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. 18 - Sun, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$21,856,389--3,043--$7,183$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$19,449,893--3,154--$6,167$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
3Gnomeo and Juliet$19,154,010-24%3,01420$6,355$50,174,5422Disney
4Just Go With It$18,478,226-39%3,5480$5,208$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$16,300,803--2,821--$5,778$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,307,933-55%3,11813$4,268$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$6,529,530-10%2,086-177$3,130$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$3,909,742-52%2,160-374$1,810$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$3,645,485-58%2,2960$1,588$15,152,6832Focus
10No Strings Attached$3,080,033-47%1,966-790$1,567$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$2,410,521-36%1,465-607$1,645$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$1,638,615-71%1,377-1412$1,190$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$1,524,622-59%1,265-825$1,205$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$1,130,106-65%1,048-1159$1,078$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,567,302-28%759-290$2,065$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,788-37%656-413$2,024$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$1,003,330-69%952-934$1,054$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$910,448201%10287$8,926$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Barney's Version$746,69971%322212$2,319$4,465,1366Sony Pictures Classics
6Tangled$534,351-34%389-395$1,374$194,306,67713Disney
7Biutiful$521,607-10%156-35$3,344$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
8Yogi Bear$464,644-40%725-386$641$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
9TRON: Legacy$452,223-18%312-52$1,449$170,441,51110Disney
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$359,045-23%321-88$1,119$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
11Blue Valentine (2010)$330,177-44%235-158$1,405$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$319,559-43%240-119$1,331$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$298,984-42%242-35$1,235$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,1180%264-29$1,084$103,373,05111Fox
15Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$284,284-5%10813$2,632$722,4942Shorts International
16Megamind$272,032-16%214-38$1,271$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
17Little Fockers$266,470-23%285-139$935$147,635,6609Universal
18Another Year$206,934-37%121-53$1,710$2,487,9128Sony Pictures Classics
19The Tourist$202,309154%224124$903$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$190,367-11%235-73$810$42,174,2759Fox
21The Illusionist (2010)$188,494-38%106-100$1,778$1,467,7899Sony Pictures Classics
22The Dilemma$176,660-83%293-949$603$48,221,7406Universal
23From Prada to Nada$93,155-70%128-124$728$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
24The Social Network$88,432-34%113-65$783$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
25Unstoppable (2010)$68,105-38%105-42$649$81,468,67015Fox
26Season of the Witch$33,293-65%132-44$252$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$187,41022%52-1$3,604$21,972,94749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$164,153--65--$2,525$164,1531UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$74,07131%182$4,115$27,157,983106Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$56,680-34%78-34$727$1,974,84210Lionsgate
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$53,730--8--$6,716$53,7301Vitagraph
6The Last Lions$53,344--4--$13,336$53,3441National Geographic
7Space Station 3D$39,30488%51$7,861$82,809,201462IMAX
8Somewhere (2010)$33,566-7%29-3$1,157$1,723,5229Focus
9Inside Job$23,523-12%24-5$980$3,969,89120Sony Pictures Classics
10Poetry$17,832-6%30$5,944$46,2152Kino International
11Winter's Bone$17,713-8%20-6$886$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
12Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$16,12324%21$8,062$34,1942Phase 4 Films
13The Way Back$14,912-62%15-22$994$2,673,8545Newmarket Films
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$14,704198%60$2,451$87,4255IFC Films
15Immigration Tango$14,432--30--$481$14,4321Roadside Attractions
16Galapagos$14,04062%30$4,680$17,864,405591IMAX
17Kaboom$11,53565%61$1,923$64,0214IFC Films
18Casino Jack$10,460-31%12-3$872$949,38410IDP/ATO Pictures
19Made in Dagenham$8,906-51%15-14$594$1,017,24614Sony Pictures Classics
20Cold Weather$8,548-34%31$2,849$46,1993IFC Films
21Brotherhood (2010)$7,873--1--$7,873$7,8731Phase 4 Films
22Carancho$7,296-54%4-1$1,824$30,3782Strand Releasing
23Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$7,187-66%7-6$1,027$167,7384Variance Films
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,857611%32$2,286$90,7847First Run Features
25What Women Want (2011)$5,523-73%3-18$1,841$117,8933China Lion Film
26Waste Land$5,351-17%4-2$1,338$154,23517Arthouse Films
27I Love You Phillip Morris$5,101-46%9-14$567$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions
28Putty Hill$4,868--1--$4,868$4,8681Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$4,757-65%40$1,189$593,15719CanZion Films
30Orgasm Inc.$4,399-50%32$1,466$18,5012First Run Features
31When We Leave (Die Fremde)$4,028180%10$4,028$18,9184Olive Films
32All Good Things$3,662-13%40$916$537,34212Magnolia Pictures
33Zero Bridge$3,304--1--$3,304$4,6211The Film Desk
34The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,011--1--$3,011$146,01946International Film Circuit
35The Other Woman (2011)$2,982328%53$596$14,0893IFC
36Vanishing on 7th Street$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Magnolia / Magnet
37Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$2,605-42%1-1$2,605$87,1549Saint Juste International
38Tiny Furniture$2,513-49%6-2$419$389,33415IFC
39Enemies of the People$2,400170%42$600$65,26330International Film Circuit
40Bhutto$1,941-8%32$647$86,49112First Run Features
41Four Lions$1,90947%63$318$303,82416Drafthouse Films
42Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$1,667-72%2-2$834$408,13319Zeitgeist Films
43Every Day$1,566-37%20$783$30,6486Image Entertainment
44My Dog Tulip$1,550-29%10$1,550$208,96525New Yorker Films
45Marwencol$1,516-19%31$505$97,23720Cinema Guild
46Now & Later$1,516--1--$1,516$1,5161Cinema Libre
47The Time That Remains$1,362-47%20$681$31,7887IFC
48What If...$1,272-42%1-1$1,272$814,34827Five & Two Pictures
49Kings of Pastry$1,25736%10$1,257$311,95323First Run
50The Strange Case of Angelica$1,134-16%10$1,134$36,7308Cinema Guild
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,048-12%10$1,048$18,0306Kino International
52The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$844-66%2-4$422$5,188,92417Music Box
53The Tempest$84438%30$281$277,51511Disney
54Get Low$793-88%4-15$198$9,176,46930Sony Pictures Classics
55Night Catches Us$724-10%42$181$75,34312Magnolia
56Tamara Drewe$71246%42$178$559,55620Sony Pictures Classics
57Animal Kingdom$450-74%20$225$1,041,08228Sony Pictures Classics
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$339-91%1-4$339$105,16835Kino International
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$322-9%10$322$551,53126Music Box
60Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$252-55%21$126$66,04317Variance Films
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$137--1--$137$10,095,17049Music Box
62Nenette$120-35%10$120$14,2279Kino International
63Rabia$59-98%1-1$59$5,4144Strand