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. 11 - Sun, Mar. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$35,573,187--3,417--$10,411$35,573,1871Sony / Columbia
2Rango$22,602,847-41%3,9236$5,762$68,206,1012Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$14,005,335--3,030--$4,622$14,005,3351Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$11,597,335-45%2,8477$4,074$38,589,5952Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$6,914,488--3,117--$2,218$6,914,4881Disney
6Beastly$5,021,232-49%1,9597$2,563$16,911,6332CBS Films
7Hall Pass$5,011,020-43%2,555-395$1,961$34,842,2893Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$4,019,266-38%2,398-522$1,676$94,000,8475Sony / Columbia
9Gnomeo and Juliet$3,617,255-50%2,585-399$1,399$89,102,3655Disney
10The King's Speech$3,573,112-43%1,768-472$2,021$129,010,23516Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$3,366,339-48%2,303-610$1,462$58,410,8454Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$2,260,314-61%2,005-898$1,127$50,455,7234Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,378,830-68%1,247-1007$1,106$70,955,6415Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$1,272,239-63%2,0030$635$5,891,0922Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,306,504-60%931-711$1,403$35,162,9584Fox
2Cedar Rapids$921,03812%394159$2,338$4,597,3325Fox Searchlight
3Tangled$640,753-19%363-58$1,765$196,675,98316Disney
4The Fighter$576,083-48%463-112$1,244$92,931,28814Paramount
5Yogi Bear$476,341109%404138$1,179$98,677,80413Warner Bros.
6Black Swan$440,504-56%337-344$1,307$105,928,21715Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$424,943-56%401-324$1,060$169,381,40512Paramount
8The Green Hornet$381,76276%30940$1,235$97,485,2299Sony / Columbia
9Barney's Version$329,160-18%190-25$1,732$6,468,6599Sony Pictures Classics
10Drive Angry$304,262-86%551-1739$552$10,308,0513Summit
11No Strings Attached$186,636-50%254-171$735$70,002,4108Paramount
12Biutiful$179,007-35%114-32$1,570$4,520,31211Roadside Attractions
13The Roommate$154,992-74%213-393$728$37,153,1536Sony / Screen Gems
14The Grace Card$147,426-68%114-182$1,293$1,989,6253IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15TRON: Legacy$140,564-42%169-70$832$171,590,20113Disney
16Little Fockers$113,345-36%177-44$640$148,383,78012Universal
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$98,855-38%122-86$810$294,713,60817Warner Bros.
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$78,729-48%123-62$640$104,121,13914Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$283,8722%5412$5,257$1,209,2073Sony Pictures Classics
2Jane Eyre (2011)$182,885--4--$45,721$182,8851Focus
3Kill the Irishman$145,430--5--$29,086$145,4301Anchor Bay Films
4Hubble 3D$142,475-4%48-1$2,968$22,809,47252Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Last Lions$112,02988%3925$2,873$322,2444National Geographic
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$97,54137%130$7,503$1,576,313443D Entertainment
7Certified Copy$77,937--5--$15,587$77,9371IFC Films
8The Illusionist (2010)$72,094-10%760$949$1,974,83112Sony Pictures Classics
9Another Year$67,599-21%55-11$1,229$3,007,89511Sony Pictures Classics
10Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$66,91820%278$2,478$320,6244Vitagraph
11Under the Sea 3D$61,6290%181$3,424$27,486,291109Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Blue Valentine (2010)$60,909-36%60-36$1,015$9,514,42811Weinstein Company
13The Company Men$52,829-44%63-49$839$4,155,4898Weinstein Company
14happythankyoumoreplease$51,39947%1917$2,705$94,6072Anchor Bay Films
15127 Hours$50,387-59%79-56$638$18,236,58619Fox Searchlight
16The Rite$50,223-68%85-116$591$32,722,5297Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Eagle$48,331-82%99-228$488$19,292,9825Focus
18Inside Job$47,880-30%41-1$1,168$4,193,81823Sony Pictures Classics
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$46,493-53%99-57$470$42,645,67612Fox
20I Am (2011)$39,69024%72$5,670$120,4544Paladin
21Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$29,008-53%24-20$1,209$1,295,7985Shorts International
22Poetry$27,871-8%110$2,534$154,1825Kino International
23Season of the Witch$25,799-55%54-55$478$24,794,24910Relativity Media
24Rabbit Hole$25,580-11%38-17$673$2,159,55813Lionsgate
25Space Station 3D$22,815-17%2-3$11,408$83,017,829465IMAX
26The Mechanic$22,421-67%42-67$534$28,931,2547CBS Films
27Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$22,080-6%52$4,416$64,5712Strand Releasing
28Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$15,6254%125$1,302$138,17010First Run Features
29Cold Weather$13,94029%82$1,743$97,3896IFC Films
30The Human Resources Manager$13,467--9--$1,496$26,3512Film Movement
31Clash (Bay Rong)$12,249--9--$1,361$12,2491Variance Films
32From Prada to Nada$11,506-27%33-2$349$2,957,7817Lionsgate / Pantelion
333 Backyards$11,332--1--$11,332$11,3321Screen Media Films
34I Saw the Devil$10,218-25%53$2,044$31,8202Magnolia / Magnet
35Heartbeats$9,00214%64$1,500$32,0033IFC Films
36Casino Jack$8,949-48%15-15$597$1,006,91413IDP/ATO Pictures
37I Love You Phillip Morris$8,77460%12-1$731$1,982,14815Roadside Attractions
38Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$8,16839%3-1$2,723$71,8795Phase 4 Films
39Making The Boys$7,513--1--$7,513$7,5131First Run Features
40The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,507-21%4-1$1,877$766,98132National Geographic
41All Good Things$7,20294%4-1$1,801$557,40315Magnolia Pictures
42Black Death$6,692--3--$2,231$6,6921Magnolia / Magnet
43Galapagos$6,48819%31$2,163$17,909,368594IMAX
44The Way Back$5,72051%50$1,144$2,713,0918Newmarket Films
45Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$5,688--3--$1,896$5,6881Indican Pictures
46Elektra Luxx$5,601--4--$1,400$5,6011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
47My Dog Tulip$5,251134%43$1,313$223,69428New Yorker Films
48Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$5,118-35%10$5,118$33,2053Rialto
49Putty Hill$4,988-62%2-1$2,494$30,2354Cinema Guild
50Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$4,887--1--$4,887$28,77315Argot Pictures
51The Housemaid (Hanyo)$4,808-45%9-3$534$127,5408IFC Films
52Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$4,62747%30$1,542$425,51322Zeitgeist Films
53Winter's Bone$4,580-51%9-4$509$6,527,44840Roadside Attractions
54Monogamy$4,476--1--$4,476$4,4761Oscilloscope
55Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,985-1%20$1,993$23,546,702180National Geographic
56Marwencol$2,907-31%2-1$1,454$108,80523Cinema Guild
57Orgasm Inc.$2,686764%32$895$24,8645First Run Features
58Waste Land$2,555-58%3-2$852$185,38720Arthouse Films
59A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,540-48%1-2$2,540$23,8539Strand Releasing
60Kaboom$2,304-51%5-1$461$94,3627IFC Films
61Kings of Pastry$2,179--1--$2,179$317,86526First Run
62Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,145-19%2-1$1,073$185,0467Variance Films
63Bhutto$2,051-43%2-1$1,026$95,61015First Run Features
64Enemies of the People$1,395332%21$698$71,02733International Film Circuit
65Carancho$1,392-3%21$696$42,2305Strand Releasing
66Vanishing on 7th Street$1,082-73%4-1$271$22,1974Magnolia / Magnet
67Animal Kingdom$1,042251%32$347$1,043,79831Sony Pictures Classics
68Made in Dagenham$1,028-79%71$147$1,052,11517Sony Pictures Classics
69Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$960--1--$960$31,23719Variance Films
70The Strange Case of Angelica$702-43%20$351$39,66711Cinema Guild
71The Trouble with Terkel$568--1--$568$30,04251Indican
72The Red Chapel$425--1--$425$5,66111Lorber Films
73Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$370--2--$185$107,41038Kino International
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$342--1--$342$70,56341Indican Pictures
75Tamara Drewe$230--1--$230$560,10123Sony Pictures Classics
76Plastic Planet$210--1--$210$2,4129First Run Features