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. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$3,703,141--2,417--$1,532$3,703,1410Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,524,058-25%3,9380$895$170,596,7452Disney
3Rio 2$3,032,294-29%3,948--$768$49,288,0981Fox
4Oculus$870,306-24%2,648--$329$14,969,0401Relativity Media
5Draft Day$828,718-34%2,781--$298$12,734,8861Lionsgate / Summit
6Divergent$776,429-23%3,110-521$250$127,209,5934Lionsgate / Summit
7Noah$754,152-28%3,282-289$230$87,479,3233Paramount
8God's Not Dead$609,724-22%1,860102$328$42,847,1434Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$507,413-16%1,467204$346$41,009,4926Fox Searchlight
10Muppets Most Wanted$358,064-30%2,026-1026$177$46,870,3084Disney
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,456-32%1,577-1354$166$106,112,7776Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$68,895-25%610-740$113$251,779,67210Warner Bros.
2Non-Stop (2014)$67,240-35%640-1084$105$89,697,1457Universal
3Bad Words$56,899-40%763-311$75$7,346,4415Focus
4Need For Speed$56,266-35%558-1221$101$42,276,4805Disney / DreamWorks
5Sabotage (2014)$50,004-14%751-1735$67$10,228,2583Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$49,997-31%525-1030$95$105,194,6816Warner Bros.
7Son of God$46,646-17%808327$58$59,117,6757Fox
8Frozen (2013)$41,669-14%34423$121$399,571,60421Disney
9Cesar Chavez$27,440-30%305-359$90$5,281,5653Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,190-2%261-24$104$63,873,70813Open Road
11Gravity$16,177-19%202-53$80$273,888,86528Warner Bros.
12Ride Along$14,160-6%177-59$80$134,185,67013Universal
13Frankie & Alice$11,407-29%1710$67$635,4402Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Philomena$8,726-8%157-40$56$37,599,69321Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,707-28%135-290$50$15,873,3255Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,8226%101-29$28$258,363,10418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,8409%370$1,374$573,6312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$11,697-12%48--$244$141,5291Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,7337%80--$134$180,9962RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$8,381-12%4238$200$145,9602Fox Searchlight
5The Railway Man$7,008-3%4--$1,752$81,6991Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$6,651-14%79--$84$77,3261eOne Films US
712 Years a Slave$4,686-18%64-64$73$56,581,91726Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,505-9%83-48$54$30,468,0898Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$4,46731%3915$115$222,9017GKIDS
10Gloria (2014)$4,23461%247$176$2,074,17612Roadside Attractions
11Her (2013)$2,929-4%38-47$77$25,564,63917Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$1,941-22%33-19$59$27,278,10824Focus
13Watermark$1,096-1%31$365$22,9092eOne Films US
14Veronica Mars$910-36%23-51$40$3,313,3915Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$781-69%27-15$29$37,722,35216Weinstein Company
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78-42%10$78$29,65510Rialto Pictures