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. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$58,551,063-62%4,1370$14,153$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$33,457,188--3,545--$9,438$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$18,132,085--3,603--$5,032$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$14,830,066-28%3,14827$4,711$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$7,784,645-41%3,264-413$2,385$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$2,029,500-60%2,397-815$847$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,001,906-51%1,239-980$809$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$902,587-54%1,007-780$896$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,272,64381%483359$2,635$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$810,388-40%908-432$892$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$807,236-58%903-1162$894$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$780,050-44%729-601$1,070$123,881,7808Universal
5October Baby$771,498-55%387-3$1,994$3,094,15923IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$677,95216%513259$1,322$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$589,456-50%439-36$1,343$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$460,026-44%308-250$1,494$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$417,645-58%575-613$726$53,076,9347Fox
10The Vow$330,240-61%514-744$642$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$305,672-4%380-131$804$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
12The Artist$279,599-41%315-261$888$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$269,905-68%321-300$841$34,401,7376Lionsgate
14A Separation$220,793-33%199-62$1,110$6,445,73514Sony Pictures Classics
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$206,481-15%222-26$930$132,349,97716Fox
16The Iron Lady$181,934-28%284-43$641$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$176,172-72%325-877$542$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$154,013-22%179-1$860$53,946,9899CBS Films
19Chronicle$133,968-34%198-94$677$63,759,1689Fox
20Hugo$129,704-48%174-109$745$73,688,26419Paramount
21Agent Vinod$119,644-72%1220$981$632,4462Eros International
22We Bought a Zoo$108,224-13%136-19$796$75,279,52215Fox
23Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$107,207-42%150-50$715$209,239,67916Paramount
24The Secret World of Arrietty$104,800-37%183-46$573$18,450,5127Disney
25Big Miracle$96,060-23%170-54$565$20,113,9659Universal
26The Descendants$87,802-40%118-81$744$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
27Wanderlust$74,225-47%116-119$640$17,255,6756Universal
28The Grey$61,399-48%2040$301$51,475,17210Open Road
29Red Tails$59,764-19%101-30$592$49,703,34211Fox
30One For the Money$37,287-49%102-49$366$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$270,49627%4632$5,880$582,4422Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$240,18254%6037$4,003$605,5064Sony Pictures Classics
3Jiro Dreams of Sushi$193,54110%4417$4,399$665,8274Magnolia Pictures
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$164,40933%5019$3,288$338,0162Music Box Films
5The Kid With A Bike$135,30229%3713$3,657$349,1133IFC Films
6Bully (2012)$116,472--5--$23,294$116,4721Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$103,875-3%400$2,597$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Love in the Buff$91,233--10--$9,123$91,2331China Lion Film
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$76,4439099%5957$1,296$47,359,06512Disney
10Hubble 3D$69,91233%19-4$3,680$31,741,956107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Need to Talk About Kevin$67,401-30%67-13$1,006$1,462,67717Oscilloscope
12War Horse$60,649-35%96-74$632$79,781,90715Disney / DreamWorks
13Goon$49,076--31--$1,583$4,049,1101Magnolia / Magnet
14In Darkness$44,576-26%49-2$910$862,2658Sony Pictures Classics
15Pina$43,161-33%33-18$1,308$3,372,44615IFC Films
16Being Flynn$42,268-44%40-33$1,057$480,0255Focus
17Intruders$40,746--33--$1,235$40,7461Millennium Entertainment
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$38,931-34%120$3,244$5,198,114993D Entertainment
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$37,776-28%55-31$687$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
20Gone$34,179-56%61-122$560$11,586,8166Summit
21Undefeated$31,73416%16-1$1,983$424,2827Weinstein Company
22Under the Sea 3D$28,097-19%142$2,007$30,990,917164Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$24,180-50%30-44$806$43,271,5878Fox
24The Salt of Life$24,118260%106$2,412$147,9295Zeitgeist Films
25Thin Ice$24,068-15%30-9$802$691,8467IDP/ATO Pictures
26Albert Nobbs$22,486-26%29-15$775$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
27W.E.$19,1483%213$912$490,7919Weinstein Company
28Coriolanus$18,245-20%16-3$1,140$599,64511Weinstein Company
29Detachment$17,175--15--$1,145$45,2523Tribeca Film
30Boy$16,8518%92$1,872$115,4435Paladin
31The Island President$13,998--2--$6,999$17,9031IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Rampart$13,635-55%30-37$455$856,6708Millennium Entertainment
33Shame$13,273-8%14-2$948$3,968,51818Fox Searchlight
34Gerhard Richter Painting$11,394-48%5-1$2,279$83,2903Kino Lorber
35Musical Chairs$10,62517%123$885$23,7662Paladin
36Turn Me On, Dammit!$10,145--2--$5,073$10,1451New Yorker Films
37The Muppets$8,464-32%21-14$403$88,625,92219Disney
38A Dangerous Method$7,885-73%20-27$394$5,673,60719Sony Pictures Classics
39My Week with Marilyn$7,252-45%12-32$604$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
40The Flowers of War$6,718--3--$2,239$291,94511Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$6,7001437%10$6,700$12,3624The Film Desk
42The Women on the 6th Floor$5,531-10%4-1$1,383$674,61026Strand Releasing
43Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$4,568-28%11-3$415$188,3395Magnolia Pictures
44Seeking Justice$3,871-88%8-66$484$410,8193Anchor Bay Films
45On the Ice$3,852306%21$1,926$55,6347PMK*BNC
46Natural Selection$3,683-14%31$1,228$23,2273Cinema Guild
47Let The Bullets Fly$3,438-55%3-4$1,146$56,6735Variance Films
48Carnage (2011)$3,139-1%123$262$2,540,64116Sony Pictures Classics
49The Forgiveness of Blood$3,113-51%6-3$519$113,5186IFC Films
50Free Men$3,077-68%2-2$1,539$30,9023Film Movement
514:44 Last Day on Earth$2,971-64%1-2$2,971$15,7382IFC Films
52The Trouble with Bliss$2,160-53%21$1,080$7,83427A Productions
53Le Havre$2,018445%32$673$607,52124Janus Films
54The FP$1,892-64%5-3$378$33,7773Drafthouse Films
55Addiction Incorporated$1,721238%10$1,721$39,97416Variance Films
56Love$1,670-52%1-3$1,670$307,4047China Lion Film
57Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,639--2--$820$91,64513Cinema Guild
58Sing Your Song$1,532157%20$766$42,58912S2BN Films
59The Turin Horse$1,481-44%1-1$1,481$35,5788Cinema Guild
60The Beat Hotel$1,458--1--$1,458$1,4581First Run Features
61I Kissed A Vampire$1,380--11--$125$1,3801Monterey Media
62Starry, Starry Night$1,013-56%21$507$4,3752China Lion Film
63Ranchero$987--1--$987$21,15038Indican Pictures
64Around June$956-48%10$956$9,1023Indican Pictures
65Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$933-83%2-4$467$899,63639International Film Circuit
66Attenberg$813--1--$813$9,8394Strand Releasing
67The Understudy$630-69%10$630$8,6693Indican Pictures
68Falling Away$612-55%10$612$10,6305Indican Pictures
69Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$608--1--$608$302,29024Submarine Deluxe
70Sound of Noise$538-91%1-4$538$23,1584Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$507-84%2-2$254$7,0223Monterey Media
72Kung Fu Joe$392-2%10$392$14,7528Indican Pictures
73The Fairy$338-40%10$338$7,3116Kino Lorber
74Khodorkovsky$27770%10$277$39,05418Kino Lorber
75Windfall$246--1--$246$5,0979First Run Features
76Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$98--1--$98$3,9825First Run Features