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, Aug. 3 - Sun, Aug. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$35,737,330-42%4,242-162$8,425$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$25,577,758--3,601--$7,103$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,623,599--3,391--$4,312$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,609,040-36%3,542-327$2,431$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$6,527,915-49%3,1680$2,061$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$5,927,462-49%2,60639$2,275$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$5,644,680-23%2,767-362$2,040$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$4,400,315-34%2,425-735$1,815$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
9Brave$2,986,214-31%2,110-441$1,415$223,420,2547Disney
10Magic Mike$1,414,372-46%1,202-873$1,177$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,240,083-14%687-166$1,805$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,154,76825%318110$3,631$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
3Savages$978,635-47%704-710$1,390$46,078,6455Universal
4To Rome with Love$824,223-18%382-110$2,158$14,304,6407Sony Pictures Classics
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$731,828-44%737-374$993$64,142,2536Lionsgate
6Men in Black 3$654,529256%326139$2,008$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$587,512-35%504-304$1,166$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Intouchables$566,1309%1940$2,918$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$429,366-17%291-19$1,475$406,697,22420Lionsgate
10Marvel's The Avengers$417,065-19%300-73$1,390$616,768,48714Disney
11Snow White and the Huntsman$316,710-20%309-46$1,025$153,829,95510Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$310,484-7%230-46$1,350$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
13Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$202,023-63%277-329$729$24,789,0975Paramount
14Prometheus$167,824-18%198-31$848$125,826,9429Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$160,998-5%121-28$1,331$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
16People Like Us$127,76813%19732$649$12,242,6076Disney / DreamWorks
17Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$126,848-20%165-32$769$37,014,0757Fox
18Dark Shadows$108,838-62%132-90$825$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
19Rock of Ages$68,229-58%145-157$471$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,732-18%112-39$596$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$395,913181%6451$6,186$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2The Queen of Versailles$270,37798%6744$4,035$557,2663Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$205,6668%520$3,955$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Farewell, My Queen$187,22241%5623$3,343$624,1764Cohen Media Group
5Bernie$130,709-3%97-2$1,348$8,799,90615Millennium Entertainment
6Celeste and Jesse Forever$107,785--4--$26,946$107,7851Sony Pictures Classics
7Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$72,91777%2621$2,805$138,3872IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$63,45912%330$1,923$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Take This Waltz$55,007-35%51-13$1,079$1,083,8836Magnolia Pictures
10Hubble 3D$42,250-19%132$3,250$33,947,790125Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Searching For Sugar Man$38,74341%74$5,535$82,0932Sony Pictures Classics
12Your Sister's Sister$37,592-25%52-10$723$1,504,4698IFC Films
13The Imposter$35,671194%86$4,459$104,6594Indomina Releasing
142016: Obama's America$34,133-13%104$3,413$192,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Well-Digger's Daughter$32,8935%132$2,530$100,4793Kino Lorber
16Under the Sea 3D$29,88617%92$3,321$32,060,430182Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$29,016--16--$1,814$29,0161China Lion Film
18The Three Stooges$27,495-38%32-7$859$44,297,66317Fox
19Soldiers of Fortune$24,978--50--$500$24,9781Roadside Attractions
20Trishna$24,056-55%23-15$1,046$209,5304IFC Films
21Easy Money (2012)$21,550-2%61$3,592$114,2344Weinstein Company
22Cocktail (2012)$21,288-64%960$222$1,218,6954Eros International
23Runaway Slave$17,47627%62$2,913$47,8135Rocky Mountain Pictures
24For Greater Glory$15,635-57%34-55$460$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
25Monsieur Lazhar$14,71494%103$1,471$1,967,82541Music Box Films
26Red Lights (2012)$14,613965%1817$812$35,5934Millennium Entertainment
27Neil Young Journeys$13,537-26%14-2$967$136,0716Sony Pictures Classics
28360$12,186--2--$6,093$12,1861Magnolia Pictures
29Klown$11,769-40%1613$736$40,3782Drafthouse Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,246-14%100$1,125$5,885,3021173D Entertainment
31A Cat In Paris$10,95919%142$783$274,08810GKIDS
32Kumare$10,722284%97$1,191$78,2357Kino Lorber
33Headhunters$9,269-12%10-1$927$1,187,26415Magnolia Pictures
34Shut Up and Play the Hits$8,092-65%6-9$1,349$493,3543Oscilloscope
35Elena (2012)$7,82971%50$1,566$196,54112Zeitgeist Films
36Dark Horse$7,703-52%9-1$856$141,6379Vitagraph
37The Magic of Belle Isle$7,498-26%7-3$1,071$78,3935Magnolia Pictures
38Chimpanzee$7,233-48%27-13$268$28,965,45916Disneynature
39Mirror Mirror$6,734-55%39-17$173$64,890,59519Relativity Media
40Hysteria$6,482-25%15-4$432$1,737,72212Sony Pictures Classics
41Darling Companion$5,701139%70$814$787,72016Sony Pictures Classics
42The Babymakers$5,215--10--$522$5,2151Millennium Entertainment
43Mosquita Y Mari$5,070--1--$5,070$5,0701The Film Collaborative
44Where Do We Go Now?$4,932-48%124$411$518,22213Sony Pictures Classics
45I Wish$4,527-33%62$755$141,65413Magnolia Pictures
46You've Been Trumped$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971International Film Circuit
47Sacrifice$4,293-72%3-8$1,431$27,8992IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,25847%62$710$2,541,85822Magnolia Pictures
49Nobody Else But You$3,733973%21$1,867$28,85013First Run Features
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$3,138-38%20$1,569$1,123,56120Music Box Films
51Dreams of A Life$3,085--1--$3,085$3,0851Strand Releasing
52Marley$2,929-4%41$732$1,408,10216Magnolia Pictures
53Planet of Snail$2,1276%10$2,127$6,5852Cinema Guild
54Oslo, August 31st$1,98418%2-1$992$71,43711Strand Releasing
55Bonsai$1,905291%32$635$20,04013Strand Releasing
56Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$1,350--1--$1,350$1,3501Kino Lorber
57The Invisible War$1,154477%32$385$50,8537Cinedigm
58Union Square (2012)$1,000-70%2-1$500$34,7034Dada Films
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$90017%20$450$119,82219New Yorker Films
605 Broken Cameras$89223%21$446$63,10010Kino Lorber
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$890-35%2-1$445$67,4758Music Box Films
62Gerhard Richter Painting$863--1--$863$238,35421Kino Lorber
63Lost Bohemia$751--2--$376$20,51864Impact Partners
64Whores' Glory$603--1--$603$30,61515Kino Lorber
65Crazy Wisdom$579-75%1-1$579$86,20237Alive Mind Cinema
66OC87$53012%10$530$38,21311Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Sushi: The Global Catch$516--1--$516$5161Alive Mind Cinema
68The Color Wheel$310-4%10$310$17,00212Cinema Conservancy
69Pink Ribbons, Inc.$299-86%1-2$299$24,78410First Run Features
70Damsels in Distress$268-98%2-15$134$1,006,11318Sony Pictures Classics
71How To Grow A Band$120--1--$120$13,70317International Film Circuit
72FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$45-97%1-1$45$112,67914International Film Circuit