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. 21 - Sun, Oct. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$52,568,183--3,321--$15,829$52,568,1831Paramount
2Real Steel$10,824,512-34%3,412-28$3,172$66,732,1523Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$10,351,207-33%3,5556$2,912$30,364,2382Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,674,452--3,017--$2,875$8,674,4521Summit
5The Ides of March$4,853,051-32%2,042-157$2,377$29,112,3773Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$4,217,260-32%2,828-458$1,491$64,407,9355Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$3,981,852-27%2,353-487$1,692$63,640,7465Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$3,833,300--1,552--$2,470$3,833,3001Universal
9The Thing (2011)$3,069,875-64%2,995-1$1,025$14,049,2202Universal
1050/50$2,835,208-33%1,932-459$1,467$28,820,7484Summit
11Courageous$2,494,020-25%1,195-19$2,087$24,975,1864Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$1,681,040-48%2,1500$782$6,000,4182Fox
13The Lion King 3D$1,254,237-55%1,091-879$1,150$92,608,5376Disney
14Dream House$1,132,170-54%1,224-948$925$20,179,8504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$963,221--975--$988$963,2211Quaker Media
2Contagion$853,062-53%901-783$947$73,474,3547Warner Bros.
3The Help$713,429-40%776-491$919$166,190,26511Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$608,534-45%367-336$1,658$33,188,9836FilmDistrict
5Abduction$581,021-59%753-954$772$26,792,6205Lionsgate
6The Way$506,522102%283181$1,790$1,019,8373Producers Distribution Agency
7Killer Elite$410,036-60%751-680$546$24,626,6355Open Road
8The Smurfs$387,297-12%327-43$1,184$140,555,20913Sony / Columbia
9What's Your Number?$293,977-74%343-939$857$13,691,2054Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$239,16882%308146$777$83,644,48913Warner Bros.
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$237,066-1%249-24$952$175,631,26512Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,790-36%240-90$753$380,531,42715Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$160,743-31%184-62$874$176,423,39514Paramount
14Cars 2$144,346-32%193-72$748$191,003,04218Disney
15Colombiana$117,63117%17644$668$36,542,8499Sony / TriStar
16Laugh at My Pain$111,677-59%103-85$1,084$7,557,5537CodeBlack Entertainment
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$107,340-47%178-133$603$38,197,77710Weinstein Company
18The Debt$100,550-41%119-81$845$31,052,6248Focus
19Cowboys & Aliens$95,015-32%131-77$725$100,117,95613Universal
20Fright Night (2011)$74,054696%120105$617$18,202,99510Disney / DreamWorks
21Shark Night 3D$66,62666%102-13$653$18,732,3138Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$561,906--56--$10,034$561,9061Roadside Attractions
2The Skin I Live In$247,19311%2115$11,771$555,3742Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$181,19056%5531$3,294$503,3394Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$137,651--4--$34,413$137,6511Fox Searchlight
5The Guard$111,0624%82-12$1,354$4,984,91813Sony Pictures Classics
6Midnight in Paris$109,215-16%96-11$1,138$55,275,62123Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$93,016-5%490$1,898$13,670,91929Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Afflicted$90,272--13--$6,944$90,2721Nocturnal Features
9Hubble 3D$85,05352%244$3,544$29,350,49984Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$55,425147%2916$1,911$683,31016International Film Circuit
11The Women on the 6th Floor$49,25423%173$2,897$155,8113Strand Releasing
12Weekend$48,407-29%262$1,862$338,4805IFC Films
13Zookeeper$43,653-61%94-61$464$80,360,86616Sony / Columbia
14Mozart's Sister$41,05522%324$1,283$435,47810Music Box Films
15The Hedgehog$38,307--27--$1,419$828,80110NeoClassics Films
16Our Idiot Brother$33,65091%7938$426$24,732,9449Weinstein Company
17Machine Gun Preacher$31,779-44%25-18$1,271$476,0785Relativity Media
18Munger Road$29,778-53%16-16$1,861$219,0534Freestyle Releasing
19Love Crime$28,921-30%26-2$1,112$459,5628IFC Films
20Warrior (2011)$28,575-58%65-70$440$13,632,5177Lionsgate
21Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$27,818-35%53-27$525$23,925,4649FilmDistrict
22Le Havre$26,363--6--$4,394$26,3631Janus Films
23Blackthorn$25,990-13%19-2$1,368$96,1423Magnolia Pictures
24Le Bonheur des Autres$25,811-64%24-7$1,075$208,5233Entertainment One Films
25The Mill and the Cross$24,58943%156$1,639$163,1066Kino Lorber
26Labios Rojos$24,235-67%43-24$564$122,0482Lionsgate / Pantelion
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$22,963--1--$22,963$22,9631Submarine Deluxe
28Higher Ground$22,731-22%36-17$631$782,3649Sony Pictures Classics
29Horrible Bosses$22,387-59%50-35$448$117,528,64616Warner Bros. / New Line
30Sarah's Key$22,222-52%48-38$463$7,025,67014Weinstein Company
31Under the Sea 3D$21,611-4%123$1,801$29,960,577141Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Fireflies in the Garden$17,660-52%149$1,261$59,7082Independent
33Revenge of the Electric Car$17,482--2--$8,741$17,4821Area23a
34The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,943-24%131$1,303$225,6917IFC Films
35The Last Ride$16,270--7--$2,324$16,2701Category One Entertainment
36Senna$16,068-44%20-4$803$1,565,24711Producers Distribution Agency
37The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$15,204-56%242$634$108,4983IFC Films
38The Whistleblower$14,113-15%13-10$1,086$1,124,96612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,043-48%29-8$450$183,2314Magnolia / Magnet
40Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$12,017-52%21-1$572$474,7548Indomina Media
41Seven Days in Utopia$11,382-41%20-21$569$4,355,2208Visio Entertainment
42The Man Nobody Knew$10,559-30%52$2,112$84,3735First Run Features
43Texas Killing Fields$9,3927%41$2,348$22,7662Anchor Bay Films
441911$9,366-57%12-8$781$127,4373Variance Films
45Circumstance$9,074-45%10-9$907$418,8939Roadside Attractions
46Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,77721%100$878$4,310,072763D Entertainment
47I Don't Know How She Does It$8,773-74%29-78$303$9,595,5046Weinstein Company
48Finding Joe$7,300-29%72$1,043$44,4614Balcony Releasing
49Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$7,01714%71$1,002$160,1008Music Box Films
50The Tree of Life$6,1477%4-2$1,537$13,303,31922Fox Searchlight
51Apollo 18$6,074-54%13-5$467$17,552,0408Weinstein Company
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$5,754--1--$5,754$9,7541Zeitgeist Films
53El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,69110%92$632$154,56513Alive Mind Cinema
54Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$5,152-52%80$644$202,5314Nocturnal Features
55The Future$5,1308%14-2$366$560,32813Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$5,0903%20$2,545$243,16118Abramorama
57Turtle: The Incredible Journey$4,909-23%40$1,227$391,94218Hannover House
583 (2010)$4,72912%51$946$47,1266Strand Releasing
59Brighton Rock (2011)$4,406-27%11-2$401$220,9669IFC Films
60Point Blank$4,367-48%11-2$397$687,98413Magnolia / Magnet
61Dirty Girl$4,132-58%5-5$826$47,9313Weinstein Company
62Puncture$4,11157%42$1,028$67,0715Millennium Entertainment
63Restless (2011)$3,578-61%11-14$325$153,9296Sony Pictures Classics
64Elevate$3,547--1--$3,547$3,5471Variance Films
65Margaret$3,437-17%5-1$687$46,4954Fox Searchlight
66Amigo$2,73765%4-1$684$147,74010Variance Films
67Life, Above All$2,564-38%5-5$513$129,85815Sony Pictures Classics
68The Names of Love$2,531-25%3-4$844$504,56018Music Box Films
69Hell and Back Again$2,326-35%20$1,163$15,8903Docurama Films
70The Whale$2,226-30%1-1$2,226$27,4617Paladin
71The Interrupters$2,222-78%4-2$556$236,95713Cinema Guild
72Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,13126%80$266$9,0653Kino Lorber
73Where Soldiers Come From$2,087268%32$696$32,3037International Film Circuit
74Back Door Channels$1,809-63%1-2$1,809$11,5336Fisher Klingenstein Films
75Project Nim$1,6811021%129$140$401,90816Roadside Attractions
76Mysteries of Lisbon$1,566-30%3-3$522$108,86412Music Box Films
77People v. The State of Illusion$1,320-36%10$1,320$46,7007IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
78Thunder Soul$1,052-85%4-8$263$143,0415Roadside Attractions
79Limelight (2011)$1,052-92%3-1$351$54,7585Magnolia Pictures
80Jane's Journey$1,010--3--$337$18,5756First Run Features
81The Catechism Cataclysm$897--1--$897$1,9331IFC Films
82OKA!$885-80%10$885$6,8362Dada Films
83The Tree$778-38%10$778$62,41815Zeitgeist Films
84Chalet Girl$763297%10$763$1,2012IFC Films
85Bill Cunningham New York$757-25%10$757$1,507,02932Zeitgeist Films
86Happy, Happy$753-82%3-1$251$35,5116Magnolia Pictures
87The Last Circus$662-64%2-2$331$38,33310Magnolia / Magnet
88Bride Flight$611--2--$306$497,25220Music Box Films
89Special Treatment$583--1--$583$8,0909First Run Features
90The Sleeping Beauty$551--1--$551$28,79116Strand Releasing
91The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$504-26%10$504$24,0067The Film Desk
92Magic Trip$435-85%2-4$218$151,61812Magnolia Pictures
93Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$292-67%40$73$1,195,16816Sony Pictures Classics
94Aurora$224-18%10$224$5,55817Cinema Guild
95Bellflower$200-61%2-1$100$164,42512Oscilloscope
96America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$192-97%2-1$96$8,0502PMK*BNC
97Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$144--1--$144$21,2438Argot Pictures