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, Jul. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,660,41825%4,233--$2,282$138,345,7691Paramount
2Tammy$5,518,172-11%3,400--$1,623$11,729,5400Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,657,138-7%3,049--$871$5,511,8520Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,552,979-4%3,230--$790$5,202,8990Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$2,491,95026%3,32418$750$149,466,2933Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,444,11224%3,311-957$738$131,254,3643Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,529,47927%2,443-1007$626$207,760,4885Disney
8Jersey Boys$1,095,42825%2,630-275$417$31,535,7952Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$1,091,56732%1,729-496$631$52,298,7242Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$812,36855%1,538-1674$528$87,227,1534Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$767,75411%1,866-1474$411$113,403,5294Fox
12America (2014)$626,648-4%1,105--$567$1,318,9681Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$410,27240%1,040-1641$394$225,220,0026Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$306,45148%686-275$447$20,361,7528Open Road
2Begin Again$214,94532%175--$1,228$538,2491Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$165,32547%250--$661$501,5191RADiUS-TWC
4Godzilla (2014)$105,09752%352-1013$299$197,483,6147Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$101,24933%289-145$350$200,477,6129Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$90,99030%298-735$305$147,621,6308Universal
7Rio 2$90,7513%299-11$304$128,503,12812Fox
8Blended$60,12143%305-537$197$43,846,0156Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$59,36041%201-1216$295$41,983,1705Universal
10Heaven is for Real$47,59718%186-15$256$90,349,86111Sony / TriStar
11Belle$42,52333%134-110$317$9,809,7199Fox Searchlight
12Divergent$40,39820%210-79$192$150,687,12115Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Seduction$31,01619%119-5$261$2,305,6605eOne Films US
14The LEGO Movie$30,158-2%240-75$126$257,122,20321Warner Bros.
15The Other Woman (2014)$28,17030%168-63$168$83,506,60710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,3495%136-43$135$111,089,59117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$16,46731%105-70$157$1,795,1116Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,50830%180-24$8$581,4653Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$55,76414%0-41--$3,742,80013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,04539%80-32$263$58,622,60417Fox Searchlight
3Brick Mansions$14,89184%31-29$480$20,396,82910Relativity Media
4God's Not Dead$12,59138%90-22$140$60,648,17515Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Immigrant$11,87234%61-49$195$2,025,3287Weinstein Company
6Moms' Night Out$11,19139%9646$117$10,327,0688Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,4241%18-29$357$1,481,3078RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$6,10221%20$3,051$54,5611Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,89024%38-46$76$4,418,31912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,62064%12-34$218$186,2564RADiUS-TWC
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,22433%9-43$136$8,439,8068Clarius Entertainment
12Radio Free Albemuth$872-19%10--$87$9,3651Freestyle Releasing
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$200-37%1--$200$143,75711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$8822%1-2$88$307,3328Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$6632%1-1$66$276,49713RADiUS-TWC