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. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$29,120,461-37%3,9495$7,374$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$22,688,457--3,207--$7,075$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$15,419,042-53%3,36510$4,582$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$11,692,415--2,880--$4,060$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$9,203,266--2,518--$3,655$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$6,517,280-67%2,1270$3,064$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$4,973,539-43%2,878-351$1,728$79,677,3965Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$2,980,201-58%2,403-765$1,240$81,930,6574Paramount
9Saw 3D$2,862,449-63%1,976-832$1,449$43,580,3103Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$2,235,457-55%1,607-558$1,391$114,643,2665Paramount
11Secretariat$2,205,163-46%2,019-595$1,092$54,747,0376Disney
12The Social Network$1,770,077-48%1,088-772$1,627$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$1,318,493-67%1,691-674$780$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$1,294,110-58%1,239-711$1,044$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,020,65457%175129$5,832$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$610,847-62%493-179$1,239$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$520,085-30%1942$2,681$2,821,9323Music Box
4Inside Job$478,76780%250184$1,915$1,566,0316Sony Pictures Classics
5The Town$438,397-62%375-426$1,169$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$363,09011%273-34$1,330$248,815,41019Universal
7Inception$234,514-26%262-29$895$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
8Waiting for 'Superman'$215,210-46%204-38$1,055$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
9Toy Story 3$207,778-29%241-23$862$414,638,01322Disney
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$170,047-65%240-500$709$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
11Easy A$162,833-66%197-289$827$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$155,691-53%249-104$625$52,147,7898Fox
13The Other Guys$119,256-29%182-53$655$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
14Takers$101,374-34%176-39$576$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
15You Again$85,543-59%153-130$559$25,258,9918Disney
16Alpha and Omega$71,655-51%123-165$583$24,589,7939Lionsgate
17Nowhere Boy$67,145-53%111-64$605$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
18Devil$64,210-71%120-164$535$33,583,1759Universal
19The Switch (2010)$57,438-30%118-2$487$27,758,46513Miramax
20Let Me In$55,08470%14348$385$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
21Case 39$30,028-57%106-51$283$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$438,53966%2218$19,934$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Golmaal 3$253,586-60%860$2,949$1,027,3552Eros
3Hubble 3D$192,850-1%56-4$3,444$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
4You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$103,109-53%75-68$1,375$2,927,9628Sony Pictures Classics
5Stone$74,071-58%87-22$851$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
6Mao's Last Dancer$56,911-43%55-26$1,035$4,664,09513Samuel Goldwyn
7Under the Sea 3D$50,97318%140$3,641$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Monsters (2010)$48,68070%2512$1,947$122,9193Magnolia
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$44,842-74%67-134$669$6,309,8746Focus
10Four Lions$40,153-3%146$2,868$100,1172Drafthouse Films
11Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$33,99260%104$3,399$136,2025Zeitgeist Films
12Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$29,93176%1512$1,995$54,9322Magnolia
13Tamara Drewe$27,401-47%21-6$1,305$268,0276Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$27,2127%6-3$4,535$760,504,84748Fox
15Cool It$26,847--41--$655$26,8471Roadside Attractions
16Never Let Me Go$24,680-41%32-19$771$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$23,875-52%25-30$955$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
18Tiny Furniture$21,235--1--$21,235$21,2351IFC
19Howl$19,209-40%16-13$1,201$484,6598Oscilloscope
20The Salvation Poem$15,981-69%11-3$1,453$431,6105CanZion Films
21Get Low$15,977-26%26-10$615$9,062,45416Sony Pictures Classics
22The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$15,91921%9-1$1,769$639,70015National Geographic
23Welcome to the Riley's$13,500-26%7-3$1,929$100,8813Samuel Goldwyn
24N-Secure$13,089-77%20-85$654$2,592,8085Freestyle
25Enter the Void$11,911-1%81$1,489$272,5028IFC Films
26Jack Goes Boating$10,913-22%343$321$512,1839Relativity / Overture
27Inspector Bellamy$10,316-33%20$5,158$64,8653IFC Films
28Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,3252%30$3,108$23,405,352163National Geographic
29Last Train Home$9,309-20%6-4$1,552$241,32111Zeitgeist Films
30Marwencol$8,8591269%10$8,859$24,4616Cinema Guild
31The Tillman Story$8,364-35%21-3$398$782,60013Weinstein Company
32Waste Land$8,271-4%53$1,654$38,7293Arthouse Films
33What If...$8,240-54%12-10$687$752,43713Five & Two Pictures
34Enemies of the People$8,216765%63$1,369$36,32716International Film Circuit
35Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,926--1--$7,926$7,9261Film Desk
36Machete$7,427-38%19-13$391$26,589,95311Fox
37Wild Target$6,901-37%50$1,380$54,8203Freestyle
38Leaving$6,391-63%5-2$1,278$115,3917IFC
39A Film Unfinished$6,222-60%10-5$622$311,54213Oscilloscope
40Heartbreaker$6,021-58%190$317$473,25410IFC
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,999642%10$5,999$133,66732International Film Circuit
42Boxing Gym$5,583--5--$1,117$25,7684Zipporah Films
43Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$5,073-50%30$1,691$35,3963Variance Films
44The Trouble with Terkel$4,924--4--$1,231$23,10434Indican
45Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$4,908179%30$1,636$527,91828Kino International
46Kings of Pastry$4,2362%50$847$150,4749First Run
47Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$4,0731529%21$2,037$63,07221Kino International
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,920-1%41$980$133,47310Lorber
49The Girl Who Played With Fire$3,659-67%12-7$305$7,621,38819Music Box
50Freakonomics$3,447-14%70$492$96,2157Magnolia
51Animal Kingdom$3,437-61%8-4$430$989,76414Sony Pictures Classics
52My Dog Tulip$2,573-63%3-1$858$111,65911New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,477-26%40$619$522,46212Music Box
54Winter's Bone$2,427-43%100$243$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
55The Taqwacores$2,294170%21$1,147$8,7564Strand Releasing
56I Am Love$2,266-40%4-2$567$4,999,23422Magnolia
57Mademoiselle Chambon$2,153-66%3-3$718$512,65525Lorber
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,739-46%10$1,739$6,3892Variance Films
59A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,7070%6-3$285$184,06611Sony Pictures Classics
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,426294%53$285$252,58611Music Box
61Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,384--2--$692$341,26325Rialto
62Army of Crime$1,356--3--$452$33,50713Lorber
63Around a Small Mountain$1,287154%10$1,287$31,00519Cinema Guild
64The Kids Grow Up$1,2670%1-1$1,267$9,6413Shadow Distribution
65To the Sea$1,146--1--$1,146$49,17918Film Movement
66Budrus$1,067-47%10$1,067$42,6246Balcony Releasing
67The Concert$997-51%3-1$332$657,19417Weinstein Company
68Eichmann$986235%10$986$2,7063Regent Releasing
69Restrepo$91514%1-1$915$1,328,72521National Geographic
70Lebanon$824-63%7-2$118$361,96657Sony Pictures Classics
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$776-59%5-11$155$10,086,09335Music Box
72Piranha 3D$712-91%82$89$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
73Red Hill$689-92%1-4$689$16,3412Strand
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$520--2--$260$70,11524Indican Pictures
75I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$323-68%1-1$323$92,4016Anchor Bay
76Shake Hands with the Devil$250116%10$250$5943Regent Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$22-70%10$22$4063Regent Releasing