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 Tue, Aug. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,570,11713%3,845--$1,969$79,815,3601Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$6,609,53424%4,0888$1,617$188,469,2002Disney
3Into the Storm$2,059,38521%3,434--$600$21,106,9891Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,717,44735%2,023--$849$13,966,3221Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$1,512,05023%3,147-55$480$100,250,9903Universal
6Step Up All In$907,65134%2,072--$438$8,057,3691Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$830,76525%2,896-699$287$65,000,9433Paramount
8Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$732,00333%2,306-977$317$199,051,0455Fox
9Get On Up$628,39016%2,4691$255$24,280,1152Universal
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$583,20748%2,280-961$256$53,959,0504Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$335,6252%1,602-1054$210$69,197,9654Universal
12And So It Goes$226,96745%1,111-705$204$13,627,2383Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$308,52118%506196$610$11,107,6895IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$287,54820%80175$359$10,938,2863Roadside Attractions
3Sex Tape$192,55018%944-1556$204$37,263,3424Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,04042%526-335$340$170,426,1629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$118,069432%251-441$470$2,553,0021Screenvision
6Maleficent$110,54322%370-311$299$236,255,10911Disney
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$80,81215%580-1152$139$243,030,9787Paramount
822 Jump Street$78,83129%313-515$252$189,617,9349Sony / Columbia
9Tammy$61,486-4%550-865$112$82,863,0266Warner Bros. / New Line
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,68513%265-137$210$99,385,70110Warner Bros.
11Chef$51,12024%242-108$211$29,036,54214Open Road
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$47,30916%22737$208$232,165,89412Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$43,58512%223-59$195$123,929,07010Fox
14Earth to Echo$40,75645%217-319$188$37,527,4846Relativity Media
15Begin Again$34,92429%245-482$143$14,340,4577Weinstein Company
16Rio 2$24,09540%166-46$145$131,302,81918Fox
17Jersey Boys$23,32854%150-136$156$46,529,6098Warner Bros.
18Godzilla (2014)$19,1934%178-99$108$200,472,95613Warner Bros.
19Blended$17,12524%144-43$119$46,115,29112Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$14,3112%202-551$71$3,488,0384Focus
21America (2014)$13,69928%121-357$113$14,345,2187Lionsgate
22The Fluffy Movie$13,58626%156-276$87$2,729,4023Open Road
23Neighbors (2014)$13,265-4%139-38$95$149,966,79514Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,5446%410$1,160$5,873,23619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$35,89917%4440$816$426,1482Fox Searchlight
3Kick$21,795139%74-88$295$2,424,4973UTV Motion Pictures
4What If$19,89015%20--$995$171,1341CBS Films
5Snowpiercer$14,22018%71-29$200$4,307,2847RADiUS-TWC
6The Grand Seduction$8,43666%33-17$256$3,287,48411eOne Films US
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,38299%36-23$205$111,440,81823Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8I Origins$6,57218%88-34$75$320,7154Fox Searchlight
9The LEGO Movie$1,76419%17-21$104$257,734,35927Warner Bros.
10Words and Pictures$1,58255%12-6$132$2,157,96612Roadside Attractions
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,285--10$1,285$150,19117Rialto Pictures
12Yves Saint Laurent$1,125-4%6-2$188$277,6147Weinstein Company
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$101-36%3-1$34$212,00910RADiUS-TWC
14As It Is in Heaven (2014)$76-23%21$38$10,5715Embark Visuals
15Fed Up$35-5%2-5$18$1,535,09114RADiUS-TWC