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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$24,230,123--2,808--$8,629$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$16,508,107-59%3,23923$5,097$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$10,729,636-29%3,34976$3,204$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$8,504,163-60%3,13928$2,709$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$6,422,327-47%2,424243$2,649$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$5,005,657-29%3,1080$1,611$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$4,515,105-38%2,767-154$1,632$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$4,055,473-34%2,860-159$1,418$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$1,975,260-28%1,608-310$1,228$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,758,321-46%2,010-226$875$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$1,067,248-39%1,262-370$846$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,831,111504%565510$3,241$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$783,868-37%933-322$840$51,219,7336Fox
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$723,301--123--$5,880$723,3011Music Box
4Devil$523,895-18%635-7$825$33,099,5607Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$515,283-33%33040$1,561$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$444,453-34%477-83$932$5,787,0944Focus
7You Again$425,135-35%673-228$632$24,697,8106Disney
8Alpha and Omega$420,958-42%676-51$623$24,087,3987Lionsgate
9Inception$362,531-28%401-51$904$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
10You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$343,195-21%330-72$1,040$2,360,1956Sony Pictures Classics
11Toy Story 3$305,636-35%337-13$907$413,913,14520Disney
12N-Secure$292,829-47%367-78$798$2,399,1483Freestyle
13My Soul to Take$288,675-73%713-976$405$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
14Despicable Me$268,010-28%33511$800$247,877,10517Universal
15Stone$246,694-32%12512$1,974$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
16The Other Guys$179,388-26%302-1$594$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
17Case 39$177,169-57%406-315$436$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
18Let Me In$166,632-36%378-135$441$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
19Nowhere Boy$131,208-39%153-62$858$988,5334Weinstein Company
20Mao's Last Dancer$117,235-7%1020$1,149$4,385,59511Samuel Goldwyn
21Catfish$97,910-41%137-2$715$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
22Never Let Me Go$91,723-52%126-52$728$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
23Takers$88,688-26%132-18$672$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
24Resident Evil: Afterlife$70,474-49%140-73$503$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
25Eat Pray Love$58,710-43%111-63$529$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia
26Buried$54,156-6%10719$506$970,1016Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Job$184,14913%3410$5,416$602,6984Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,628-18%611$2,437$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Salvation Poem$56,79911%165$3,550$343,3663CanZion Films
4Welcome to the Riley's$42,145--10--$4,215$42,1451Samuel Goldwyn
5Howl$33,966-18%271$1,258$385,0336Oscilloscope
6What If...$33,40991%5631$597$712,08211Five & Two Pictures
7Step Up 3D$33,017-53%84-29$393$42,385,52013Disney
8Lottery Ticket$32,593-41%70-22$466$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
9Under the Sea 3D$31,518-40%160$1,970$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tamara Drewe$28,188-39%13-7$2,168$153,6894Sony Pictures Classics
11Avatar$25,8316%8-1$3,229$760,418,43346Fox
12Wild Target$23,174--4--$5,794$23,1741Freestyle
13Get Low$21,550-30%49-11$440$9,001,84414Sony Pictures Classics
14Machete$20,890-2%56--$373$26,552,5449Fox
15Inspector Bellamy$20,635--2--$10,318$20,6351IFC Films
16Monsters (2010)$20,508--3--$6,836$20,5081Magnolia
17The American$19,511-39%42-34$465$35,596,2279Focus
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$17,521-19%30-3$584$7,594,27417Music Box
19Leaving$16,698359%82$2,087$79,4175IFC
20The Tillman Story$16,402-10%240$683$741,40811Weinstein Company
21Vampires Suck$16,303-34%49-5$333$36,645,30511Fox
22I Want Your Money$14,886-64%59-113$252$425,8993Freestyle
23Cairo Time$14,543142%198$765$1,589,38313IFC
24Carlos$13,367-58%6-1$2,228$81,2793IFC
25Ramona and Beezus$13,265-44%35-7$379$26,141,80215Fox
26Like Dandelion Dust$12,9489%196$681$352,8106Blue Collar Releasing
27Animal Kingdom$12,38850%174$729$966,40812Sony Pictures Classics
28Jack Goes Boating$12,089-3%350$345$472,3947Relativity / Overture
29Heartbreaker$10,368-27%17-1$610$439,5908IFC
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,944-43%90$1,105$593,02113National Geographic
31Waste Land$9,806--1--$9,806$9,8061Arthouse Films
32Piranha 3D$9,802336%1914$516$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
33Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,188-47%51$1,838$60,1493Zeitgeist Films
34Enter the Void$9,017-52%8-2$1,127$230,6286IFC Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,8939%20$4,447$23,366,785161National Geographic
36Kings of Pastry$8,68265%101$868$136,0767First Run
37Last Train Home$7,062-52%9-5$785$207,9389Zeitgeist Films
38The Switch (2010)$6,634-41%17-9$390$27,576,13411Miramax
39A Film Unfinished$5,931-40%5-2$1,186$270,22611Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$5,82052%11-7$529$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
41Mademoiselle Chambon$5,81963%62$970$497,75123Lorber
42Budrus$5,231--4--$1,308$32,8774Balcony Releasing
43A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$5,114141%71$731$175,7309Sony Pictures Classics
44I Am Love$5,022-34%7-1$717$4,987,46820Magnolia
45Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$4,620--1--$4,620$8,1901Variance Films
46The Kids Grow Up$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971Shadow Distribution
47Freakonomics$4,366-9%9-5$485$85,0745Magnolia
48Douchebag$4,307159%64$718$18,1175Paladin
49Lovely, Still$4,171-26%5-3$834$124,7208Monterey Media
50The Concert$3,407-10%61$568$651,54115Weinstein Company
51Soul Kitchen$3,149-24%121$262$268,40811IFC
52The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,597-25%138$200$10,081,30033Music Box
53Lebanon$2,580-21%10-2$258$356,50755Sony Pictures Classics
54Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,308-18%4-1$577$402,32119Sony Pictures Classics
55I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,089-74%3-5$696$89,8214Anchor Bay
56Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,94956%41$487$512,64710Music Box
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,702-23%52$340$248,9089Music Box
58The Sicilian Girl$1,58741%20$794$69,30813Music Box
59Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,333-31%1-1$1,333$3,290,58229Producers Distribution Agency
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,29150%3-1$430$122,2478Lorber
61I'm Still Here$1,258-46%2-3$629$408,7198Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,044-35%31$348$1,322,55219National Geographic
63Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$774--2--$387$21,42316Flicker Alley
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$764-59%10$764$41,8967Collective Eye
65Marwencol$722--1--$722$13,6454Cinema Guild
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$622-96%1-2$622$499,41226Kino International
67Eichmann$573--1--$573$5731Regent Releasing
68Down Terrace$570-66%10$570$9,6093Magnolia
692012: Time for Change$560-85%10$560$66,6633Mangusta Productions
70Breathless (2010 re-issue)$53145%10$531$336,70523Rialto
71Around a Small Mountain$525--1--$525$29,21117Cinema Guild
72Cherry$468-54%1-1$468$11,0894Abramorama
73Fool for Love (2010)$423-82%1-3$423$164,2098Variance Films
74Hideaway (2009)$348160%1-1$348$29,9098Strand
75Enemies of the People$284-81%1-2$284$24,54814International Film Circuit
76The Taqwacores$243-93%10$243$4,5972Strand Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$117--1--$117$1171Regent Releasing
78Shake Hands with the Devil$86--1--$86$861Regent Releasing