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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$27,319,677--3,440--$7,942$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$10,470,143--2,199--$4,761$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$9,131,091-34%3,478-37$2,625$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$7,453,989-38%3,01825$2,470$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$5,652,149-35%2,47921$2,280$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$4,867,876-47%1,1610$4,193$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$4,598,606-57%2,267-73$2,028$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$4,475,525-45%2,6643$1,680$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$3,126,782-42%3,0119$1,038$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$2,942,322-40%2,250-494$1,308$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$2,893,684-48%2,591-527$1,117$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$2,201,362-55%2,411-575$913$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$1,945,048-36%2,064-441$942$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$1,842,563-44%1,330-644$1,385$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$512,05652%515104$994$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$467,823-36%248-30$1,886$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$405,86149%407155$997$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$311,753-29%303-47$1,029$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$295,891-45%382-209$775$174,937,80310Fox
6Cars 2$284,613-26%2627$1,086$190,462,89816Disney
7The Debt$248,929-60%358-245$695$30,564,7666Focus
8Colombiana$227,769-44%245-167$930$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,241-49%222-183$911$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$170,753-63%319-388$535$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$158,889-56%365-345$435$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$147,469-30%198-55$745$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$147,290-21%206-35$715$99,768,67111Universal
14Midnight in Paris$130,882-28%119-21$1,100$54,905,64321Sony Pictures Classics
15The Guard$119,125-38%124-33$961$4,646,79611Sony Pictures Classics
16Horrible Bosses$101,021-41%142-80$711$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
17I Don't Know How She Does It$100,112-75%240-505$417$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
18Straw Dogs (2011)$87,594-79%181-693$484$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
19Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,901-59%143-65$580$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
20Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$70,221-46%114-102$616$23,820,0767FilmDistrict
21Shark Night 3D$66,288-53%145-147$457$18,595,9886Relativity Media
22Sarah's Key$58,670-47%113-26$519$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
23Restless (2011)$33,46460%12683$266$117,6024Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$354,306-35%480$7,381$1,066,5082Alliance Films
2Rascals$168,082--61--$2,755$168,0821Eros Entertainment
3Machine Gun Preacher$112,56633%9360$1,210$291,1983Relativity Media
4The Way$110,418--33--$3,346$110,4181Producers Distribution Agency
5Born to Be Wild 3D$104,093-7%490$2,124$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Le Bonheur des Autres$58,765--29--$2,026$58,7651Entertainment One Films
7Hubble 3D$57,59819%24-2$2,400$29,115,97682Warner Bros. / IMAX
81911$55,850--33--$1,692$55,8501Variance Films
9Seven Days in Utopia$53,315-37%77-58$692$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
10Take Shelter$52,0020%118$4,727$126,2232Sony Pictures Classics
11Munger Road$51,07440%98$5,675$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
12The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$49,456--18--$2,748$49,4561IFC Films
13Weekend$49,3422%148$3,524$162,6943IFC Films
14The Hedgehog$41,479-14%293$1,430$676,9178NeoClassics Films
15Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$40,992-52%8-3$5,124$156,7232Nocturnal Features
16Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$39,776-25%4413$904$111,3422Magnolia / Magnet
17Love Crime$36,847-21%298$1,271$348,7176IFC Films
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,778-47%68-35$541$68,181,94017Fox
19Thunder Soul$34,440108%3724$931$120,6513Roadside Attractions
20Bad Teacher$32,554-93%64-290$509$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$32,270-40%27-7$1,195$409,2116Indomina Media
22Final Destination 5$30,599-60%61-83$502$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$28,178-56%67-69$421$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
24Mausam$27,966-73%960$291$712,8263Eros International
25The Women on the 6th Floor$26,636--6--$4,439$26,6361Strand Releasing
26Senna$26,220-40%31-1$846$1,310,9699Producers Distribution Agency
27Mozart's Sister$25,925-20%235$1,127$322,0568Music Box Films
28Fright Night (2011)$23,77542%22-1$1,081$18,114,1598Disney / DreamWorks
29Under the Sea 3D$21,4678%100$2,147$29,887,823139Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Higher Ground$18,977-61%34-17$558$701,0527Sony Pictures Classics
31Dirty Girl$17,859--9--$1,984$17,8591Weinstein Company
32Apollo 18$17,124-67%46-68$372$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
33The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,702-49%8-1$2,088$161,3135IFC Films
34Circumstance$16,163-21%18-5$898$371,9637Roadside Attractions
35Blackthorn$15,254--8--$1,907$15,2541Magnolia Pictures
36The Mill and the Cross$13,777-34%81$1,722$102,1174Kino Lorber
37Margaret$13,12974%1412$938$24,9502Fox Searchlight
38The Whistleblower$12,335-46%30-4$411$1,074,89210IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39The Tree of Life$9,872-44%11-18$897$13,279,56620Fox Searchlight
40Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,132-52%100$913$4,289,620743D Entertainment
41Brighton Rock (2011)$8,466-37%23-1$368$200,7217IFC Films
42The Man Nobody Knew$7,497-46%30$2,499$47,7173First Run Features
43Muran$7,413-55%7-3$1,059$27,2082UTV Communications
44Mysteries of Lisbon$7,278-11%50$1,456$100,59210Music Box Films
45Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,930-16%62$1,155$140,0046Music Box Films
46Point Blank$6,850-64%16-8$428$661,72011Magnolia / Magnet
47Puncture$6,700-34%51$1,340$55,9863Millennium Entertainment
48American Teacher$5,860-3%1-1$5,860$16,7252First Run Features
49Space Station 3D$5,698-25%10$5,698$84,316,636495IMAX
50Finding Joe$5,511-37%21$2,756$17,0392Balcony Releasing
51The Interrupters$4,902-1%61$817$209,13011Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,629-72%7-5$661$592,95214International Film Circuit
53Limelight (2011)$4,460-29%10$4,460$32,8843Magnolia Pictures
54The Names of Love$4,222-19%2-9$2,111$492,62016Music Box Films
55The Future$3,933-55%15-1$262$544,78711Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,920-62%2-1$1,960$225,50616Abramorama
57Amigo$3,661--5--$732$139,0498Variance Films
58Hell and Back Again$3,413--1--$3,413$4,8091Docurama Films
59A Bird of the Air$3,146289%21$1,573$8,8993Paladin
603 (2010)$2,99591%3-3$998$35,0704Strand Releasing
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,75913%3-4$920$1,065,15117Magnolia Pictures
62The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,680598%21$1,340$20,2645The Film Desk
63Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,445278%43$611$378,67116Hannover House
64Life, Above All$2,32531%92$258$119,68813Sony Pictures Classics
65Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,320-76%90$258$13,6342UTV Communications
66El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,248-72%3-4$749$135,30611Alive Mind Cinema
67People v. The State of Illusion$2,246-29%10$2,246$38,3335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Incendiary: The Willingham Case$2,058-50%31$686$18,1143Truly Indie
69Happy, Happy$1,962-68%2-5$981$27,7464Magnolia Pictures
70The Sons of Tennessee Williams$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921First Run Features
71Bellflower$1,418-50%8-5$177$160,98110Oscilloscope
72Where Soldiers Come From$1,353-83%30$451$26,7125International Film Circuit
73Jig$1,283--1--$1,283$183,79017Screen Media Films
74Magic Trip$1,178-61%4-1$295$145,05610Magnolia Pictures
75The Tree$1,107-69%3-3$369$58,67513Zeitgeist Films
76Bill Cunningham New York$976179%10$976$1,502,68330Zeitgeist Films
77Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$946-86%4-2$237$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
78Shaolin$913--1--$913$64,3275Variance Films
79Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$8105%2-2$405$1,192,10614Sony Pictures Classics
80The Whale$757-83%1-1$757$20,5425Paladin
81My Joy$702-66%10$702$3,7562Kino Lorber
82Rapt$652152%31$217$41,58414Lorber Films
83Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$600-74%20$300$19,4154International Film Circuit
84Jane's Journey$555-42%20$278$15,1374First Run Features
85The Last Circus$512-69%2-3$256$35,4788Magnolia / Magnet
86Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$442--1--$442$244,66956Collective Eye
87Special Treatment$351--1--$351$7,2377First Run Features
88Project Nim$250-86%6-1$42$399,00114Roadside Attractions
89WAR: Women Art Revolution$178-78%10$178$51,06719Zeitgeist Films