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, Sep. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,594,6230%2,84365$5,134$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$9,909,499--1,826--$5,427$11,810,9131Focus
3Apollo 18$8,704,271--3,328--$2,615$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$8,404,260--2,806--$2,995$8,404,2601Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$7,915,295-11%3,193-153$2,479$160,139,9885Fox
6Colombiana$7,463,200-28%2,6140$2,855$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
7Our Idiot Brother$5,450,884-22%2,5550$2,133$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,195,268-39%2,78020$1,869$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,817,284-20%3,007-298$1,602$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$4,099,478-14%2,706-155$1,515$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,306,4086%1,450-127$2,280$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,472,601-4%1,092-236$2,264$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,928,367-14%1,050-374$1,837$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,878,410-21%1,185-374$1,585$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$1,818,484-32%1,355-716$1,342$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,577,143-50%1,722-1293$916$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$1,498,089-41%1,226-859$1,222$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18One Day$1,328,780-47%1,187-538$1,119$12,306,3153Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$1,302,223-58%1,468-1646$887$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$1,207,411415%2,0431810$591$188,686,31711Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$1,316,910--561--$2,347$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$776,160-35%539-365$1,440$35,791,5605Universal
3Zookeeper$737,581204%401176$1,839$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
4Horrible Bosses$698,0369%422-43$1,654$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
5Midnight in Paris$670,125-10%402-250$1,667$52,716,77416Sony Pictures Classics
6Saving Private Perez$664,517--161--$4,127$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Sarah's Key$624,586-2%31947$1,958$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$588,481-8%424-94$1,388$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guard$580,69851%17871$3,262$2,522,9136Sony Pictures Classics
10Bad Teacher$477,188376%986911$484$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
11Kung Fu Panda 2$334,19059%305111$1,096$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,85817%25213$1,210$67,426,37712Fox
13Bridesmaids$277,19522%220-2$1,260$168,452,53017Universal
14Super 8$275,581-10%240-2$1,148$126,451,88713Paramount
15Winnie the Pooh$253,0669%352-20$719$26,428,7168Disney
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$197,6512%186-25$1,063$240,739,43316Disney
17Friends With Benefits$192,687-10%161-53$1,197$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
18Green Lantern (2011)$189,112-19%185-37$1,022$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
19A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$117,564--143--$822$117,5641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20X-Men: First Class$107,362-5%101-9$1,063$146,277,35014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$12,29833%1000$123$3,093,9278Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$863,531--88--$9,813$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,52429%490$4,215$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$170,763-18%4719$3,633$818,8834Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$96,482-20%702$1,378$763,0075IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$92,357330%1714$5,433$135,9412Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$89,58958%6636$1,357$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
7Hubble 3D$87,98132%29-1$3,034$28,645,39977Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tree of Life$79,571-3%86-11$925$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
9The Hangover Part II$71,7709%90-38$797$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
10Nothing to Declare$70,885-2%250$2,835$182,2952Entertainment One Films
11Bol$62,473--38--$1,644$80,3781Eros International
12Point Blank$62,03139%334$1,880$460,4956Magnolia / Magnet
13Another Earth$61,494-36%71-23$866$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
14Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$53,255-71%64-159$832$11,810,9084Fox
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,618--3--$17,539$52,6181Indomina Media
16Buck$47,548-15%738$651$3,878,65012IFC Films
17The Devil's Double$42,608-54%49-29$870$1,268,5816Lionsgate
18Circumstance$36,764-15%114$3,342$104,0762Roadside Attractions
19Beginners$35,81115%34-16$1,053$5,764,84214Focus
20Love Crime$35,375--5--$7,075$35,3751IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,422-23%100$3,342$4,131,289693D Entertainment
22Sur le Rythme$32,126-11%11-26$2,921$903,8774Entertainment One Films
23Under the Sea 3D$31,49450%8-2$3,937$29,757,755134Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$27,815-2%15-2$1,854$479,8789International Film Circuit
25Brighton Rock (2011)$26,418-19%131$2,032$82,6742IFC Films
26The Names of Love$26,036-33%16-6$1,627$416,89311Music Box Films
27Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$25,189--3--$8,396$30,2271Music Box Films
28Evidence of a Haunting$24,57046%9-1$2,730$54,4742Nocturnal Features
29The Trip (2011)$24,055-39%36-12$668$1,950,92113IFC Films
30The Future$23,945-11%17-5$1,409$439,4866Roadside Attractions
31Monte Carlo$19,884-65%41-50$485$22,936,85210Fox
32Amigo$17,42619%103$1,743$96,1873Variance Films
33Insidious$15,765288%4-3$3,941$54,008,44023FilmDistrict
34Tabloid$15,441-5%25-1$618$640,5478IFC Films
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$14,465-28%90$1,607$129,0454China Lion Film
36The Interrupters$13,475-25%100$1,348$117,9156Cinema Guild
37Magic Trip$12,69467%115$1,154$94,3485Magnolia Pictures
38Mozart's Sister$12,364-30%70$1,766$97,7813Music Box Films
39Rio (2011)$11,049-52%25-14$442$143,613,65121Fox
40Project Nim$10,31533%15-1$688$361,8849Roadside Attractions
41Terri$10,116-33%17-4$595$618,43910IDP/ATO Pictures
42Incendies$9,983-17%80$1,248$6,841,32320Sony Pictures Classics
43In/Sight$9,571--23--$416$9,5711Check Entertainment
44Space Station 3D$9,477--1--$9,477$84,240,236490IMAX
45Life in a Day$7,872191%94$875$222,8786National Geographic
46Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,698-1%9-1$855$1,141,6559Sony Pictures Classics
47Bellflower$6,406-15%5-2$1,281$109,9465Oscilloscope
48Bride Flight$6,060-12%100$606$478,63813Music Box Films
49Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,699-52%12-3$475$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
50Bill Cunningham New York$5,6301188%21$2,815$1,485,01225Zeitgeist Films
51Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,954352%32$1,651$193,94011Abramorama
52El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,71313%50$943$102,0566Alive Mind Cinema
53Littlerock$4,630--3--$1,543$7,9804Variance Films
54Page One: Inside the New York Times$4,41865%72$631$1,037,92512Magnolia Pictures
55The Tree$4,26423%4-2$1,066$39,1038Zeitgeist Films
565 Days of War$3,382122%32$1,127$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,1494274%54$630$243,56751Collective Eye
58I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$3,118--1--$3,118$3,1181Strand Releasing
59Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$3,054--1--$3,054$3,0541Argot Pictures
60CornerStore$2,970-13%20$1,485$36,9004Undefined
61Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$2,889331%10$2,889$37,0254Lorber Films
62Rebirth (2011)$2,740--1--$2,740$5,5321Oscilloscope
63Life, Above All$2,603-42%61$434$93,4958Sony Pictures Classics
64Rapt$2,484--2--$1,242$36,6689Lorber Films
65The Last Circus$2,115-7%20$1,058$14,5453Magnolia / Magnet
66Redemption Road$2,056-89%10-16$206$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
67Griff the Invisible$1,918-26%2-2$959$14,4333Indomina Media
68Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,863-31%32$621$267,09711Abramorama
69Turtle: The Incredible Journey$1,844-53%30$615$361,14111Hannover House
70Trollhunter$1,72231%40$431$247,04913Magnolia / Magnet
71Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$1,472-64%1-1$1,472$5,5642Undefined
72WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,129-77%1-1$1,129$45,62414Zeitgeist Films
73Vito Bonafacci$1,006-55%10$1,006$8,67618CAVU Pictures
74Mysteries of Lisbon$98646%1-1$986$61,6465Music Box Films
75The Perfect Host$870-21%1-1$870$48,28910Magnolia Pictures
76Everything Must Go$659-22%41$165$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
77The Music Never Stopped$632--1--$632$257,53525Roadside Attractions
78Special Treatment$586-14%10$586$2,3462First Run Features
79Little Girl$526--1--$526$5261First Run Features
80In a Better World$52088%10$520$1,007,80823Sony Pictures Classics
81Tuesday, After Christmas$367--1--$367$25,86615Lorber Films
82The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$216-56%1-2$216$152,27023Lorber Films
83Road to Nowhere$36-80%1-1$36$40,15613Monterey Media
84The Conspirator$24-98%1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions