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 Wed, Mar. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$3,088,419-27%3,470--$890$56,217,4401Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,361,275-16%3,934--$600$39,602,8391Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,323,025-21%3,11323$425$56,865,8052Universal
4The LEGO Movie$1,019,334-20%3,290-480$310$228,142,7115Warner Bros.
5Son of God$824,666-25%3,27111$252$44,655,3602Fox
6The Monuments Men$313,528-7%2,001-1001$157$71,502,5695Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$311,268-9%1,660-86$188$393,925,77616Disney
83 Days to Kill$306,902-12%2,348-524$131$26,434,1903Relativity Media
9RoboCop (2014)$223,927-17%1,714-1171$131$55,469,8094Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$200,142-19%1,065654$188$53,672,67421Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$191,535-3%1,323-546$145$130,556,2408Universal
12Pompeii$175,309-30%1,658-1000$106$21,659,2003Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$150,692-22%1,074-730$140$47,010,9574Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$85,840-13%4960$173$3,756,9663Disney
2American Hustle$85,193-15%605-340$141$148,657,02213Sony / Columbia
3Philomena$84,684-4%670-427$126$36,148,81916Weinstein Company
4Gravity$77,359-12%38444$201$272,051,52723Warner Bros.
5The Wolf of Wall Street$57,054-15%359-146$159$115,873,86711Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$54,099-7%31296$173$26,349,77219Focus
7The Nut Job$51,214-11%490-262$105$61,553,2448Open Road
8Lone Survivor$47,0505%472-545$100$124,259,24611Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$36,435-17%333118$109$257,516,05013Warner Bros. / New Line
10Endless Love (2014)$31,945-25%536-1338$60$23,208,8354Universal
11Repentance$22,867-14%1575$146$993,3952Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$22,441-11%155-95$145$25,068,06012Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$22,433-49%188-420$119$25,683,6206Focus
14Nebraska$19,0893%180-109$106$17,520,69317Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$17,88513%304-1013$59$127,306,80012Paramount
16August: Osage County$16,754-10%196-150$85$37,353,64811Weinstein Company
17Stalingrad (2014)$15,4761%143-165$108$913,8902Sony / Columbia
18Walking With Dinosaurs$11,795-21%164-31$72$35,930,01312Fox
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,079-26%107-260$104$50,134,9348Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,276-23%133-65$77$424,122,40316Lionsgate
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,6236%133-30$65$58,049,24811Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$83,3835%4--$20,846$1,062,1761Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$13,47735%76-26$177$1,811,4727Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$9,987-6%92-77$109$19,000,6057Lionsgate
4The Book Thief$7,35027%49-24$150$21,362,97418Fox
5Labor Day (2013)$7,112-3%84-23$85$13,340,4186Paramount
6The Legend Of Hercules$7,0994%61-28$116$18,841,7399Lionsgate / Summit
7Inside Llewyn Davis$5,34517%52-13$103$13,230,28614CBS Films
8Winter's Tale$4,2383%82-623$52$12,482,3774Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$3,151-18%7426$43$55,735,80119Relativity Media
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,20279%42-49$52$8,298,74315Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$1,92471%65$321$30,0162GKIDS
12Vampire Academy$1,245-31%32-79$39$7,754,7235Weinstein Company
13Grudge Match$915-33%45-30$20$29,806,10711Warner Bros.
14Highway$584-24%9-71$65$526,7433UTV Motion Pictures