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, Oct. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$22,445,653--2,771--$8,100$22,445,6531Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,887,429-32%3,5750$3,045$30,079,2982Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10,002,578-47%3,59732$2,781$35,778,4292Fox
4The Town$9,749,332-38%2,93550$3,322$64,056,7523Warner Bros.
5Easy A$6,748,777-36%2,974118$2,269$42,176,9673Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$5,722,566-32%2,5480$2,246$16,607,6332Disney
7Case 39$5,350,570--2,211--$2,420$5,350,5701Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$5,147,479--2,021--$2,547$5,147,4791Relativity / Overture
9Devil$3,564,055-46%2,392-419$1,490$27,291,4603Universal
10Alpha and Omega$2,924,868-38%2,303-322$1,270$18,949,4373Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,784,775-44%1,907-735$1,460$56,615,1004Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Endhiran$2,166,178--139--$15,584$2,166,1781Ficus
2Inception$904,208-27%625-282$1,447$288,405,37612Warner Bros.
3Takers$784,529-52%773-640$1,015$56,161,3476Sony / Screen Gems
4Catfish$590,17730%13679$4,340$1,621,3493Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$439,850-25%463-147$950$246,091,77013Universal
6The Other Guys$439,411-56%566-481$776$117,697,1209Sony / Columbia
7Eat Pray Love$319,970-55%398-457$804$79,710,0838Sony / Columbia
8Salt$288,116101%288102$1,000$117,562,73311Sony / Columbia
9Mao's Last Dancer$263,534-4%13715$1,924$3,420,3677Samuel Goldwyn
10Lottery Ticket$241,265-21%302-68$799$24,245,4057Warner Bros.
11The Expendables$231,662-59%410-442$565$102,516,7208Lionsgate
12Toy Story 3$229,502-27%235-67$977$411,412,42716Disney
13Nanny McPhee Returns$218,855-44%481-284$455$28,520,9607Universal
14Machete$213,721-67%314-368$681$26,205,1405Fox
15The American$210,428-77%374-941$563$35,202,4715Focus
16Get Low$180,798-43%271-83$667$8,630,58610Sony Pictures Classics
17Dinner for Schmucks$165,760-36%261-62$635$72,810,23410Paramount / DreamWorks
18Grown Ups$162,326-31%230-35$706$161,645,86115Sony / Columbia
19Vampires Suck$146,818-31%261-154$563$36,365,3617Fox
20Chain Letter$138,788--406--$342$138,7881New Films International
21The Last Exorcism$124,000-64%307-400$404$40,990,0556Lionsgate
22Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$120,278-39%188-79$640$43,432,94510Warner Bros.
23The Sorcerer's Apprentice$116,727-36%170-57$687$62,910,31912Disney
24The Switch (2010)$98,190-67%242-269$406$27,422,3577Miramax
25Ramona and Beezus$81,331-27%161-30$505$25,972,32911Fox
26The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69,272-44%141-83$491$300,412,21614Summit
27Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$69,015-56%120-113$575$31,494,2708Universal
28The Virginity Hit$48,623-84%434-266$112$535,2494Sony / Columbia
29Going the Distance (2010)$39,284-84%121-354$325$17,666,4235Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anjaana Anjaani$517,608--91--$5,688$517,6081Eros
2Waiting for 'Superman'$408,873194%3430$12,026$601,6072Paramount Vantage
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$215,13134%2923$7,418$501,6162Sony Pictures Classics
4Never Let Me Go$186,554-23%4317$4,338$723,8733Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$124,087-22%58-3$2,139$16,160,40429Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Jack Goes Boating$99,62026%7942$1,261$271,2013Relativity / Overture
7Buried$97,364-3%3322$2,950$236,4472Lionsgate
8Like Dandelion Dust$77,325-1%5328$1,459$171,8082Blue Collar Releasing
9Piranha 3D$65,84587%9529$693$24,899,7757Weinstein Company
10Heartbreaker$54,919-41%432$1,277$325,7104IFC
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$54,559-36%78-33$699$7,408,46913Music Box
12Howl$53,5345%1711$3,149$125,2812Oscilloscope
13Hatchet II$52,604--68--$774$52,6041Vitagraph
14Winter's Bone$44,851-21%72-7$623$6,122,29117Roadside Attractions
15Cairo Time$44,507-43%71-5$627$1,492,8089IFC
16The Kids Are All Right$43,714-48%64-43$683$20,731,80213Focus
17Freakonomics$31,893--20--$1,595$31,8931Magnolia
18Under the Sea 3D$29,152-20%180$1,620$24,335,25786Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Enter the Void$25,144-42%63$4,191$96,5802IFC Films
20What If...$24,854-19%26-9$956$596,2287Five & Two Pictures
21The Tillman Story$24,338-40%270$901$633,3777Weinstein Company
22Avatar$22,738-33%19-10$1,197$760,277,66542Fox
23A Film Unfinished$21,777-23%160$1,361$212,7047Oscilloscope
24Step Up 3D$21,382-68%26-34$822$42,218,0919Disney
25Predators$20,998-8%4610$456$51,982,03813Fox
26The Concert$20,522-13%213$977$612,36511Weinstein Company
27I Am Love$17,808-32%18-7$989$4,918,23816Magnolia
28Mademoiselle Chambon$16,749-19%153$1,117$450,80919Lorber
29Last Train Home$16,379-19%90$1,820$126,5185Zeitgeist Films
30Fool for Love (2010)$16,368-10%81$2,046$134,4014Variance Films
31Flipped$15,517-79%35-71$443$1,739,1409Warner Bros.
32Kings of Pastry$14,790-25%51$2,958$75,3323First Run
33Animal Kingdom$14,117-50%32-13$441$899,4558Sony Pictures Classics
34Soul Kitchen$13,81831%239$601$237,2367IFC
35Leaving$12,697--2--$6,349$12,6971IFC
36Lovely, Still$12,219-42%11-6$1,111$89,1274Monterey Media
37The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$11,534-16%14-1$824$527,5979National Geographic
38I'm Still Here$11,508-64%19-20$606$386,5754Magnolia
39Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$11,407-43%80$1,426$91,2474Lorber
40Knight and Day$10,287-60%17-28$605$76,418,65415Fox
41A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$9,160-41%191$482$150,1845Sony Pictures Classics
42Lebanon$8,915-34%215$425$330,34251Sony Pictures Classics
43Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$7,91634%73$1,131$430,40122Kino International
44Leaves of Grass$7,750-48%60$1,292$56,7563First Look
45Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$6,842-47%140$489$1,714,12817Sony Pictures Classics
46Restrepo$6,017-39%13-11$463$1,295,36915National Geographic
47The Extra Man$5,388-44%9-5$599$440,42710Magnolia
48Bran Nue Dae$5,255-82%13-42$404$110,0294Freestyle Releasing
49Mesrine: Killer Instinct$4,440-41%7-3$634$489,5936Music Box
50Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,32139%20$2,161$23,311,750157National Geographic
51The Sicilian Girl$3,659-35%2-4$1,830$63,1179Music Box
52My Dog Tulip$3,570-52%2-1$1,785$67,2825New Yorker Films
53Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,421-49%2-2$1,711$3,270,17525Producers Distribution Agency
54GasLand$3,231-42%1-1$3,231$26,5083International WOW
55Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,206-42%70$458$230,0795Music Box
56The Freebie$3,015--1--$3,015$8,3003Phase 4 Films
57Cyrus$2,989-63%6-8$498$7,445,63016Fox Searchlight
58Douchebag$2,966--1--$2,966$2,9661Paladin
59Agora$2,95157%20$1,476$611,74719Newmarket
60The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,57596%31$858$161,3919Anchor Bay
61The Nature of Existence$2,542--1--$2,542$52,79916Walking Shadows
62The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$2,497-41%6-3$416$6,387,37225Sony Pictures Classics
63Micmacs$2,306-43%9-4$256$1,248,46219Sony Classics
64Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$2,26448%32$755$28,2004Lorber
65To the Sea$1,896--1--$1,896$41,06012Film Movement
66Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,722-61%5-5$344$388,88215Sony Pictures Classics
67Countdown to Zero$1,6956%6-2$283$271,32311Magnolia
68Winnebago Man$1,334-75%5-2$267$171,86013Kino International
69Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,298-64%1-4$1,298$319,02919Rialto
70The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,295-63%1-1$1,295$120,30826International Film Circuit
71Ahead of Time$1,113-70%30$371$33,0244Vitagraph
72Please Give$958296%85$120$4,030,50423Sony Pictures Classics
73John Rabe$807-57%10$807$66,38720Strand
74Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$801-87%43$200$23,6893Collective Eye
75Solitary Man$611-72%1-5$611$4,360,54820Anchor Bay
76The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$544-82%4-6$136$10,068,26929Music Box
77Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$53654%10$536$18,7278First Run Features
78Army of Crime$532--1--$532$28,6227Lorber
79Altiplano$515171%10$515$2,7547First Run
80The Girl (2009)$486--1--$486$1,6843
81Enemies of the People$432-89%1-4$432$19,27510International Film Circuit
82The Temptation of St. Tony$421--1--$421$1,7273Olive Films
83Stonewall Uprising$383-57%1-1$383$123,15116First Run Features
84Mother and Child$337-66%1-1$337$1,108,93822Sony Pictures Classics
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$333-83%10$333$19,47612Flicker Alley
86Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$264-42%10$264$68,74818Indican Pictures
87Hideaway (2009)$238-64%0-2--$24,5924Strand
88Orlando (2010 re-issue)$16599%21$83$57,30511Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$110-52%10$110$56,76115Kino International
90A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$84-90%1-1$84$1,4902First Run
91Two in the Wave$50--1--$50$28,80820Lorber Films