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. 25 - Sun, May. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$54,592,779--4,248--$12,851$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$36,686,871-34%3,918-331$9,364$523,907,2024Disney
3Battleship$11,050,470-57%3,70212$2,985$44,555,8152Universal
4The Dictator$9,276,560-47%3,0146$3,078$41,124,6642Paramount
5Chernobyl Diaries$7,955,307--2,433--$3,270$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
6Dark Shadows$7,504,387-40%3,404-351$2,205$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$7,127,919-32%3,0210$2,359$22,149,1672Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,383,20398%1,233879$5,177$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,311,406-22%1,421-643$1,627$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,465,265-45%786-936$1,864$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,082,288-31%884-956$1,224$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$870,15477%19499$4,485$2,221,9605Millennium Entertainment
421 Jump Street$660,79593%364103$1,815$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$566,829-68%615-1390$922$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$482,50219%42215$1,143$62,200,7599Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$475,7854%39011$1,220$210,839,55513Universal
8The Three Stooges$322,573-26%325-269$993$42,303,9277Fox
9Chimpanzee$314,802-53%368-527$855$27,688,4486Disneynature
10The Five-Year Engagement$294,555-73%274-901$1,075$27,949,8405Universal
11John Carter$247,940-33%17561$1,417$72,473,55912Disney
12Wrath of the Titans$232,380-51%255-105$911$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$177,118-15%175-70$1,012$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$174,424-54%203-245$859$40,933,1457Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$127,490-72%143-179$892$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$114,650-57%165-125$695$56,706,7558Universal
17Safe (2012)$62,175-79%112-391$555$16,799,1285Lionsgate
18The Raven$60,013-75%111-321$541$15,735,5035Relativity Media
19Bully (2012)$42,552-53%104-100$409$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$522,996--4--$130,749$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$225,5754%501$4,512$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$149,88161%5615$2,676$493,3384IFC Films
4Hysteria$138,251288%3227$4,320$194,0572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$137,389-46%6712$2,051$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$124,76839%456$2,773$570,5925Magnolia Pictures
7Monsieur Lazhar$113,52324%65-2$1,747$1,450,12931Music Box Films
8The Intouchables$103,507--4--$25,877$103,5071Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$85,143-10%87-47$979$8,865,97812CBS Films
10Marley$70,341-4%53-2$1,327$1,162,9296Magnolia Pictures
11Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1818%340$1,917$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Darling Companion$64,66410%611$1,060$518,4996Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$63,07226%18-2$3,504$32,819,256115Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Where Do We Go Now?$58,261147%2513$2,330$121,5283Sony Pictures Classics
15Cowgirls n' Angels$54,675--50--$1,094$54,6751IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Deadtime (2012)$47,32072%13-3$3,640$156,0723Nocturnal Features
17Polisse$46,072178%1411$3,291$74,4412IFC Films
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$44,10421%35-6$1,260$2,269,17212Magnolia Pictures
19Sound of My Voice$37,41121%425$891$310,3815Fox Searchlight
20Titanic 3D$33,431-34%42-28$796$57,801,0228Paramount
21Under the Sea 3D$31,654-1%202$1,583$31,519,651172Warner Bros. / IMAX
22A Thousand Words$30,963-46%59-51$525$18,429,08112Paramount
23We Have a Pope$28,63128%222$1,301$426,4958IFC Films
24This Means War$26,977-54%44-46$613$54,719,74715Fox
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,22631%10-2$2,223$5,562,2071073D Entertainment
26Footnote$19,860-38%31-21$641$1,888,71712Sony Pictures Classics
27The Secret World of Arrietty$18,214-39%26-34$701$19,172,86915Disney
28The Kid With A Bike$16,543-25%20-14$827$1,347,76611IFC Films
29Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$14,730-22%30$4,910$66,7953Rialto Pictures
30Elena (2012)$14,73063%21$7,365$33,8852Zeitgeist Films
31Damsels in Distress$11,918-43%11-27$1,083$824,6188Sony Pictures Classics
32The Artist$11,619-57%20-83$581$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
33God Bless America$10,970-19%150$731$77,0653Magnolia / Magnet
34I Wish$10,610284%52$2,122$32,1203Magnolia Pictures
35The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$10,606-50%19-20$558$1,059,03410Music Box Films
36Chronicle$10,017-50%20-19$501$64,561,79617Fox
37Elles$9,65023%82$1,206$118,7505Kino Lorber
38Oslo, August 31st$9,564--2--$4,782$9,5641Strand Releasing
39FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$8,856-61%9-10$984$63,7754International Film Circuit
40A Separation$8,84113%10-7$884$7,078,65522Sony Pictures Classics
41Act of Valor$8,221-84%39-57$211$70,002,49814Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$7,754-25%12-3$646$4,080,43110Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$6,218-43%9-16$691$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
44The Perfect Family$6,114-45%6-6$1,019$90,0614Variance Films
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,049-42%22-18$275$133,095,13724Fox
46OC87$5,733--1--$5,733$5,7331Fisher Klingenstein Films
47October Baby$5,505-53%16-20$344$5,334,23531IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
48The Salt of Life$5,287331%42$1,322$301,73413Zeitgeist Films
49Undefeated$3,951-4%6-3$659$555,16515Weinstein Company
50Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,73695%20$1,868$71,5289New Yorker Films
51Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,674--2--$1,837$128,89721Cinema Guild
52Whores' Glory$3,250--2--$1,625$14,7805Kino Lorber
53Goon$2,916261%51$583$4,167,8279Magnolia / Magnet
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,877-42%20$1,439$11,7292Magnolia / Magnet
55Hit So Hard$2,478188%30$826$28,4197Variance Films
56Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$2,33339%31$778$5,2972Music Box Films
57Bonsai$2,274-14%20$1,137$9,5883Strand Releasing
58Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,230--1--$2,230$2,2301Music Box Films
59Gerhard Richter Painting$1,977-40%30$659$184,07411Kino Lorber
60Surviving Progress$1,966-13%20$983$35,2168First Run Features
61Tonight You're Mine$1,934--3--$645$5,0863Roadside Attractions
62Keyhole$1,83491%51$367$18,6408Monterey Media
63Coriolanus$1,724-66%4-4$431$756,02619Weinstein Company
64The Women on the 6th Floor$1,612--2--$806$711,28334Strand Releasing
65Red Tails$1,55949%74$223$49,871,44019Fox
66Virginia$1,516-78%2-3$758$11,0692Entertainment One Films
67Lovely Molly$1,423-89%2-3$712$17,9772Image Entertainment
68Jesus Henry Christ$1,257159%21$629$18,3906Entertainment One Films
69Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$1,169--1--$1,169$5,0993Long Shot Factory
70The Hunter (2012)$1,076-30%30$359$170,5448Magnolia Pictures
71The Turin Horse$938--1--$938$47,93816Cinema Guild
72Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$913-57%7-4$130$97,2973Magnolia Pictures
73The Color Wheel$812-79%1-1$812$6,7022Cinema Conservancy
74Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$772-60%10$772$4,1522First Run Features
75Blue Like Jazz$493-73%3-4$164$594,4677Roadside Attractions
76Nobody Else But You$387-37%10$387$7,0563First Run Features
77Payback (2012)$363-60%1-2$363$12,1615Zeitgeist Films
78Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$250-15%10$250$43,456,38216Fox
79The Fairy$156-69%1-1$156$24,04114Kino Lorber