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. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,421,8790%3,4557$8,516$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,881,4203%3,7030$5,639$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$16,369,79930%3,724-10$4,396$92,729,1343Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$14,824,57716%2,9140$5,087$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$14,422,72992%2,547171$5,663$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$13,238,24141%3,16346$4,185$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$11,436,16018%3,0870$3,705$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$6,334,30091%2,225-360$2,847$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$4,163,24139%2,3273$1,789$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$2,662,19124%1,541-211$1,728$82,529,4526Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,060,94241%1,411-192$1,461$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$1,673,796-4%1,348-438$1,242$26,317,8574Fox
13Arthur Christmas$683,168-67%1,343-461$509$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$3,396,12964%758-55$4,480$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$2,461,61015%951-285$2,588$49,454,2026Paramount
3Young Adult$2,092,63320%9870$2,120$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$1,310,77048%1670$7,849$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$925,34965%63028$1,469$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$752,23383%3890$1,934$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Don 2$531,620-68%1676$3,183$3,174,4262Reliance Big Entertainment
8Happy Feet Two$397,00381%525-10$756$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$253,00584%253-30$1,000$76,733,9159Universal
10J. Edgar$245,62473%4550$540$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$240,39976%2270$1,059$84,493,24113Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$205,19379%2508$821$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$188,9382%222-163$851$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$152,53168%181-11$843$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$152,126100%1880$809$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16Immortals$125,3704%2280$550$82,656,9998Relativity Media
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$98,513-12%2450$402$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
18In Time$89,670100%123-8$729$37,046,29510Fox
19Footloose (2011)$88,848108%1820$488$51,581,66412Paramount
20The Ides of March$83,71190%143-2$585$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$53,54478%1240$432$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,085,44451%572$19,043$3,955,7624Focus
2A Dangerous Method$299,74152%613$4,914$1,577,7576Sony Pictures Classics
3The Iron Lady$220,409--4--$55,102$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Shame$200,29162%555$3,642$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$110,77553%60$18,463$313,0492Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$93,16160%125$7,763$348,6053Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,351178%490$1,823$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$84,150149%150$5,610$30,470,81694Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Pina$71,6235%30$23,874$228,9922IFC Films
10Melancholia$63,08853%63-3$1,001$2,517,5068Magnolia Pictures
11A Separation$59,481--3--$19,827$59,4811Sony Pictures Classics
12The Way$56,830108%4720$1,209$4,170,05813Producers Distribution Agency
13Pariah (2011)$48,579--4--$12,145$84,9861Focus
14The Help$37,98090%650$584$169,499,54621Disney / DreamWorks
15Under the Sea 3D$27,998222%6-4$4,666$30,311,995151Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$26,505-55%16-4$1,657$708,2366Warner Bros.
17Drive (2011)$24,518106%25-1$981$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
18Margin Call$23,64513%29-1$815$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
19The Skin I Live In$22,21049%28-6$793$3,042,10812Sony Pictures Classics
20Midnight in Paris$17,66554%23-5$768$56,377,73233Sony Pictures Classics
21The Women on the 6th Floor$12,001104%71$1,714$461,68913Strand Releasing
22Like Crazy$9,531-13%300$318$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
23In the Land of Blood and Honey$9,479-50%2-1$4,740$49,1422FilmDistrict
24Take Shelter$9,02274%20-4$451$1,671,20214Sony Pictures Classics
25Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,59141%14-4$614$2,909,21611Fox Searchlight
26Mozart's Sister$7,299479%96$811$684,49620Music Box Films
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$5,126-37%7-6$732$242,06511Submarine Deluxe
28The Lion King 3D$4,48874%7-3$641$94,233,35116Disney
29My Reincarnation$3,035-51%3-2$1,012$54,77710Long Shot Factory
30Garbo: The Spy$2,711--2--$1,356$19,8497First Run Features
31The Guard$2,57186%4-2$643$5,336,14423Sony Pictures Classics
32Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,38661%50$477$136,6117First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$1,894451%53$379$101,2379Music Box Films
34The Man Nobody Knew$1,787--2--$894$168,93615First Run Features
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,716-31%3-2$572$845,18826International Film Circuit
36The Whale$1,615457%32$538$61,12017Paladin
37Higher Ground$1,560243%4-1$390$841,05619Sony Pictures Classics
38Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,489-22%30$496$5,9472Music Box Films
39Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,427154%20$714$85,5038Variance Films
40Rid of Me$1,21446%10$1,214$9,2297Submarine Entertainment
41Blackthorn$1,122-23%4-1$281$187,50113Magnolia Pictures
42Outrage$923-16%10$923$30,4405Magnolia / Magnet
43OKA!$684584%10$684$14,08312Dada Films
44Paul Goodman Changed My Life$566--1--$566$25,02011Zeitgeist Films
45Jane's Journey$54638%1-1$546$22,64716First Run Features
46Inni$495200%21$248$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio
47Amigo$415--2--$208$180,58220Variance Films
48Angels Crest$407--1--$407$4071Magnolia Pictures