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, Apr. 20 - Sun, Apr. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$33,636,303--2,015--$16,693$33,636,3031Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$22,518,358--3,155--$7,137$22,518,3581Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$14,666,007-30%3,752-164$3,909$357,066,4675Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$10,673,748--1,563--$6,829$10,673,7481Disneynature
5The Three Stooges$9,764,214-43%3,4825$2,804$29,919,6602Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$8,016,075-46%2,8110$2,852$27,246,2472Lionsgate
7American Reunion$5,474,565-48%3,033-170$1,805$48,518,3253Universal
8Titanic 3D$5,032,557-58%2,515-182$2,001$52,860,5743Paramount
921 Jump Street$4,750,986-28%2,427-308$1,958$127,217,1676Sony / Columbia
10Mirror Mirror$4,408,179-36%2,938-268$1,500$55,499,9324Relativity Media
11Wrath of the Titans$3,922,412-43%2,502-600$1,568$77,232,9554Warner Bros.
12Lockout$3,250,588-48%2,33527$1,392$11,219,6202Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,899,600-38%1,583-529$1,200$207,152,8658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$688,465-23%44611$1,544$7,077,2147CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$609,781-15%444-58$1,373$101,238,90711Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$513,059-4%263105$1,951$1,537,6704Weinstein Company
4The Raid: Redemption$473,657-51%548-333$864$3,494,5685Sony Pictures Classics
5October Baby$250,082-54%310-52$807$4,984,31626IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Safe House$230,270-32%301-70$765$125,607,28011Universal
7This Means War$209,502-15%29310$715$54,111,03210Fox
8The Vow$196,264-20%297-38$661$124,618,23611Sony / Screen Gems
9John Carter$168,381-51%244-202$690$69,032,6597Disney
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$158,695-75%1064$1,497$936,5292Code Black Entertainment
11Act of Valor$131,380-49%229-123$574$69,472,5389Relativity Media
12Blue Like Jazz$130,515-50%126-10$1,036$468,0742Roadside Attractions
13Jeff Who Lives at Home$129,067-39%122-61$1,058$4,029,7086Paramount Vantage
14Project X (2012)$127,44526%258113$494$54,493,9778Warner Bros.
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$125,786-18%175-41$719$51,538,03710Sony / Columbia
16Chronicle$101,751-34%137-28$743$64,306,82912Fox
17The Secret World of Arrietty$98,631-13%195-7$506$18,895,10010Disney
18Housefull 2$97,185-66%1210$803$1,503,0593Eros International
19The Iron Lady$71,457-27%102-44$701$29,959,43617Weinstein Company
20Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,142-27%135-18$520$132,923,50419Fox
21A Thousand Words$63,525-68%168-109$378$17,936,8797Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$270,228--50--$5,405$270,2281Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Marley$262,004--42--$6,238$262,0041Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$187,326-4%939$2,014$1,353,0477Sony Pictures Classics
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$179,887-9%77-2$2,336$1,564,5167Magnolia Pictures
5Vicky Donor$169,209--50--$3,384$169,2091Eros International
6Monsieur Lazhar$152,09836%3314$4,609$305,75226Music Box Films
7The Kid With A Bike$151,4214%8616$1,761$942,7346IFC Films
8Damsels in Distress$114,33539%4624$2,486$311,6233Sony Pictures Classics
9Born to Be Wild 3D$88,951-16%32-8$2,780$18,330,77255Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$83,947-6%552$1,526$761,9565Music Box Films
11Friends With Kids$70,902-44%83-30$854$7,089,9597Roadside Attractions
12Touchback$58,263-13%6919$844$141,4562Anchor Bay Films
13The Artist$55,699-44%86-35$648$44,154,51822Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$55,031-21%17-1$3,237$32,235,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Separation$49,301-37%59-32$836$6,930,98117Sony Pictures Classics
16A Simple Life$49,01213%134$3,770$118,4412China Lion Film
17The Woman in Black$47,237-34%90-32$525$54,279,71112CBS Films
18We Have a Pope$44,505-8%194$2,342$164,6613IFC Films
19Silent House (2012)$42,705-39%590$724$12,726,5587Open Road
20Darling Companion$39,962--4--$9,991$39,9621Sony Pictures Classics
21Casa de mi Padre$39,653-57%58-63$684$5,774,9376Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$35,315-52%81-44$436$34,853,5099Lionsgate
23We Bought a Zoo$35,209-25%66-17$533$75,548,24418Fox
24Under the Sea 3D$33,221-8%172$1,954$31,211,806167Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hunter (2012)$29,1937%134$2,246$96,1703Magnolia Pictures
26In Darkness$26,515-19%411$647$998,69711Sony Pictures Classics
27We Need to Talk About Kevin$25,948-36%41-14$633$1,682,18920Oscilloscope
28Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$23,815-12%32-1$744$43,402,10111Fox
29The Descendants$23,66514%37-4$640$82,607,82523Fox Searchlight
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,004-16%130$1,770$5,343,0731023D Entertainment
31Beauty and the Beast 3D$22,168-31%31-8$715$47,582,00215Disney
32Goodbye First Love$21,077--4--$5,269$21,0771IFC Films
33The Salt of Life$20,47415%165$1,280$242,2498Zeitgeist Films
34Red Tails$19,085-26%39-4$489$49,825,72114Fox
35Pina$13,007-36%10-10$1,301$3,483,83718IFC Films
36War Horse$10,9652%4520$244$79,874,33618Disney / DreamWorks
37W.E.$10,634-29%15-2$709$564,68812Weinstein Company
38Coriolanus$10,573-49%14-4$755$686,14914Weinstein Company
39Undefeated$10,354-41%170$609$504,95110Weinstein Company
40Surviving Progress$9,8172162%65$1,636$16,6433First Run Features
41Boy$9,628-54%14-4$688$190,2858Paladin
42Kahaani$8,480-53%7-4$1,211$1,030,2197Viva Entertainment
43Jesus Henry Christ$8,193--3--$2,731$8,1931Entertainment One Films
44Goon$7,100-13%160$444$4,118,6084Magnolia / Magnet
45Thin Ice$6,801-45%11-5$618$772,30010IDP/ATO Pictures
46Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$6,589-31%62$1,098$27,6353Wrekin Hill Entertainment
47The Island President$6,54956%2-3$3,275$55,8364IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Shame$6,35749%73$908$4,000,30421Fox Searchlight
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,17040%10$6,170$38,6334New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$5,888-20%3-2$1,963$124,5926Kino Lorber
51Albert Nobbs$5,649-29%153$377$2,998,23613Roadside Attractions
52The Women on the 6th Floor$5,257-22%71$751$699,00129Strand Releasing
53Downtown Express$3,474--1--$3,474$3,4741International Film Circuit
54The Day He Arrives$3,311--1--$3,311$3,3111Cinema Guild
55Rampart$3,192-72%7-14$456$947,43711Millennium Entertainment
56Detachment$3,081--4--$770$70,9226Tribeca Film
57Unraveled$2,736-70%1-1$2,736$13,3392Undefined
58Post Mortem$2,333-3%10$2,333$7,3682Kino Lorber
59The Moth Diaries$2,276--2--$1,138$2,2761IFC Films
60The Fairy$1,916795%10$1,916$10,9929Kino Lorber
61A Dangerous Method$1,856-43%3-5$619$5,700,25222Sony Pictures Classics
62The Flowers of War$1,853-55%1-2$1,853$308,16414Wrekin Hill Entertainment
63How To Grow A Band$1,625-72%21$813$8,2612International Film Circuit
64Love in the Buff$1,606-86%4-10$402$248,7034China Lion Film
65Falling Away$1,495--1--$1,495$13,1578Indican Pictures
66On the Ice$1,138-29%1-1$1,138$68,86410PMK*BNC
67Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,097-62%1-1$1,097$113,11616Cinema Guild
68Attenberg$1,096-30%20$548$17,1207Strand Releasing
69Carnage (2011)$938-44%5-1$188$2,545,79719Sony Pictures Classics
70Ranchero$902--1--$902$23,44941Indican Pictures
71Young Goethe In Love$749--3--$250$160,39225Music Box Films
72Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$710--2--$355$900,44642International Film Circuit
73The Turin Horse$624-84%1-1$624$41,77311Cinema Guild
74Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$555--1--$555$20,00940The Film Desk
75The Whale$554--1--$554$78,67233Paladin
76My Reincarnation$520--1--$520$91,80726Long Shot Factory
77Sing Your Song$500--1--$500$44,67315S2BN Films
78The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$294172%10$294$42,76414First Run Features
79Natural Selection$111-95%1-2$111$32,7256Cinema Guild
80The FP$93-81%10$93$37,9496Drafthouse Films
81Keyhole$72-98%1-5$72$12,2203Monterey Media