'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, Apr. 13 - Sun, Apr. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games$21,096,824-36%3,916-221$5,387$336,666,3634Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$17,010,125--3,477--$4,892$17,010,1251Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$14,743,614--2,811--$5,245$14,743,6141Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$11,930,249-31%2,69723$4,424$44,723,8192Paramount
5American Reunion$10,473,810-51%3,20311$3,270$39,712,5352Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$6,906,209-53%3,102-443$2,226$71,252,0053Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$6,847,924-38%3,206-412$2,136$49,316,1853Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$6,558,868-34%2,735-274$2,398$120,323,6815Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$6,231,836--2,308--$2,700$6,231,8361Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,051,285-39%2,112-891$1,445$204,513,9157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Raid: Redemption$961,45483%881705$1,091$2,526,0724Sony Pictures Classics
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$888,546-10%435-89$2,043$6,064,9376CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$721,42734%502-149$1,437$100,463,52410Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$641,542--102--$6,290$641,5421Code Black Entertainment
5October Baby$543,11449%36223$1,500$4,520,74425IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Bully (2012)$535,433626%158152$3,389$814,6353Weinstein Company
7John Carter$346,858-58%446-569$778$68,747,8696Disney
8Safe House$337,610-41%371-111$910$125,276,75510Universal
9Housefull 2$286,735-66%1210$2,370$1,339,3912Eros International
10Blue Like Jazz$261,190--136--$1,921$261,1901Roadside Attractions
11Act of Valor$255,759-52%352-356$727$69,257,4748Relativity Media
12This Means War$246,0654%283-38$869$53,830,8629Fox
13The Vow$244,341-17%335-144$729$124,333,56810Sony / Screen Gems
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$212,317-49%183-264$1,160$3,822,9615Paramount Vantage
15A Thousand Words$200,174-58%277-230$723$17,827,6986Paramount
17Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$153,830-31%216-61$712$51,367,4149Sony / Columbia
18Friends With Kids$125,937-44%113-94$1,114$6,970,1646Roadside Attractions
19The Secret World of Arrietty$112,819116%20272$559$18,749,1169Disney
20Project X (2012)$101,208-69%145-299$698$54,331,2437Warner Bros.
21The Artist$100,098-45%121-101$827$44,048,63321Weinstein Company
22The Iron Lady$97,462-24%146-90$668$29,837,30716Weinstein Company
23Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,761-25%153-42$626$132,829,38918Fox
24Casa de mi Padre$92,242-66%121-162$762$5,703,1585Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,197-54%125-79$586$34,798,0558Lionsgate
26The Woman in Black$71,265-22%122-37$584$54,212,64311CBS Films
27Agent Vinod$3,587-85%1220$29$698,2104Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$198,430-14%797$2,512$1,280,4546Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$195,12443%8419$2,323$1,099,5256Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$145,96115%7015$2,085$736,0355IFC Films
4Monsieur Lazhar$112,190--19--$5,905$112,19025Music Box Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$105,2882%400$2,632$18,148,88254Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$89,565-9%531$1,690$640,6364Music Box Films
7Damsels in Distress$82,41141%2218$3,746$167,6442Sony Pictures Classics
8A Separation$78,322-40%91-50$861$6,838,80416Sony Pictures Classics
9Silent House (2012)$69,777-39%59-155$1,183$12,666,4816Open Road
10Hubble 3D$69,754-22%18-1$3,875$32,119,560109Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Touchback$66,993--50--$1,340$66,9931Anchor Bay Films
12We Have a Pope$48,59155%1512$3,239$98,0942IFC Films
13We Bought a Zoo$47,201-18%83-16$569$75,498,09717Fox
14A Simple Life$43,372--9--$4,819$43,3721China Lion Film
15We Need to Talk About Kevin$40,480-39%55-10$736$1,638,43919Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$36,080-9%151$2,405$31,145,879166Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In Darkness$32,64536%40-1$816$959,19410Sony Pictures Classics
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$32,222-46%39-19$826$47,549,60214Disney
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$27,2313%130$2,095$5,293,8381013D Entertainment
20The Hunter (2012)$27,20243%95$3,022$54,9822Magnolia Pictures
21Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$26,927-28%33-12$816$43,369,47810Fox
22Red Tails$25,9502%43-12$603$49,798,19613Fox
23The Grey$23,513-12%13-54$1,809$51,571,84612Open Road
25The Descendants$20,703-56%41-37$505$82,570,65322Fox Searchlight
26Coriolanus$20,609-18%181$1,145$665,67613Weinstein Company
27Pina$20,296-19%20-1$1,015$3,456,73617IFC Films
28L!fe Happens$20,186--16--$1,262$20,1861PMK*BNC
29The Salt of Life$17,868-39%11-8$1,624$214,7507Zeitgeist Films
30Kahaani$17,854-51%11-6$1,623$1,017,9556Viva Entertainment
31Undefeated$17,466-25%172$1,027$487,7519Weinstein Company
32W.E.$14,885-14%17-4$876$546,21611Weinstein Company
33Thin Ice$12,402-57%16-16$775$760,4209IDP/ATO Pictures
34Love in the Buff$11,843-81%141$846$243,5393China Lion Film
35Rampart$11,554-34%21-19$550$901,84910Millennium Entertainment
36War Horse$10,749-56%25-24$430$79,859,44117Disney / DreamWorks
37Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$9,60917%41$2,402$18,9872Wrekin Hill Entertainment
39Goon$8,193-53%160$512$4,107,6593Magnolia / Magnet
40Albert Nobbs$7,970-33%12-18$664$2,980,18712Roadside Attractions
41Here$7,927--1--$7,927$7,9271Strand Releasing
42Gerhard Richter Painting$7,3969%51$1,479$112,1725Kino Lorber
43This Is Not A Film$6,791121%52$1,358$51,9347Palisades Tartan
44The Women on the 6th Floor$6,74136%62$1,124$691,15428Strand Releasing
45How To Grow A Band$5,705--1--$5,705$5,7051International Film Circuit
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,403-26%1-1$4,403$30,2813New Yorker Films
47Shame$4,255-39%4-4$1,064$3,992,04520Fox Searchlight
48The Island President$4,186-68%50$837$47,4593IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
49The Flowers of War$4,127169%31$1,376$302,10313Wrekin Hill Entertainment
50Keyhole$3,88418%65$647$9,6002Monterey Media
51The Turin Horse$3,863--2--$1,932$39,61310Cinema Guild
52Reuniting The Rubins$3,308389%21$1,654$11,7225Monterey Media
53A Dangerous Method$3,266-49%8-4$408$5,695,84121Sony Pictures Classics
54Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,892-70%2-4$1,446$109,93215Cinema Guild
55Post Mortem$2,406--1--$2,406$3,5761Kino Lorber
56Natural Selection$2,366-25%30$789$31,7575Cinema Guild
57Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$2,244-57%6-5$374$200,8037Magnolia Pictures
58Le Havre$1,86460%10$1,864$610,16226Janus Films
59Carnage (2011)$1,686150%61$281$2,544,11218Sony Pictures Classics
60Free Men$1,645-65%2-1$823$41,3165Film Movement
61On the Ice$1,607-59%20$804$66,3569PMK*BNC
62Attenberg$1,576-14%20$788$15,2556Strand Releasing
63The Forgiveness of Blood$1,076-68%5-4$215$121,7838IFC Films
64Musical Chairs$528-76%1-3$528$31,3164Paladin
65The FP$481-51%1-2$481$37,3965Drafthouse Films
66Surviving Progress$434-90%1-1$434$6,5372First Run Features
67The Fairy$214-67%1-1$214$8,5378Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$108-93%1-1$108$42,40513First Run Features
69The Beat Hotel$83-91%1-2$83$3,8683First Run Features