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. 23 - Sun, Mar. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$152,535,747--4,137--$36,871$152,535,7471Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$20,471,187-44%3,1210$6,559$70,222,5152Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$13,182,045-42%3,677-92$3,585$177,412,0554Universal
4John Carter$5,073,832-63%3,212-537$1,580$62,407,2123Disney
5Act of Valor$2,041,362-45%2,219-546$920$65,921,0865Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,950,154-46%1,787-108$1,091$14,950,3223Paramount
7Project X (2012)$1,931,336-52%2,065-857$935$51,733,4844Warner Bros.
8Safe House$1,403,035-48%1,330-590$1,055$122,582,3507Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,357,412-43%1,340-595$1,013$97,139,5017Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$985,981-54%1,188-472$830$52,270,7186Fox
11The Vow$841,576-60%1,258-917$669$122,776,3507Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$639,958-70%1,202-922$532$11,962,7313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1October Baby$1,697,130--390--$4,352$1,896,57222IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2Casa de mi Padre$1,181,943-48%47593$2,488$4,030,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$853,046-38%621-395$1,374$33,952,5895Lionsgate
4Friends With Kids$822,842-43%558-82$1,475$5,519,5233Roadside Attractions
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$702,60253%12462$5,666$1,628,8023CBS Films
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$586,909-31%2540$2,311$1,774,2672Paramount Vantage
7The Artist$474,532-55%576-579$824$43,037,87018Weinstein Company
8Agent Vinod$427,043--122--$3,500$427,0431Eros International
9A Separation$331,715-30%261-21$1,271$6,078,03913Sony Pictures Classics
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$318,834-63%511-513$624$50,350,1136Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$254,368-40%327-129$778$29,100,07913Weinstein Company
12Hugo$250,545-49%283-100$885$73,437,94718Paramount
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$243,324-12%248-38$981$132,017,31215Fox
14Chronicle$203,103-58%292-140$696$63,530,1388Fox
15The Woman in Black$198,250-18%180-125$1,101$53,749,2098CBS Films
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$183,482-23%200-29$917$209,065,11915Paramount
17The Secret World of Arrietty$167,416-31%229-75$731$18,274,3296Disney
18The Descendants$145,849-50%199-148$733$82,278,71719Fox Searchlight
19Wanderlust$141,030-73%235-463$600$17,115,6505Universal
20Big Miracle$124,315-5%224-12$555$19,966,2308Universal
21We Bought a Zoo$124,259-12%155-33$802$75,105,21314Fox
22The Grey$118,933-22%204-15$583$51,359,0589Open Road
23War Horse$93,429-28%170-30$550$79,667,04114Disney / DreamWorks
24Gone$77,006-71%183-293$421$11,527,3055Summit
25Red Tails$74,180-19%131-21$566$49,600,63010Fox
26One For the Money$73,82917%15139$489$26,300,8219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$213,785--14--$15,270$213,7851Sony Pictures Classics
2Jiro Dreams of Sushi$175,16292%2721$6,487$381,5553Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$155,601132%2317$6,765$319,6863Sony Pictures Classics
4Kahaani$136,753-48%48-5$2,849$824,4053Viva Entertainment
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$123,841--31--$3,995$123,8411Music Box Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$106,687-18%400$2,667$17,460,70151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kid With A Bike$104,567128%2421$4,357$169,7192IFC Films
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$96,538-4%8015$1,207$1,348,90116Oscilloscope
9Being Flynn$75,653-48%73-15$1,036$402,9114Focus
10Pina$64,268-25%51-4$1,260$3,285,78314IFC Films
11In Darkness$60,017-18%51-1$1,177$793,7517Sony Pictures Classics
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$58,93222%120$4,911$5,126,760983D Entertainment
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$52,824-38%86-39$614$186,764,25815Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$52,544-3%233$2,285$31,608,079106Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,722-66%74-82$658$43,171,4637Fox
16Under the Sea 3D$34,516-21%120$2,876$30,933,371163Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Seeking Justice$32,064-87%74-157$433$390,5712Anchor Bay Films
18Rampart$30,600-59%67-39$457$834,7067Millennium Entertainment
19Albert Nobbs$30,307-1%44-4$689$2,895,0689Roadside Attractions
20A Dangerous Method$29,604-21%47-12$630$5,651,91818Sony Pictures Classics
21Thin Ice$28,477-13%39-2$730$652,5396IDP/ATO Pictures
22Undefeated$27,450-48%17-4$1,615$379,0106Weinstein Company
23Coriolanus$22,711-33%19-2$1,195$569,72210Weinstein Company
24Gerhard Richter Painting$21,88762%65$3,648$54,2132Kino Lorber
25Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,079-52%50-55$402$31,836,74514Warner Bros.
26W.E.$18,673-30%18-2$1,037$462,0188Weinstein Company
27Chico & Rita$18,335-51%231$797$283,0077GKIDS
28Boy$15,569--7--$2,224$92,7674Paladin
29Shame$14,463-4%16-2$904$3,946,34317Fox Searchlight
30My Week with Marilyn$13,269-50%44-6$302$14,581,67718Weinstein Company
31The Muppets$12,381-44%35-17$354$88,605,09218Disney
32Free Men$9,5485%42$2,387$22,5782Film Movement
33Musical Chairs$9,092--9--$1,010$9,0921Paladin
344:44 Last Day on Earth$8,355--3--$2,785$8,3551IFC Films
35Let The Bullets Fly$7,70915%71$1,101$50,3864Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,8429%10$6,842$31,9313Janus Films
37The Salt of Life$6,708-72%4-9$1,677$119,2524Zeitgeist Films
38The Forgiveness of Blood$6,348-8%90$705$106,6515IFC Films
39Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$6,313-45%14-12$451$181,2944Magnolia Pictures
40The Women on the 6th Floor$6,12611%51$1,225$665,65325Strand Releasing
41Sound of Noise$6,072507%54$1,214$18,1223Magnolia Pictures
42Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,5952%63$933$894,95838International Film Circuit
432012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$5,554-23%8-2$694$1,698,8157Shorts International
44The FP$5,215-66%8-20$652$27,7862Drafthouse Films
45The Trouble with Bliss$4,618--1--$4,618$4,61817A Productions
46Brake$4,330--2--$2,165$4,3301IFC Films
47Natural Selection$4,300-59%21$2,150$16,9542Cinema Guild
48Love$3,444-37%4-1$861$303,8886China Lion Film
49Reuniting The Rubins$3,209337%42$802$4,4252Monterey Media
50Carnage (2011)$3,168-45%9-4$352$2,531,77715Sony Pictures Classics
51The Turin Horse$2,646--2--$1,323$33,7877Cinema Guild
52Starry, Starry Night$2,312--1--$2,312$2,3121China Lion Film
53The Understudy$2,014-12%1-1$2,014$6,4222Indican Pictures
54Around June$1,846-40%1-1$1,846$6,8282Indican Pictures
55Falling Away$1,372193%10$1,372$9,1504Indican Pictures
56Young Goethe In Love$1,199--2--$600$152,47221Music Box Films
57My Reincarnation$1,148--1--$1,148$90,43722Long Shot Factory
58On the Ice$94828%1-1$948$50,6696PMK*BNC
59This Is Not A Film$920-35%10$920$38,6254Palisades Tartan
60Beauty and the Beast 3D$831-71%2-3$416$47,281,07411Disney
61The Skin I Live In$79225%21$396$3,185,19324Sony Pictures Classics
62Sing Your Song$596-88%20$298$40,36711S2BN Films
63The Fairy$560--1--$560$6,6825Kino Lorber
64Addiction Incorporated$509-63%1-3$509$37,50115Variance Films
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$436-13%10$436$3,3423The Film Desk
66Kung Fu Joe$40261%10$402$13,7907Indican Pictures
67Le Havre$370-84%1-3$370$602,16323Janus Films
68The Whale$266--1--$266$76,44729Paladin
69Khodorkovsky$163--1--$163$38,62017Kino Lorber