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, Feb. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$15,002,635--2,534--$5,921$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
2Sanctum$9,447,930--2,787--$3,390$9,447,9301Universal
3No Strings Attached$8,004,834-40%3,05028$2,625$51,392,7053Paramount
4The King's Speech$7,712,353-30%2,58427$2,985$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
5The Green Hornet$5,966,229-47%3,033-491$1,967$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$5,589,311-62%2,9850$1,872$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$5,295,253-54%2,7041$1,958$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$4,640,139-38%2,902-218$1,599$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$3,373,851-34%1,977-338$1,707$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$3,282,555-42%2,545-360$1,290$45,574,0254Universal
11The Fighter$2,838,173-28%1,662-252$1,708$82,400,7389Paramount
12Yogi Bear$2,249,382-29%1,807-326$1,245$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
13Tangled$1,850,628-27%1,369-220$1,352$192,073,30311Disney
14TRON: Legacy$1,363,991-46%1,040-465$1,312$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$1,239,980-52%1,355-696$915$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,348,746-37%899-17$1,500$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$786,441-34%45035$1,748$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$748,852-33%2615$2,869$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Biutiful$641,72040%179120$3,585$1,426,1426Roadside Attractions
5Country Strong$617,047-52%948-339$651$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
6The Company Men$548,925-18%23120$2,376$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$532,819-40%514-218$1,037$102,563,8149Fox
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$469,338-35%495-158$948$41,607,4527Fox
9Another Year$443,58944%236145$1,880$1,645,6066Sony Pictures Classics
10Barney's Version$423,333-19%1201$3,528$2,905,0654Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$380,437-23%290-10$1,312$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$373,378-38%365-100$1,023$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
13Season of the Witch$284,126-63%492-618$577$24,242,0555Relativity Media
14The Social Network$245,226-45%294-73$834$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
15The Tourist$161,017-55%231-197$697$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
16The Way Back$141,810-73%145-450$978$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
17Unstoppable (2010)$127,893-38%202-48$633$81,201,19713Fox
18Rabbit Hole$122,682-29%1317$937$1,723,7008Lionsgate
19Burlesque$87,768-41%178-60$493$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
20Fair Game (2010)$52,847251%149109$355$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Illusionist (2010)$186,66839%6843$2,745$766,3127Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$120,815-7%501$2,416$21,417,43347Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$59,933-46%46-14$1,303$1,604,0867Focus
4Inside Job$38,896-66%79-171$492$3,884,83118Sony Pictures Classics
5Winter's Bone$37,71125%347$1,109$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$37,540-36%39-10$963$894,5408IDP/ATO Pictures
7The Salvation Poem$36,552713%42$9,138$556,95817CanZion Films
8Faster (2010)$33,649-50%87-27$387$23,225,91111CBS Films
9Secretariat$32,663-43%68-22$480$59,699,51318Disney
10Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$31,236-49%211$1,487$111,3572Variance Films
11Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,206-72%42-33$672$566,3793UTV Communications
12Love and Other Drugs$26,473-61%46-71$576$32,329,93411Fox
13The Heart Specialist$18,318-79%56-63$327$1,096,2884Freestyle
14I Love You Phillip Morris$18,261-59%39-10$468$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
15Made in Dagenham$17,617-34%41-1$430$968,58412Sony Pictures Classics
16Yamla Pagla Deewana$17,447-73%840$208$988,6874Eros International
17The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,37136%107$1,637$58,0773IFC Films
18Kaboom$16,25819%21$8,129$34,5202IFC Films
19Get Low$16,0713%601$268$9,156,05528Sony Pictures Classics
20Space Station 3D$15,72715%53$3,145$82,690,017460IMAX
21Cold Weather$14,513--1--$14,513$14,5131IFC Films
22All Good Things$10,577-48%15-8$705$523,21210Magnolia Pictures
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$10,237100%51$2,047$394,34617Zeitgeist Films
24Waiting for Forever$8,917--3--$2,972$8,9171Freestyle
25Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$8,440--2--$4,220$74,1367Saint Juste International
26What If...$7,733-57%50$1,547$806,86925Five & Two Pictures
27Waste Land$7,488111%41$1,872$131,72115Arthouse Films
28The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$7,292-40%13-9$561$5,183,36415Music Box
29Galapagos$6,562-24%20$3,281$17,830,750589IMAX
30The Other Woman (2011)$6,224--2--$3,112$6,2241IFC
31Tiny Furniture$6,170-42%12-1$514$373,74313IFC
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,84630%32$1,949$78,6945First Run Features
33How I Ended This Summer$4,968--1--$4,968$4,9681Film Movement
34Night Catches Us$4,805118%3-1$1,602$72,79210Magnolia
35Every Day$4,510244%2-2$2,255$22,9424Image Entertainment
36The Time That Remains$4,060--2--$2,030$24,2655IFC
37Summer Wars$4,043-33%41$1,011$78,1827GKIDS
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0012%20$2,001$23,516,632175National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$3,813-38%4-7$953$1,036,51926Sony Pictures Classics
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,734240%31$1,245$97,01633Kino International
41Into Eternity$3,530--1--$3,530$4,6791International Film Circuit
42My Dog Tulip$3,396-23%3-1$1,132$199,74823New Yorker Films
43Leaving$3,135--1--$3,135$187,09019IFC
44When We Leave (Die Fremde)$2,943-51%20$1,472$11,5672Olive Films
45Bhutto$2,772-67%3-1$924$79,20710First Run Features
46Howl$2,341-48%1-2$2,341$617,33420Oscilloscope
47Four Lions$2,254-67%6-2$376$298,70114Drafthouse Films
48Tamara Drewe$2,20134%3-3$734$557,53118Sony Pictures Classics
49The Tempest$2,093-62%5-4$419$273,7129Disney
50Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,735--2--$868$39,64813Film Desk
51The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,717-50%2-2$859$710,62927National Geographic
52Marwencol$1,707-46%2-4$854$92,33318Cinema Guild
53Kings of Pastry$1,5942%20$797$305,24321First Run
54Nenette$1,360-22%2-1$680$13,0507Kino International
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,294162%1-1$1,294$46,38012Oscilloscope
56You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,11492%30$371$3,247,81620Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$905814%10$905$549,88024Music Box
58The Strange Case of Angelica$842--1--$842$33,1936Cinema Guild
59A Somewhat Gentle Man$837-58%10$837$8,2714Strand Releasing
60Zenith$75416%40$189$7,86219Cinema Purgatorio
61Enemies of the People$666-48%2-2$333$60,62128International Film Circuit
62The Woodmans$607-93%1-2$607$27,3323Lorber Films
63The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$498--1--$498$142,36444International Film Circuit
64Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$492-56%1-1$492$63,55815Variance Films
65The Girl Who Played With Fire$323--2--$162$7,638,24131Music Box
66Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$291--1--$291$24,96414Variance Films
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$262-49%20$131$274,52323Music Box
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$173--1--$173$10,094,77047Music Box
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$66--1--$66$15,5814Kino International