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 Tue, Jul. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$5,230,38910%4,2330$1,236$185,396,5292Paramount
2Tammy$3,359,07521%3,465--$969$39,445,0851Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,828,93727%3,297-453$555$143,489,4744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$1,746,14213%3,324-102$525$162,565,0874Sony / Columbia
5Earth to Echo$1,678,59830%3,230--$520$16,537,9981Relativity Media
6Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,514,1806%3,049--$497$18,191,7421Sony / Screen Gems
7Maleficent$1,149,33621%2,389-684$481$216,020,3536Disney
8Jersey Boys$744,14927%2,630-275$283$38,021,1763Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$662,61210%1,729-496$383$58,438,9353Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$641,29315%1,865-980$344$117,116,9965Fox
11Edge of Tomorrow$523,0839%1,538-997$340$91,888,6875Warner Bros.
12America (2014)$461,58130%1,1051102$418$4,880,3572Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$298,5298%1,044-970$286$227,688,2827Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,1058%686-115$300$22,453,8429Open Road
2Begin Again$147,51011%175170$843$2,075,7092Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$131,072-1%250242$524$1,773,0722RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$100,06234%311-11$322$129,047,51113Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$64,4908%315-195$205$148,163,5059Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$58,37411%352-398$166$198,013,6858Warner Bros.
7Blended$53,54322%305-170$176$44,277,4967Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$38,59013%227-256$170$42,337,4506Universal
9Belle$31,16321%123-52$253$10,055,28810Fox Searchlight
10Divergent$29,4036%184-26$160$150,889,38816Lionsgate / Summit
11The Other Woman (2014)$20,76532%142-53$146$83,639,22911Fox
12The LEGO Movie$18,96817%240-95$79$257,221,36122Warner Bros.
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$14,58743%111-30$131$111,165,81918Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,23921%410$1,201$3,982,07614Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$35,09947%91-28$386$2,533,2566eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,75312%72-18$219$58,752,45118Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$12,04217%61-44$197$1,915,4527Roadside Attractions
5God's Not Dead$7,24026%60-30$121$60,697,36716Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Yves Saint Laurent$6,515-8%108$652$115,2612Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,68128%232$73$8,452,1639Clarius Entertainment
8The Railway Man$1,62311%14-24$116$4,428,39113Weinstein Company
9The Signal (2014)$1,34713%35-145$38$590,7474Focus
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,34319%12-19$112$197,2605RADiUS-TWC
11Fed Up$1,338-9%18-14$74$1,490,9429RADiUS-TWC
12The Hornet's Nest$2971%1-1$29$309,5979Freestyle Releasing