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. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$55,644,102-46%4,249-100$13,096$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$25,534,825--3,690--$6,920$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$17,435,092--3,008--$5,796$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$12,583,338-58%3,7550$3,351$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$10,547,068--3,021--$3,491$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$2,950,331-35%2,064-467$1,429$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$2,650,549-54%1,722-330$1,539$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$1,778,453-57%2,005-834$887$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,578,632-50%1,840-1239$858$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$1,110,375-66%1,175-1394$945$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,230,58421%354176$9,126$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$667,528-62%895-664$746$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$476,327122%36095$1,323$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$459,357-67%3220$1,427$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$458,5956%379-76$1,210$210,191,32512Universal
6The Three Stooges$436,495-60%594-822$735$41,830,6326Fox
7Mirror Mirror$403,814-33%407-200$992$61,551,2368Relativity Media
8The Cabin in the Woods$381,566-61%448-581$852$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9John Carter$368,994-52%114-116$3,237$72,157,37911Disney
1021 Jump Street$342,953-47%261-328$1,314$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11Safe (2012)$294,177-80%503-1187$585$16,589,9504Lionsgate
12American Reunion$263,905-39%290-231$910$56,494,9557Universal
13The Raven$236,650-83%432-1456$548$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$207,181-12%245-15$846$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
15Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$94,801-50%134-66$707$8,721,03711CBS Films
16Bully (2012)$90,153-33%204-59$442$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17Lockout$88,102-51%191-64$461$14,291,5706Open Road
18A Thousand Words$56,901-27%110-17$517$18,374,52711Paramount
19The Artist$26,842-86%103-648$261$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$491,436124%9559$5,173$1,124,5724Millennium Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$256,346--55--$4,661$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3To the Arctic 3D$217,3214%490$4,435$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
4First Position$93,1885%4117$2,273$294,0203IFC Films
5Monsieur Lazhar$91,710-28%67-10$1,369$1,287,35630Music Box Films
6Headhunters$90,0551%3915$2,309$392,1534Magnolia Pictures
7Marley$73,433-10%55-13$1,335$1,035,4055Magnolia Pictures
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,419-1%340$1,777$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Darling Companion$58,831-10%60-4$981$419,6415Sony Pictures Classics
10This Means War$58,562-13%90-42$651$54,670,70414Fox
11Act of Valor$52,95526%96-22$552$69,978,44013Relativity Media
12Titanic 3D$50,583-68%70-87$723$57,736,2357Paramount
13Hubble 3D$50,0062%201$2,500$32,686,569114Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$36,565-49%41-13$892$2,194,12811Magnolia Pictures
15Hysteria$35,656--5--$7,131$35,6561Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$31,99228%184$1,777$31,454,302171Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Footnote$31,840-51%52-39$612$1,851,57311Sony Pictures Classics
18Sound of My Voice$30,911-46%37-9$835$249,7274Fox Searchlight
19The Secret World of Arrietty$29,7057%60-28$495$19,140,97414Disney
20Deadtime (2012)$27,552-9%16-2$1,722$77,4482Nocturnal Features
21Where Do We Go Now?$23,62154%129$1,968$47,7792Sony Pictures Classics
22FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$22,806586%1917$1,200$38,7713International Film Circuit
23We Have a Pope$22,332-33%20-6$1,117$383,1637IFC Films
24The Kid With A Bike$22,158-35%34-26$652$1,318,35110IFC Films
25The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$21,070-30%392$540$1,038,7469Music Box Films
26Damsels in Distress$20,740-65%38-74$546$800,1107Sony Pictures Classics
27Chronicle$20,054-19%39-12$514$64,543,21316Fox
28Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$18,784150%32$6,261$36,2572Rialto Pictures
29Mansome$18,395--20--$920$18,3951Paladin
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,922-35%120$1,410$5,524,7501063D Entertainment
31Polisse$16,568--3--$5,523$16,5681IFC Films
32God Bless America$13,464-51%151$898$55,6592Magnolia / Magnet
33Lovely Molly$12,554--5--$2,511$12,5541Image Entertainment
34Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,439-64%17-6$732$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
35October Baby$11,623-42%36-15$323$5,321,86330IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36The Perfect Family$11,092-64%12-13$924$78,0653Variance Films
37Friends With Kids$10,955-18%25-11$438$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$10,439-49%40-27$261$133,082,21223Fox
39The Raid: Redemption$10,336-39%15-4$689$4,063,8669Sony Pictures Classics
40Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$9,583-44%8-2$1,198$30,9492UTV Communications
41Elena (2012)$9,035--1--$9,035$13,2401Zeitgeist Films
42Elles$7,865-15%6-6$1,311$104,2104Kino Lorber
43A Separation$7,846-32%17-7$462$7,063,23621Sony Pictures Classics
44Virginia$6,915--5--$1,383$6,9151Entertainment One Films
45The Road (2012)$6,124-89%10-40$612$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
46American Animal$5,928--1--$5,928$5,9281Screen Media Films
47Coriolanus$5,116-10%8-3$640$749,64118Weinstein Company
48Beyond the Black Rainbow$4,957--2--$2,479$4,9571Magnolia / Magnet
49Boy$4,835-48%5-1$967$242,00812Paladin
50Otter 501$4,681-14%41$1,170$12,9112Paladin
51Undefeated$4,098-14%9-4$455$548,47014Weinstein Company
52The Color Wheel$3,884--2--$1,942$3,8841Cinema Conservancy
53Gerhard Richter Painting$3,284-41%30$1,095$176,07110Kino Lorber
54This Binary Universe$2,912-42%1-1$2,912$13,4523Indican Pictures
55Here$2,785--1--$2,785$23,2236Strand Releasing
56I Wish$2,763-75%3-2$921$19,7082Magnolia Pictures
57Bonsai$2,63915%21$1,320$6,7612Strand Releasing
58We Need to Talk About Kevin$2,576-51%6-4$429$1,738,69224Oscilloscope
59Surviving Progress$2,256-4%2-1$1,128$31,1587First Run Features
60Last Call at the Oasis$2,142-87%3-3$714$40,8463IDP/ATO Pictures
61Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$2,136--1--$2,136$16,1843New Yorker Films
62Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,121-18%11-2$193$94,6542Magnolia Pictures
63Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,951--1--$1,951$1,9511First Run Features
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,911-43%2-2$956$66,1338New Yorker Films
65Blue Like Jazz$1,828-62%7-4$261$592,5896Roadside Attractions
66The Samaritan$1,744--3--$581$1,7441IFC Films
67Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,678--2--$839$1,6781Music Box Films
68The Island President$1,664-19%4-1$416$75,2338IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
69Attenberg$1,646--1--$1,646$20,44111Strand Releasing
70Grandmaster$1,61915%20$810$17,0773UTV Communications
71The Hunter (2012)$1,537-20%3-2$512$168,2167Magnolia Pictures
72This Is Not A Film$1,388--1--$1,388$63,14412Palisades Tartan
73The Salt of Life$1,226-61%2-4$613$295,71812Zeitgeist Films
74Thin Ice$1,176-6%3-1$392$789,75214IDP/ATO Pictures
75Red Tails$1,047-84%3-6$349$49,868,80818Fox
76Keyhole$959600%43$240$16,2667Monterey Media
77Payback (2012)$917--3--$306$10,4634Zeitgeist Films
78The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$873--2--$437$24,9816Rialto
79Hit So Hard$859--3--$286$25,3766Variance Films
80Goon$807-92%4-7$202$4,164,5278Magnolia / Magnet
81Michael (2012)$737--2--$369$15,15114Strand Releasing
82Nobody Else But You$611-84%1-1$611$6,2732First Run Features
83The Fairy$498-41%20$249$23,78413Kino Lorber
84Jesus Henry Christ$485-59%1-1$485$16,6585Entertainment One Films
85Lost Bohemia$429138%10$429$14,05653Impact Partners
86Touchback$427-88%3-3$142$204,0686Anchor Bay Films
87Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$293-93%1-11$293$43,455,91615Fox
88How To Grow A Band$27524%21$138$9,7786International Film Circuit
89Sing Your Song$140--1--$140$46,42919S2BN Films