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, May. 11 - Sun, May. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$103,052,274-50%4,3490$23,696$373,071,6472Disney
2Dark Shadows$29,685,274--3,755--$7,906$29,685,2741Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$5,816,108-28%2,05242$2,834$81,432,8404Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$4,505,362-19%2,531-263$1,780$387,007,0488Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$4,107,492-23%2,839-166$1,447$53,788,2334Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$3,314,010-34%2,569-372$1,290$24,623,4203Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$3,143,442-43%3,079-279$1,021$23,047,0003Sony / Columbia
8Chimpanzee$1,755,507-29%1,55928$1,126$25,717,4784Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,447,174-46%1,690-581$856$15,717,4293Lionsgate
10The Raven$1,378,847-48%1,888-321$730$14,723,7753Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$1,078,339-41%1,416-758$762$41,153,7695Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$971,465-38%1,029-640$944$39,753,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,672,140263%178151$15,012$3,744,6562Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$1,384,078--322--$4,298$1,384,0781Lionsgate / Pantelion
3John Carter$766,217-49%230-119$3,331$71,726,76210Disney
421 Jump Street$645,109-40%589-451$1,095$135,117,5439Sony / Columbia
5Mirror Mirror$599,617-20%607-315$988$60,993,8867Relativity Media
6American Reunion$432,430-47%521-335$830$56,050,1706Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$432,2451%455-66$950$209,591,93511Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$236,134-18%260-43$908$102,581,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
9Wrath of the Titans$214,933-53%265-450$811$81,990,1687Warner Bros.
10The Artist$188,8411129%751710$251$44,439,47025Weinstein Company
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$188,766-29%200-47$944$8,541,99210CBS Films
12Lockout$180,053-18%255-56$706$14,136,7035Open Road
13Titanic 3D$157,847-57%157-176$1,005$57,614,3106Paramount
14Bully (2012)$134,829-21%2630$513$2,864,0717Weinstein Company
15Safe House$85,015-20%136-39$625$126,149,65514Universal
16A Thousand Words$78,3922%127-13$617$18,292,87010Paramount
17This Means War$67,435-19%132-39$511$54,586,78413Fox
18Damsels in Distress$60,017-60%112-93$536$750,2416Sony Pictures Classics
19The Vow$52,264-29%111-46$471$125,014,03014Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$46,466-20%110-33$422$35,010,19212Lionsgate
21Act of Valor$42,014-43%118-75$356$69,903,95712Relativity Media
22Jeff Who Lives at Home$40,62150%11770$347$4,244,1559Paramount Vantage
23Housefull 2$1,749-83%1210$14$1,591,4586Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$219,41256%3628$6,095$539,9623Millennium Entertainment
2To the Arctic 3D$208,94811%49-1$4,264$1,412,7854Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monsieur Lazhar$127,462-43%77-4$1,655$1,130,48729Music Box Films
4Headhunters$89,05911%247$3,711$262,3083Magnolia Pictures
5First Position$88,74485%2419$3,698$157,8002IFC Films
6Marley$82,014-31%68-5$1,206$918,6534Magnolia Pictures
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$71,192-25%54-19$1,318$2,116,74610Magnolia Pictures
8Darling Companion$65,408-28%6418$1,022$329,6914Sony Pictures Classics
9Footnote$65,080-26%9113$715$1,788,19910Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$61,062-14%340$1,796$18,784,71758Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Sound of My Voice$57,0995%4618$1,241$188,2743Fox Searchlight
12The Road (2012)$56,692--50--$1,134$56,6921Freestyle Releasing
13Taur Mittran Di$49,926--24--$2,080$49,9261Eros Entertainment
14Hubble 3D$49,2051%19-1$2,590$32,567,370113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Vicky Donor$44,996-41%500$900$536,2404Eros International
16Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,31424%23-7$1,492$1,180,9305Code Black Entertainment
17The Kid With A Bike$34,204-45%60-10$570$1,277,6199IFC Films
18We Have a Pope$33,341-4%262$1,282$344,3036IFC Films
19The Perfect Family$30,603114%2519$1,224$53,2272Variance Films
20The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$30,268-33%37-6$818$1,003,8438Music Box Films
21Deadtime (2012)$30,240--18--$1,680$30,2401Nocturnal Features
22Casa de mi Padre$29,702-2%56-12$530$5,895,2389Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Secret World of Arrietty$27,825-22%88-20$316$19,101,97213Disney
24God Bless America$27,308--14--$1,951$27,3081Magnolia / Magnet
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,232-30%120$2,186$5,496,3521053D Entertainment
26Under the Sea 3D$25,035-8%141$1,788$31,383,812170Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Chronicle$24,736-23%51-27$485$64,511,76315Fox
28Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$20,470-18%67-8$306$133,062,41922Fox
29October Baby$20,104-34%51-26$394$5,298,65229IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
30Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$17,101--10--$1,710$17,1011UTV Communications
31The Raid: Redemption$16,835-53%19-24$886$4,044,0698Sony Pictures Classics
32Last Call at the Oasis$16,25183%65$2,709$31,9912IDP/ATO Pictures
33Where Do We Go Now?$15,382--3--$5,127$15,3821Sony Pictures Classics
34Friends With Kids$13,398-17%362$372$7,206,80010Roadside Attractions
35Project X (2012)$12,412-59%40-32$310$54,724,27211Warner Bros.
36A Separation$11,553-48%24-7$481$7,048,55020Sony Pictures Classics
37I Wish$10,919--5--$2,184$10,9191Magnolia Pictures
38Goon$10,43217%11-5$948$4,163,2387Magnolia / Magnet
39Boy$9,31654%6-2$1,553$234,84111Paladin
40Elles$9,270-66%12-1$773$90,2273Kino Lorber
41We Bought a Zoo$8,709-37%28-10$311$75,621,91521Fox
42A Beautiful Soul$7,598-84%16-4$475$54,0082Tyscot Manhaddon Films
43Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$7,526--1--$7,526$7,5261Rialto Pictures
44Red Tails$6,63450%9-3$737$49,866,61417Fox
45Coriolanus$5,712-56%11-7$519$740,16917Weinstein Company
46Gerhard Richter Painting$5,521-46%3-6$1,840$166,6809Kino Lorber
47Otter 501$5,444--3--$1,815$5,4441Paladin
48We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,303-4%10-4$530$1,731,69623Oscilloscope
49Patience (After Sebald)$5,302--1--$5,302$7,9541Cinema Guild
50This Binary Universe$5,028180%20$2,514$5,0282Indican Pictures
51Blue Like Jazz$4,857-53%11-9$442$588,7005Roadside Attractions
52Undefeated$4,775-28%130$367$541,31913Weinstein Company
53Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,464-36%12-5$372$43,453,65614Fox
54Nobody Else But You$3,759--2--$1,880$3,7591First Run Features
55Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,7541301%10$3,754$118,19419Cinema Guild
56Touchback$3,518-53%6-6$586$202,7135Anchor Bay Films
57Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,365124%43$841$61,4467New Yorker Films
58FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$3,325-58%21$1,663$14,2912International Film Circuit
59The Salt of Life$3,104-56%6-4$517$292,50311Zeitgeist Films
60Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$3,087--1--$3,087$3,0871Long Shot Factory
61Goodbye First Love$3,039-25%2-1$1,520$62,8904IFC Films
62The Turin Horse$2,854--3--$951$44,62714Cinema Guild
63In Darkness$2,851-23%11-2$259$1,038,73314Sony Pictures Classics
64Tezz$2,727-89%970$28$229,3743Eros Entertainment
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,599--13--$200$88,9531Magnolia Pictures
66Surviving Progress$2,35778%32$786$27,7346First Run Features
67Bonsai$2,293--1--$2,293$2,2931Strand Releasing
68Tonight You're Mine$2,144--2--$1,072$2,1441Roadside Attractions
69Sleepless Night$2,106--2--$1,053$2,1061Tribeca Film
70The Island President$2,054-14%52$411$72,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
71The Women on the 6th Floor$1,95716%30$652$708,82032Strand Releasing
72The Hunter (2012)$1,910-81%5-9$382$165,4356Magnolia Pictures
73Natural Selection$1,427576%21$714$38,0989Cinema Guild
74Grandmaster$1,412-87%2-7$706$15,0102UTV Communications
75Thin Ice$1,255-51%4-1$314$787,65513IDP/ATO Pictures
76Jesus Henry Christ$1,169--2--$585$15,4004Entertainment One Films
77The Fairy$845-82%2-4$423$22,89312Kino Lorber
78Albert Nobbs$675-74%2-3$338$3,014,54116Roadside Attractions
79Inventing Our Life$654-60%31$218$11,0733First Run Features
80The Whale$595--1--$595$80,01736Paladin
81Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$556-70%10$556$906,66645International Film Circuit
82Reuniting The Rubins$521114%21$261$13,2519Monterey Media
83How To Grow A Band$221--1--$221$9,5035International Film Circuit
84Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$202--1--$202$4,25211First Run Features
85Lost Bohemia$180--1--$180$13,11152Impact Partners
86Keyhole$137-89%1-1$137$15,2916Monterey Media