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, Apr. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,610,467-28%3,567--$732$53,040,7761Paramount
2Divergent$1,560,425-20%3,9360$396$99,544,6822Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$771,172-5%1,178398$655$24,063,7992Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$651,948-16%3,1940$204$35,215,5492Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$576,658-15%3,299-308$175$96,342,3274Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$365,442-23%2,486--$147$6,547,9601Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$363,259-21%2,601-484$140$102,272,2454Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$318,740-27%2,705-410$118$38,736,2793Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,755-17%2,515-430$120$86,059,2905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$232,465-18%2,001-500$116$248,981,7128Warner Bros.
11Son of God$95,753-13%1,277-862$75$58,154,5965Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,175-17%1,139-757$73$15,267,3693Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$711,709-12%977673$728$26,385,3274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$206,315-18%842755$245$4,144,6873Focus
3Cesar Chavez$136,285-33%664--$205$3,502,8531Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$43,363-6%501-437$87$76,715,2678Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,843-7%387-682$93$398,500,96219Disney
6The Nut Job$31,248-13%294-41$106$63,200,63211Open Road
7Ride Along$25,3500%360-290$70$133,735,11011Universal
83 Days to Kill$21,481-22%340-412$63$30,301,5016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,643-5%210-137$79$3,232,3733Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,038-9%202-95$74$37,368,02319Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$14,767-15%228-294$65$56,422,55824Fox Searchlight
12American Hustle$12,558-2%188-93$67$150,053,75016Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$12,106-13%135-67$90$273,351,70926Warner Bros.
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,964-1%185-39$54$258,236,38716Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Wolf of Wall Street$9,172-1%134-81$68$116,892,67614Paramount
16Lone Survivor$9,055-9%165-46$55$124,993,47614Universal
17Her (2013)$7,472-3%11037$68$25,481,21615Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,158-3%107-21$67$50,569,83311Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,382-11%158-53$34$424,662,17419Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dom Hemingway$5,499--4--$1,375$5,4990Fox Searchlight
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,277-18%99-79$53$27,207,91822Focus
3That Awkward Moment$4,673-20%68-25$69$26,063,4789Focus
4August: Osage County$3,986-22%81-60$49$37,684,09814Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$3,03244%125$253$136,9075GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$3,010-12%36-14$84$2,034,53710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,37130%85-59$28$12,597,4337Warner Bros.
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,23811%42-17$53$36,057,76215Fox
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,988-7%6653$30$1,010,3165Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$6623%24-11$28$7,787,8308Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$41518%5-23$83$42,2272Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$214--10$214$26,6458Rialto Pictures