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. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,577,283-70%3,936--$909$58,185,0301Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,158,166-78%3,194--$363$18,163,2921Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$961,653-75%3,607-344$267$82,096,5953Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$831,707-66%3,085-405$270$94,423,9013Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$670,136-70%3,1150$215$31,235,6502Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$559,550-67%2,945-238$190$79,269,1054Universal
7The LEGO Movie$410,776-69%2,501-539$164$243,796,6947Warner Bros.
8Son of God$276,725-71%2,139-851$129$55,945,7984Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$233,628-69%1,8960$123$13,146,7092Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$71,076-70%1,069-397$66$397,815,93818Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$856,309-72%780--$1,098$10,073,3221Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$627,844-68%304238$2,065$13,626,3183Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$116,735-52%938-656$124$75,801,6107Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$72,866-52%752-814$97$29,806,3935Relativity Media
5Ride Along$55,250-64%650-374$85$133,175,60510Universal
612 Years a Slave$50,082-58%522-403$96$56,080,42923Fox Searchlight
7Veronica Mars$44,076-65%34756$127$2,876,9952Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$37,814-66%335-70$113$62,638,65410Open Road
9Philomena$29,348-49%297-205$99$37,118,71918Weinstein Company
10RoboCop (2014)$25,307-60%328-637$77$57,107,9066Sony / Columbia
11American Hustle$24,904-54%281-222$89$149,831,62515Sony / Columbia
12Gravity$23,194-63%202-118$115$273,112,56925Warner Bros.
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-55%215-71$106$116,711,75513Paramount
14About Last Night$20,154-58%214-410$94$48,287,9186Sony / Screen Gems
15Dallas Buyers Club$17,925-53%178-103$101$27,083,73421Focus
16Lone Survivor$15,755-59%211-105$75$124,826,05613Universal
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$14,887-63%224-53$66$258,054,06315Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$13,187-59%201-470$66$22,827,2175Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$11,217-65%211-57$53$424,543,69518Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,218-53%128-24$80$50,439,26110Paramount
21August: Osage County$7,630-56%141-62$54$37,608,68213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$4,652-55%14494$32$12,560,8096Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$54,124-63%8781$622$714,9412Focus
2Her (2013)$7,076-66%73-48$97$25,385,01814Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$6,740-58%93-29$72$25,981,0508Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,552-66%50-25$91$1,988,0679Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,943-31%63-25$63$58,166,16013Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,313135%18-5$184$8,319,34017Weinstein Company
7Blood Ties$3,161-57%28--$113$30,0731Roadside Attractions
8Walking With Dinosaurs$3,072-61%59-39$52$36,023,09414Fox
9Repentance$2,968-48%43-83$69$1,182,2954Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Vampire Academy$1,434-66%3523$41$7,774,7867Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,123-52%13-57$86$988,8734Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,121-73%7-2$160$94,8794GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$542-54%15-45$36$61,9882RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$294-47%1--$294$24,1087Rialto Pictures