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. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,234,890-14%3,173--$1,020$61,287,3851Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,115,145-19%3,595--$588$41,648,0481Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,609,109-13%3,668-301$439$180,629,6733Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,311,330-4%3,83913$342$41,172,2062Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,126,765-9%2,85650$395$57,410,9752Universal
6Sex Tape$697,013-14%3,0620$228$30,358,4642Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$546,522-9%1,762--$310$7,128,7831Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$505,126-14%2,476-748$204$238,965,9155Paramount
9Tammy$362,819-14%2,562-840$142$79,962,7054Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$361,908-10%1,358-811$267$167,354,0577Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$300,462-17%1,613-616$186$187,261,0827Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$283,509-7%1,077-464$263$233,468,1319Disney
13Earth to Echo$222,295-7%1,272-1178$175$36,507,6694Relativity Media
14Begin Again$165,736-16%1,244-58$133$13,087,3375Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$248,212-2%361--$688$3,734,6491Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$199,691-10%10773$1,866$5,043,3803IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$123,934-12%625557$198$2,443,9662Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$108,409-11%432--$251$1,839,9521Open Road
5America (2014)$105,764-8%760-270$139$13,720,0435Lionsgate
6Chef$89,505-9%405-147$221$27,652,46912Open Road
7The Fault in Our Stars$87,538-6%387-170$226$123,086,7388Fox
8Kick$76,058-30%177--$430$1,660,7371UTV Motion Pictures
9Jersey Boys$68,997-3%462-541$149$45,937,7656Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,881-23%353-249$158$97,991,7608Warner Bros.
11Godzilla (2014)$51,8030%302-24$172$199,922,10311Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$51,776-11%289-98$179$231,509,25310Fox
13Rio 2$43,6442%230-26$190$130,849,31616Fox
14Blended$32,186-4%223-62$144$45,739,51810Warner Bros.
15Snowpiercer$29,621-5%149-62$199$4,029,0075RADiUS-TWC
16Neighbors (2014)$25,905-1%208-22$125$149,596,96012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$22,004-59%2020$109$257,709,55625Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,638-10%410$1,455$5,269,69217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$11,819-26%74-16$160$3,157,0599eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,007-10%7672$145$166,1202Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,676-2%58-34$167$10,614,44413Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,316-5%58-5$109$111,367,17621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$4,2585%39-21$109$83,882,17214Fox
7Words and Pictures$4,125-8%28--$147$2,128,61710Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,81616%8-3$352$252,4225Weinstein Company
9God's Not Dead$1,09121%9-2$121$60,750,02119Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Come Back to Me$697-32%10--$70$7,7441Freestyle Releasing
11The Hornet's Nest$32362%1--$323$312,70612Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$320-30%6-2$53$8,462,34712Clarius Entertainment
13Fed Up$32042%131$25$1,529,93912RADiUS-TWC
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$102-49%4-6$26$209,6748RADiUS-TWC
15A Long Way Off$85-12%10$85$29,3748Moving Visions Entertainment