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. 9 - Sun, Mar. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$38,846,020-45%3,74617$10,370$121,724,8502Universal
2John Carter$30,180,188--3,749--$8,050$30,180,1881Disney
3Project X (2012)$11,142,103-47%3,0550$3,647$39,717,0982Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$6,991,877-48%2,951-102$2,369$56,092,4743Relativity Media
5Silent House (2012)$6,661,234--2,124--$3,136$6,661,2341Open Road
6A Thousand Words$6,176,280--1,890--$3,268$6,176,2801Paramount
7Safe House$4,801,510-35%2,144-409$2,240$115,605,3255Universal
8The Vow$3,842,485-36%2,478-348$1,551$117,456,2315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$3,756,060-32%1,949-393$1,927$46,895,4104Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,611,388-45%2,525-535$1,430$90,641,9995Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,904,004-59%1,516-616$1,916$30,446,4533Lionsgate
12The Artist$2,079,910-43%1,505-251$1,382$40,234,93316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,965,123-58%1,804-683$1,089$48,065,2704Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$1,653,645-57%1,220-782$1,355$15,517,7653Universal
15Gone$895,788-70%1,144-1042$783$10,727,0703Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$2,019,083--369--$5,472$2,019,0831Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$904,569-53%595-459$1,520$62,267,4416Fox
3A Separation$728,376-23%28138$2,592$4,780,20811Sony Pictures Classics
4The Descendants$676,862-48%517-177$1,309$81,454,62417Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$623,315-49%313-93$1,991$72,269,11916Paramount
6The Iron Lady$567,974-33%447-64$1,271$27,931,79111Weinstein Company
7The Woman in Black$491,037-57%433-379$1,134$53,031,2836CBS Films
8The Secret World of Arrietty$417,697-72%501-930$834$17,572,9654Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$341,581-69%258-473$1,324$42,845,7545Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$310,78897%229122$1,357$208,394,55413Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$287,184-17%287-27$1,001$131,187,52513Fox
12We Bought a Zoo$188,221-23%228-38$826$74,669,87712Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$173,213-40%211-45$821$102,363,77112Sony / Columbia
14Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$172,494-34%109-17$1,583$23,922,14414Focus
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,193-39%208-58$761$186,523,36613Warner Bros.
16Big Miracle$153,660-49%238-121$646$19,594,7656Universal
17The Adventures of Tintin$140,931-24%153-62$921$77,384,66712Paramount
18The Grey$123,740-52%151-157$819$50,960,0417Open Road
19Red Tails$115,201-40%178-71$647$49,343,1888Fox
20Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$114,978-49%202-101$569$31,711,09312Warner Bros.
21My Week with Marilyn$80,673-38%1200$672$14,486,30316Weinstein Company
22Contraband$78,540-35%119-29$660$66,489,4259Universal
23Joyful Noise$58,552-49%103-99$568$30,867,7069Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kahaani$270,081--46--$5,871$270,0811Viva Entertainment
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$225,894--18--$12,550$225,8941CBS Films
3We Need to Talk About Kevin$156,79918%6020$2,613$1,035,66514Oscilloscope
4Born to Be Wild 3D$121,87727%400$3,047$17,007,78049Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pina$120,652-24%50-14$2,413$3,030,12112IFC Films
6In Darkness$114,5887%5015$2,292$573,8765Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$74,900-37%586$1,291$663,3555Millennium Entertainment
8War Horse$68,360-41%86-45$795$79,349,57812Disney / DreamWorks
9Thin Ice$64,128-23%432$1,491$556,4784IDP/ATO Pictures
10Undefeated$57,578-30%130$4,429$254,3884Weinstein Company
11Lost Woods$55,902-4%11-2$5,082$135,3172Nocturnal Features
12A Dangerous Method$52,325-23%541$969$5,533,57816Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$50,57013%21-1$2,408$31,364,867104Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Coriolanus$49,82334%195$2,622$474,7908Weinstein Company
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,3010%120$4,025$4,960,609963D Entertainment
16Footnote$47,528--2--$23,764$47,5281Sony Pictures Classics
17Being Flynn$44,5711%128$3,714$102,9862Focus
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$42,035--2--$21,018$42,0351Magnolia Pictures
19The Muppets$41,574-48%84-54$495$88,542,49116Disney
20Haywire$41,369318%8250$505$18,898,1798Relativity Media
21Albert Nobbs$38,356-40%45-23$852$2,791,4087Roadside Attractions
22Under the Sea 3D$37,86223%11-4$3,442$30,773,972161Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Salt of Life$36,00188%108$3,600$63,0572Zeitgeist Films
24W.E.$35,569-18%245$1,482$384,9626Weinstein Company
25One For the Money$35,240-41%64-53$551$26,119,7687Lionsgate
26Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$30,808-65%339$934$143,0802Magnolia Pictures
27Shame$22,263-25%20-2$1,113$3,896,10115Fox Searchlight
28The Forgiveness of Blood$22,06124%126$1,838$81,3783IFC Films
29Pariah (2011)$22,004104%196$1,158$758,09911Focus
30Chico & Rita$21,741-17%13-1$1,672$198,9975GKIDS
312012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$21,638-72%18-41$1,202$1,673,1235Shorts International
32Boy$17,506-18%42$4,377$44,0492Paladin
33Carnage (2011)$16,858-12%190$887$2,516,27713Sony Pictures Classics
34Love$15,416-66%150$1,028$283,3864China Lion Film
35Let The Bullets Fly$11,7094%105$1,171$29,2032Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$10,741--2--$5,371$10,7411Janus Films
37The Women on the 6th Floor$9,121-14%60$1,520$646,67123Strand Releasing
38This Is Not A Film$7,638--2--$3,819$30,4512Palisades Tartan
39Paan Singh Tomar$7,588-63%5-5$1,518$33,9132UTV Communications
40The Sitter$6,956-49%12-9$580$30,538,66914Fox
41Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$6,179-81%10-16$618$171,7763UTV Communications
42Sound of Noise$5,877--3--$1,959$5,8771Magnolia Pictures
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,67176%42$1,418$881,84836International Film Circuit
44Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,038-66%7-17$720$47,270,1979Disney
45Le Havre$4,96419%4-2$1,241$595,01821Janus Films
46The Conquest$4,420--4--$1,105$194,88818Music Box Films
47Ranchero$4,38748%20$2,194$14,00935Indican Pictures
48Midnight in Paris$4,124-41%4-7$1,031$56,809,85343Sony Pictures Classics
49Attenberg$3,998--1--$3,998$3,9981Strand Releasing
50Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$3,750-34%2-2$1,875$14,2392Undefined
51The Flowers of War$3,670-74%4-2$918$279,6568Wrekin Hill Entertainment
52The Viral Factor$3,486--13--$268$217,7178China Lion Film
53Apart$3,161--2--$1,581$3,1611Truly Indie
54Addiction Incorporated$2,964170%53$593$32,91813Variance Films
55My Reincarnation$2,903--2--$1,452$89,28920Long Shot Factory
56Last Days Here$2,569-4%10$2,569$6,6952IFC Films
57Declaration of War$2,532--8--$317$46,2257IFC Films
58The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$2,4721653%10$2,472$34,9548First Run Features
59El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,256--1--$2,256$237,18133Alive Mind Cinema
60The Devil Inside$2,239-57%10-7$224$53,205,75910Paramount
61On the Ice$2,10558%21$1,053$44,2834PMK*BNC
62The Snowtown Murders$1,99657%21$998$3,8782IFC Films
63Falling Away$1,76437%20$882$4,5602Indican Pictures
64Young Goethe In Love$1,754--2--$877$150,82319Music Box Films
65Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,544-85%4-21$386$1,153,3605UTV Communications
66The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$1,407--1--$1,407$2,0401The Film Desk
67Circus Columbia$651--1--$651$3,1634Strand Releasing
68The Skin I Live In$560-60%52$112$3,182,56622Sony Pictures Classics
69The Decoy Bride$542--1--$542$5421IFC Films
70Putin's Kiss$528252%10$528$3,6364Kino Lorber
71Kung Fu Joe$50422%10$504$11,9085Indican Pictures
72Take Shelter$458-47%1-2$458$1,728,95324Sony Pictures Classics
73The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$403-81%10$403$33,29227The Film Desk
74Tyrannosaur$337-65%20$169$22,08817Strand Releasing
75Playback$252--1--$252$2521Magnolia / Magnet
76The Way$237-82%1-1$237$4,430,65023Producers Distribution Agency
77Amigo$234--1--$234$183,49030Variance Films
78Charlotte Rampling: The Look$199-85%10$199$19,81219Kino Lorber
79The Whale$161-80%10$161$76,17127Paladin
80Michael (2012)$114--1--$114$14,3064Strand Releasing