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 Fri, Jul. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$13,006,545--2,806--$4,635$13,006,5451Universal
2Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$10,420,76779%3,9692$2,626$113,373,6112Fox
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,368,061--3,826--$1,664$6,368,0611Disney
4Sex Tape$5,670,011--3,062--$1,852$5,670,0111Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,793,23059%3,224-689$866$219,950,1184Paramount
6Tammy$2,294,91676%3,402-63$675$65,943,0123Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$1,420,74784%2,229-582$637$177,229,8586Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,087,69921%2,169-716$501$157,959,5946Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$1,019,74625%2,450-780$416$29,739,0603Relativity Media
10Maleficent$966,91267%1,541-536$627$226,032,1478Disney
11Begin Again$743,454133%1,302363$571$7,469,1204Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$504,76248%1,030-75$490$10,248,4584Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$492,1207%1,491-1558$330$28,175,8703Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$313,5012%1,003-965$313$43,547,2215Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$343,68172%628-603$547$63,208,0085Sony / Screen Gems
2Edge of Tomorrow$320,41451%602-501$532$95,835,0647Warner Bros.
3Chef$270,10275%552-149$489$25,081,78711Open Road
4The Fault in Our Stars$258,26210%557-445$464$121,041,3407Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$197,65749%387-268$511$229,972,3199Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$147,471308%32623$452$198,652,26310Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$126,26842%211-145$598$3,127,6914RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$92,98926%256-29$363$130,028,97715Fox
9Blended$85,18758%285-50$299$45,022,2379Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$74,75047%230-37$325$148,914,80511Universal
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$67,979--218-57$312$201,915,07312Sony / Columbia
12Heaven is for Real$36,740--149-24$247$90,989,07214Sony / TriStar
13The LEGO Movie$14,858-41%202-148$74$257,457,39924Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wish I Was Here$150,266--68--$2,210$150,2661Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,931-14%410$1,267$4,511,05916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$31,65035%90-2$352$2,843,3588eOne Films US
4Belle$28,16231%92-15$306$10,365,84612Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$13,56041%46-17$295$58,904,20420Fox Searchlight
6The Other Woman (2014)$11,5306%60-36$192$83,796,74513Fox
7Words and Pictures$9,84851%33-7$298$2,026,9289Roadside Attractions
8I Origins$9,530--4--$2,383$9,5301Fox Searchlight
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,048-19%63-15$112$111,274,75620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Yves Saint Laurent$6,74215%11-3$613$191,4884Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$2,63743%12-8$220$1,512,56311RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,734-35%11-14$158$60,733,18318Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,155904%104$116$204,0887RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819-12%1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222-49%8-2$28$8,458,34111Clarius Entertainment
16The Hornet's Nest$97-6%1-1$97$310,82511Freestyle Releasing