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. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$16,291,655-40%3,4400$4,736$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$15,556,113--3,549--$4,383$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$8,493,665--2,996--$2,835$8,493,6651Universal
4The Ides of March$7,108,846-32%2,1990$3,233$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$6,233,185-32%3,286-192$1,897$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$5,456,730-27%2,840-178$1,921$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
750/50$4,260,087-25%2,391-88$1,782$24,279,1523Summit
8Courageous$3,305,238-32%1,21453$2,723$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$3,251,884--2,150--$1,513$3,251,8841Fox
10The Lion King 3D$2,792,403-39%1,970-297$1,417$90,536,3185Disney
11Dream House$2,465,220-45%2,172-492$1,135$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$1,811,190-38%1,684-566$1,076$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
13Abduction$1,427,194-51%1,707-884$836$25,778,6854Lionsgate
14The Help$1,187,684-39%1,267-797$937$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$1,145,159-63%1,282-1729$893$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$1,031,220-53%1,431-980$721$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$1,116,149-39%703-627$1,588$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$440,526-14%370-145$1,191$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$284,548-30%330-77$862$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$272,941-42%188-60$1,452$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
5The Way$250,734127%10269$2,458$413,8512Producers Distribution Agency
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$238,361-19%273-109$873$175,306,81211Fox
7Captain America: The First Avenger$233,254-25%246-57$948$176,173,78713Paramount
8Cars 2$212,215-25%2653$801$190,785,74517Disney
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$201,41127%311-54$648$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
10The Debt$171,857-31%200-158$859$30,875,2627Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$140,385-5%2082$675$99,968,83112Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$131,606-35%162-60$812$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
13Midnight in Paris$129,387-1%107-12$1,209$55,107,08222Sony Pictures Classics
14Zookeeper$110,995-25%155-43$716$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
15Colombiana$100,691-56%132-113$763$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
16Warrior (2011)$68,436-60%135-184$507$13,572,5436Lionsgate
17Shark Night 3D$40,241-39%115-30$350$18,656,1457Relativity Media
18I Don't Know How She Does It$34,153-66%107-133$319$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$223,924-37%31-17$7,223$1,481,7353Alliance Films
2The Skin I Live In$223,119--6--$37,187$223,1191Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$116,302124%2413$4,846$272,5213Sony Pictures Classics
4The Guard$106,717-10%94-30$1,135$4,824,66112Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$97,464-6%490$1,989$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Labios Rojos$73,476--67--$1,097$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Le Bonheur des Autres$71,63222%312$2,311$162,3032Entertainment One Films
8Weekend$68,47239%2410$2,853$258,0024IFC Films
9Munger Road$63,08424%3223$1,971$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
10Machine Gun Preacher$56,848-49%43-50$1,322$412,9944Relativity Media
11Hubble 3D$55,953-3%20-4$2,798$29,214,33883Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Horrible Bosses$54,405-46%85-57$640$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Greatest Miracle$53,824--13--$4,140$53,8241Undefined
14Sarah's Key$45,844-22%86-27$533$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$43,081-39%80-34$539$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
16Love Crime$41,57013%28-1$1,485$413,1367IFC Films
17War of the Arrows$40,685--16--$2,543$40,6853CJ Entertainment
18Rascals$40,155-76%610$658$261,1562Eros Entertainment
19The Women on the 6th Floor$39,98250%148$2,856$84,5042Strand Releasing
20Fireflies in the Garden$36,884--5--$7,377$36,8841Independent
21The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$34,679-30%224$1,576$84,7612IFC Films
22Mozart's Sister$33,53629%285$1,198$370,1029Music Box Films
23Blackthorn$29,72695%2113$1,416$55,0062Magnolia Pictures
24Higher Ground$29,04453%5319$548$741,9798Sony Pictures Classics
25Senna$28,83210%24-7$1,201$1,529,83610Producers Distribution Agency
26Silenced$28,354--1--$28,354$28,3541CJ Entertainment
27Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,196-22%22-5$1,145$450,3327Indomina Media
28Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$24,857-38%37-7$672$153,5653Magnolia / Magnet
29Under the Sea 3D$22,5375%9-1$2,504$29,925,421140Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$22,483386%136$1,729$618,39915International Film Circuit
31The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$22,38534%124$1,865$195,1306IFC Films
321911$21,537-61%20-13$1,077$108,3482Variance Films
33Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,038-46%38-30$527$68,218,04118Fox
34Seven Days in Utopia$19,260-64%41-36$470$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
35Our Idiot Brother$17,648-37%41-26$430$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
36The Mill and the Cross$17,23625%91$1,915$129,4245Kino Lorber
37Trespass (2011)$16,816--10--$1,682$16,8161Millennium Entertainment
38The Whistleblower$16,68935%23-7$726$1,100,77311IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Circumstance$16,5152%191$869$400,1608Roadside Attractions
40The Man Nobody Knew$15,179102%30$5,060$67,7054First Run Features
41Apollo 18$13,091-24%18-28$727$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
42Limelight (2011)$12,863188%43$3,216$49,3614Magnolia Pictures
43Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$10,752-74%80$1,344$190,9953Nocturnal Features
44Finding Joe$10,28287%53$2,056$30,4883Balcony Releasing
45The Interrupters$10,193108%60$1,699$226,74812Cinema Guild
46Dirty Girl$9,873-45%101$987$38,8802Weinstein Company
47Fright Night (2011)$9,301-61%15-7$620$18,126,2489Disney / DreamWorks
48Restless (2011)$9,213-72%25-101$369$145,6305Sony Pictures Classics
49Texas Killing Fields$8,772--3--$2,924$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$8,45523%13-3$650$678,46812Magnolia / Magnet
51Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,232-21%100$723$4,300,064753D Entertainment
52Thunder Soul$6,997-80%12-25$583$139,6024Roadside Attractions
53Turtle: The Incredible Journey$6,353160%40$1,588$385,02417Hannover House
54Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,162-11%60$1,027$150,5337Music Box Films
55Brighton Rock (2011)$6,015-29%13-10$463$211,8508IFC Films
56The Tree of Life$5,740-42%6-5$957$13,292,16721Fox Searchlight
57America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$5,599--3--$1,866$7,2211PMK*BNC
58El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,156129%74$737$141,78212Alive Mind Cinema
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,92426%20$2,462$235,48717Abramorama
60Back Door Channels$4,824--3--$1,608$8,9895Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Future$4,77121%161$298$551,81312Roadside Attractions
62OKA!$4,461--1--$4,461$4,4611Dada Films
633 (2010)$4,20640%41$1,052$40,6695Strand Releasing
64Farmageddon$4,176--4--$1,044$49,12518Undefined
65Margaret$4,153-68%6-8$692$40,3343Fox Searchlight
66Life, Above All$4,13878%101$414$125,61014Sony Pictures Classics
67Happy, Happy$4,124110%42$1,031$32,9725Magnolia Pictures
68Mausam$4,112-85%960$43$725,9664Eros International
69Hell and Back Again$3,5975%21$1,799$11,0572Docurama Films
70The Names of Love$3,363-20%75$480$498,27017Music Box Films
71The Whale$3,183320%21$1,592$23,9476Paladin
72Magic Trip$2,858143%62$476$148,15711Magnolia Pictures
73Puncture$2,619-61%2-3$1,310$61,7734Millennium Entertainment
74Mysteries of Lisbon$2,240-69%61$373$106,83711Music Box Films
75People v. The State of Illusion$2,058-8%10$2,058$42,2026IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76The Last Circus$1,817255%42$454$37,2959Magnolia / Magnet
77Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,696--8--$212$5,7022Kino Lorber
78Amigo$1,654-55%50$331$144,5849Variance Films
79Incendiary: The Willingham Case$1,418-31%2-1$709$21,8824Truly Indie
80The Tree$1,25313%1-2$1,253$60,43914Zeitgeist Films
81Film Socialisme$1,066--1--$1,066$32,86220Lorber Films
82Bill Cunningham New York$1,0083%10$1,008$1,505,32831Zeitgeist Films
83Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$89611%42$224$1,193,21215Sony Pictures Classics
84The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$685-74%1-1$685$23,1286The Film Desk
85Where Soldiers Come From$567-58%1-2$567$29,2006International Film Circuit
86The Sons of Tennessee Williams$533-64%10$533$2,8522First Run Features
87Bellflower$516-64%3-5$172$164,07511Oscilloscope
88Aurora$273--1--$273$5,33416Cinema Guild
89Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$235--2--$118$41,03710Lorber Films
90WAR: Women Art Revolution$22225%10$222$51,53020Zeitgeist Films
91A Bird of the Air$205-93%1-1$205$10,1524Paladin
92Chalet Girl$192--1--$192$1921IFC Films
93Project Nim$150-40%3-3$50$399,79215Roadside Attractions
94American Teacher$104-98%10$104$24,4533First Run Features
95Page One: Inside the New York Times$58-98%1-2$58$1,067,02818Magnolia Pictures