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, Mar. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$38,079,323--3,917--$9,722$38,079,3231Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$21,157,730--2,840--$7,450$21,157,7301Universal
3Beastly$9,851,102--1,952--$5,047$9,851,1021CBS Films
4Hall Pass$8,861,053-35%2,9500$3,004$26,846,8082Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$7,240,315-46%2,984-53$2,426$84,022,3254Disney
6Unknown (2011)$6,520,232-48%2,913-130$2,238$53,029,4963Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$6,431,246-39%2,920-624$2,202$88,131,3164Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$6,230,227-15%2,240-145$2,781$123,546,10415Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$5,750,190-48%2,903-253$1,981$46,488,6063Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,277,128-54%2,254-556$1,898$68,828,5394Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$3,464,679--2,003--$1,730$3,464,6791Relativity Media
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,281,157-57%1,642-1179$1,998$33,250,8353Fox
13Drive Angry$2,225,659-57%2,2900$972$9,103,9512Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,118,397-29%575-93$1,945$92,037,54613Paramount
2Black Swan$1,012,346-24%68164$1,487$105,118,88614Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$975,388-50%725-497$1,345$168,681,08811Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$821,12424%23599$3,494$3,391,0354Fox Searchlight
5Tangled$790,24887%42184$1,877$195,784,58815Disney
6The Roommate$585,489-70%606-1120$966$36,845,7725Sony / Screen Gems
7The Grace Card$464,774-54%296-56$1,570$1,697,6152IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Barney's Version$402,033-29%215-84$1,870$5,999,2988Sony Pictures Classics
9No Strings Attached$370,321-74%425-941$871$69,659,7947Paramount
10Biutiful$274,256-40%146-36$1,878$4,232,81810Roadside Attractions
11The Eagle$265,380-83%327-1241$812$19,143,4224Focus
12TRON: Legacy$243,434-26%239-37$1,019$171,363,35012Disney
13Yogi Bear$228,330-8%266-100$858$98,153,68112Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$217,521-67%269-398$809$97,037,5918Sony / Columbia
15Little Fockers$177,905-24%221-40$805$148,219,53511Universal
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$158,423-34%208-95$762$294,562,16216Warner Bros.
17The Rite$157,972-67%201-344$786$32,622,5196Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$151,178-35%185-63$817$103,994,95413Fox
19127 Hours$122,976-59%135-85$911$18,136,89918Fox Searchlight
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$99,350-36%156-48$637$42,572,63911Fox
21The Company Men$94,750-56%112-73$846$4,057,4397Weinstein Company
22The Tourist$91,513-35%142-52$644$67,631,15713Sony / Columbia
23The Mechanic$68,389-79%109-295$627$288,805,3346CBS Films
24Season of the Witch$56,965-45%109-62$523$24,744,4169Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$279,011-10%429$6,643$818,2462Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,181-8%49-1$3,024$22,552,19351Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Blue Valentine (2010)$95,826-54%96-71$998$9,408,65210Weinstein Company
4Another Year$85,335-37%66-41$1,293$2,901,26310Sony Pictures Classics
5The Illusionist (2010)$80,212-46%76-49$1,055$1,867,83811Sony Pictures Classics
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$70,973-25%130$5,459$1,457,229433D Entertainment
7Inside Job$68,431104%42-11$1,629$4,121,15322Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Sea 3D$61,621-12%17-2$3,625$27,388,824108Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$61,101-71%44-73$1,389$1,240,5254Shorts International
10The Last Lions$59,589120%1410$4,256$184,5603National Geographic
11Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$55,987-14%193$2,947$230,0733Vitagraph
12happythankyoumoreplease$35,063--2--$17,532$35,0631Anchor Bay Films
13I Am (2011)$31,90465%53$6,381$70,1963Paladin
14Poetry$30,30552%115$2,755$114,8804Kino International
15Rabbit Hole$28,738-46%55-28$523$2,119,97312Lionsgate
16Space Station 3D$27,517-22%52$5,503$82,966,770464IMAX
17Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$23,540--3--$7,847$27,8301Strand Releasing
18Unstoppable (2010)$19,491-45%34-32$573$81,557,47917Fox
19Casino Jack$17,35939%3013$579$991,31612IDP/ATO Pictures
20From Prada to Nada$15,800-72%35-46$451$2,939,1286Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$14,953438%75$2,136$117,4659First Run Features
22I Saw the Devil$13,567--2--$6,784$13,5671Magnolia / Magnet
23Putty Hill$13,231801%32$4,410$22,0203Cinema Guild
24Cold Weather$10,808-15%62$1,801$78,7675IFC Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,55221%52$1,910$756,26931National Geographic
26Winter's Bone$9,318-87%13-122$717$6,520,14539Roadside Attractions
27The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,7840%124$732$117,2847IFC Films
28Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,9033%10$7,903$22,8112Rialto
29Heartbeats$7,90110%21$3,951$18,6582IFC Films
30Public Speaking$6,4383%10$6,438$23,4582Rialto
31Waste Land$6,022-33%5-1$1,204$179,67219Arthouse Films
32Every Day$5,912117%20$2,956$41,7248Image Entertainment
33Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,857-12%41$1,464$59,8774Phase 4 Films
34I Love You Phillip Morris$5,485-16%13-2$422$1,963,87714Roadside Attractions
35Galapagos$5,437-55%20$2,719$17,896,982593IMAX
367 Khoon Maaf$5,333-88%15-53$356$268,6623UTV Communications
37Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541Tostie Productions
38Made in Dagenham$4,9549%6-4$826$1,043,69916Sony Pictures Classics
39A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,90935%31$1,636$19,3218Strand Releasing
40Kaboom$4,691-48%6-5$782$89,8286IFC Films
41Marwencol$4,188566%32$1,396$104,10022Cinema Guild
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,015-5%20$2,008$23,540,631179National Geographic
43Vanishing on 7th Street$4,000-43%5-1$800$19,3163Magnolia / Magnet
44The Way Back$3,777-81%5-10$755$2,705,6367Newmarket Films
45All Good Things$3,71416%51$743$547,95014Magnolia Pictures
46Bhutto$3,629--3--$1,210$91,16614First Run Features
47Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,143-52%30$1,048$419,82021Zeitgeist Films
48Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,659-42%3-3$886$181,8796Variance Films
49My Dog Tulip$2,245-34%1-1$2,245$216,95727New Yorker Films
50Four Lions$2,0831%21$1,042$308,76918Drafthouse Films
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,970--2--$985$20,1338Kino International
52Carancho$1,433-52%10$1,433$39,9574Strand Releasing
53The Strange Case of Angelica$1,233--2--$617$38,37110Cinema Guild
54Into Eternity$835--2--$418$15,6795International Film Circuit
55What Women Want (2011)$782-23%10$782$123,3255China Lion Film
56The Taqwacores$62742%10$627$11,17520Strand Releasing
57Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$502-26%10$502$41,12617Film Desk
58Enemies of the People$323-82%1-1$323$69,50632International Film Circuit
59Brotherhood (2010)$314-96%1-1$314$19,5253Phase 4 Films
60Orgasm Inc.$31157%10$311$21,7964First Run Features
61Animal Kingdom$297-12%10$297$1,042,34930Sony Pictures Classics
62The Woodmans$114-88%1-1$114$32,8807Lorber Films