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. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$13,912,419-27%3,5158$3,958$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$12,031,592-38%2,9930$4,020$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$10,615,645-52%2,34010$4,537$79,209,7943Disney
4Courageous$9,112,839--1,161--$7,849$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
550/50$8,644,095--2,458--$3,517$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$8,129,335--2,661--$3,055$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$5,608,053-49%3,1180$1,799$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$5,421,669--3,002--$1,806$5,421,6691Fox
9Killer Elite$4,916,839-47%2,9860$1,647$17,501,2862Open Road
10Contagion$4,907,154-42%2,744-392$1,788$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$3,289,714-43%1,974-930$1,667$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$3,015,995-31%2,505-190$1,204$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$735,231-35%278-9$2,645$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$628,884-50%603-464$1,043$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$541,075-53%591-587$916$174,482,6299Fox
4Bad Teacher$473,817194%354122$1,338$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
5Warrior (2011)$460,263-59%707-704$651$13,082,6674Lionsgate
6Captain America: The First Avenger$436,20744%35016$1,246$175,330,41811Paramount
7Straw Dogs (2011)$426,681-79%874-1534$488$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
8Colombiana$407,354-56%412-435$989$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9I Don't Know How She Does It$401,675-80%745-1745$539$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$398,083-49%405-270$983$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$382,241--255--$1,499$190,061,32915Disney
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$359,592-50%710-497$506$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
13The Smurfs$336,049-38%411-258$818$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$273,263-29%252-68$1,084$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
15Zookeeper$211,317-32%253-41$835$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$200,720-50%208-43$965$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Guard$193,343-22%157-10$1,231$4,455,13510Sony Pictures Classics
18Cowboys & Aliens$186,795-33%241-104$775$99,552,61110Universal
19Midnight in Paris$180,622-19%140-25$1,290$54,697,32920Sony Pictures Classics
20Horrible Bosses$171,737-36%222-91$774$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
21Shark Night 3D$141,688-70%292-345$485$18,492,1055Relativity Media
22Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$129,142-63%216-208$598$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
23Sarah's Key$109,812-17%139-12$790$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
24Seven Days in Utopia$84,244-64%135-137$624$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
25Final Destination 5$75,574-55%144-110$525$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mr. Popper's Penguins$69,498-36%103-50$675$68,131,16016Fox
27Our Idiot Brother$64,252-75%136-275$472$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
28Apollo 18$52,239-72%114-225$458$17,486,0595Weinstein Company
29Conan the Barbarian (2011)$50,505146%11559$439$21,270,9047Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$546,866--48--$11,393$546,8661Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$111,946-3%490$2,285$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Mausam$103,018-78%960$1,073$655,5522Eros International
4Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$86,086--11--$7,826$86,0861Nocturnal Features
5Machine Gun Preacher$84,73288%3329$2,568$142,9312Relativity Media
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$53,376-35%34-14$1,570$355,2785Indomina Media
7Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$52,843--31--$1,705$52,8431Magnolia / Magnet
8Take Shelter$52,041--3--$17,347$52,0411Sony Pictures Classics
9Weekend$48,41878%65$8,070$92,2322IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$48,259-23%260$1,856$29,017,20881Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Hedgehog$48,138--26--$1,851$492,2677NeoClassics Films
12Higher Ground$48,079-31%51-13$943$661,2926Sony Pictures Classics
13Love Crime$46,867-3%211$2,232$293,0765IFC Films
14Senna$43,9074%321$1,372$1,257,2918Producers Distribution Agency
15Munger Road$36,605--1--$36,605$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,7121%93$3,635$126,2404IFC Films
17Mozart's Sister$32,481-12%18-4$1,805$284,1057Music Box Films
18The Whistleblower$22,799-23%34-16$671$1,052,0149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Pearl Jam Twenty$21,585-79%5-5$4,317$454,7842Abramorama
20The Mill and the Cross$20,982-4%72$2,997$76,9423Kino Lorber
21Restless (2011)$20,96035%4326$487$70,7913Sony Pictures Classics
22Circumstance$20,387-38%23-6$886$345,7236Roadside Attractions
23Under the Sea 3D$19,88417%102$1,988$29,857,505138Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,212-20%10-2$1,921$4,271,367733D Entertainment
25Point Blank$18,888-6%24-2$787$646,09510Magnolia / Magnet
26The Tree of Life$17,740-44%29-10$612$13,246,06919Fox Searchlight
27Fright Night (2011)$16,730-14%23-21$727$18,084,0907Disney / DreamWorks
28Thunder Soul$16,538-68%13-22$1,272$81,3902Roadside Attractions
29Muran$16,490--10--$1,649$16,4901UTV Communications
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$16,32016%122$1,360$582,87013International Film Circuit
31The Man Nobody Knew$13,762-11%32$4,587$34,8072First Run Features
32Brighton Rock (2011)$13,535-9%246$564$186,0166IFC Films
33Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,200693%32$3,400$214,68615Abramorama
34Puncture$10,141-65%40$2,535$46,0382Millennium Entertainment
35Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$9,548--9--$1,061$9,5481UTV Communications
36Another Earth$8,90259%151$593$1,316,07411Fox Searchlight
37Finding Joe$8,753--1--$8,753$8,7531Balcony Releasing
38The Future$8,654-7%16-11$541$535,95710Roadside Attractions
39Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,271-19%4-3$2,068$130,6255Music Box Films
40Mysteries of Lisbon$8,14517%51$1,629$89,3399Music Box Films
41El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$8,031130%73$1,147$125,82710Alive Mind Cinema
42Where Soldiers Come From$7,82636%30$2,609$25,3594International Film Circuit
43Space Station 3D$7,573-9%1-2$7,573$84,310,794494IMAX
44Margaret$7,525--2--$3,763$7,5251Fox Searchlight
45Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$6,911--6--$1,152$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
46Limelight (2011)$6,321-34%10$6,321$24,5932Magnolia Pictures
47Happy, Happy$6,06144%74$866$22,5033Magnolia Pictures
48American Teacher$6,036--2--$3,018$6,0361First Run Features
49The Names of Love$5,227-24%111$475$486,30215Music Box Films
50The Interrupters$4,939-39%5-2$988$199,61110Cinema Guild
51The Whale$4,5566%21$2,278$18,7794Paladin
52Fancypants$4,227--1--$4,227$4,2271Undefined
53Incendiary: The Willingham Case$4,120-44%21$2,060$13,1702Truly Indie
54The Tree$3,542321%64$590$55,66412Zeitgeist Films
55People v. The State of Illusion$3,162-28%10$3,162$33,9874IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
56Magic Trip$3,02938%5-2$606$142,6009Magnolia Pictures
57Bellflower$2,814-34%131$216$155,0709Oscilloscope
58Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,44614%71$349$1,060,05416Magnolia Pictures
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,32029%20$1,160$17,9333International Film Circuit
60My Joy$2,077--1--$2,077$2,0771Kino Lorber
61Project Nim$1,851-59%7-11$264$397,78513Roadside Attractions
62Life, Above All$1,778-53%7-9$254$116,53712Sony Pictures Classics
63Benda Bilili!$1,678--1--$1,678$1,6781National Geographic
64The Last Circus$1,634-63%50$327$34,5807Magnolia / Magnet
653 (2010)$1,569-82%60$262$31,0493Strand Releasing
66Griff the Invisible$1,307--1--$1,307$20,0837Indomina Media
67Jane's Journey$959-81%21$480$14,1523First Run Features
68Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$952-86%2-1$476$25,8443Nocturnal Features
69WAR: Women Art Revolution$818-54%1-1$818$49,70618Zeitgeist Films
70A Bird of the Air$809-79%10$809$5,4622Paladin
71Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$774-83%4-8$194$1,190,36913Sony Pictures Classics
72Turtle: The Incredible Journey$646-7%1-1$646$375,73615Hannover House
73Pianomania$604-20%1-1$604$28,50919First Run Features
74Leap Year (2011)$405--1--$405$12,56115Strand Releasing
75The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$384--1--$384$16,3324The Film Desk
76Aurora$371--1--$371$5,06114Cinema Guild
77Bill Cunningham New York$350-50%10$350$1,500,81329Zeitgeist Films
78Rapt$259-30%21$130$40,89113Lorber Films
79Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$217-53%10$217$20,7265Argot Pictures
80The Robber$192--1--$192$82,17223Kino International
81Film Socialisme$188-6%10$188$31,73318Lorber Films