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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$9,317,472-47%2,83418$3,288$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$6,007,036-40%3,138250$1,914$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$4,951,899-45%3,260-74$1,519$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4The Words$4,750,894--2,801--$1,696$4,750,8941CBS Films
5ParaNorman$4,195,415-36%2,856-229$1,469$45,452,8764Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$3,969,330-45%2,766-365$1,435$103,628,8255Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,650,158-42%2,71782$1,343$43,007,2084Disney
8The Campaign$3,377,189-41%2,542-399$1,329$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$3,309,422-41%2,017270$1,641$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Dark Knight Rises$3,218,189-47%1,987-200$1,620$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$2,800,217-40%2,437-4$1,149$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$2,311,414-42%2,182-73$1,059$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$1,831,588--1,511--$1,212$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$1,077,146-58%1,810-1060$595$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$786,181-59%1,209-496$650$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,673,731--267--$6,269$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$834,216-36%763-273$1,093$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$817,491-42%931-273$878$46,742,1006Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$780,085-56%873-384$894$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
5Brave$720,572-50%959-749$751$233,397,96412Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man$565,880-39%416-85$1,360$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$548,730-32%515-46$1,065$216,858,06011Universal
8Robot & Frank$505,598-27%20258$2,503$2,014,0274IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Total Recall (2012)$467,562-46%502-254$931$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$380,983-40%345-160$1,104$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$358,952-32%2692$1,334$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$352,037-51%441-145$798$2,610,5116Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$302,504-20%19419$1,559$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
14Branded$240,589--307--$784$240,5891Roadside Attractions
15Moonrise Kingdom$229,830-33%2003$1,149$44,640,04816Focus
16Step Up Revolution$190,638-34%198-38$963$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
17The Apparition$173,841-73%276-534$630$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
18The Watch$149,098-35%135-60$1,104$33,998,9007Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$143,610-22%167-12$860$65,483,07911Lionsgate
20Men in Black 3$128,715-32%173-13$744$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
21Magic Mike$92,919-41%202-66$460$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$82,338-17%1149$722$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
23The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$43,854-90%281-1879$156$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$280,359-13%7344$3,841$816,3073IFC Films
2For A Good Time, Call...$215,98550%5633$3,857$450,0042Focus
3Samsara$194,86240%2516$7,794$482,6103Oscilloscope
4Bachelorette$181,494--47--$3,862$181,4941RADiUS-TWC
5Searching For Sugar Man$114,455-19%331$3,468$892,5967Sony Pictures Classics
6To Rome with Love$107,252-27%973$1,106$16,316,77612Sony Pictures Classics
7The Queen of Versailles$104,761-36%73-14$1,435$2,011,3668Magnolia Pictures
8To the Arctic 3D$78,788-50%520$1,515$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Imposter$68,243-13%27-4$2,528$601,2129Indomina Releasing
10Keep the Lights On$55,574--5--$11,115$55,5741Music Box Films
11Ruby Sparks$54,889-39%76-2$722$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
122 Days In New York$50,558-44%34-8$1,487$519,6575Magnolia Pictures
13Cosmopolis$43,537-51%45-20$967$702,8424Entertainment One Films
14Farewell, My Queen$37,456-37%360$1,040$1,251,7369Cohen Media Group
15Safety Not Guaranteed$35,010-12%546$648$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
16Compliance$34,300-37%212$1,633$231,3634Magnolia Pictures
17Little White Lies$33,106-23%142$2,365$137,8193MPI Media
18Prometheus$28,434-38%48-7$592$126,429,11714Fox
19Red Hook Summer$27,837-47%29-12$960$300,4585Variance Films
20The Eye of the Storm$25,785--7--$3,684$25,7851Sycamore Entertainment
21Born to Be Wild 3D$24,731-49%330$749$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hello I Must Be Going$23,904--2--$11,952$23,9041Oscilloscope
23The Bullet Vanishes$22,461-48%13-1$1,728$91,1972China Lion Film
24Hubble 3D$21,963-49%173$1,292$34,385,498130Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Toys in the Attic$19,913--27--$738$19,9131Hannover House
26Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,632-60%39-10$478$37,498,90612Fox
27Joker$17,725-83%43-31$412$163,0702UTV Communications
28Detropia$17,414--1--$17,414$17,4141Loki Films
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$16,579-32%13-1$1,275$273,2778Kino Lorber
30Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$15,562-10%246$648$450,0907IFC Films
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$14,267-12%100$1,427$6,096,5821223D Entertainment
32Beloved (2012)$14,2290%60$2,372$100,4204IFC Films
33Mugamoodi$13,590-76%17-4$799$90,5762UTV Communications
34Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$13,464-86%3-12$4,488$170,2762Indomina Releasing
35Bernie$13,130-50%18-8$729$9,185,90820Millennium Entertainment
36Unforgivable$12,997401%65$2,166$135,94711Strand Releasing
37Wild Horse, Wild Ride$11,376--5--$2,275$16,2563Screen Media Films
38Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,756-36%22-9$443$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
39Chicken With Plums$9,611-14%52$1,922$115,6924Sony Pictures Classics
40Take This Waltz$7,40717%134$570$1,216,73411Magnolia Pictures
41Girl Model$6,864--1--$6,864$6,8641First Run Features
42Kumare$5,139206%52$1,028$114,09312Kino Lorber
43Hysteria$5,055249%73$722$1,779,16617Sony Pictures Classics
44For Ellen$4,616--1--$4,616$5,7981Tribeca Film
45Neil Young Journeys$4,188-31%10-1$419$193,64211Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,938-83%81$492$32,335,611187Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Painted Skin: The Resurrection$3,897109%32$1,299$44,8884Well Go USA
48The Ambassador$3,773-71%84$472$24,2952Drafthouse Films
49A Cat In Paris$3,543-37%52$709$318,54315GKIDS
50[REC] 3: Genesis$3,001--8--$375$3,0011Magnolia / Magnet
51Neighboring Sounds$2,738-71%1-1$2,738$37,4273Cinema Guild
52Oslo, August 31st$2,215-79%2-5$1,108$97,81116Strand Releasing
53The Awakening (2012)$2,072-77%4-9$518$175,0884Cohen Media Group
54360$2,008-55%52$402$92,7376Magnolia Pictures
55Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,434--1--$1,434$148,69118Rialto Pictures
56The Day$1,281-87%2-10$641$20,5022Anchor Bay Films
57Last Ride$1,245--2--$623$5,48011Music Box Films
58Little Birds$1,222-73%10$1,222$11,5012Millenium Entertainment
59How To Grow A Band$1,056--1--$1,056$16,37422International Film Circuit
60Elena (2012)$1,017-42%1-1$1,017$215,50717Zeitgeist Films
61The Invisible War$696466%21$348$58,49212Cinedigm
62Where Do We Go Now?$656-53%31$219$531,81318Sony Pictures Classics
63OC87$634--2--$317$41,58716Fisher Klingenstein Films
64Easy Money (2012)$603-75%20$302$188,8709Weinstein Company
65Klown$571-65%1-1$571$67,5877Drafthouse Films
66Alps$561--1--$561$8,5939Kino Lorber
67Planet of Snail$531--1--$531$9,1317Cinema Guild
68Ballplayer: Pelotero$459--2--$230$44,6899Strand Releasing
69Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$444-83%21$222$79,81413Music Box Films
70Hermano$403-69%4-4$101$29,3793Music Box Films
71The Turin Horse$358--1--$358$56,09731Cinema Guild
72Elles$206--1--$206$157,42720Kino Lorber
73Turn Me On, Dammit!$200-71%10$200$123,54324New Yorker Films
74Pink Ribbons, Inc.$129--1--$129$26,55815First Run Features