'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. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$90,151,958--4,155--$21,697$90,151,9581Disney
4Fast Five$10,576,865-48%3,622-171$2,920$186,165,4504Universal
5Priest (2011)$4,750,041-68%2,8640$1,659$23,833,1692Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$4,687,714-43%2,593-336$1,808$131,684,3656Fox
7Jumping the Broom$3,703,010-48%1,472-563$2,516$31,320,5623Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$3,516,387-49%2,606-298$1,349$31,519,4523Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$2,179,046-48%1,894-531$1,150$52,456,6205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$956,589-57%912-537$1,049$51,723,5795Lionsgate
2Soul Surfer$930,008-49%984-484$945$40,610,6787Sony / TriStar
4Everything Must Go$529,037-33%24527$2,159$1,628,6572Roadside Attractions
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$415,310-12%10624$3,918$1,973,2394IFC Films
8Source Code$412,336-51%377-249$1,094$52,956,1708Summit
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$371,335-68%642-634$578$9,199,0214Weinstein Company
11Limitless$341,468-5%35759$956$78,069,21210Relativity Media
13Win Win$276,082-32%202-46$1,367$9,350,90210Fox Searchlight
14African Cats$260,855-61%378-253$690$14,577,3055Disneynature
16The Lincoln Lawyer$253,464-36%258-87$982$56,508,43010Lionsgate
17The Conspirator$243,247-48%269-101$904$10,909,5336Roadside Attractions
18Jane Eyre (2011)$215,031-36%208-40$1,034$10,370,86011Focus
19The Beaver$188,08117%16863$1,120$579,7243Summit
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$185,261-36%253-58$732$51,887,6959Fox
21Arthur (2011)$131,220-45%237-107$554$32,800,8407Warner Bros.
22Gnomeo and Juliet$124,871-31%158-36$790$99,475,61715Disney
23The Adjustment Bureau$109,050-35%116-48$940$62,453,31512Universal
24Mars Needs Moms$105,872863%154127$687$21,034,32911Disney
25Battle: Los Angeles$100,808-46%170-55$593$83,441,91111Sony / Columbia
26Scream 4$91,261-67%205-221$445$37,717,6596Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Midnight in Paris$599,003--6--$99,834$599,0031Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$243,664-25%50-7$4,873$5,348,0857Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$186,83438%5926$3,167$619,5085Sony Pictures Classics
4I Am Number Four$177,120203%96-6$1,845$55,011,80514Disney / DreamWorks
5The Double Hour$117,80110%3610$3,272$532,8466IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$89,834-3%380$2,364$25,034,37662Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Meek's Cutoff$84,416-13%399$2,165$468,8767Oscilloscope
8I Am (2011)$83,175-24%747$1,124$1,249,76914Paladin
913 Assassins$72,26737%258$2,891$301,8504Magnolia / Magnet
10Hesher$61,786-51%24-18$2,574$253,6602Wrekin Hill Entertainment
11Of Gods and Men$51,825-36%60-8$864$3,779,67013Sony Pictures Classics
12Bill Cunningham New York$49,5404%251$1,982$1,056,46310Zeitgeist Films
13Potiche$44,215-45%46-13$961$1,409,4629Music Box Films
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,563-21%110$3,778$2,746,094543D Entertainment
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$41,387-16%8124$511$478,6705Sony Pictures Classics
16L'Amour fou$40,98110%119$3,726$100,2322IFC Films
17The First Grader$38,08086%1714$2,240$66,9842National Geographic
18In a Better World$34,676-47%34-17$1,020$688,2468Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$34,613-7%204$1,731$28,489,525119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2035 and Ticking$29,775--6--$4,963$29,7751Image Entertainment
21Sucker Punch$26,404-65%45-94$587$36,381,7169Warner Bros.
22A Beautiful Life$23,605--23--$1,026$23,6051China Lion Film
23There Be Dragons$22,108-84%29-151$762$1,049,8733IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Red Riding Hood$21,655-63%50-50$433$37,652,56511Warner Bros.
25The Princess of Montpensier$21,115-11%14-5$1,508$245,8466IFC Films
26Hobo with a Shotgun$19,759195%85$2,470$564,2983Magnolia / Magnet
27The King's Speech$19,634-53%40-31$491$138,752,49026Weinstein Company
28Winter in Wartime$19,576-39%18-8$1,088$399,68210Sony Pictures Classics
29Queen to Play$18,726-40%11-7$1,702$238,4658Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,764--2--$8,382$83,569,295475IMAX
31Certified Copy$16,405-34%24-11$684$1,289,17611IFC Films
32Go For It!$14,435-88%64-154$226$172,6872Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,271-38%24-14$595$37,911,87614Fox
34My Perestroika$14,08426%197$741$178,2029International Film Circuit
35Kill the Irishman$11,731-23%12-1$978$1,152,79811Anchor Bay Films
36Last Night (2010)$10,320-49%4-2$2,580$87,8733Miramax / Tribeca
37Bloodworth$9,612--10--$961$9,6121IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Poetry$8,46025%83$1,058$334,21015Kino International
39Cedar Rapids$7,781-31%11-1$707$6,857,50315Fox Searchlight
40How To Live Forever$7,720108%21$3,860$12,5772Variance Films
41Skateland$7,16236%119$651$14,9442Freestyle Releasing
42Battle of the Brides$6,299-63%60$1,050$61,0283Variance Films
43Lebanon, PA$5,333-43%60$889$38,9814Truly Indie
44The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$4,89695%54$979$8,0822Argot Pictures
45Dum Maaro Dum$4,744-58%11-9$431$559,4875Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$4,499-20%10$4,499$16,2082Kino International
47The Robber$4,26534%21$2,133$48,0674Kino International
48Biutiful$4,065-51%7-4$581$5,094,44421Roadside Attractions
49Blank City$3,77424%30$1,258$81,9077Insurgent Releasing
50Barney's Version$3,77335%5-2$755$7,476,03319Sony Pictures Classics
51Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$3,57087%41$893$40,1945Variance Films
52Super$3,523-29%11-4$320$322,1578IFC Films
53The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,344-35%30$1,115$107,5708Lorber Films
54The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,108-40%2-1$1,554$873,59442National Geographic
55The Music Never Stopped$2,73069%50$546$242,91810Roadside Attractions
56Meet Monica Velour$2,46361%21$1,232$31,6497Anchor Bay Films
57The Tenant (2011)$2,408-67%2-1$1,204$13,6982Indican Pictures
58Henry's Crime$2,350-23%20$1,175$98,4017Moving Pictures Film & Television
59Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,224875%20$1,112$161,44912Strand Releasing
60Rubber$2,030-43%6-2$338$82,7888Magnolia / Magnet
61Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,968-2%21$984$5,2452Strand Releasing
62Into Eternity$1,96888%41$492$37,46416International Film Circuit
63Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,879-66%30$626$11,1842First Run Features
64The Salvation Poem$1,484-52%2-2$742$867,26032CanZion Films
65The Little Traitor$1,465--1--$1,465$396,58776Westchester Films
66American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,178-35%1-2$1,178$80,7677Variance Films
67Kings of Pastry$1,020--1--$1,020$330,42536First Run
68Circo$1,020-67%1-1$1,020$53,4888First Run Features
69Putty Hill$705--1--$705$47,63214Cinema Guild
70Dumbstruck$647-75%10$647$10,4206Truly Indie
71Another Year$518-73%1-5$518$3,205,24421Sony Pictures Classics
72Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$480-26%1-1$480$244,44820First Run Features
73Carancho$350--2--$175$84,33915Strand Releasing
74Marwencol$199--1--$199$112,03633Cinema Guild
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$177--1--$177$45,10019Kino International