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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 10 - Sun, Sep. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$26,650,264--3,203--$8,320$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$5,675,611-48%2,191-15$2,590$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$5,674,240-57%2,83310$2,003$28,111,3582Focus
4Machete$4,294,120-62%2,6788$1,603$20,916,7092Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$3,788,222-45%3,0300$1,250$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Other Guys$3,347,995-37%2,246-361$1,491$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$3,322,853-55%2,731-143$1,217$38,062,3223Lionsgate
8The Expendables$3,223,651-51%3,058-340$1,054$98,466,2645Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$2,928,256-39%2,339-324$1,252$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
10Inception$2,802,390-39%1,583-121$1,770$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$2,080,315-41%2,364-344$880$26,281,0454Universal
12The Switch (2010)$2,001,103-36%1,595-290$1,255$25,005,8324Miramax
13Despicable Me$1,657,100-44%1,375-225$1,205$243,531,97010Universal
14Vampires Suck$1,480,909-54%1,670-764$887$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$743,46571%1,187791$626$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$1,206,043-44%905-405$1,333$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Get Low$864,834-28%529-31$1,635$6,912,9377Sony Pictures Classics
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$820,140-47%619-188$1,325$30,438,3155Universal
4Toy Story 3$761,996-61%712-808$1,070$409,976,03713Disney
5Avatar$731,178-68%436-376$1,677$759,562,77839Fox
6Piranha 3D$700,750-71%825-964$849$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
7Salt$630,059-50%484-221$1,302$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
8Flipped$481,438846%442414$1,089$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$480,239-53%536-268$896$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$404,693-13%425-30$952$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups$380,002-37%339-44$1,121$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
12Step Up 3D$347,557-56%260-174$1,337$41,796,9946Disney
13Mao's Last Dancer$341,9411%1027$3,352$2,225,0574Samuel Goldwyn
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$305,830-32%312-45$980$62,164,6119Disney
15The Kids Are All Right$261,057-34%218-21$1,198$20,241,94810Focus
16Ramona and Beezus$183,885-31%275-30$669$25,523,8398Fox
17The Girl Who Played With Fire$182,263-23%148-9$1,232$6,910,66010Music Box
18The Last Airbender$182,102-43%220-37$828$131,396,88811Paramount
19Winter's Bone$135,43515%11020$1,231$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
20Legendary$126,964--177--$717$126,9641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21The Karate Kid (2010)$125,789-49%168-59$749$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
22Charlie St. Cloud$106,365-31%190-30$560$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$628,137--62--$10,131$628,1371Eros
2Hubble 3D$180,588-35%60-63$3,010$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cairo Time$155,692-10%6712$2,324$1,106,2256IFC
4We Are Family$115,754-61%780$1,484$526,6302UTV Communications
5Animal Kingdom$110,171-1%615$1,806$718,8735Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm Still Here$96,658--19--$5,087$96,6581Magnolia
7What If...$85,086-20%8213$1,038$439,5264Five & Two Pictures
8The Tillman Story$83,970-38%251$3,359$422,2754Weinstein Company
9I Am Love$56,129-12%40-9$1,403$4,770,29113Magnolia
10Knight and Day$54,489-60%93-49$586$76,307,71612Fox
11Heartbreaker$52,628--3--$17,543$52,6281IFC
12Predators$51,929-48%86-25$604$51,856,23610Fox
13Fool for Love (2010)$49,313--8--$6,164$49,3131Variance Films
14Mesrine: Killer Instinct$49,228-46%29-5$1,698$413,9583Music Box
15The Romantics$45,527--2--$22,764$45,5271Four of a Kind
16Lebanon$39,45126%214$1,879$249,20648Sony Pictures Classics
17Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$39,041-48%28-3$1,394$166,4922Music Box
18The Concert$38,991-13%19-1$2,052$503,1878Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$29,550-54%15-1$1,970$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Restrepo$29,542-1%374$798$1,220,90112National Geographic
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$28,5014%138$2,192$70,5772Sony Pictures Classics
22La Soga$28,230224%72$4,033$193,65557-57 Releasing
23Mademoiselle Chambon$27,226986%116$2,475$342,80416Lorber
24Soul Kitchen$25,829-41%172$1,519$160,5444IFC
25Bran Nue Dae$23,527--16--$1,470$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$23,307-39%191$1,227$457,7976National Geographic
27Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$23,217-57%45-48$516$90,736,65116Disney
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$17,57113%262$676$1,649,05814Sony Pictures Classics
29The A-Team$17,173-71%31-23$554$77,213,48914Fox
30Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$17,034--3--$5,678$17,0341Lorber
31Cyrus$15,6355%260$601$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
32The Extra Man$14,444-39%17-11$850$399,4147Magnolia
33Exit Through the Gift Shop$14,00923%61$2,335$3,238,65122Producers Distribution Agency
34The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$13,790-23%284$493$10,038,09226Music Box
35Last Train Home$13,748-33%21$6,874$43,8152Zeitgeist Films
36Ahead of Time$12,790--1--$12,790$12,7901Vitagraph
37My Dog Tulip$12,64810%10$12,648$37,4862New Yorker Films
38Micmacs$11,186-5%16-6$699$1,228,32816Sony Classics
39Hideaway (2009)$11,124--4--$2,781$11,1241Strand
40Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,792--4--$2,698$296,91616Rialto
41Marmaduke$9,864-74%24-21$411$33,643,46115Fox
42The Sicilian Girl$9,2481072%31$3,083$33,5606Music Box
43The Trial$8,957--1--$8,957$8,9571Whitlow Films
44Life During Wartime$8,62536%168$539$268,6398IFC
45Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$7,353-45%5-2$1,471$206,3498Arthouse Films
46Agora$7,344-44%60$1,224$590,84816Newmarket
47The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$7,2314%186$402$6,359,83122Sony Pictures Classics
48A Film Unfinished$7,168-50%3-2$2,389$135,9374Oscilloscope
49Logan$7,137--1--$7,137$7,1371Real Bean
50Countdown to Zero$6,813574%61$1,136$261,4158Magnolia
51Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,67031%2011$334$370,90612Sony Pictures Classics
52Winnebago Man$6,34136%92$705$147,02710Kino International
53Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$6,078--1--$6,078$6,0781Lorber
54Centurion$4,847-83%6-13$808$115,1163Magnolia
55Lovely, Still$4,584--2--$2,292$18,0481Monterey Media
56The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,380-51%4-2$1,095$153,9546Anchor Bay
57Solitary Man$4,349-57%9-15$483$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
58Change of Plans$4,104-56%20$2,052$44,2313IFC
59Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$3,748-51%10-6$375$2,927,97214IFC
60Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$3,3343689%10$3,334$15,8445First Run Features
61Mother and Child$2,468153%64$411$1,103,09119Sony Pictures Classics
62Princess Kaiulani$2,35024%30$783$880,69118Roadside Attractions
63Spoken Word$2,267-11%20$1,134$30,0038Variance
64White Wedding (2009)$2,249-62%2-2$1,125$10,9082Dada Films
65Everyone Else$2,090568%21$1,045$95,91765Cinema Guild
66Please Give$2,051-3%4-9$513$4,024,53620Sony Pictures Classics
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,748-46%2-1$874$367,67619Kino International
68The Little Traitor$1,45414%10$1,454$376,27740Westchester Films
69The Milk of Sorrow$1,438-52%1-1$1,438$8,5183Olive Films
70Best Worst Movie$1,359--1--$1,359$103,19421Area23a
71Ondine$1,216-82%1-2$1,216$544,53228Magnolia
72Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,141-20%10$1,141$23,296,284154National Geographic
73Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,134-60%20$567$55,89212Kino International
74Army of Crime$913-71%1-1$913$27,7414Lorber
75Circle$651--1--$651$8,0603Indican Pictures
76Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$627--1--$627$47,35013The Film Desk
77Around a Small Mountain$608--2--$304$26,11910Cinema Guild
78Sweetgrass$135--1--$135$203,98951Cinema Guild