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. 8 - Sun, Jul. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$47,103,276-52%4,10719$11,469$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$28,302,165--3,040--$9,310$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$20,065,617--3,482--$5,763$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$15,212,015-42%3,990-125$3,813$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$8,914,412-39%2,962-87$3,010$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$5,936,405-55%2,9763$1,995$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$4,838,205-39%2,292-796$2,111$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$3,800,604-49%2,4730$1,537$16,125,5072Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,154,435-43%1,996-865$1,580$58,051,2094Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$3,147,225-52%2,015-1265$1,562$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$2,628,285-28%1,102-287$2,385$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,634,785-26%819-39$3,217$38,579,0528Sony Pictures Classics
2X-Men: First Class$1,473,384-50%847-755$1,740$142,090,1216Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,198,064-50%835-733$1,435$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,054,694-52%622-851$1,696$236,250,4798Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$865,109-48%650-631$1,331$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Tree of Life$793,706-26%2379$3,349$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
7Thor$573,30843%31545$1,820$178,739,97110Paramount
8Beginners$553,422-7%15547$3,570$3,250,7496Focus
9Rio (2011)$413,317-8%272-36$1,520$141,282,07613Fox
10Buck$386,172-20%15120$2,557$1,703,8314IFC Films
11A Better Life$330,296238%153142$2,159$559,5503Summit
12Fast Five$261,485-21%241-61$1,085$208,782,68511Universal
13Soul Surfer$131,074-20%160-45$819$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
14Water for Elephants$124,765-27%168-66$743$58,290,36612Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$99,104-12%112-28$885$53,200,43712Lionsgate
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$81,230-40%171-50$475$14,148,5175Relativity Media
17Something Borrowed$66,301-34%113-78$587$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
18The Lincoln Lawyer$62,017-30%106-32$585$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$466,499--89--$5,242$719,9361Alliance Films
2Delhi Belly$375,225-36%901$4,169$1,232,6102UTV Communications
3Born to Be Wild 3D$241,8888%481$5,039$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$127,28023%29-1$4,389$26,937,02869Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$116,222-7%5214$2,235$429,7664Magnolia Pictures
6Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$111,982--4--$27,996$111,9821Sony Pictures Classics
7The Trip (2011)$104,283-35%38-2$2,744$951,1795IFC Films
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$82,074-25%48-12$1,710$4,800,39311IFC Films
9Insidious$78,69870%8111$972$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,28026%110$5,844$3,473,136613D Entertainment
11Gerry (2011)$49,899-61%45-33$1,109$1,760,0094Entertainment One Films
12Terri$44,742-31%82$5,593$144,6332IDP/ATO Pictures
13Under the Sea 3D$44,68110%152$2,979$29,089,361126Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Murder 2$41,989--26--$1,615$41,9891Eros International
15Turtle: The Incredible Journey$39,068-2%237$1,699$184,2963Hannover House
16Incendies$35,703-26%32-10$1,116$6,597,65012Sony Pictures Classics
17The Double Hour$33,176-15%283$1,185$1,354,64913IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Bride Flight$30,80424%235$1,339$279,0655Music Box Films
19Trigun: Badlands Rumble$29,201--12--$2,433$29,0211Eleven Arts
20Source Code$29,022-54%41-25$708$54,696,90215Summit
21Project Nim$25,820--4--$6,455$25,8201Roadside Attractions
22The Names of Love$25,106-7%113$2,282$120,5233Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,247--1--$20,247$20,2471International Film Circuit
24Queen to Play$20,244-8%9-1$2,249$406,65015Zeitgeist Films
25Trollhunter$19,222-53%19-2$1,012$150,0685Magnolia / Magnet
26Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,524-37%42-26$441$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
27Double Dhamaal$18,117-79%20-21$906$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
28Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$17,537-58%10-7$1,754$223,9593Abramorama
29Submarine$16,832-38%19-1$886$377,8076Weinstein Company
30African Cats$15,693-50%23-7$682$15,415,27012Disneynature
31Win Win$14,07426%17-1$828$10,164,97317Fox Searchlight
32Bill Cunningham New York$13,425-21%9-2$1,492$1,394,15817Zeitgeist Films
33Rejoice and Shout$12,09572%71$1,728$72,3336Magnolia Pictures
34In a Better World$12,0750%18-10$671$923,55615Sony Pictures Classics
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,850-42%20$5,425$71,6663Abramorama
36Jane Eyre (2011)$10,368-26%21-5$494$11,232,82518Focus
3713 Assassins$9,122-43%14-8$652$763,76011Magnolia / Magnet
38Meek's Cutoff$9,0630%12-3$755$911,66314Oscilloscope
39Everything Must Go$8,8227%17-2$519$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
40Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,260-30%19-12$435$52,691,00916Fox
41The Salvation Poem$6,146--2--$3,073$898,69739CanZion Films
42Beginning of the Great Revival$6,103-77%8-15$763$147,5833China Lion Film
43The Conspirator$6,055-19%150$404$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
44The Sleeping Beauty$5,973--1--$5,973$5,9731Strand Releasing
45Rapt$5,872--1--$5,872$7,8511Lorber Films
46City of Life and Death$5,515363%41$1,379$87,7409Kino International
47The Ledge$5,176--2--$2,588$5,1761IFC Films
4835 and Ticking$4,50248%42$1,126$85,0908Image Entertainment
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,310-41%1-1$4,310$31,5813Rialto Pictures
50Chillar Party$4,155--7--$594$4,1551UTV Communications
51Jig$4,120--1--$4,120$129,4774Screen Media Films
52Viva Riva!$3,65223%50$730$43,8805Music Box Films
53Potiche$3,618--3--$1,206$1,611,83816Music Box Films
54The Last Mountain$3,595--3--$1,198$90,4256Dada Films
55Hobo with a Shotgun$3,355-47%6-4$559$690,66510Magnolia / Magnet
56Farmageddon$3,218--1--$3,218$12,8974Undefined
57The Perfect Host$3,212-57%31$1,071$14,8702Magnolia Pictures
58Blank City$3,196169%32$1,065$112,49914Insurgent Releasing
59How To Live Forever$2,973341%10$2,973$40,8369Variance Films
60The Music Never Stopped$2,562331%4-1$641$253,89917Roadside Attractions
61My Perestroika$2,31435%3-1$771$238,44016International Film Circuit
62Beautiful Boy$2,138-14%3-1$713$73,1586Anchor Bay Films
63Hesher$2,12824%1-1$2,128$373,9199Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,994457%10$1,994$14,0969Strand Releasing
65Winter in Wartime$1,771-58%40$443$530,04817Sony Pictures Classics
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,323-38%20$662$25,5463Oscilloscope
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,315--2--$658$178,45319Strand Releasing
68The Art of Getting By$1,306-37%5-2$261$1,429,2604Fox Searchlight
69Octubre$1,110109%10$1,110$19,65910New Yorker Films
70Road to Nowhere$846-67%3-1$282$27,8925Monterey Media
71The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$751-33%85$94$625,95612Sony Pictures Classics
72Circo$625--1--$625$69,72515First Run Features
73The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$618-15%10$618$139,25415Lorber Films
74The Robber$419--1--$419$69,90811Kino International
75The Human Resources Manager$362--1--$362$63,70919Film Movement
76Poetry$168--1--$168$349,89922Kino International
77Leap Year (2011)$156-94%1-1$156$9,2513Strand Releasing
78The Arbor$119--1--$119$13,37311Strand Releasing
79Kings of Pastry$79-91%10$79$336,17443First Run
80Small Town Murder Songs$48-93%1-2$48$24,0277Monterey Media