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, May. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$5,168,281-78%4,324--$1,195$96,776,6181Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,040,816-70%3,23833$321$48,593,5522Fox
3Heaven is for Real$600,279-77%2,930225$205$66,104,1973Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$511,100-76%3,179-441$161$237,666,5805Disney
5Rio 2$338,056-86%3,314-389$102$106,920,2844Fox
6Brick Mansions$294,614-72%2,6470$111$15,923,6022Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$153,899-71%1,330-270$116$55,715,2077Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$145,690-74%1,639-427$89$142,814,6997Lionsgate / Summit
9The Quiet Ones$131,171-70%2,0270$65$6,886,8732Lionsgate
10Bears$118,224-79%1,79070$66$14,484,4403Disneynature
11Transcendence$116,131-65%1,775-1680$65$21,482,3613Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$107,093-71%1,354-726$79$26,533,1404Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$98,424-68%1,328-982$74$16,222,8873Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$157,131-68%884-137$178$51,706,0769Fox Searchlight
2Noah$82,772-71%929-675$89$99,108,0596Paramount
3Oculus$69,371-62%884-997$78$26,771,7364Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$42,767-69%1648$261$1,672,1214Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,049-85%410-58$44$108,566,1119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$14,673-79%220-83$67$253,121,54813Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$12,975-67%218-34$60$90,729,17510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$12,958-66%235-90$55$106,049,1389Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-65%126-85$28$59,635,13310Fox
10The Nut Job$2,828-83%101-59$28$64,241,59516Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$17,970-62%370$486$1,344,5055Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Decoding Annie Parker$9,59168%13--$738$26,3721eOne Films US
3Belle$9,493-72%4--$2,373$116,0711Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,247-62%60--$137$129,7332RADiUS-TWC
52 States$8,145-83%96-41$85$2,031,5313UTV Motion Pictures
6Cesar Chavez$4,980-66%9752$51$5,555,8466Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$4,393-63%51--$86$44,1441Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,030-63%60-15$51$10,474,7186Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$2,918-59%47-72$62$499,2205Fox Searchlight
10Joe (2014)$2,515-68%39-2$64$344,3154Roadside Attractions
113 Days to Kill$2,153-69%64-21$34$30,657,69111Relativity Media
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,857-68%1211$155$42,7443Rialto Pictures
13Gravity$1,664-66%65-40$26$274,086,61531Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$1,639-67%40-74$41$7,720,7968Focus
15Philomena$919-73%22-11$42$37,692,93224Weinstein Company
16The Unknown Known$651-21%15-7$43$263,2645RADiUS-TWC
17Watermark$629-75%11-5$57$77,4275eOne Films US
18Gloria (2014)$279-81%90$31$2,099,97115Roadside Attractions
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$240-69%1-1$240$40,74413Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$103-63%3-4$34$37,738,50319Weinstein Company