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, Jun. 15 - Sun, Jun. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$34,055,474-44%4,2635$7,989$119,006,0062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$20,712,174-59%3,44246$6,017$89,370,3012Fox
3Rock of Ages$14,437,269--3,470--$4,161$14,437,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
4That's My Boy$13,453,714--3,030--$4,440$13,453,7141Sony / Columbia
5Snow White and the Huntsman$13,265,635-42%3,701-76$3,584$122,062,6703Universal
6Men in Black 3$10,047,575-28%3,135-657$3,205$152,726,5584Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$8,905,467-21%2,582-547$3,449$586,794,3717Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,283,218-30%1,184-114$1,928$35,216,7137Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,203,381-57%1,216-871$990$38,639,3825Lionsgate
10The Dictator$1,109,454-51%1,119-532$991$57,677,7175Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$2,237,72643%17882$12,571$6,839,4624Focus
2Battleship$1,248,150-45%942-1012$1,325$62,151,8205Universal
3The Hunger Games$852,832-20%593-158$1,438$401,766,45213Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$623,388-56%680-870$917$75,156,0166Warner Bros.
5Bernie$618,746-25%300-32$2,062$5,870,6168Millennium Entertainment
6For Greater Glory$545,121-41%380-262$1,435$4,542,5583ARC Entertainment
7Hysteria$284,37792%218134$1,304$1,059,4885Sony Pictures Classics
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$260,380-23%277-13$940$212,490,25016Universal
9Mirror Mirror$235,632-31%278-25$848$63,915,26412Relativity Media
10The Lucky One (2012)$213,346-40%350-52$610$59,890,5749Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$204,303-20%201-44$1,016$43,442,67710Fox
12Think Like a Man$201,818-40%208-79$970$90,677,9649Sony / Screen Gems
1321 Jump Street$191,780-24%220-38$872$137,982,55014Sony / Columbia
14Chernobyl Diaries$177,498-79%255-925$696$17,637,7064Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$173,134177%224111$773$41,507,32710Lionsgate
16Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$150,337--157--$958$150,3371Indomina Media
17The Five-Year Engagement$92,440-24%168-7$550$28,644,7708Universal
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$91,998-34%149-168$617$29,140,9538Sony / Columbia
19Wrath of the Titans$77,466-26%105-45$738$83,550,28412Warner Bros.
20Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$75,213-20%108-18$696$103,692,73519Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$357,028-7%770$4,637$1,552,6454Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$296,494203%4738$6,308$439,9992FilmDistrict
3Ferrari Ki Sawaari$240,792--99--$2,432$240,7921Eros International
4To the Arctic 3D$194,06813%510$3,805$3,611,2779Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$133,81626%7645$1,761$284,2832IFC Films
6Your Sister's Sister$109,221--13--$8,402$109,2211IFC Films
7Lola Versus$61,77994%5248$1,188$107,9912Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$56,754-74%97-181$585$1,731,0145Branded/Peck Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$56,21214%330$1,703$19,480,18363Warner Bros. / IMAX
10John Carter$56,079-38%79-23$710$72,996,04315Disney
11Hubble 3D$49,09536%171$2,888$33,109,130118Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Headhunters$45,524-34%40-20$1,138$937,1238Magnolia Pictures
13Chimpanzee$43,819-33%96-59$456$28,431,5959Disneynature
14Rowdy Rathore$36,980-74%32-68$1,156$744,1643UTV Communications
15Safe (2012)$35,501-35%76-35$467$17,120,0198Lionsgate
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,604-34%35-13$960$1,747,06434Music Box Films
17The Woman in the Fifth$33,011--9--$3,668$33,0111IDP/ATO Pictures
18Piranha 3DD$31,116-16%11-67$2,829$370,9043Weinstein Company
19First Position$26,667-45%36-16$741$848,3717IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,69919%100$2,270$5,667,3551103D Entertainment
21Deadly Renovations$22,386-47%130$1,722$92,6382Nocturnal Features
22Marley$22,366-14%19-8$1,177$1,333,6289Magnolia Pictures
23Darling Companion$20,090-55%20-31$1,005$733,8649Sony Pictures Classics
24Where Do We Go Now?$19,432-51%14-17$1,388$369,8946Sony Pictures Classics
25Girl in Progress$19,374-36%41-16$473$2,594,8786Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Jiro Dreams of Sushi$18,788-28%19-6$989$2,426,08415Magnolia Pictures
27Under the Sea 3D$17,41031%12-4$1,451$31,672,130175Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Bel Ami$16,619-56%12-4$1,385$72,8532Magnolia Pictures
29Damsels in Distress$15,85917%224$721$890,14911Sony Pictures Classics
30Footnote$15,366-31%21-4$732$1,971,11115Sony Pictures Classics
31Gerhard Richter Painting$13,6892969%65$2,282$203,52314Kino Lorber
32A Cat In Paris$13,097--8--$1,637$89,8213GKIDS
33The Raven$12,050-15%29-5$416$15,839,9928Relativity Media
34Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$11,041--2--$5,521$16,2871Music Box Films
35Dark Horse$10,209-25%21$5,105$30,5132Vitagraph
36The Girl From the Naked Eye$10,185--20--$509$10,1851Archstone Distribution
37Elena (2012)$9,884-31%7-6$1,412$87,5935Zeitgeist Films
38Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$9,39136%42$2,348$113,0186Rialto Pictures
39Polisse$8,253-33%91$917$171,3205IFC Films
40The Artist$6,969-51%21-15$332$44,667,09530Weinstein Company
41Sound of My Voice$6,819-20%13-11$525$398,7298Fox Searchlight
42I Wish$5,633-44%9-1$626$73,9986Magnolia Pictures
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,222-21%81$653$1,087,17713Music Box Films
44OC87$4,991-36%61$832$28,7504Fisher Klingenstein Films
45Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,766144%54$753$87,97612New Yorker Films
46The Raid: Redemption$3,7253%80$466$4,101,36113Sony Pictures Classics
47The Perfect Family$2,9515%40$738$107,7217Variance Films
48Bonsai$2,869--2--$1,435$13,3976Strand Releasing
49Paul Williams Still Alive$2,855-53%21$1,428$10,4492Abramorama
50Bully (2012)$2,824-83%14-17$202$3,483,79512Weinstein Company
51The Highest Pass$2,733--1--$2,733$20,3868Cinema Libre
52The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,577--1--$2,577$29,79810Rialto
53Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$2,484279%30$828$10,6463First Run Features
546 Month Rule$2,435-52%1-2$2,435$11,1583Secret Identity Productions
55Payback (2012)$2,3451038%10$2,345$15,6548Zeitgeist Films
565 Broken Cameras$2,336-70%10$2,336$30,3483Kino Lorber
57God Bless America$2,255-54%7-2$322$107,6616Magnolia / Magnet
58Oslo, August 31st$2,188-61%2-3$1,094$49,2594Strand Releasing
59A Separation$1,968-39%3-1$656$7,098,49225Sony Pictures Classics
60Hide Away$1,92096%20$960$22,5794Joule Films
61Whores' Glory$1,882--1--$1,882$22,2088Kino Lorber
62Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,383-61%2-3$692$28,1275Magnolia / Magnet
63FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,264-69%3-3$421$86,9797International Film Circuit
64The Fairy$1,085-45%1-1$1,085$34,14917Kino Lorber
65Elles$1,054-72%2-4$527$138,3908Kino Lorber
66The Turin Horse$96118%1-1$961$50,22319Cinema Guild
67Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$924-44%6-2$154$102,6286Magnolia Pictures
68Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$774-59%1-1$774$10,3594Music Box Films
69The Women on the 6th Floor$666-45%1-1$666$718,90937Strand Releasing
70Nobody Else But You$620-86%20$310$14,9396First Run Features
71The Salt of Life$532-30%10$532$309,81616Zeitgeist Films
72How To Grow A Band$346-42%20$173$11,48610International Film Circuit
73Patagonia Rising$282-71%10$282$1,6742First Run Features
74Keyhole$262524%10$262$22,09911Monterey Media
75The Beat Hotel$141--1--$141$5,57112First Run Features