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, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$24,349,815--2,863--$8,505$24,349,8151Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$17,751,905--2,625--$6,763$17,751,9051Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,686,617-41%3,346-209$3,493$186,933,4065Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,225,190--2,735--$4,104$11,225,1901Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,592,657-37%3,155-448$2,724$170,192,3015Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$8,028,439-76%2,551266$3,147$46,375,2862Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,660,907-41%2,674-276$2,491$87,841,7564Sony / Columbia
8War Horse$5,923,128-32%2,85673$2,074$66,095,0914Disney / DreamWorks
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,893,831-38%2,849-576$2,069$118,875,1195Fox
10We Bought a Zoo$5,560,781-33%2,909-261$1,912$64,049,3154Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,035,024-40%2,073-933$1,946$67,740,2304Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$1,079,299-65%1,182-981$913$20,528,4734Summit
13New Year's Eve$1,038,854-67%1,092-772$951$53,692,9816Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$5,412,9342969%802797$6,749$6,000,5553Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,194,172-42%88677$3,605$15,136,7126Focus
3The Descendants$2,100,256-19%660-77$3,182$47,104,4529Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,193,1807%21644$5,524$8,789,9598Weinstein Company
5Hugo$1,046,468-35%545-298$1,920$54,163,1238Paramount
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$769,314-48%708-350$1,087$279,638,9999Lionsgate / Summit
7Carnage (2011)$710,434550%494479$1,438$1,296,8995Sony Pictures Classics
8The Muppets$573,868-58%547-689$1,049$86,409,3968Disney
9Young Adult$525,883-59%387-443$1,359$15,705,9806Paramount
10The Sitter$513,022-56%449-309$1,143$29,650,2556Fox
11A Dangerous Method$499,57279%10440$4,804$2,686,7648Sony Pictures Classics
12Happy Feet Two$484,199113%36580$1,327$61,898,3439Warner Bros.
13My Week with Marilyn$471,276-43%400-184$1,178$11,344,9868Weinstein Company
14Puss in Boots (2011)$413,017-30%316-35$1,307$147,150,14412Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack and Jill$413,012156%298127$1,386$72,424,31810Sony / Columbia
16Tower Heist$241,800-20%260-35$930$77,539,10511Universal
17Immortals$164,65284%18759$880$83,059,93410Relativity Media
18Real Steel$141,579-31%187-26$757$85,054,19315Disney / DreamWorks
19Courageous$88,040-45%116-75$759$34,434,96716Sony / TriStar
20Moneyball$78,478-53%128-103$613$75,421,17117Sony / Columbia
21In Time$75,353-35%106-26$711$37,359,99612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$144,208-31%41-4$3,517$2,626,6317Fox Searchlight
2Pina$124,43850%63$20,740$556,6314IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,17719%450$2,315$15,482,79941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Pariah (2011)$101,815-7%2413$4,242$374,1843Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$91,029-8%60$15,172$635,5454Warner Bros.
6Vettai$87,921--34--$2,586$87,9211UTV Communications
7Melancholia$78,282-10%676$1,168$2,823,03810Magnolia Pictures
8A Separation$71,864-22%60$11,977$313,8873Sony Pictures Classics
9J. Edgar$55,256-50%82-70$674$36,974,52210Warner Bros.
10Hubble 3D$47,85831%202$2,393$30,652,59396Warner Bros. / IMAX
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$44,09237%1811$2,450$149,7354FilmDistrict
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$42,245--2--$21,123$81,5426Oscilloscope
13Dolphin Tale$40,359-58%91-58$444$72,228,57517Warner Bros.
14Don 2$37,384--28--$1,335$3,651,6994Reliance Big Entertainment
15The Way$33,401-40%40-10$835$4,326,02215Producers Distribution Agency
16Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$29,64555%90$3,294$4,535,792883D Entertainment
17Drive (2011)$28,827-49%322$901$34,966,21618FilmDistrict
18Under the Sea 3D$24,45416%90$2,717$30,392,596153Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Skin I Live In$21,193-2%31-11$684$3,121,86714Sony Pictures Classics
20Margin Call$15,187-51%20-10$759$5,326,46713Roadside Attractions
21The Help$14,781-48%28-22$528$169,582,98723Disney / DreamWorks
22The Women on the 6th Floor$13,650-28%6-5$2,275$515,34715Strand Releasing
23Sing Your Song$13,459--2--$6,730$13,4591S2BN Films
24Sophomore$13,097--1--$13,097$13,0971Undefined
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,8962%10$10,896$31,8722Cinema Guild
26Midnight in Paris$10,083-34%15-6$672$56,424,56635Sony Pictures Classics
27Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,779-36%150$585$2,951,96213Fox Searchlight
28Take Shelter$6,337-43%14-7$453$1,705,34816Sony Pictures Classics
29The Mill and the Cross$4,786--5--$957$276,14118Kino Lorber
30Newlyweds$4,584--1--$4,584$4,5841Tribeca Films
31Santa Mesa$3,846--3--$1,282$3,8461Indican Pictures
32Man on a Mission$3,430--4--$858$3,4301First Run Features
33The Guard$3,201-3%110$291$5,346,59925Sony Pictures Classics
34Mozart's Sister$2,984-37%60$497$702,34422Music Box Films
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$2,956-68%4-5$739$267,96513Submarine Deluxe
36Domain$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Strand Releasing
37Blackthorn$2,65780%51$531$193,95715Magnolia Pictures
38Young Goethe In Love$2,551-54%3-4$850$113,86111Music Box Films
39The Conquest$2,547-56%5-1$509$173,67010Music Box Films
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,468--1--$2,468$848,90328International Film Circuit
41Addiction Incorporated$2,223--1--$2,223$9,2865Variance Films
42My Reincarnation$2,121-55%30$707$66,62912Long Shot Factory
43Crazy Wisdom$1,934204%21$967$47,1088Alive Mind Cinema
44Outrage$1,777-52%5-2$355$39,6317Magnolia / Magnet
45Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,64574%2-1$823$91,60710Variance Films
46Tomboy (2011)$1,45618%54$291$100,0579Dada Films
47The Whale$1,109-69%30$370$66,42119Paladin
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,108-70%10$1,108$210,36625Alive Mind Cinema
49Garbo: The Spy$1,051-55%20$526$26,8389First Run Features
50Roadie (2010)$864-68%10$864$4,8712Magnolia Pictures
51Loosies$808--1--$808$2,4861IFC Films
52Pianomania$808--1--$808$48,13634First Run Features
53Charlotte Rampling: The Look$641--2--$321$13,46611Kino Lorber
54Jane's Journey$524-29%10$524$25,38318First Run Features
55Inni$446-89%1-3$446$124,18812Cinema Purgatorio
56Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$444--1--$444$50,97053Kino International
57Khodorkovsky$417-26%10$417$29,5527Kino Lorber
58The Man Nobody Knew$369-74%10$369$173,46217First Run Features
59Hell and Back Again$341-72%1-1$341$37,20915Docurama Films
60Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$145--1--$145$46,83423Lorber Films