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. 24 - Sun, Sep. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$19,011,188--3,565--$5,333$19,011,1881Fox
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,112,211--3,575--$4,507$16,112,2111Warner Bros.
3The Town$15,605,171-34%2,88524$5,409$48,692,0722Warner Bros.
4Easy A$10,600,497-40%2,8560$3,712$32,714,2152Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$8,407,513--2,548--$3,300$8,407,5131Disney
6Devil$6,605,960-46%2,8112$2,350$21,859,4252Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,954,791-50%2,642-567$1,875$52,073,5883Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$4,735,271-48%2,6250$1,804$15,164,9442Lionsgate
9Takers$1,622,302-46%1,413-726$1,148$54,885,1755Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$992,812-50%1,047-780$948$116,966,9818Sony / Columbia
11The American$896,382-66%1,315-1142$682$34,607,3814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$1,247,006-37%907-398$1,375$287,053,29211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$704,613-56%855-813$824$79,040,3087Sony / Columbia
3Machete$642,832-63%682-1022$943$25,733,6774Fox
4Despicable Me$582,585-36%610-329$955$245,514,66512Universal
5The Expendables$564,081-59%852-1002$662$102,070,0477Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$394,275-59%765-813$515$28,226,2256Universal
7The Last Exorcism$344,675-72%707-1306$488$40,773,3015Lionsgate
8Get Low$317,164-42%354-113$896$8,317,4979Sony Pictures Classics
9Toy Story 3$313,847-33%302-173$1,039$411,086,06715Disney
10Lottery Ticket$306,318-51%370-307$828$23,942,2116Warner Bros.
11The Virginity Hit$301,885--700--$431$332,4633Sony / Columbia
12The Switch (2010)$293,433-68%511-647$574$27,207,7666Miramax
13Mao's Last Dancer$273,17615%12224$2,239$3,013,3226Samuel Goldwyn
14Dinner for Schmucks$260,22618%32310$806$72,539,2009Paramount / DreamWorks
15Going the Distance (2010)$248,174-82%475-1532$522$17,538,7204Warner Bros. / New Line
16Grown Ups$234,667-23%265-39$886$161,417,72614Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$213,983-62%415-549$516$36,171,1166Fox
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$198,681-27%267-93$744$43,274,6239Warner Bros.
19The Sorcerer's Apprentice$181,429-24%227-48$799$62,744,18711Disney
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$158,440-55%233-150$680$31,356,4257Universal
21Salt$143,697-54%186-149$773$117,223,00310Sony / Columbia
22The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$124,409-40%224-115$555$300,298,74013Summit
23Ramona and Beezus$111,977-32%191-69$586$25,870,97810Fox
24The Girl Who Played With Fire$85,290-36%111-26$768$7,304,14112Music Box
25The Kids Are All Right$84,025-47%107-62$785$20,654,03112Focus
26Flipped$75,322-58%106-269$711$1,704,6618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$452,58076%5745$7,940$811,2802Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$241,943117%2622$9,306$438,5352Fox Searchlight
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$160,103--6--$26,684$211,4451Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$158,6343%61-2$2,601$15,916,59328Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Waiting for 'Superman'$139,033--4--$34,758$139,0331Paramount Vantage
6Dabangg$134,024-55%680$1,971$1,258,9323Eros
7Buried$100,268--11--$9,115$100,2681Lionsgate
8Heartbreaker$92,902109%4133$2,266$229,0183IFC
9Jack Goes Boating$78,947173%3733$2,134$120,5592Relativity / Overture
10Cairo Time$78,736-27%761$1,036$1,406,8988IFC
11Like Dandelion Dust$77,960--25--$3,118$77,9601Blue Collar Releasing
12Step Up 3D$66,846-55%60-74$1,114$42,173,6638Disney
13Winter's Bone$56,558-37%79-22$716$6,049,87116Roadside Attractions
14Howl$51,185--6--$8,531$51,1851Oscilloscope
15Enter the Void$43,651--3--$14,550$43,6511IFC Films
16The Tillman Story$40,708-33%27-1$1,508$587,5676Weinstein Company
17Under the Sea 3D$36,603-12%182$2,034$24,279,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Piranha 3D$35,280-77%66-198$535$24,820,2716Weinstein Company
19Avatar$33,844-86%29-100$1,167$760,237,55141Fox
20I'm Still Here$31,996-72%39-81$820$355,7573Magnolia
21What If...$30,849-36%35-15$881$562,7086Five & Two Pictures
22Bran Nue Dae$29,67264%5538$539$88,8543Freestyle Releasing
23A Film Unfinished$28,218529%1613$1,764$178,0336Oscilloscope
24Animal Kingdom$28,195-48%45-12$627$870,6997Sony Pictures Classics
25I Am Love$26,202-39%25-10$1,048$4,886,96815Magnolia
26Knight and Day$25,881-30%45-19$575$76,401,92314Fox
27The Concert$23,5380%18-2$1,308$577,65610Weinstein Company
28Predators$22,923-32%36-19$637$51,948,27412Fox
29Lovely, Still$21,1073%176$1,242$68,3283Monterey Media
30We Are Family$20,865-48%24-54$869$631,2764UTV Communications
31Mademoiselle Chambon$20,708-37%121$1,726$417,65518Lorber
32Last Train Home$20,123-15%91$2,236$101,4194Zeitgeist Films
33Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$19,97746%84$2,497$66,2393Lorber
34Kings of Pastry$19,63229%42$4,908$51,3702First Run
35Fool for Love (2010)$18,159-20%7-1$2,594$112,2533Variance Films
36A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$15,632-37%18-5$868$132,7014Sony Pictures Classics
37Leaves of Grass$15,009-28%63$2,502$41,5162First Look
38The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,712-36%152$914$510,0358National Geographic
39Lebanon$13,606-28%16-7$850$311,63250Sony Pictures Classics
40Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$13,007-39%14-14$929$1,702,86916Sony Pictures Classics
41Soul Kitchen$10,545-57%14-8$753$217,6526IFC
42Restrepo$9,848-46%24-13$410$1,279,95114National Geographic
43The Extra Man$9,668-22%141$691$432,0799Magnolia
44Cyrus$8,181-16%14-5$584$7,437,01415Fox Searchlight
45Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,566-69%10-12$757$480,6645Music Box
46My Dog Tulip$7,38918%32$2,463$60,0504New Yorker Films
47Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,70710%4-1$1,677$3,260,66324Producers Distribution Agency
48The Romantics$6,044-77%6-8$1,007$103,2803Four of a Kind
49Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,015-34%10$6,015$19,9322Collective Eye
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$5,913141%41$1,478$407,28721Kino International
51The Sicilian Girl$5,644-10%61$941$56,2818Music Box
52GasLand$5,528109%21$2,764$21,1842International WOW
53Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$5,491-69%7-13$784$223,9324Music Box
54Winnebago Man$5,336-24%7-4$762$167,30412Kino International
55Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$4,700-31%4-1$1,175$230,12910Arthouse Films
56Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$4,36683%10-1$437$383,99914Sony Pictures Classics
57The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$4,260-32%9-2$473$6,381,94624Sony Pictures Classics
58The Trial$4,22069%21$2,110$19,2463Whitlow Films
59The Other City$4,079-61%1-1$4,079$22,2212Cabin Films
60Micmacs$4,061-18%13-2$312$1,244,34718Sony Classics
61Enemies of the People$4,011267%53$802$18,3339International Film Circuit
62Ahead of Time$3,702-17%31$1,234$29,5893Vitagraph
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$3,592-22%51$718$314,78218Rialto
64The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,468265%20$1,734$115,50025International Film Circuit
65Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,115216%21$1,558$23,302,459156National Geographic
66The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,987-63%10-9$299$10,065,03428Music Box
67La Soga$2,383-63%2-2$1,192$210,62577-57 Releasing
68Solitary Man$2,171-18%6-1$362$4,357,53319Anchor Bay
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,982135%10$1,982$17,73611Flicker Alley
70Agora$1,881-69%2-2$941$605,29118Newmarket
71John Rabe$1,863-51%10$1,863$64,54519Strand
72Picture Me$1,804-73%10$1,804$11,0452Strand
73Centurion$1,793-4%41$448$122,2885Magnolia
74Countdown to Zero$1,602124%82$200$267,59710Magnolia
75Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$1,525-80%1-1$1,525$23,9283Lorber
76Ondine$1,449-23%20$725$548,93430Magnolia
77Best Worst Movie$1,316--1--$1,316$106,27123Area23a
78The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,31264%2-1$656$158,1268Anchor Bay
79Mother and Child$1,000-5%2-3$500$1,107,90821Sony Pictures Classics
80Stonewall Uprising$896--2--$448$122,49815First Run Features
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$822--2--$411$8221First Run
82Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$788-26%10$788$50,00515The Film Desk
83Hideaway (2009)$656-88%2-2$328$24,0383Strand
84Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$459--1--$459$68,61117Indican Pictures
85Princess Kaiulani$433-64%1-1$433$883,88720Roadside Attractions
86The Milk of Sorrow$392-60%10$392$10,3765Olive Films
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$347-59%1-1$347$18,1847First Run Features
88Please Give$242-91%3-1$81$4,029,29422Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$231--1--$231$56,47114Kino International
90Altiplano$190--1--$190$2,2396First Run
91Sweetgrass$100-31%10$100$205,00853Cinema Guild
92Orlando (2010 re-issue)$83-77%10$83$56,75010Sony Pictures Classics