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, Apr. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,582,140-5%3,938--$1,164$117,608,1711Disney
2Noah$1,033,153-7%3,5714$289$77,421,6352Paramount
3Divergent$776,3841%3,631-305$214$117,376,9933Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$638,915-7%1,758580$363$35,357,3123Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$508,206-4%1,263286$402$35,419,5555Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$307,100-9%3,052-142$101$43,477,0473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,205-11%2,931-368$89$103,389,9795Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$176,732-15%2,4860$71$9,708,1312Open Road
9Bad Words$124,014-14%1,074232$115$6,530,1064Focus
10Need For Speed$121,631-6%1,779-926$68$41,394,2444Disney / DreamWorks
11Non-Stop (2014)$119,890-13%1,724-791$70$88,704,3056Universal
12300: Rise of an Empire$112,043-17%1,555-1046$72$104,579,4255Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$95,039-8%1,350-651$70$251,058,7719Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$74,2908%6640$112$4,900,8282Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,9703%481-796$64$58,672,0736Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,6202%321-66$92$399,060,24220Disney
4The Nut Job$25,8942%285-9$91$63,612,92812Open Road
5Frankie & Alice$23,404-15%171--$137$462,8831Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$22,317-5%255120$88$273,704,33827Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$21,935-14%425-714$52$15,766,4064Lionsgate
8Philomena$13,21612%197-5$67$37,522,23520Weinstein Company
9Ride Along$12,990-8%236-124$55$133,996,53512Universal
10Jinn$11,051-17%201--$55$202,3481Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$8,04514%128-100$63$56,534,90925Fox Searchlight
12Lone Survivor$6,95011%140-25$50$125,095,60115Universal
133 Days to Kill$6,7203%131-209$51$30,415,8707Relativity Media
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,2789%130-55$41$258,327,97517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5730%37--$880$308,9931Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,4214%44--$169$102,8511CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$5,71779%2412$238$187,5806GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$4,26617%74-136$58$3,301,2914Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$4,0864%85-25$48$25,539,54216Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$2,7491%52-47$53$27,254,56823Focus
7August: Osage County$2,56810%42-39$61$37,710,40215Weinstein Company
8Dom Hemingway$2,317-29%40$579$49,8231Fox Searchlight
9Gloria (2014)$1,66118%17-19$98$2,053,06311Roadside Attractions
10Watermark$1,56781%2--$784$11,9471eOne Films US
11The Players$1,30234%50--$26$10,8541Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$883-3%50--$18$9,5721Weinstein Company
13Vampire Academy$213-2%11-13$19$7,791,9799Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$130-24%1--$130$28,8459Rialto Pictures