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. 26 - Sun, Nov. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$49,087,101-61%4,1250$11,900$219,056,1292Warner Bros.
2Tangled$48,767,052--3,603--$13,535$68,706,2981Disney
3Megamind$12,575,778-21%3,411-368$3,687$130,218,9344Paramount / DreamWorks
4Burlesque$11,947,744--3,037--$3,934$17,300,2131Sony / Screen Gems
5Unstoppable (2010)$11,432,903-12%3,183-26$3,592$60,442,6213Fox
6Love and Other Drugs$9,739,161--2,455--$3,967$13,901,5321Fox
7Faster (2010)$8,523,153--2,454--$3,473$12,002,8401CBS Films
8Due Date$7,167,885-20%2,555-674$2,805$84,861,0084Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$4,683,123-28%2,5640$1,826$14,392,0722Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$3,910,058-25%2,441-103$1,602$26,340,5713Paramount
11Skyline$1,141,440-68%1,189-1694$960$20,215,7903Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,708,88386%293185$5,832$4,420,1684Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$1,560,1897%39610$3,940$5,958,7974Summit
3Red (2010)$1,375,685-45%914-1120$1,505$86,117,4127Summit
4For Colored Girls$1,362,287-41%605-611$2,252$36,564,3644Lionsgate
5The Social Network$707,153-24%291-280$2,430$90,423,9869Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$647,172-33%501-509$1,292$57,547,2638Disney
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$390,888-3%168-11$2,327$4,011,2605Music Box
8Despicable Me$363,09035%266-2$1,365$249,724,65021Universal
9The Town$314,72050%318153$990$91,429,62511Warner Bros.
10Inside Job$307,389-9%132-53$2,329$2,627,4618Sony Pictures Classics
11Paranormal Activity 2$220,108-77%279-822$789$84,105,6616Paramount
12Easy A$200,991210%251146$801$57,920,78611Sony / Screen Gems
13Jackass 3D$182,055-75%183-504$995$116,563,8007Paramount
14Alpha and Omega$165,947-15%228-24$728$25,077,97711Lionsgate
15Life As We Know It$154,381-71%249-309$620$51,980,0198Warner Bros.
16Saw 3D$131,305-84%145-661$906$45,670,8555Lionsgate
17You Again$120,285190%17986$672$25,493,43810Disney
18Inception$119,466-22%144-54$830$292,277,75520Warner Bros.
19Toy Story 3$109,840-12%168-36$654$414,984,49724Disney
20Hereafter$78,909-72%202-201$391$32,459,2637Warner Bros.
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$71,735-10%130-8$552$54,579,49310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$355,450--4--$88,863$355,4501Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$196,42932%570$3,446$18,722,35937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$188,085-61%96-12$1,959$890,6782UTV
4Today's Special$87,088-4%2423$3,629$206,9292Alerion
5Conviction$73,497-58%86-104$855$6,571,0277Fox Searchlight
6The Nutcracker in 3D$65,944--45--$1,465$87,5391Freestyle Releasing
7Made in Dagenham$62,31666%118$5,665$122,7412Sony Pictures Classics
8Waiting for 'Superman'$60,563-44%69-49$878$6,252,79410Paramount Vantage
9White Material$60,15274%118$5,468$110,1572IFC
10Under the Sea 3D$53,15455%130$4,089$24,938,81194Warner Bros. / IMAX
11You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$48,613-22%33-11$1,473$3,107,21710Sony Pictures Classics
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$45,395-56%90-95$504$52,401,17010Fox
13Tiny Furniture$35,197115%54$7,039$96,2833IFC
14Tamara Drewe$31,275-40%24-10$1,303$377,8068Sony Pictures Classics
15Mao's Last Dancer$31,216-14%22-20$1,419$4,780,21615Samuel Goldwyn
16Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$22,766-15%11-6$2,070$221,2597Zeitgeist Films
17Kings of Pastry$19,314103%84$2,414$189,15511First Run
18Four Lions$18,412-26%7-7$2,630$170,2854Drafthouse Films
19Stone$16,682-51%23-32$725$1,742,0658Relativity / Overture
20Never Let Me Go$15,45046%13-5$1,188$2,374,70311Fox Searchlight
21Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$15,265-42%12-5$1,272$126,1814Magnolia
22Nowhere Boy$14,995-56%40-20$375$1,422,2778Weinstein Company
23Welcome to the Riley's$14,35872%82$1,795$135,6325Samuel Goldwyn
24Undertow (2009)$13,612--2--$6,806$38,55911Wolfe Releasing
25Monsters (2010)$13,337-55%12-7$1,111$208,7065Magnolia
26The Legend of Pale Male$12,910--1--$12,910$15,9521Balcony
27The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,34457%81$1,543$663,27117National Geographic
28Last Train Home$9,83139%5-1$1,966$262,79513Zeitgeist Films
29Waste Land$9,193-37%6-2$1,532$73,9135Arthouse Films
30Leaving$9,045-7%115$822$141,6899IFC
31Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,945-6%30$2,982$23,442,512165National Geographic
32Howl$8,784-17%7-3$1,255$520,02910Oscilloscope
33Inspector Bellamy$8,04665%42$2,012$89,9015IFC Films
34Enter the Void$7,86921%6-1$1,312$300,00910IFC Films
35Catfish$7,830-18%9-4$870$3,234,37311Universal / Rogue
36Wild Target$7,79328%6-1$1,299$76,4175Freestyle
37Get Low$7,5127%12-4$626$9,090,12818Sony Pictures Classics
38My Dog Tulip$7,257-16%2-10$3,629$132,10213New Yorker Films
39Let Me In$6,721-70%31-54$217$12,129,4859Relativity / Overture
40William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,220-20%21$2,610$20,6352Oscilloscope
41Jack Goes Boating$4,9800%9-9$553$528,84511Relativity / Overture
42Carlos$4,533-22%3-1$1,511$115,3357IFC
43Heartbreaker$4,41418%11-1$401$491,55312IFC
44Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,080--1--$4,080$346,09627Rialto
45Animal Kingdom$3,520-63%5-10$704$1,008,74216Sony Pictures Classics
46Marwencol$3,341-11%30$1,114$37,1938Cinema Guild
47The Tillman Story$2,76221%132$212$792,92515Weinstein Company
48The Salvation Poem$2,668-58%2-3$1,334$444,8817CanZion Films
49Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,494-60%2-4$1,247$150,64412Lorber
50Budrus$2,247--1--$2,247$48,0158Balcony Releasing
51Boxing Gym$2,036--7--$291$32,0766Zipporah Films
52Mademoiselle Chambon$1,599-62%40$400$521,92627Lorber
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,549-70%6-8$258$7,631,53121Music Box
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,122-33%1-1$1,122$69,72723Kino International
55I Am Love$1,111-44%2-1$556$5,004,64824Magnolia
56Hideaway (2009)$1,10476%31$368$32,36812Strand
57Cool It$918-91%1-41$918$57,9503Roadside Attractions
58Freakonomics$808-48%0-3--$100,6759Magnolia
59The Trouble with Terkel$799-75%1-1$799$28,93836Indican
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$762-37%3-2$254$10,089,11037Music Box
61Army of Crime$70436%10$704$35,41615Lorber
62What If...$696-74%1-4$696$757,95515Five & Two Pictures
63Winter's Bone$646-36%2-2$323$6,226,36525Roadside Attractions
64Enemies of the People$620-67%10$620$46,46418International Film Circuit
65A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$571-45%3-3$190$187,00513Sony Pictures Classics
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$545-41%10$545$54,45224The Film Desk
67Lebanon$227-85%1-3$227$365,73759Sony Pictures Classics
68Altiplano$102--1--$102$3,06315First Run