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. 11 - Sun, Feb. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$30,514,732--3,548--$8,601$30,514,7321Sony / Columbia
2Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$29,514,054--3,105--$9,505$30,256,6011Paramount
3Gnomeo and Juliet$25,356,909--2,994--$8,469$25,356,9091Disney
4The Eagle$8,684,464--2,296--$3,782$8,684,4641Focus
5The Roommate$8,126,025-46%2,5340$3,207$25,778,9262Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$7,230,790-6%2,263-321$3,195$93,675,76112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$5,810,291-27%2,756-294$2,108$60,031,0784Paramount
8Sanctum$5,661,705-40%2,7892$2,030$18,035,0752Universal
9True Grit (2010)$3,785,344-18%2,072-830$1,827$160,355,0298Paramount
10The Green Hornet$3,673,909-38%2,090-943$1,758$92,405,9615Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$3,252,360-42%2,207-778$1,474$28,858,2973Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$3,202,921-40%1,886-818$1,698$25,418,6533CBS Films
13The Fighter$2,165,480-24%1,049-613$2,064$85,632,02410Paramount
14Black Swan$2,122,555-37%1,069-908$1,986$99,337,22011Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$1,031,015-69%1,242-1303$830$47,635,6955Universal
16Yogi Bear$770,038-66%1,111-696$693$96,618,2799Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$813,849-56%784-585$1,038$193,304,69612Disney
2Blue Valentine (2010)$585,508-26%393-57$1,490$8,211,6107Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$580,245-10%19112$3,038$2,263,3417Roadside Attractions
4127 Hours$559,094-59%359-540$1,557$16,845,89615Fox Searchlight
5TRON: Legacy$554,476-59%364-676$1,523$169,753,8329Disney
6The Company Men$518,025-6%27746$1,870$3,032,0704Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$465,15225%40944$1,137$293,355,40813Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$436,4773%110-10$3,968$3,525,8075Sony Pictures Classics
9Little Fockers$345,510-72%424-931$815$147,233,4908Universal
10Another Year$330,719-25%174-62$1,901$2,155,9477Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$324,094-15%252-38$1,286$147,878,98615Paramount / DreamWorks
12From Prada to Nada$311,977-58%252-9$1,238$2,588,9263Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Illusionist (2010)$303,52363%206138$1,473$1,137,5498Sony Pictures Classics
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$287,505-46%293-221$981$102,981,05110Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$213,365-55%308-187$693$41,914,6078Fox
16Country Strong$167,348-73%328-620$510$20,218,9218Sony / Screen Gems
17The Social Network$134,791-45%178-116$757$96,619,12420Sony / Columbia
18Unstoppable (2010)$109,978-14%147-55$748$81,356,49614Fox
19Season of the Witch$94,222-67%176-316$535$24,444,9976Relativity Media
20Rabbit Hole$86,217-30%112-19$770$1,875,9369Lionsgate
21The Tourist$79,740-50%100-131$797$67,000,10210Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$302,968--15--$20,198$302,9681Fox Searchlight
2Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$300,706--95--$3,165$300,7061Shorts International
3Hubble 3D$153,68227%533$2,900$21,656,91448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Under the Sea 3D$56,539--16--$3,534$27,053,597105Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Way Back$39,078-72%37-108$1,056$2,637,8814Newmarket Films
6Somewhere (2010)$35,931-40%32-14$1,123$1,668,5938Focus
7Inside Job$26,861-31%29-50$926$3,932,97619Sony Pictures Classics
8Fair Game (2010)$24,824-53%78-71$318$9,528,09215Summit
9Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$21,340-32%13-8$1,642$149,6773Variance Films
10Space Station 3D$20,87633%4-1$5,219$82,732,160461IMAX
11What Women Want (2011)$20,833--21--$992$96,2422China Lion Film
12Winter's Bone$19,256-49%26-8$741$6,394,65636Roadside Attractions
13Poetry$18,900--3--$6,300$18,9001Kino International
14Made in Dagenham$18,3084%29-12$631$997,73513Sony Pictures Classics
15Carancho$15,810--5--$3,162$15,8101Strand Releasing
16Casino Jack$15,058-60%15-24$1,004$932,8769IDP/ATO Pictures
17The Salvation Poem$13,742-62%40$3,436$581,60418CanZion Films
18Love and Other Drugs$13,718-48%25-21$549$32,357,53212Fox
19Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$13,053--1--$13,053$13,0531Phase 4 Films
20Cold Weather$13,039-10%21$6,520$32,3732IFC Films
21I Love You Phillip Morris$9,387-49%23-16$408$1,936,21711Roadside Attractions
22Orgasm Inc.$8,773--1--$8,773$8,7731First Run Features
23Galapagos$8,67532%31$2,892$17,844,371590IMAX
24Certifiably Jonathan$7,826--1--$7,826$7,8261Area23a
25Waiting for Forever$7,374-17%1411$527$20,9752Freestyle
26Kaboom$6,991-57%53$1,398$47,5553IFC Films
27Get Low$6,469-60%19-41$340$9,171,77729Sony Pictures Classics
28Waste Land$6,466-14%62$1,078$142,98116Arthouse Films
29Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,980-42%4-1$1,495$404,76618Zeitgeist Films
30Tiny Furniture$4,965-20%8-4$621$383,54914IFC
31The Housemaid (Hanyo)$4,929-70%6-4$822$70,6794IFC Films
32Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,500-47%20$2,250$82,5828Saint Juste International
33All Good Things$4,202-60%4-11$1,051$532,06611Magnolia Pictures
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,1283%20$2,064$23,522,257176National Geographic
35Into Eternity$3,98613%10$3,986$10,8182International Film Circuit
36Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,589-4%52$718$102,58534Kino International
37Rabia$2,761--2--$1,381$4,1973Strand
38Come Undone (2010)$2,664--2--$1,332$8,86711Film Movement
39The Time That Remains$2,593-36%20$1,297$29,0506IFC
40The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$2,503-66%6-7$417$5,186,97416Music Box
41Every Day$2,477-45%20$1,239$27,5835Image Entertainment
42Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,381718%32$794$27,44515Variance Films
43My Dog Tulip$2,189-36%1-2$2,189$204,17024New Yorker Films
44What If...$2,184-72%2-3$1,092$811,65826Five & Two Pictures
45Bhutto$2,119-24%1-2$2,119$83,23111First Run Features
46Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,989-93%5-37$398$576,6394UTV Communications
47Marwencol$1,8659%20$933$94,66119Cinema Guild
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,7230%20$862$713,66028National Geographic
49Animal Kingdom$1,706-55%2-2$853$1,040,03227Sony Pictures Classics
50When We Leave (Die Fremde)$1,440-51%1-1$1,440$14,1283Olive Films
51The Strange Case of Angelica$1,35861%10$1,358$34,9327Cinema Guild
52Four Lions$1,301-42%3-3$434$301,52715Drafthouse Films
53The Little Traitor$1,257--1--$1,257$388,43362Westchester Films
54Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,1941709%10$1,194$16,9825Kino International
55The Woodmans$1,06876%21$534$29,5764Lorber Films
56Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$965-83%1-2$965$83,9276First Run Features
57Kings of Pastry$926-42%1-1$926$308,93522First Run
58Enemies of the People$88833%20$444$61,86429International Film Circuit
59Night Catches Us$804-83%2-1$402$73,85711Magnolia
60The Other Woman (2011)$696-89%20$348$9,9072IFC
61The Tempest$613-71%3-2$204$276,20010Disney
62Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$56214%10$562$64,96416Variance Films
63If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$513--1--$513$12,1356Film Movement
64Tamara Drewe$489-78%2-1$245$558,77919Sony Pictures Classics
65How I Ended This Summer$434-91%10$434$8,1092Film Movement
66Mesrine: Killer Instinct$354-61%10$354$550,87025Music Box
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$34030%1-1$340$275,12524Music Box
68A Somewhat Gentle Man$196-77%10$196$9,1675Strand Releasing
69Nenette$184-86%1-1$184$14,0628Kino International
70To the Sea$178--1--$178$61,61331Film Movement
71Feed the Fish$125--1--$125$101,16013Strand