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, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$97,852,865--4,088--$23,937$162,618,2121Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$26,273,387-60%4,1150$6,385$117,204,0022Disney
3Bad Teacher$14,506,592-54%3,0490$4,758$59,952,5632Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$13,096,065--2,973--$4,405$13,096,0651Universal
5Super 8$7,922,218-34%3,088-336$2,565$108,465,2454Paramount
6Monte Carlo$7,453,944--2,473--$3,014$7,453,9441Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$6,556,612-64%3,280-536$1,999$102,244,8963Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,537,956-45%2,861-481$1,936$50,562,6783Fox
9Bridesmaids$3,646,125-31%1,389-642$2,625$153,020,4908Universal
10X-Men: First Class$2,950,918-56%1,602-1031$1,842$138,662,6455Fox
11The Hangover Part II$2,391,733-57%1,568-1187$1,525$248,243,6156Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,190,508-56%1,473-771$1,487$233,738,4017Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$1,664,822-60%1,281-1246$1,300$156,859,4896Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$3,579,967-14%858-93$4,172$33,780,0397Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,068,340-20%22813$4,686$7,571,7766Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$598,20927%10836$5,539$2,364,5775Focus
4Buck$480,88365%13177$3,671$1,011,3783IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$446,961-16%308-36$1,451$140,479,50912Fox
6Thor$400,303-22%270-134$1,483$177,917,5839Paramount
7Fast Five$332,215-35%302-156$1,100$208,303,66010Universal
8Water for Elephants$171,314-33%234-58$732$58,026,26711Fox
9Soul Surfer$163,683-22%205-35$798$43,400,45113Sony / TriStar
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$135,478-78%221-670$613$13,936,9874Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$112,541477%14094$804$53,011,19011Lionsgate
12Something Borrowed$100,720-55%191-112$527$38,677,2739Warner Bros.
13Rango$91,425-22%117-39$781$123,188,23218Paramount
14The Lincoln Lawyer$88,910-35%138-51$644$57,786,12316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$581,943--89--$6,539$581,9431UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$224,130-1%470$4,769$8,199,85613Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$168,168--53--$3,173$168,1681Viva Entertainment
4The Trip (2011)$160,6713%402$4,017$764,6354IFC Films
5Gerry (2011)$126,727-77%78-17$1,625$1,600,1593Entertainment One Films
6Page One: Inside the New York Times$124,521175%3821$3,277$238,6243Magnolia Pictures
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$110,082-23%60-15$1,835$4,633,69210IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$103,767-8%30-4$3,459$26,675,34068Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Better Life$97,75657%117$8,887$181,4262Summit
10Double Dhamaal$86,278-71%41-13$2,104$477,8232Reliance Big Pictures
11Terri$65,103--6--$10,851$65,1031IDP/ATO Pictures
12Source Code$63,589-7%66-40$963$54,640,98714Summit
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,137-14%110$4,649$3,341,232603D Entertainment
14Incendies$48,388-31%42-20$1,152$6,531,39711Sony Pictures Classics
15Insidious$46,295-36%70-4$661$53,612,26314FilmDistrict
16Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$42,011-57%17-7$2,471$183,4232Abramorama
17Trollhunter$40,835103%2112$1,945$104,4794Magnolia / Magnet
18Under the Sea 3D$40,7333%13-2$3,133$28,996,557125Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Turtle: The Incredible Journey$40,007-42%16-8$2,500$135,9812Hannover House
20The Double Hour$39,016-21%25-5$1,561$1,299,56612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21African Cats$31,166-84%30-92$1,039$15,378,91611Disneynature
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$29,535-46%68-46$434$10,056,71610Weinstein Company
23Limitless$27,762-40%55-30$505$79,230,92316Relativity Media
24Submarine$27,232-35%20-6$1,362$342,0245Weinstein Company
25The Names of Love$27,013-11%83$3,377$71,2782Music Box Films
26Beginning of the Great Revival$26,622-60%23-6$1,157$125,8792China Lion Film
27Bride Flight$24,841-26%18-1$1,380$231,6154Music Box Films
28Queen to Play$21,989202%106$2,199$372,10114Zeitgeist Films
29Hanna$18,854-53%34-25$555$40,243,77113Focus
30Passione: A Musical Adventure$18,63021%21$9,315$51,2582Abramorama
31Bill Cunningham New York$17,018-23%11-1$1,547$1,369,52716Zeitgeist Films
3213 Assassins$16,063-12%221$730$742,41310Magnolia / Magnet
33Jane Eyre (2011)$14,075-56%26-25$541$11,210,24817Focus
34In a Better World$12,124-36%287$433$900,39714Sony Pictures Classics
35Summer (2011 re-issue)$11,954--1--$11,954$17,2844The Film Desk
36Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,785-58%31-27$380$52,671,36315Fox
37Win Win$11,148-50%18-14$619$10,143,68616Fox Searchlight
38I Am (2011)$11,020-1%7-6$1,574$1,570,25120Paladin
39Meek's Cutoff$9,021-41%15-2$601$894,27113Oscilloscope
40Love Etc.$8,781--2--$4,391$8,7811Paladin
41Everything Must Go$8,213-47%19-14$432$2,648,5128Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$7,506-44%15-10$500$11,501,53312Roadside Attractions
43The Perfect Host$7,505--2--$3,753$7,5051Magnolia Pictures
44The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$7,27323%21$3,637$18,2362Rialto Pictures
45Rejoice and Shout$7,026-36%61$1,171$55,7395Magnolia Pictures
46Hobo with a Shotgun$6,304-32%10-2$630$684,5049Magnolia / Magnet
47The First Grader$4,832-43%7-4$690$325,6918National Geographic
48Winter in Wartime$4,229-40%4-6$1,057$526,26116Sony Pictures Classics
49Crime After Crime$3,215--1--$3,215$3,2151mTuckman Media
50The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$3,087--1--$3,087$18,6378Argot Pictures
5135 and Ticking$3,05267%21$1,526$78,9167Image Entertainment
52Viva Riva!$2,981-68%50$596$38,8314Music Box Films
53Leap Year (2011)$2,7310%21$1,366$6,9672Strand Releasing
54Road to Nowhere$2,535-36%40$634$25,0054Monterey Media
55Beautiful Boy$2,493-56%40$623$68,9835Anchor Bay Films
56Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,176406%10$2,176$254,84826First Run Features
57If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,124-62%20$1,062$22,1292Oscilloscope
58Aurora$2,105--1--$2,105$3,0031Cinema Guild
59The Art of Getting By$2,067-98%7-300$295$1,425,8393Fox Searchlight
60Hesher$1,71132%20$856$371,9888Wrekin Hill Entertainment
61My Perestroika$1,710-62%4-1$428$235,17715International Film Circuit
62Battle for Brooklyn$1,280-43%10$1,280$17,9803Rumur
63City of Life and Death$1,191-91%3-6$397$81,7408Kino International
64Blank City$1,19050%10$1,190$108,42213Insurgent Releasing
65The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,123-39%3-3$374$624,54711Sony Pictures Classics
66Of Gods and Men$983-83%4-3$246$3,958,82719Sony Pictures Classics
67Kings of Pastry$918--1--$918$336,09542First Run
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$731-12%1-1$731$137,39014Lorber Films
69Small Town Murder Songs$698-81%3-3$233$21,2006Monterey Media
70How To Live Forever$674-85%1-3$674$37,6458Variance Films
71The Music Never Stopped$5950%53$119$250,87016Roadside Attractions
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$570-67%10$570$28,4128First Run Features
73Octubre$53287%10$532$18,4179New Yorker Films
74Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$358-53%1-1$358$11,9238Strand Releasing
75Korkoro$234-3%10$234$8,14715Lorber Films