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, Dec. 31 - Sun, Jan. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$25,766,485-16%3,55418$7,250$102,576,1902Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,416,515-2%3,08336$7,920$86,670,3822Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$18,756,973-2%3,365-86$5,574$131,304,8443Disney
4Yogi Bear$12,385,00057%3,5150$3,523$65,755,3363Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,252,7758%2,948-584$3,478$86,926,3974Fox
6The Fighter$10,005,06632%2,53423$3,948$46,388,8534Paramount
7Tangled$9,803,09153%2,5820$3,797$167,821,9866Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,300,09947%3,089543$3,011$27,454,5062Fox
9Black Swan$8,881,59542%1,55387$5,719$47,807,7915Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$6,625,75923%2,7560$2,404$54,633,1914Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,651,69946%1,7320$2,686$283,533,2157Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$4,547,42028%2,4830$1,831$25,040,8943Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$7,775,46373%7000$11,108$22,932,4016Weinstein Company
2Megamind$630,94077%7640$826$144,192,0189Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$524,92159%450-76$1,166$79,468,4868Fox
4The Social Network$464,54366%2490$1,866$93,222,02614Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$444,23831%3300$1,346$37,733,5616Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$424,11912%4040$1,050$99,231,9229Warner Bros.
7Red (2010)$289,72046%303-27$956$89,505,18712Summit
8127 Hours$284,37349%103-42$2,761$10,434,4359Fox Searchlight
9Secretariat$221,59870%247-12$897$59,053,68213Disney
10Love and Other Drugs$205,72966%175-66$1,176$31,267,0886Fox
11Life As We Know It$204,57583%2480$825$52,886,50813Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$170,42067%1974$865$251,203,22526Universal
13Tees Maar Khan$108,273-80%104-4$1,041$1,030,5022UTV Communications
14Fair Game (2010)$96,548-19%109-52$886$9,118,7569Summit
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$87,64588%1580$555$55,549,82315Warner Bros.
16Faster (2010)$67,46013%119-4$567$22,856,8706CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$65,89029%1370$481$117,109,41712Paramount
18Paranormal Activity 2$57,16043%1450$394$84,660,64811Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$46,55974%1260$370$30,759,9768Paramount
20Hereafter$37,18568%1280$291$32,712,58612Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$196,64327%68-1$2,892$1,126,3015Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$193,728--4--$48,432$291,6071Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$142,10065%340$4,179$435,2293Lionsgate
4Hubble 3D$140,11645%470$2,981$20,149,82942Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$138,41616%81$17,302$432,8362Focus
6Another Year$111,869--6--$18,645$164,6541Sony Pictures Classics
7Made in Dagenham$95,385170%5417$1,766$492,3797Sony Pictures Classics
8Casino Jack$80,17164%183$4,454$234,0943IDP/ATO Pictures
9Inside Job$54,91831%37-2$1,484$3,452,01713Sony Pictures Classics
10The Illusionist (2010)$46,41620%30$15,472$123,4762Sony Pictures Classics
11Biutiful$45,293--2--$22,647$64,6721Roadside Attractions
12Country Strong$41,50636%20$20,753$119,7422Sony / Screen Gems
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$40,18356%47-20$855$5,021,30710Music Box
14Under the Sea 3D$38,045176%120$3,170$25,273,46699Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Next Three Days$37,36860%81-30$461$21,129,3487Lionsgate
16All Good Things$30,687-2%20-10$1,534$323,6515Magnolia Pictures
17The Town$23,83050%620$384$92,173,23516Warner Bros.
18The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,731-9%150$1,449$672,7969Warner Bros.
19Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$20,276-45%20-1$1,014$215,4305Oscilloscope
20Space Station 3D$19,514--2--$9,757$82,517,449455IMAX
21Tiny Furniture$17,16747%15-5$1,144$286,7078IFC
22Inception$15,33269%280$548$292,568,85125Warner Bros.
23The Warrior's Way$13,43097%384$353$5,569,3015Relativity Media
24Four Lions$11,309182%1810$628$242,1369Drafthouse Films
25For Colored Girls$10,81643%28-11$386$37,676,7749Lionsgate
26The Tempest$10,715-62%6-8$1,786$231,6334Disney
27Summer Wars$8,143477%21$4,072$15,6222GKIDS
28The Strange Case of Angelica$7,499--1--$7,499$10,4331Cinema Guild
29Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$7,18486%4-1$1,796$319,68312Zeitgeist Films
30Kings of Pastry$6,857365%40$1,714$264,48216First Run
31Howl$6,734229%51$1,347$591,81215Oscilloscope
32White Material$5,5229%4-5$1,381$246,3287IFC
33My Dog Tulip$5,340--3--$1,780$151,25818New Yorker Films
34The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,645177%30$1,548$694,29822National Geographic
35You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,374-30%4-3$1,094$3,229,58615Sony Pictures Classics
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0152%20$2,008$23,483,601170National Geographic
37Night Catches Us$3,45950%4-1$865$54,9145Magnolia
38Tamara Drewe$3,39024%140$242$526,63913Sony Pictures Classics
39The Legend of Pale Male$2,879--2--$1,440$38,0836Balcony
40The Salvation Poem$2,56741%10$2,567$493,47012CanZion Films
41Shoah$2,514-10%10$2,514$15,6424IFC
42Feed the Fish$2,463826%10$2,463$84,0857Strand
43The Red Chapel$2,459--1--$2,459$3,5391Lorber Films
44Nenette$2,18085%10$2,180$6,0262Kino International
45Carlos$2,170-16%20$1,085$135,52612IFC
46Winter's Bone$2,06078%2-3$1,030$6,245,50830Roadside Attractions
47Hadewijch$1,688-11%21$844$4,6032IFC Films
48Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,68048%40$420$170,8299Magnolia
49Animal Kingdom$1,636-19%2-3$818$1,016,41721Sony Pictures Classics
50Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,620-60%10$1,620$7,5782Saint Juste International
51Red Hill$1,521--2--$761$18,2249Strand
52Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,445--1--$1,445$33,4588Film Desk
53Get Low$1,3253%3-2$442$9,111,48823Sony Pictures Classics
54Waste Land$937--1--$937$101,76310Arthouse Films
55The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$796119%21$398$10,093,35842Music Box
56Sweetgrass$745--1--$745$207,47367Cinema Guild
57Bhutto$665-69%1-2$665$34,9635First Run Features
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$442--1--$442$73,84928Kino International
59The Girl Who Played With Fire$21977%32$73$7,635,69426Music Box
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$185-18%10$185$32,6087Oscilloscope
61Picture Me$161--1--$161$11,84816Strand
62Mesrine: Killer Instinct$159148%10$159$533,47919Music Box
63Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$153--2--$77$262,25318Music Box