'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 Sun, Aug. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$8,894,556-23%3,980135$2,235$117,765,3832Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$7,821,106-24%3,697-391$2,116$222,661,3853Disney
3Let's Be Cops$5,265,021-23%3,094--$1,702$26,220,9861Fox
4The Expendables 3$4,201,147-27%3,221--$1,304$15,879,6451Lionsgate
5The Giver$3,109,483-30%3,003--$1,035$12,305,0161Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$2,213,201-34%3,4340$644$31,513,6752Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,118,296-29%2,04320$1,037$23,686,2232Disney / DreamWorks
9Step Up All In$760,909-30%2,0720$367$11,808,3602Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$615,657-26%1,262-1044$488$201,897,1366Fox
11Hercules (2014)$573,907-37%1,475-1421$389$68,169,0964Paramount
12Get On Up$571,970-32%1,101-1368$520$27,049,9503Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$373,182-32%644-157$579$12,645,0624Roadside Attractions
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$331,750-21%960-1320$346$55,723,3685Disney
3What If$247,919-23%787767$315$1,060,2192CBS Films
4The Purge: Anarchy$181,405-33%575-1027$315$70,127,2905Universal
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$175,811-29%377-149$466$171,242,13810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Calvary$131,144-22%13086$1,009$895,4113Fox Searchlight
7And So It Goes$102,101-26%362-749$282$14,326,3134Clarius Entertainment
8Sex Tape$75,434-47%317-627$238$37,765,6735Sony / Columbia
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$74,186-27%223-4$333$232,480,81413Fox
10Edge of Tomorrow$65,226-26%261-4$250$99,698,91411Warner Bros.
11Transformers: Age of Extinction$63,292-28%206-374$307$243,342,4598Paramount
1222 Jump Street$61,707-39%172-141$359$189,947,03210Sony / Columbia
13The Fault in Our Stars$56,946-24%206-17$276$124,186,89111Fox
14Chef$51,827-31%122-120$425$29,297,19615Open Road
15Tammy$47,717-49%276-274$173$83,139,8177Warner Bros. / New Line
16Earth to Echo$27,365-30%154-63$178$37,671,0967Relativity Media
17Godzilla (2014)$26,416-21%118-60$224$200,587,13214Warner Bros.
18Rio 2$20,954-29%128-38$164$131,415,73719Fox
19Blended$20,820-30%111-33$188$46,211,79513Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$20,511-21%115-35$178$46,624,1199Warner Bros.
21Neighbors (2014)$19,560-28%106-33$185$150,056,50515Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$320,144629%1812$17,786$386,6198Weinstein Company
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,205-21%410$1,127$6,125,60220Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Think Like a Man Too$21,365-27%9362$230$65,182,1829Sony / Screen Gems
4Begin Again$15,463-39%62-183$249$14,455,8308Weinstein Company
5The Fluffy Movie$12,825-23%51-105$251$2,786,0304Open Road
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$11,826-22%77-27$154$202,853,93316Sony / Columbia
8Wish I Was Here$10,370-11%54-148$192$3,538,6125Focus
9Kick$7,272-11%16-58$455$2,461,0314UTV Motion Pictures
10The Grand Seduction$7,246-29%25-8$290$3,328,36912eOne Films US
11America (2014)$5,474-34%62-59$88$14,375,8838Lionsgate
12Words and Pictures$2,441-11%153$163$2,166,20613Roadside Attractions
13The LEGO Movie$1,068-6%15-2$71$257,743,82028Warner Bros.
14I Origins$890-27%13-75$68$334,6585Fox Searchlight
15Fed Up$588-21%53$118$1,537,38715RADiUS-TWC
16Jake Squared$438-47%10--$44$1,6811Freestyle Releasing
17Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$21548%2-1$108$212,70111RADiUS-TWC