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. 15 - Sun, Jul. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,189,427--4,375--$38,672$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,328,545-55%3,917-190$5,445$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$17,777,464-37%3,13494$5,672$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$12,330,512-39%3,4820$3,541$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$8,407,529-45%3,249-741$2,588$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$7,857,076--2,405--$3,267$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$5,152,447-42%2,659-303$1,938$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$2,664,550-55%2,287-689$1,165$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$1,970,377-59%1,459-833$1,350$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,368,355-57%1,002-994$1,366$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$1,318,448-65%1,169-1304$1,128$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,876,588-29%706-113$2,658$41,778,6989Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,722,205-34%872-230$1,975$161,329,58010Universal
3Green Lantern (2011)$1,359,133-57%973-1042$1,397$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
4Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$960,548--100--$9,605$960,5481Eros International
5X-Men: First Class$635,586-57%470-377$1,352$143,455,8577Fox
6The Tree of Life$626,723-21%235-2$2,667$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
7The Hangover Part II$504,803-58%455-380$1,109$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$493,155-53%373-249$1,322$237,353,6349Disney
9Kung Fu Panda 2$460,755-47%354-296$1,302$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beginners$432,814-22%17015$2,546$3,932,6877Focus
11Thor$386,155-33%272-43$1,420$179,501,16211Paramount
12A Better Life$338,2962%21663$1,566$1,039,0364Summit
13Rio (2011)$323,269-22%241-31$1,341$141,932,57614Fox
14Buck$301,980-22%137-14$2,204$2,223,0135IFC Films
15Fast Five$214,145-18%212-29$1,010$209,142,63512Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$143,61277%21443$671$14,369,5556Relativity Media
17Water for Elephants$88,238-29%120-48$735$58,461,50113Fox
18Soul Surfer$83,802-36%126-34$665$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$311,778-33%890$3,503$1,499,2822Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$192,513-20%480$4,011$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$137,74723%2218$6,261$294,2702Sony Pictures Classics
4Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$134,005--24--$5,584$134,0051Fox Searchlight
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$127,80110%6311$2,029$609,7075Magnolia Pictures
6Hubble 3D$114,259-10%312$3,686$27,176,88170Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delhi Belly$106,629-72%67-23$1,591$1,427,7053UTV Communications
8The Trip (2011)$94,357-10%413$2,301$1,090,7686IFC Films
9Tabloid$91,201--14--$6,514$91,2011IFC Films
10Terri$77,28473%3022$2,576$242,5283IDP/ATO Pictures
11Something Borrowed$75,38014%74-39$1,019$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
12The Undefeated (2011)$65,132--10--$6,513$65,1321Cinedigm
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$55,841-44%87-25$642$53,311,94813Lionsgate
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,637-20%10-1$5,164$3,565,771623D Entertainment
15Insidious$50,646-36%66-15$767$53,829,02816FilmDistrict
16Cave of Forgotten Dreams$50,284-39%480$1,048$4,909,75312IFC Films
17Project Nim$49,04590%2218$2,229$87,8402Roadside Attractions
18The Lincoln Lawyer$42,288-32%72-34$587$57,981,88918Lionsgate
19Under the Sea 3D$36,173-19%14-1$2,584$29,173,572127Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Incendies$35,410-1%386$932$6,650,16513Sony Pictures Classics
21Bride Flight$28,059-9%17-6$1,651$325,3486Music Box Films
22The Names of Love$23,005-8%121$1,917$156,7234Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,9984%10$20,998$59,8452International Film Circuit
24The Double Hour$20,550-38%22-6$934$1,388,63714IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Gerry (2011)$20,010-60%23-22$870$1,844,7545Entertainment One Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$14,861-62%8-15$1,858$216,9554Hannover House
27Life, Above All$13,788--5--$2,758$13,7881Sony Pictures Classics
28Meek's Cutoff$13,70251%131$1,054$931,43615Oscilloscope
29Passione: A Musical Adventure$12,94719%42$3,237$93,4034Abramorama
30Queen to Play$12,596-38%90$1,400$428,75416Zeitgeist Films
31Trollhunter$10,369-46%201$518$174,3136Magnolia / Magnet
32Bill Cunningham New York$9,788-27%6-3$1,631$1,418,74618Zeitgeist Films
33Submarine$8,874-47%14-5$634$398,9887Weinstein Company
34In a Better World$8,594-29%10-8$859$937,27716Sony Pictures Classics
35Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,261-55%19-23$435$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
36The Last Mountain$8,083125%52$1,617$101,1427Dada Films
37Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,940-55%5-5$1,588$239,5344Abramorama
38Salvation Boulevard$7,208--4--$1,802$7,2081IFC Films
39Win Win$7,145-49%7-10$1,021$10,179,27518Fox Searchlight
4013 Assassins$6,977-24%173$410$776,54212Magnolia / Magnet
41If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,928424%53$1,386$34,0064Oscilloscope
42Everything Must Go$5,164-41%12-5$430$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$4,983--2--$2,492$4,9831Zeitgeist Films
44The Conspirator$4,890-19%10-5$489$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
45Rapt$4,852-17%10$4,852$18,0922Lorber Films
46Rejoice and Shout$4,700-61%70$671$82,2747Magnolia Pictures
47Trigun: Badlands Rumble$4,054-86%2-10$2,027$43,7322Eleven Arts
48Ranchero$3,826--2--$1,913$3,8261Indican Pictures
49The Sleeping Beauty$3,553-41%21$1,777$13,1682Strand Releasing
5035 and Ticking$3,411-24%51$682$90,0699Image Entertainment
51The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,343-22%21$1,672$37,9144Rialto Pictures
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,242425%43$811$142,68416Lorber Films
53Film Socialisme$2,795--2--$1,398$26,9627Lorber Films
54Murder 2$2,735-93%260$105$59,4722Eros International
55Beautiful Boy$2,71727%1-2$2,717$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
56Small Town Murder Songs$2,6935510%32$898$25,2578Monterey Media
57Hesher$2,37612%32$792$377,17710Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58City of Life and Death$2,261-59%40$565$93,23910Kino International
59Hobo with a Shotgun$2,101-37%5-1$420$695,41211Magnolia / Magnet
60The Salvation Poem$1,994-68%20$997$902,77940CanZion Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,735--1--$1,735$21,74210Argot Pictures
62How To Live Forever$1,605-46%21$803$42,96710Variance Films
63Pianomania$1,539--1--$1,539$13,9768First Run Features
64Road to Nowhere$1,03923%41$260$29,0746Monterey Media
65Beginning of the Great Revival$983-84%1-7$983$151,3054China Lion Film
66Daylight (2011)$959--1--$959$9591Cinema Purgatorio
67The Perfect Host$943-71%2-1$472$17,4203Magnolia Pictures
68Blank City$791-75%1-2$791$115,57615Insurgent Releasing
69Potiche$768-79%1-2$768$1,613,22717Music Box Films
70The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$7490%4-4$187$629,49913Sony Pictures Classics
71Into Eternity$706--3--$235$52,76324International Film Circuit
72Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$701-65%10$701$15,75410Strand Releasing
73The Arbor$658453%10$658$14,15712Strand Releasing
74Chillar Party$502-88%4-3$126$6,1492UTV Communications
75Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$500-62%1-1$500$179,64420Strand Releasing
76Farmageddon$496-85%10$496$16,0815Undefined
77Viva Riva!$354-90%1-4$354$46,5196Music Box Films
78My Perestroika$335-86%2-1$168$238,81117International Film Circuit
79The Robber$329-21%10$329$72,08012Kino International
80Winter in Wartime$263-85%1-3$263$531,64518Sony Pictures Classics
81Putty Hill$139--1--$139$48,64422Cinema Guild