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, Mar. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$1,606,835-4%3,090--$520$36,738,9251Universal
2Son of God$1,370,0539%3,260--$420$31,494,8951Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,038,1407%3,770-120$275$213,966,6124Warner Bros.
4The Monuments Men$516,60823%3,002-62$172$67,501,6434Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$430,79910%2,8720$150$22,494,2172Relativity Media
6Pompeii$359,543-7%2,6580$135$19,468,0282Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$324,958-5%2,885-487$113$52,746,1083Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$291,88910%1,746-145$167$390,040,11415Disney
9About Last Night$244,017-6%1,804-449$135$44,848,3903Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$176,8850%1,869-317$95$127,964,0807Universal
11Philomena$173,35326%1,09793$158$35,223,74715Weinstein Company
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$143,5074%1,317--$109$127,101,37711Paramount
13Endless Love (2014)$111,9650%1,874-1022$60$22,694,7903Universal
14Lone Survivor$86,4457%1,017-499$85$123,707,25610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$154,3099%94542$163$147,330,90812Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$142,6117%41162$347$50,932,03520Fox Searchlight
3The Wind Rises$116,5781%496475$235$2,587,2302Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$101,2112%505-122$200$115,002,85710Paramount
5Gravity$93,163-5%340-8$274$270,912,60622Warner Bros.
6That Awkward Moment$68,1828%608-600$112$25,368,6265Focus
7The Nut Job$62,669-5%752-483$83$61,083,6077Open Road
8Dallas Buyers Club$60,6579%21641$281$25,569,60718Focus
9Nebraska$47,03524%28979$163$17,282,51716Paramount Vantage
10Stalingrad (2014)$39,738-43%308--$129$757,6091Sony / Columbia
11Her (2013)$34,4047%2500$138$24,736,17811Warner Bros.
12August: Osage County$34,07125%346-179$98$37,179,45610Weinstein Company
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$33,20417%367-440$90$49,988,0347Paramount
14Winter's Tale$33,02219%705-2260$47$12,437,8533Warner Bros.
15Repentance$27,914-4%152--$184$622,0971Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,31033%215-51$113$257,053,30712Warner Bros. / New Line
17Gloria (2014)$21,78627%104-6$209$1,662,2426Roadside Attractions
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$16,14312%198-42$82$423,969,84315Lionsgate
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,15215%163-45$62$57,941,61010Fox
20I, Frankenstein$9,891-14%169-48$59$18,900,0986Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$7,4552%195-19$38$35,816,97911Fox
22Labor Day (2013)$7,44924%107-311$70$13,275,6005Paramount
23In Secret$7,23615%109-157$66$444,1792Roadside Attractions
24Vampire Academy$3,612-10%111-425$33$7,739,7284Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$9,70232%73-11$133$21,308,89817Fox
2Inside Llewyn Davis$8,97952%65-42$138$13,184,47413CBS Films
3The Legend Of Hercules$6,21812%89-21$70$18,780,7938Lionsgate / Summit
4Highway$5,76512%80-17$72$514,1462UTV Motion Pictures
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,182103%9158$57$8,285,63714Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$2,9528%48-36$62$15,785,3357Fox
7Free Birds$2,3333%48-8$49$55,692,41418Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,31035%75-33$31$29,792,82710Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$481-8%1--$481$15,0071GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$24050%9-24$27$646,0344Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$203-23%21$102$22,3304Rialto Pictures