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, Aug. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,631,397-13%4,080--$1,870$134,390,8391Disney
2Lucy$1,681,050-12%3,20229$525$88,022,8052Universal
3Hercules (2014)$894,856-23%3,5950$249$57,761,2472Paramount
4Get On Up$800,980-16%2,468--$325$17,914,6101Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$739,897-22%3,283-385$225$193,433,6244Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$717,336-10%3,241-598$221$50,531,3283Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$516,595-26%2,656-200$195$66,248,3003Universal
8And So It Goes$339,508-19%1,81654$187$12,038,5192Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$317,291-32%2,500-562$127$35,782,6983Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$178,665-30%1,732-744$103$242,303,5756Paramount
11Tammy$131,123-24%1,415-1147$93$82,235,1675Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$268,750-11%726365$370$8,212,2332Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$250,278-12%310203$807$8,563,3874IFC Films
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,533-11%861-497$209$169,431,1158Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$178,534-79%257--$695$2,116,3380Screenvision
5Maleficent$164,673-9%681-396$242$235,514,97410Disney
622 Jump Street$114,795-26%828-785$139$189,124,6168Sony / Columbia
7Edge of Tomorrow$76,9964%40249$192$98,948,2939Warner Bros.
8Earth to Echo$73,182-12%536-736$137$37,309,8195Relativity Media
9Begin Again$72,845-15%727-517$100$14,099,6006Weinstein Company
10Chef$71,685-10%350-55$205$28,623,92213Open Road
11Wish I Was Here$60,423-20%753128$80$3,364,3413Focus
12The Fault in Our Stars$55,814-8%282-105$198$123,644,8469Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$41,782-29%4320$97$2,609,1812Open Road
14America (2014)$38,607-12%478-282$81$14,254,0656Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$35,450-13%286-176$124$46,377,5247Warner Bros.
16Godzilla (2014)$30,5150%277-25$110$200,300,72412Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$29,589-1%212-18$140$131,141,48217Fox
18Kick$26,826-32%162-15$166$2,296,2422UTV Motion Pictures
19Blended$20,839-5%187-36$111$45,980,29711Warner Bros.
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,670-18%190-99$104$231,799,37011Fox
21Snowpiercer$18,957-5%100-49$190$4,213,3376RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$17,705-9%177-31$100$149,848,13013Universal
23I Origins$10,058-7%12246$82$274,7593Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,102-1%410$1,320$5,639,56618Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$9,144-26%50-24$183$3,248,94110eOne Films US
3Calvary$7,276-13%4--$1,819$105,6501Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,215-45%591$71$111,413,83822Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Yves Saint Laurent$1,92029%80$240$270,0026Weinstein Company
6Words and Pictures$1,352-38%18-10$75$2,149,28211Roadside Attractions
7The LEGO Movie$945-23%38-164$25$257,726,85226Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$469-15%7-2$67$60,755,73220Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$37556%7-6$54$1,534,73013RADiUS-TWC
10A Long Way Off$9512%10$95$30,1049Moving Visions Entertainment
11As It Is in Heaven (2014)$36-69%1--$36$10,0964Embark Visuals
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$33-57%40$8$211,1419RADiUS-TWC