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. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,573,025-2%3,697-391$696$234,253,8573Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,322,198-4%3,980135$583$128,809,8062Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,651,523-6%3,094158$534$34,246,1681Fox
4The Giver$1,061,127-5%3,003--$353$17,370,5381Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,010,019-7%3,221--$314$20,918,1771Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$834,861-2%2,04320$409$27,188,2042Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$608,383-11%3,4340$177$34,501,3842Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$516,295-17%2,520-532$205$110,235,2704Universal
9Step Up All In$210,951-19%2,0720$102$12,964,0482Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$194,466-8%1,475-1421$132$69,086,2964Paramount
11Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$192,419-15%1,262-589$152$202,860,9706Fox
12Get On Up$149,050-12%1,101-1179$135$27,764,9903Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$264,9159%771265$344$14,662,0486IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$163,99512%960-892$171$56,346,6295Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$131,437-4%644-157$204$13,189,9894Roadside Attractions
4What If$106,853-13%787767$136$1,552,4542CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$90,3134%377-149$240$171,606,96210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$48,875-29%575-630$85$70,405,7155Universal
7Calvary$47,402-2%13086$365$1,087,5133Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$45,812-3%362-749$127$14,514,6014Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$34,025-24%317-416$107$37,941,8945Sony / Columbia
10Edge of Tomorrow$33,1632%261-4$127$99,830,58211Warner Bros.
1122 Jump Street$31,834-14%172-106$185$190,091,24410Sony / Columbia
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$28,153-6%223-4$126$232,603,58113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$25,081-7%206-17$122$124,295,18911Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,016-4%206-374$112$243,439,6038Paramount
15Chef$22,02020%122-120$180$29,375,80315Open Road
16Tammy$17,598-15%276-274$64$83,222,3407Warner Bros. / New Line
17Earth to Echo$12,880-23%154-63$84$37,728,0417Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,30613%128-38$81$131,454,25819Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,587-1%118-60$81$200,626,32714Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,19515%115-35$80$46,658,4219Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,5488%111-33$77$46,244,44313Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4700%106-33$70$150,086,80015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,586-1%410$892$6,265,28120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$13,35812%1812$742$445,8658Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$7,9029%42-29$188$4,403,5928RADiUS-TWC
4Begin Again$7,2450%62-183$117$14,486,1328Weinstein Company
5The Grand Seduction$5,295-33%25-8$212$3,350,65212eOne Films US
6The Fluffy Movie$5,1628%51-105$101$2,806,2264Open Road
7America (2014)$3,62118%62-59$58$14,390,0428Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,85110%54-148$53$3,549,3385Focus
9Kick$1,489-42%16-58$93$2,472,6954UTV Motion Pictures
10Words and Pictures$1,48215%153$99$2,171,25713Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,138-17%15-2$76$257,749,27028Warner Bros.
12I Origins$64580%13-75$50$336,4725Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$226-21%10--$23$2,5921Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$2070%53$41$1,538,61215RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8-73%2-1$4$213,93211RADiUS-TWC