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, Jan. 28 - Sun, Jan. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$14,789,393--2,985--$4,955$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$13,410,065-32%3,0224$4,437$39,502,3042Paramount
3The Mechanic$11,422,006--2,703--$4,226$11,422,0061CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$11,184,361-37%3,524-60$3,174$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$11,064,78141%2,557877$4,327$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$7,518,2653%3,120-344$2,410$148,305,9006Paramount
7The Dilemma$5,665,730-38%2,905-38$1,950$40,824,1853Universal
8Black Swan$5,118,269-13%2,315-92$2,211$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$3,960,280-5%1,914-361$2,069$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$3,167,440-17%2,133-377$1,485$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$2,573,930-40%2,051-928$1,255$144,727,4706Universal
12TRON: Legacy$2,529,097-31%1,505-513$1,680$166,732,1847Disney
13Tangled$2,526,561-18%1,589-271$1,590$189,576,78510Disney
14Country Strong$1,274,454-39%1,287-154$990$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$778,183-66%1,110-1197$701$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$2,136,8011702%916847$2,333$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,186,12435%415173$2,858$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$1,115,638--256--$4,358$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$884,917-35%732-403$1,209$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$726,653-37%653-447$1,113$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$665,4023%211105$3,154$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$600,929-33%465-260$1,292$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$523,9069%11942$4,403$2,287,5083Sony Pictures Classics
9The Way Back$523,600-57%595-83$880$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10Megamind$493,135-14%300-20$1,644$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Social Network$444,5330%367-18$1,211$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
12The Tourist$361,472-59%428-447$845$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
13Unstoppable (2010)$205,256-10%250-28$821$81,013,63912Fox
14Rabbit Hole$172,086-3%12423$1,388$1,534,0947Lionsgate
15Burlesque$149,164-31%238-58$627$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
16Inside Job$115,832378%250227$463$3,674,18317Sony Pictures Classics
17The Heart Specialist$86,639-66%119-174$728$1,062,2483Freestyle
18Red (2010)$78,513-25%119-34$660$90,356,85716Summit
19Love and Other Drugs$67,699-32%117-29$579$32,270,29510Fox
20Faster (2010)$67,3489%1148$591$23,171,65010CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$457,2063938%5955$7,749$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Another Year$309,09748%9146$3,397$1,102,2365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Illusionist (2010)$133,98866%2510$5,360$537,5906Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$130,458-1%49-4$2,662$21,228,01846Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$111,454-45%60-23$1,858$1,499,0826Focus
6Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$102,153-72%75-3$1,362$521,5822UTV Communications
7Yamla Pagla Deewana$64,174-68%840$764$961,2573Eros International
8Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$61,057--20--$3,053$61,0571Variance Films
9Casino Jack$58,363-18%491$1,191$832,8057IDP/ATO Pictures
10Secretariat$57,563-18%90-17$640$59,643,42917Disney
11I Love You Phillip Morris$44,619-42%49-26$911$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
12Winter's Bone$30,190652%2721$1,118$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
13Made in Dagenham$26,661-64%42-44$635$943,42611Sony Pictures Classics
14All Good Things$20,304-36%23-5$883$503,6339Magnolia Pictures
15What If...$17,881132%50$3,576$795,14624Five & Two Pictures
16Get Low$15,652503%5956$265$9,132,88427Sony Pictures Classics
17Fair Game (2010)$15,066-57%40-32$377$9,410,99113Summit
18Kaboom$13,714--1--$13,714$13,7141IFC Films
19Space Station 3D$13,638-32%20$6,819$82,653,362459IMAX
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$12,185-25%22-1$554$5,169,44414Music Box
21The Housemaid (Hanyo)$12,067-28%31$4,022$36,0392IFC Films
22Tiny Furniture$10,58335%13-3$814$362,09212IFC
23The Woodmans$8,99853%32$2,999$23,2932Lorber Films
24Galapagos$8,61138%20$4,306$17,820,766588IMAX
25Bhutto$8,378368%43$2,095$72,1189First Run Features
26Four Lions$6,777-8%8-1$847$294,12513Drafthouse Films
27Animal Kingdom$6,154630%119$559$1,030,28825Sony Pictures Classics
28Summer Wars$6,019-4%3-3$2,006$72,3016GKIDS
29When We Leave (Die Fremde)$6,018--2--$3,009$6,0181Olive Films
30The Tempest$5,5264%91$614$267,4848Disney
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,107-38%4-1$1,277$381,90516Zeitgeist Films
32White Material$4,603-9%6-5$767$302,81911IFC
33Howl$4,512330%31$1,504$613,98619Oscilloscope
34The Salvation Poem$4,49520%20$2,248$519,90216CanZion Films
35Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$4,486-24%10$4,486$70,7374First Run Features
36No One Killed Jessica$4,478-84%8-20$560$439,8014UTV Communications
37My Dog Tulip$4,423-38%4-1$1,106$194,66122New Yorker Films
38The Warrior's Way$4,346-45%28-1$155$5,664,2519Relativity Media
39Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9152%20$1,958$23,510,561174National Geographic
40Waste Land$3,55648%3-1$1,185$123,72714Arthouse Films
41The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,42443%41$856$708,12626National Geographic
42Marwencol$3,150-19%60$525$88,17017Cinema Guild
43Night Catches Us$2,201380%41$550$67,1899Magnolia
44A Somewhat Gentle Man$1,987--1--$1,987$6,3803Strand Releasing
45Nenette$1,754-2%31$585$10,9336Kino International
46Tamara Drewe$1,644-59%6-8$274$554,91817Sony Pictures Classics
47Kings of Pastry$1,56225%21$781$302,06520First Run
48Every Day$1,311-27%42$328$18,1103Image Entertainment
49Enemies of the People$1,270-70%40$318$59,06627International Film Circuit
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,126--2--$563$62,37914Variance Films
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,098179%21$549$92,67932Kino International
52Ong Bak 3$928-73%41$232$14,4983Magnolia
53Zenith$64829%41$162$7,09818Cinema Purgatorio
54Plastic Planet$648--2--$324$2,0703First Run Features
55You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$580-48%30$193$3,246,42619Sony Pictures Classics
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$515-92%2-1$258$274,24722Music Box
57William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$493-91%2-2$247$45,01611Oscilloscope
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$240-89%2-2$120$166,77021Lorber
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$99-93%1-3$99$548,96223Music Box