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, Aug. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$25,602,161--3,845--$6,659$25,602,1611Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,312,68361%4,0888$3,012$146,703,5222Disney
3Into the Storm$6,528,684--3,434--$1,901$6,528,6841Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,662,587--2,023--$1,810$3,662,5871Disney / DreamWorks
5Step Up All In$2,856,245--2,072--$1,378$2,856,2451Lionsgate / Summit
6Lucy$2,846,90569%3,147-55$905$90,869,7103Universal
7Hercules (2014)$1,766,63997%2,896-699$610$59,527,8863Paramount
8Get On Up$1,506,09088%2,4691$610$19,420,7002Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,246,07668%2,306-977$540$194,679,7005Fox
10The Purge: Anarchy$729,68041%1,602-1054$455$66,977,9804Universal
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$723,8361%2,280-961$317$51,255,1644Disney
12And So It Goes$358,4326%1,111-705$323$12,396,9513Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$593,184121%80175$741$8,805,4173Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$359,35213%944-1556$381$36,142,0504Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$197,84910%526-335$376$169,628,9649Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$168,1882%370-311$455$235,683,16211Disney
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$164,217-8%580-1152$283$242,467,7927Paramount
6Tammy$159,97122%550-865$291$82,395,1386Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$109,158-5%313-515$349$189,233,7749Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$101,48932%265-137$383$99,049,78210Warner Bros.
9Chef$88,41023%242-108$365$28,712,33214Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$78,909301%22737$348$231,878,27912Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$64,28915%223-59$288$123,709,13510Fox
12Begin Again$50,041-31%245-482$204$14,149,6417Weinstein Company
13Earth to Echo$47,013-36%217-319$217$37,356,8326Relativity Media
14Godzilla (2014)$38,22825%178-99$215$200,338,95213Warner Bros.
15Jersey Boys$31,907-10%150-136$213$46,409,4318Warner Bros.
16Blended$31,87553%144-43$221$46,012,17212Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$29,7891%166-46$179$131,171,27118Fox
18Wish I Was Here$27,574-54%202-551$137$3,391,9154Focus
19The Fluffy Movie$27,303-35%156-276$175$2,636,4843Open Road
20Neighbors (2014)$27,04053%139-38$195$149,875,17014Universal
21America (2014)$19,952-48%121-357$165$14,274,0177Lionsgate
22Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$19,769-89%251--$79$2,136,1071Screenvision
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$15,944--104-57$153$202,736,29515Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$67,823832%4440$1,541$173,4732Fox Searchlight
2What If$49,379--20--$2,469$49,3791CBS Films
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,692-10%410$1,188$5,688,25819Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kick$29,2229%74-88$395$2,325,4643UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$20,6009%71-29$290$4,233,9377RADiUS-TWC
6I Origins$9,517-5%88-34$108$284,2764Fox Searchlight
7Think Like a Man Too$7,548--31-84$243$65,089,8718Sony / Screen Gems
8Heaven is for Real$7,198--60-36$120$91,426,22017Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$6,797-26%33-17$206$3,255,73811eOne Films US
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,906--44-53$134$30,563,4536Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,073-3%36-23$113$111,417,91123Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,80934%12-6$151$2,151,09112Roadside Attractions
13The LEGO Movie$1,29437%17-21$76$257,728,14627Warner Bros.
14Yves Saint Laurent$1,177-39%6-2$196$271,1797Weinstein Company
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$184458%3-1$61$211,32510RADiUS-TWC
16As It Is in Heaven (2014)$96167%21$48$10,1925Embark Visuals
17Fed Up$56-85%2-5$28$1,534,78614RADiUS-TWC