'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, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Fast Five$32,445,320-62%3,66218$8,860$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$15,215,487--2,035--$7,477$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$13,945,368--2,904--$4,802$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$8,504,001-42%3,258-450$2,610$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$6,069,603-35%2,614-206$2,322$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,178,886-58%1,881-407$2,222$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$2,307,161-31%1,781-229$1,295$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,042,603-50%2,5050$815$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
12African Cats$1,066,163-56%1,035-189$1,030$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$701,100-68%1,333-888$526$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Source Code$1,244,774-50%930-715$1,338$50,944,9226Summit
3There Be Dragons$705,537--259--$2,724$705,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4The Conspirator$618,301-44%457-240$1,353$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
5Win Win$528,842-21%268-34$1,973$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
7Limitless$486,658-56%379-459$1,284$77,006,4178Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$465,416-41%440-279$1,058$55,547,6248Lionsgate
10Jane Eyre (2011)$427,333-17%248-46$1,723$9,433,9449Focus
11The Adjustment Bureau$281,410-39%215-62$1,309$62,057,09010Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$220,441-42%339-164$650$51,289,7967Fox
13Arthur (2011)$218,460-78%355-896$615$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
14Gnomeo and Juliet$215,287-27%250-43$861$99,046,50713Disney
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$197,511-58%228-143$866$4,340,8554Rocky Mountain
17Battle: Los Angeles$188,380162%229127$823$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
18Your Highness$179,575-71%164-238$1,095$21,422,3455Universal
19Sucker Punch$99,32777%210136$473$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
20Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$95,368-87%464-411$206$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
21Just Go With It$87,358-32%133-66$657$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
22Red Riding Hood$82,730-38%156-53$530$37,522,7489Warner Bros.
23I Am Number Four$76,426-45%146-33$523$54,720,09412Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$402,948190%5045$8,059$627,4492IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$289,585-3%59-10$4,908$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$187,56346%6620$2,842$941,88812Paladin
4Potiche$110,140-8%721$1,530$1,200,1967Music Box Films
5The Beaver$107,577--22--$4,890$107,5771Summit
6Hubble 3D$87,921-20%34-2$2,586$24,977,57860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Of Gods and Men$86,949-18%84-10$1,035$3,556,88011Sony Pictures Classics
8The Double Hour$80,39040%1710$4,729$246,4804IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9In a Better World$73,9754%487$1,541$512,4466Sony Pictures Classics
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,730-28%110$5,885$2,619,345523D Entertainment
11Incendies$62,456-3%111$5,678$222,9103Sony Pictures Classics
12The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$61,559-31%4610$1,338$335,2753Sony Pictures Classics
13Meek's Cutoff$61,33777%198$3,228$217,1355Oscilloscope
14Bill Cunningham New York$59,043-10%27-7$2,187$895,1258Zeitgeist Films
15The King's Speech$57,768-51%90-95$642$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
1613 Assassins$48,3665%106$4,837$120,1882Magnolia / Magnet
17Beastly$41,284-54%76-50$543$27,812,32810CBS Films
18Certified Copy$37,771-21%36-8$1,049$1,213,2059IFC Films
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$36,472-39%57-52$640$73,000,94213Paramount
20Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$34,845-39%52-17$670$37,860,85112Fox
21Winter in Wartime$33,914-9%227$1,542$320,8848Sony Pictures Classics
22The Princess of Montpensier$32,204-11%212$1,534$177,1284IFC Films
23Hall Pass$31,561-48%67-49$471$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
24Queen to Play$30,350138%137$2,335$167,0986Zeitgeist Films
25Last Night (2010)$29,505--10--$2,951$29,5051Miramax / Tribeca
26Under the Sea 3D$26,384-11%191$1,389$28,320,117117Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kill the Irishman$26,262-35%23-7$1,142$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
28Dum Maaro Dum$25,220-73%33-60$764$534,5743Fox Searchlight
29Battle of the Brides$23,612--5--$4,722$23,6121Variance Films
30Cedar Rapids$20,96150%22-4$953$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
31Chalo Dilli$20,107-47%310$649$68,6642Eros International
32Unknown (2011)$19,672-56%49-52$401$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
33Exporting Raymond$18,840-47%9-4$2,093$67,5532IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Mars Needs Moms$16,436-26%37-15$444$20,909,5879Disney
35Super$16,219-55%30-8$541$300,8406IFC Films
36No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$14,394-59%21-24$685$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
37Hobo with a Shotgun$12,046--2--$6,023$12,0461Magnolia / Magnet
38The Company Men$10,56239%3520$302$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
39Poetry$10,141214%82$1,268$307,91013Kino International
40The Robber$9,828-11%61$1,638$32,9892Kino International
41Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$9,543-41%6-4$1,591$558,34212Vitagraph
42The Salvation Poem$8,94457%5-3$1,789$859,85630CanZion Films
43Henry's Crime$8,409-51%5-3$1,682$86,5735Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Lebanon, PA$8,34925%42$2,087$16,6562Truly Indie
45My Perestroika$8,279--7--$1,183$141,5607International Film Circuit
46Octubre$7,054--2--$3,527$7,0541New Yorker Films
47Biutiful$6,708-16%16-6$419$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
48Rubber$6,005-46%153$400$75,3696Magnolia / Magnet
49Harvest$5,870--1--$5,870$15,5781Monterey Media
51I'm Not Jesus Mommy$5,280--3--$1,760$5,2801FilmDemic
52Barney's Version$4,731-34%16-5$296$7,465,29517Sony Pictures Classics
53Circo$4,68024%30$1,560$43,6376First Run Features
54Nostalgia for the Light$4,369--2--$2,185$91,3228Icarus Films
55American: The Bill Hicks Story$4,063-60%4-3$1,016$75,6215Variance Films
56The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,58325%31$1,194$862,25140National Geographic
57Miral$3,472-40%5-5$694$366,7577Weinstein Company
58The Arbor$3,15920%10$3,159$9,9732Strand Releasing
59Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$3,127--1--$3,127$10,16910Tostie Productions
60Vito Bonafacci$3,027--1--$3,027$3,0271CAVU Pictures
62Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$2,588-75%4-5$647$32,9783Variance Films
63Blank City$2,307-26%21$1,154$69,8765Insurgent Releasing
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,185-83%4-1$546$143,88934Collective Eye
65Caterpillar$2,109--1--$2,109$2,1091Lorber Films
66Carancho$2,108-32%3-2$703$82,80913Strand Releasing
67Passion Play$2,100--2--$1,050$2,1001Image Entertainment
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,078-61%1-3$2,078$93,5006Lorber Films
69The Music Never Stopped$1,809426%73$258$236,8458Roadside Attractions
70Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,781-33%31$594$241,87318First Run Features
71The Warring States$1,741-82%3-20$580$67,9913China Lion Film
72The Human Resources Manager$1,597--2--$799$59,70610Film Movement
73The Strange Case of Angelica$1,4721147%21$736$47,74319Cinema Guild
74Sympathy For Delicious$1,381-85%20$691$13,1142Maya Entertainment
75The Illusionist (2010)$1,230-63%4-6$308$2,231,02420Sony Pictures Classics
76Ceremony$1,05711%1-1$1,057$18,9865Magnolia Pictures
77Dumbstruck$969--1--$969$6,5694Truly Indie
78Making The Boys$959-77%1-2$959$27,9339First Run Features
79Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$805-82%30$268$157,11310Strand Releasing
80My Dog Tulip$671-74%1-1$671$243,10936New Yorker Films
81Another Year$609--1--$609$3,201,43219Sony Pictures Classics
82A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$438--1--$438$9,8624Film Movement
83When Harry Tries to Marry$292--1--$292$38,2613108 Pics
84A Somewhat Gentle Man$287-38%1-1$287$37,54317Strand Releasing
85The Last Lions$21344%42$53$630,04212National Geographic
86Bhutto$17910%1-1$179$100,00923First Run Features