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, Dec. 23 - Sun, Dec. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,556,629131%3,4483023$8,572$61,993,0902Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,270,555-49%3,7030$5,474$79,024,1772Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$12,768,604--2,914--$4,382$21,145,0771Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,585,192-46%3,73411$3,370$49,525,3792Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$9,720,993--3,087--$3,149$17,729,0161Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$9,360,434--3,117--$3,003$9,818,9201Fox
7War Horse$7,515,402--2,376--$3,163$7,515,4021Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$3,313,739-55%2,585-920$1,282$32,650,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$3,000,000--2,324--$1,291$3,000,0001Summit
10The Muppets$2,145,762-39%1,752-1056$1,225$75,702,2875Disney
11Hugo$2,131,828-43%1,236-1296$1,725$43,759,0975Paramount
12Arthur Christmas$2,073,319-42%1,804-1125$1,149$43,541,3215Sony / Columbia
13The Sitter$1,739,165-62%1,786-966$974$22,227,3673Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,466,306-65%1,603-1355$915$270,268,2076Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,073,371-37%813-65$2,550$32,364,9236Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$1,746,450-49%9871$1,769$7,155,8983Paramount
3Don 2$1,673,704--161--$10,396$1,731,8381Reliance Big Entertainment
4The Artist$883,063207%167150$5,288$2,381,4935Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$561,097-5%602358$932$6,980,2935Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$410,577-12%389-368$1,055$143,661,7749Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$219,513-80%535-1245$410$59,852,1556Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$185,706-85%385-1525$482$71,256,3257Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$142,139-63%455-248$312$36,054,4097Warner Bros.
10Tower Heist$137,255-85%283-1032$485$76,250,1708Universal
11Real Steel$136,96970%22772$603$83,962,78412Disney / DreamWorks
12Immortals$120,959-86%228-988$531$82,364,5817Relativity Media
13Moneyball$114,35251%242144$473$74,506,05914Sony / Columbia
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$111,972-36%24543$457$34,646,1588Warner Bros. / New Line
15Courageous$90,524-12%19291$471$33,684,29213Sony / TriStar
16Dolphin Tale$76,093-61%188-93$405$71,587,24914Warner Bros.
17In Time$44,941-72%131-142$343$36,867,9499Fox
18The Ides of March$44,098-3%14573$304$40,647,23112Sony / Columbia
19Footloose (2011)$42,762-65%182-71$235$51,437,38411Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 3$30,058-67%124-82$242$103,878,05710Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$717,45957%5539$13,045$1,819,0413Focus
2A Dangerous Method$197,23031%5841$3,401$993,4575Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$123,574-60%50-1$2,471$1,530,9914Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$72,348--6--$12,058$72,3481Warner Bros.
5Pina$68,012--3--$22,671$68,0121IFC Films
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$59,004-46%20-5$2,950$624,3465Warner Bros.
7Carnage (2011)$58,216-27%72$8,317$175,8712Sony Pictures Classics
8Melancholia$41,168-69%66-65$624$2,376,1487Magnolia Pictures
9Hubble 3D$33,770-7%15-5$2,251$30,166,13793Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Born to Be Wild 3D$32,178-44%490$657$14,876,31638Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Way$27,270-66%27-66$1,010$4,052,91212Producers Distribution Agency
12Margin Call$20,911-79%30-91$697$5,186,35010Roadside Attractions
13The Help$19,974-72%65-91$307$169,410,75220Disney / DreamWorks
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$18,854--3--$6,285$18,8541FilmDistrict
15The Skin I Live In$14,886-71%34-37$438$2,991,66311Sony Pictures Classics
16Drive (2011)$11,879-72%26-30$457$34,787,20415FilmDistrict
17Midnight in Paris$11,450-79%28-88$409$56,334,39632Sony Pictures Classics
18Like Crazy$11,000-81%30-70$367$3,341,8679Paramount Vantage
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,8721%90$1,097$4,448,826853D Entertainment
20Under the Sea 3D$8,686-5%102$869$30,231,587150Warner Bros. / IMAX
21The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,207-84%37-86$222$20,358,12010Summit
22Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$8,189-41%135$630$230,34210Submarine Deluxe
23My Reincarnation$6,15197%52$1,230$45,4489Long Shot Factory
24Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,088-72%18-21$338$2,889,38310Fox Searchlight
25The Women on the 6th Floor$5,883-69%6-6$981$443,00712Strand Releasing
26Take Shelter$5,192-81%24-34$216$1,652,61613Sony Pictures Classics
2750/50$3,694-90%31-80$119$35,003,81213Summit
28The Lion King 3D$2,585-89%10-22$259$94,219,87115Disney
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,483215%54$497$841,18025International Film Circuit
30Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,901--3--$634$1,9011Music Box Films
31Addiction Incorporated$1,564-4%10$1,564$6,4422Variance Films
32Sleeping Beauty (2011)$1,556-66%3-1$519$33,9474IFC Films
33Eames: The Architect and the Painter$1,478-74%5-1$296$130,5076First Run Features
34Blackthorn$1,463-68%5-4$293$185,09912Magnolia Pictures
35The Guard$1,380-78%6-6$230$5,330,29422Sony Pictures Classics
36Mozart's Sister$1,260-87%3-7$420$676,37319Music Box Films
37Outrage$1,105-64%1-6$1,105$29,1504Magnolia / Magnet
38The Mill and the Cross$1,027-2%30$342$262,18815Kino Lorber
39Into the Abyss$939-85%3-14$313$221,4887IFC Films
40Rid of Me$833-50%10$833$7,2886Submarine Entertainment
41I Melt With You$77716%1-1$777$5,9903Magnolia Pictures
42Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$562-89%2-5$281$83,4727Variance Films
43El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$472-71%1-1$472$195,30722Alive Mind Cinema
44Higher Ground$455-46%52$91$837,57118Sony Pictures Classics
45Jane's Journey$397-60%21$199$21,54915First Run Features
46Young Goethe In Love$344-95%2-6$172$98,5458Music Box Films
47Crazy Wisdom$323-95%1-3$323$43,7425Alive Mind Cinema
48The Whale$290-72%10$290$58,72816Paladin
49Tyrannosaur$288--1--$288$15,7356Strand Releasing
50Inni$165-71%10$165$116,5639Cinema Purgatorio
51OKA!$100--1--$100$13,09911Dada Films