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, Nov. 5 - Sun, Nov. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$46,016,833--3,944--$11,668$46,016,8331Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$32,689,406--3,355--$9,743$32,689,4061Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$19,497,324--2,127--$9,167$19,497,3241Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$8,652,086-19%3,229-120$2,679$71,664,9624Summit
5Saw 3D$7,731,075-68%2,8080$2,753$38,331,7832Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$7,034,742-57%3,168-71$2,221$76,959,8643Paramount
7Jackass 3D$4,951,282-42%2,165-974$2,287$110,668,3574Paramount
8Secretariat$4,067,715-19%2,614-494$1,556$51,031,0685Disney
9Hereafter$4,011,397-38%2,365-59$1,696$28,721,0664Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$3,424,860-24%1,860-907$1,841$84,871,4926Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$3,066,179-24%1,950-910$1,572$48,506,2525Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,628,786-11%672107$2,424$4,794,9304Fox Searchlight
2The Town$1,164,382-41%801-807$1,454$89,748,2398Warner Bros.
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$746,5723%19269$3,888$1,995,8412Music Box
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$481,463-73%740-1270$651$54,011,5587Warner Bros.
5Easy A$478,990-55%486-776$986$57,227,6018Sony / Screen Gems
6Waiting for 'Superman'$395,237-23%242-88$1,633$5,408,0807Paramount Vantage
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$333,156-57%353-580$944$51,887,4467Fox
8Despicable Me$328,49023%307-28$1,070$248,312,50018Universal
9Inception$317,189-13%291-110$1,090$291,448,10317Warner Bros.
10Toy Story 3$291,502-5%264-73$1,104$414,317,22321Disney
11Devil$224,350-57%284-351$790$33,466,5608Universal
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$220,108-36%143-187$1,539$2,738,2567Sony Pictures Classics
13You Again$210,121-51%283-390$742$25,099,0817Disney
14Stone$176,297-29%109-16$1,617$1,490,3145Relativity / Overture
15It's Kind of a Funny Story$172,584-61%201-276$859$6,195,2065Focus
16The Other Guys$167,778-6%235-67$714$119,021,11714Sony / Columbia
17Takers$154,39874%21583$718$57,570,73211Sony / Screen Gems
18Alpha and Omega$144,961-66%288-388$503$24,452,3978Lionsgate
19Nowhere Boy$143,0149%17522$817$1,198,0035Weinstein Company
20The Switch (2010)$82,1621138%120103$685$27,661,92712Miramax
21Case 39$70,489-60%157-249$449$13,182,1746Paramount Vantage
22N-Secure$56,661-81%105-262$540$2,553,8524Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$651,082--46--$14,154$651,0821Summit
2Golmaal 3$626,432--86--$7,284$626,4321Eros
3Inside Job$266,41545%6632$4,037$957,8835Sony Pictures Classics
4127 Hours$264,851--4--$66,213$264,8511Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$194,12931%60-1$3,235$17,746,61134Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Mao's Last Dancer$100,022-15%81-21$1,235$4,553,64012Samuel Goldwyn
7Tamara Drewe$51,90384%2714$1,922$216,7175Sony Pictures Classics
8The Salvation Poem$50,936-10%14-2$3,638$407,1494CanZion Films
9Catfish$49,770-49%55-82$905$3,151,2188Universal / Rogue
10Under the Sea 3D$43,36538%14-2$3,098$24,714,04891Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Never Let Me Go$41,892-54%51-75$821$2,284,2808Fox Searchlight
12Four Lions$41,512--8--$5,189$41,5121Drafthouse Films
13Let Me In$32,319-81%95-283$340$11,999,4196Relativity / Overture
14Howl$32,269-5%292$1,113$439,5817Oscilloscope
15Monsters (2010)$28,59039%1310$2,199$60,6202Magnolia
16Space Station 3D$27,389--3--$9,130$82,285,011447IMAX
17Buried$26,597-51%46-61$578$1,028,6587Lionsgate
18Avatar$25,511-1%91$2,835$760,462,55947Fox
19Get Low$21,5580%36-13$599$9,034,23615Sony Pictures Classics
20Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$21,244131%61$3,541$87,5694Zeitgeist Films
21Welcome to the Riley's$18,226-57%100$1,823$78,1552Samuel Goldwyn
22What If...$18,076-46%22-34$822$739,29812Five & Two Pictures
23Leaving$17,1142%7-1$2,445$103,3416IFC
24Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$16,962--3--$5,654$16,9621Magnolia
25A Film Unfinished$15,480161%1510$1,032$291,35712Oscilloscope
26Inspector Bellamy$15,318-26%20$7,659$47,1052IFC Films
27Ramona and Beezus$14,4729%32-3$452$26,161,40616Fox
28Heartbreaker$14,40339%192$758$458,7949IFC
29Jack Goes Boating$13,91215%31-4$449$492,6948Relativity / Overture
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,11232%101$1,311$615,02814National Geographic
31The Tillman Story$12,958-21%240$540$764,98012Weinstein Company
32Enter the Void$12,08034%7-1$1,726$251,5737IFC Films
33Machete$12,006-43%32-24$375$26,576,75210Fox
34Last Train Home$11,68065%101$1,168$224,01010Zeitgeist Films
35The Girl Who Played With Fire$11,212-36%19-11$590$7,612,10218Music Box
36Wild Target$10,971-53%51$2,194$44,2592Freestyle
37Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$10,058118%32$3,353$22,9302Variance Films
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,1152%31$3,038$23,385,757162National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$8,821-29%12-5$735$981,93413Sony Pictures Classics
40Waste Land$8,656-12%21$4,328$18,7432Arthouse Films
41Red Hill$8,650--5--$1,730$8,6501Strand
42Vampires Suck$8,511-48%18-31$473$36,658,10812Fox
43Piranha 3D$7,975-19%6-13$1,329$25,001,53212Weinstein Company
44Carlos$7,931-41%3-3$2,644$97,7374IFC
45My Dog Tulip$6,878--4--$1,720$104,85810New Yorker Films
46Mademoiselle Chambon$6,37510%60$1,063$507,55324Lorber
47Violet Tendencies$5,264--1--$5,264$5,2641Embrem Entertainment
48Soul Kitchen$4,37039%11-1$397$274,38512IFC
49Winter's Bone$4,253-27%10-1$425$6,218,19522Roadside Attractions
50Kings of Pastry$4,169-52%5-5$834$141,6088First Run
51Cairo Time$4,038-72%8-11$505$1,602,04514IFC
52Freakonomics$3,999-8%7-2$571$91,1646Magnolia
53Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,961207%30$1,320$126,4049Lorber
54I Am Love$3,807-24%6-1$635$4,994,55321Magnolia
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,36172%40$840$517,37111Music Box
56Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,233--1--$3,233$3,2331Variance Films
57Lebanon$2,245-13%9-1$249$359,55956Sony Pictures Classics
58The Concert$2,049-40%4-2$512$653,68016Weinstein Company
59Budrus$2,016-61%1-3$2,016$39,8335Balcony Releasing
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,912-26%163$120$10,084,27334Music Box
61Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,759183%32$586$507,54727Kino International
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,715-66%92$191$181,15410Sony Pictures Classics
632012: Time for Change$1,676199%10$1,676$68,3394Mangusta Productions
64Sweetgrass$1,620--1--$1,620$206,72859Cinema Guild
65The Kids Grow Up$1,272-72%21$636$7,6082Shadow Distribution
66Fool for Love (2010)$1,213187%21$607$165,5329Variance Films
67I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,011-52%2-1$506$91,5195Anchor Bay
68Enemies of the People$950235%32$317$25,64915International Film Circuit
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$85110%31$284$22,26417Flicker Alley
70The Taqwacores$851250%10$851$6,0373Strand Releasing
71The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$808--1--$808$125,92431International Film Circuit
72Restrepo$800-23%2-1$400$1,325,12520National Geographic
73Marwencol$647-10%10$647$14,9415Cinema Guild
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$532-77%3-1$177$403,64920Sony Pictures Classics
75Around a Small Mountain$506-4%10$506$29,71818Cinema Guild
76Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$362-79%2-3$181$250,73610Music Box
77Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$315--1--$315$52,35121The Film Desk
78Stonewall Uprising$306--1--$306$127,94021First Run Features
79Eichmann$294-49%10$294$1,3682Regent Releasing
80Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$250--1--$250$58,69920Kino International
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$245--1--$245$1,8497First Run
82The Disappearance of Alice Creed$225--1--$225$166,98014Anchor Bay
83Shake Hands with the Devil$11635%10$116$3232Regent Releasing
84The Magician (2010)$74-37%10$74$3432Regent Releasing