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, Jul. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$4,967,320-58%3,173--$1,565$48,866,6601Universal
2Hercules (2014)$3,337,517-61%3,595--$928$33,137,7801Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,211,648-58%3,668-301$603$174,667,5373Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,526,550-50%2,85650$535$53,385,4552Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,499,628-51%3,83913$391$36,847,1062Disney
6Sex Tape$865,371-51%3,0620$283$27,818,9532Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$669,180-55%2,476-748$270$237,124,2085Paramount
8And So It Goes$576,647-59%1,762--$327$5,218,9761Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$456,136-52%2,562-840$178$78,657,4464Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$435,441-44%1,358-811$321$166,099,2407Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$407,232-47%1,613-616$252$186,161,8027Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$341,122-40%1,077-464$317$232,515,5449Disney
13Earth to Echo$245,744-40%1,272-1178$193$35,777,5704Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,044-60%1,244-58$158$12,506,7975Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$270,416-67%361--$749$2,957,6431Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$228,212--10773$2,133$4,390,8933IFC Films
3Kick$203,900-31%177--$1,152$1,275,2731UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$144,571-60%625557$231$2,024,3592Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$144,101-61%432--$334$1,455,5471Open Road
6America (2014)$128,691-56%760-270$169$13,371,1955Lionsgate
7Chef$99,225-61%405-147$245$27,361,90912Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$98,560-35%387-170$255$122,802,5548Fox
9Jersey Boys$73,274-55%462-541$159$45,713,2906Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$71,014-52%353-249$201$97,780,5318Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$58,817-51%289-98$204$231,331,68710Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$56,621-54%302-24$187$199,760,64611Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$38,333-41%230-26$167$130,716,99516Fox
14Snowpiercer$31,129-53%149-62$209$3,935,5875RADiUS-TWC
15Blended$31,033-49%223-62$139$45,638,52310Warner Bros.
16Neighbors (2014)$26,965-50%208-22$130$149,516,89012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$9,667-28%2020$48$257,592,58125Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,431-4%410$1,425$5,088,95717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$13,370-38%74-16$181$3,112,6109eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,493-55%7672$151$130,3222Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,505-49%58-34$164$10,586,11513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,766-26%58-5$99$111,347,63321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$3,665-35%39-21$94$83,869,38614Fox
7Words and Pictures$3,531-62%28--$126$2,115,82010Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$1,791-67%8-3$224$244,1495Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$998-20%10--$100$5,1541Freestyle Releasing
10Fed Up$820-61%131$63$1,529,06012RADiUS-TWC
11God's Not Dead$542-63%9-2$60$60,747,24619Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$180-22%4-6$45$209,2378RADiUS-TWC
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$179-52%6-2$30$8,461,16912Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$94-71%10$94$312,06912Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$47-77%1--$47$28,9988Moving Visions Entertainment