Survivor$96,615-62%1,017-499$95$123,438,23110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$153,924-62%94542$163$146,864,29912Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$150,781-34%41162$367$50,487,07720Fox Searchlight
3Gravity$122,116-45%340-8$359$270,600,94722Warner Bros.
4The Wind Rises$115,181-71%496475$232$2,211,1782Disney
5The Wolf of Wall Street$111,583-60%505-122$221$114,681,87510Paramount
6The Nut Job$73,643-68%752-483$98$60,865,8247Open Road
7Dallas Buyers Club$63,517-31%21641$294$25,388,61118Focus
8Stalingrad (2014)$62,686-59%308--$204$573,5321Sony / Columbia
9That Awkward Moment$58,891-49%608-600$97$25,140,1555Focus
10Her (2013)$37,210-57%2500$149$24,631,55411Warner Bros.
11Nebraska$34,786-57%28979$120$17,153,53316Paramount Vantage
12Repentance$29,846-73%152--$196$531,1361Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Winter's Tale$28,409-48%705-2260$40$12,342,6513Warner Bros.
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$24,966-57%367-440$68$49,887,7677Paramount
15August: Osage County$22,490-57%346-179$65$37,088,90110Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$21,106-65%215-51$98$256,982,29112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$15,814-65%198-42$80$423,921,28015Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$14,953-51%102-8$147$1,605,3296Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$12,800-67%169-48$76$18,863,2256Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,158-61%163-45$62$57,911,72110Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$7,340-81%195-19$38$35,791,33611Fox
22In Secret$4,849-50%109-157$44$425,1582Roadside Attractions
23Labor Day (2013)$4,535-58%107-311$42$13,255,0575Paramount
24Vampire Academy$3,484-62%111-425$31$7,728,2884Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$8,123-19%73-11$111$21,285,54017Fox
2The Legend Of Hercules$7,234-67%89-21$81$18,762,2378Lionsgate / Summit
3Inside Llewyn Davis$4,340-44%65-42$67$13,163,45413CBS Films
4Highway$4,119-79%80-17$51$494,7042UTV Motion Pictures
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,997-35%9158$33$8,274,23414Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$2,943-63%48-36$61$15,776,3427Fox
7Free Birds$2,407-72%48-8$50$55,684,92518Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,298-50%75-33$31$29,786,35710Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$500-83%1--$500$13,5781GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$307-49%9-24$34$645,4334Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1818%10$181$21,7414Rialto Pictures