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, Mar. 2 - Sun, Mar. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$70,217,070--3,729--$18,830$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$21,051,363--3,055--$6,891$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$13,572,578-45%3,05314$4,446$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$7,390,935-32%2,553-499$2,895$108,355,4254Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,047,061-55%2,1320$3,305$25,791,6932Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,547,374-51%3,060-290$2,140$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$6,011,147-39%2,826-212$2,127$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$5,561,323-34%2,342-847$2,375$41,399,9623Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$4,645,637-48%2,487-687$1,868$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$3,843,840-41%2,0020$1,920$12,484,6552Universal
11The Artist$3,625,57125%1,756790$2,065$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
12Gone$3,001,862-37%2,1860$1,373$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$1,931,431-48%1,054-743$1,832$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$1,484,644-66%1,431-91$1,037$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,291,817-39%694-195$1,861$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$1,233,618-18%406-95$3,038$71,300,19515Paramount
3The Woman in Black$1,154,475-58%812-915$1,422$52,241,3905CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,100,446-65%731-887$1,505$42,218,7794Fox
5A Separation$952,051160%243160$3,918$3,677,46410Sony Pictures Classics
6The Iron Lady$850,90922%511-11$1,665$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$345,052-8%3143$1,099$130,804,28112Fox
8Big Miracle$301,560-55%359-269$840$19,362,1405Universal
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$286,35261%256131$1,119$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$263,189-23%126-38$2,089$23,665,41513Focus
11The Grey$258,960-68%308-609$841$50,735,5106Open Road
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$257,558-26%266-67$968$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$243,829-14%266-14$917$74,406,78211Fox
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$226,037-12%30323$746$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
15Red Tails$190,895-56%249-240$767$49,023,7167Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$186,315-32%215-57$867$77,167,15711Paramount
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$158,153-33%107-71$1,478$208,019,61312Paramount
18My Week with Marilyn$130,847-57%120-282$1,090$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
19Contraband$120,620-30%148-49$815$66,362,0658Universal
20War Horse$116,319-34%131-82$888$79,237,31711Disney / DreamWorks
21Joyful Noise$115,826-37%202-75$573$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
22The Muppets$79,202-46%138-67$574$88,479,90115Disney
23One For the Money$59,596-57%117-112$509$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$157,961-18%64-19$2,468$2,825,93211IFC Films
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$132,595253%4024$3,315$818,31513Oscilloscope
3Rampart$119,38721%527$2,296$539,8484Millennium Entertainment
4In Darkness$106,84320%3513$3,053$421,0564Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$96,153-18%400$2,404$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$87,475--24--$3,645$87,4751Magnolia Pictures
7Thin Ice$83,6215%41-5$2,040$459,3163IDP/ATO Pictures
8Undefeated$82,230326%138$6,325$164,0583Weinstein Company
92012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$76,964-72%59-87$1,304$1,625,1014Shorts International
10Underworld Awakening$72,270-70%79-181$915$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
11A Dangerous Method$67,772-27%53-28$1,279$5,457,21515Sony Pictures Classics
12Albert Nobbs$63,926-50%68-32$940$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
13Lost Woods$58,240--13--$4,480$58,2401Nocturnal Features
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,29387%120$4,024$4,891,030953D Entertainment
15Love$45,30810%157$3,021$234,1593China Lion Film
16Hubble 3D$44,628-8%224$2,029$31,265,047103Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Being Flynn$43,990--4--$10,998$43,9901Focus
18W.E.$43,62358%194$2,296$327,5085Weinstein Company
19Happy Feet Two$43,609-16%850$513$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
20Coriolanus$37,16269%146$2,654$410,2667Weinstein Company
21Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$32,432-66%26-22$1,247$155,2472UTV Communications
22Under the Sea 3D$30,839-33%154$2,056$30,717,275160Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Shame$29,692-31%22-3$1,350$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
24Chico & Rita$26,194-35%142$1,871$161,3964GKIDS
25Boy$21,244--2--$10,622$21,2441Paladin
26Paan Singh Tomar$20,568--10--$2,057$20,5681UTV Communications
27The Salt of Life$19,176--2--$9,588$19,1761Zeitgeist Films
28Carnage (2011)$19,1063%19-3$1,006$2,491,96012Sony Pictures Classics
29The Forgiveness of Blood$17,816-33%63$2,969$53,1672IFC Films
30Beauty and the Beast 3D$14,953-73%24-35$623$47,259,1818Disney
31The Flowers of War$13,985-16%6-1$2,331$267,1507Wrekin Hill Entertainment
32The Sitter$13,654-32%21-9$650$30,527,01013Fox
33Let The Bullets Fly$11,287--5--$2,257$11,2871Variance Films
34Pariah (2011)$10,801-15%130$831$730,36210Focus
35The Women on the 6th Floor$10,57641%61$1,763$631,93222Strand Releasing
36Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$10,405-74%25-10$416$1,150,1304UTV Communications
37Haywire$9,890-75%32-5$309$18,852,9517Relativity Media
38Midnight in Paris$7,044-96%11-153$640$56,802,12342Sony Pictures Classics
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,27466%84$784$301,30511FilmDistrict
40Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$5,712--4--$1,428$5,7121Undefined
41The Devil Inside$5,165-27%17-8$304$53,201,7159Paramount
42Kill List$4,711--10--$471$26,2975IFC Films
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19617%3-1$1,399$73,8279Cinema Guild
44Le Havre$4,171--6--$695$589,51020Janus Films
45Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$3,223-40%20$1,612$874,94435International Film Circuit
46Ranchero$2,960--2--$1,480$6,78634Indican Pictures
47Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$2,718--1--$2,718$2,7181First Run Features
48Last Days Here$2,671--1--$2,671$2,6711IFC Films
49The Help$2,645-88%5-133$529$169,705,58730Disney / DreamWorks
50Crazy Wisdom$2,569--1--$2,569$58,03415Alive Mind Cinema
51The Turin Horse$2,26569%20$1,133$25,9884Cinema Guild
52The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,124--1--$2,124$31,39626The Film Desk
53The Skin I Live In$1,410-80%3-11$470$3,180,82621Sony Pictures Classics
54Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,340--1--$1,340$18,92018Kino Lorber
55On the Ice$1,336-84%1-4$1,336$41,8043PMK*BNC
56The Way$1,3146%20$657$4,429,93322Producers Distribution Agency
57Falling Away$1,284--2--$642$1,2841Indican Pictures
58The Snowtown Murders$1,273--1--$1,273$1,2731IFC Films
59Addiction Incorporated$1,096--2--$548$29,20812Variance Films
60Tyrannosaur$952--2--$476$21,06216Strand Releasing
61Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$941--2--$471$100,11917Variance Films
62Take Shelter$860-52%30$287$1,728,11423Sony Pictures Classics
63The Whale$786-47%10$786$72,74226Paladin
64Windfall$571957%10$571$3,1005First Run Features
65Kung Fu Joe$412-78%10$412$11,5944Indican Pictures
66Sing Your Song$400--1--$400$33,2758S2BN Films
67Putin's Kiss$150-3%10$150$2,9443Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$141--1--$141$32,4827First Run Features
69Eames: The Architect and the Painter$66-89%10$66$147,59116First Run Features