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, Feb. 3 - Sun, Feb. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$22,004,098--2,907--$7,569$22,004,0981Fox
2The Woman in Black$20,874,072--2,855--$7,311$20,874,0721CBS Films
3The Grey$9,300,999-53%3,20722$2,900$34,557,5322Open Road
4Big Miracle$7,760,205--2,129--$3,645$7,760,2051Universal
5Underworld Awakening$5,500,744-55%2,636-442$2,087$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$5,206,279-55%2,7370$1,902$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7Red Tails$4,735,595-54%2,347-226$2,018$41,059,0533Fox
8The Descendants$4,552,943-29%2,03837$2,234$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
9Man on a Ledge$4,351,036-46%2,9980$1,451$14,615,8102Lionsgate
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,802,367-46%2,505-125$1,518$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
11Contraband$3,408,255-49%2,047-603$1,665$62,021,5554Universal
12The Artist$2,612,607-21%1,005108$2,600$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,579,332-51%1,719-426$1,500$44,908,1324Disney
14Hugo$2,272,390-9%1,03065$2,206$61,911,42911Paramount
15The Iron Lady$1,898,183-41%1,021-223$1,859$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,702,914-51%1,077-577$1,581$205,200,7768Paramount
17Joyful Noise$1,459,230-54%1,350-671$1,081$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
18Haywire$1,202,767-70%1,251-1190$961$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$960,780-52%1,163-698$826$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,048,380-41%818-252$1,282$128,351,8058Fox
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,026,005-58%857-673$1,197$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,022,358-53%668-534$1,530$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
4We Bought a Zoo$737,870-50%754-335$979$72,721,4417Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$709,180-47%486-216$1,459$75,323,3197Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$670,429-39%302-108$2,220$21,185,1219Focus
7Albert Nobbs$490,762-30%2450$2,003$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
8Agneepath$340,112-70%1320$2,577$1,750,8432Eros International
9A Dangerous Method$322,514-41%235-130$1,372$4,614,38611Sony Pictures Classics
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$279,75570%296105$945$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11Happy Feet Two$262,725-33%255-54$1,030$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
12My Week with Marilyn$254,703-25%171-15$1,489$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
13Puss in Boots (2011)$250,103-25%253-17$989$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
14Jack and Jill$200,598-35%222-31$904$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
15The Devil Inside$155,031-76%303-419$512$53,056,8895Paramount
16The Muppets$118,900-44%169-37$704$87,476,72711Disney
17New Year's Eve$109,415231%222160$493$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Sitter$72,991-41%126-19$579$30,320,1959Fox
19J. Edgar$41,195-62%135-73$305$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$280,2585%409$7,006$1,258,7066Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$190,976-1%394$4,897$1,349,0917IFC Films
3Shame$103,789-38%64-16$1,622$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$92,098-21%450$2,047$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$65,529-7%133$5,041$382,5879Oscilloscope
6Carnage (2011)$64,605-47%40-30$1,615$2,303,1908Sony Pictures Classics
7W.E.$47,074--4--$11,769$47,0741Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$44,515-12%142$3,180$212,3363Weinstein Company
9Real Steel$43,430-49%90-33$483$85,433,06918Disney / DreamWorks
10Pariah (2011)$34,970-21%195$1,841$621,0516Focus
11Hubble 3D$32,716-20%21-1$1,558$30,874,18799Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Immortals$30,952-56%62-55$499$83,454,93513Relativity Media
13The Innkeepers$29,557--20--$1,478$29,5571Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$28,452-28%110$2,587$4,740,624913D Entertainment
15Midnight in Paris$22,40217%4020$560$56,506,14238Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$21,777-10%143$1,556$30,495,297156Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In the Land of Blood and Honey$20,95668%7-4$2,994$252,8017FilmDistrict
18Young Adult$20,014-65%58-29$345$16,234,3879Paramount
19The Darkest Hour$19,554-54%39-48$501$21,203,7647Summit
20The Viral Factor$19,412-52%7-15$2,773$187,9773China Lion Film
21In Time$15,721-52%34-24$462$37,535,81615Fox
22The Help$14,73652%20-1$737$169,635,34726Disney / DreamWorks
23The Women on the 6th Floor$13,86182%61$2,310$567,71818Strand Releasing
24Melancholia$12,238-59%13-10$941$2,990,35013Magnolia Pictures
25Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$12,2022692%20$6,101$284,32116Submarine Deluxe
26An Inconsistent Truth$12,176-41%10$12,176$36,4392Rocky Mountain Pictures
27Crazy Horse$12,13122%20$6,066$45,8163Zipporah Films
28Drive (2011)$11,972-11%22-1$544$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
29Le Havre$11,707-4%121$976$555,24516Janus Films
30Kill List$9,838--2--$4,919$9,8381IFC Films
31Vettai$9,678-39%4-3$2,420$191,8644UTV Communications
32El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$9,399368%43$2,350$222,56628Alive Mind Cinema
33All's Well Ends Well 2012$9,232-60%10-10$923$43,4322China Lion Film
34Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$8,397--3--$2,799$15,5473Entertainment One Films
35The Way$7,557-7%11-1$687$4,405,14718Producers Distribution Agency
36Declaration of War$5,986-53%4-2$1,497$25,6922IFC Films
37The Flowers of War$5,318-73%5-8$1,064$205,7783Wrekin Hill Entertainment
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$5,069-29%10$5,069$26,8063First Run Features
39Addiction Incorporated$3,31133%31$1,104$21,4068Variance Films
40The Conquest$3,05323%41$763$181,28313Music Box Films
41The Skin I Live In$2,842-40%10-2$284$3,160,82917Sony Pictures Classics
42Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,633-49%6-4$439$2,981,03816Fox Searchlight
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,241-40%2-1$1,121$51,0165Cinema Guild
44Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,968--2--$984$16,19014Kino Lorber
45Young Goethe In Love$1,952-71%3-6$651$136,73014Music Box Films
46Windfall$1,780--2--$890$1,7801First Run Features
47The Interrupters$1,7701706%10$1,770$278,13028Cinema Guild
48Perfect Sense$1,567--1--$1,567$1,5671IFC Films
49Take Shelter$1,4859%84$186$1,722,55419Sony Pictures Classics
50Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$1,322--3--$441$163,8293Eleven Arts
51The City Dark$1,121--2--$561$8,1533Argot Pictures
52Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$954612%32$318$40,72621International Film Circuit
53Margin Call$902-13%21$451$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions
54The Guard$840-50%2-2$420$5,359,77428Sony Pictures Classics
55How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$799-71%21$400$10,3762First Run Features
56Tyrannosaur$662--2--$331$19,48312Strand Releasing
57Sing Your Song$577-85%2-2$289$27,9354S2BN Films
58Tomboy (2011)$424-90%3-6$141$119,03012Dada Films
59The Mill and the Cross$357-93%1-2$357$310,90021Kino Lorber
60Hell and Back Again$302--4--$76$37,53918Docurama Films
61Jane's Journey$242-60%1-1$242$27,25321First Run Features
62Crazy Wisdom$220-38%10$220$52,15011Alive Mind Cinema
63The Whale$115-79%10$115$68,28522Paladin