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. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$42,522,194--3,349--$12,697$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$20,801,552--2,992--$6,952$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$7,812,077-41%2,78050$2,810$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,277,385-40%3,2120$2,266$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,122,347-42%3,0830$2,310$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,035,826-58%2,639-265$1,529$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$2,986,356-55%2,381-635$1,254$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,603,370--2,515--$1,035$2,603,3701Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,363,956-62%2,55751$925$10,948,5632Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,362,404-48%1,618-980$842$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11Lawless$867,807-62%1,503-1111$577$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$780,975-67%1,209-408$646$53,934,9447Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$648,195-58%1,187-565$546$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,149,433--335--$15,371$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$2,680,554-39%85668$3,131$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,103,946383%10298$10,823$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$869,407-27%25511$3,409$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$789,429-38%655-293$1,205$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$782,800-51%824-607$950$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$524,199-64%815-1005$643$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8The Campaign$488,008-60%630-620$775$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$425,491-50%691-456$616$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
102016: Obama's America$411,929-56%575-641$716$32,946,36512Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$384,421-29%387-33$993$159,080,86612Fox
12Barfi!$321,034-50%127-3$2,528$2,462,0083UTV Communications
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,275-42%241-49$1,121$623,279,54722Disney
14The Amazing Spider-Man$221,547-10%204-49$1,086$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Unconditional$212,881-59%231-81$922$879,6052Veracity Moving Pictures
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$190,722-42%332-42$574$48,034,7119Fox
17Ted (2012)$175,485-28%225-68$780$218,118,55014Universal
18Total Recall (2012)$160,066-43%239-83$670$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
19Last Ounce of Courage$158,494-72%297-767$534$3,202,5813Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Sleepwalk With Me$151,074-35%120-15$1,259$1,876,8496IFC Films
21Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$149,170-33%203-37$735$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Words$147,977-80%278-969$532$11,434,8674CBS Films
23Brave$139,008--114--$1,219$233,697,25515Disney
24The Intouchables$136,300-25%121-35$1,126$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
25Premium Rush$132,031-64%208-359$635$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
26Robot & Frank$99,702-45%116-40$860$3,064,3887IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Sparkle (2012)$97,475-23%22014$443$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
28Step Up Revolution$63,509-55%110-72$577$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
29Hit and Run$41,176-70%132-159$312$13,714,1376Open Road
30The Cold Light of Day$33,795-43%104-51$325$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$150,209-22%590$2,546$1,396,8316Oscilloscope
2Thaandavam$123,753--45--$2,750$129,0441UTV Communications
3Searching For Sugar Man$95,3452%37-1$2,577$1,318,74510Sony Pictures Classics
4Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$90,69942%1411$6,479$193,5432IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Arctic 3D$90,5278%520$1,741$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Heroine$75,725-81%97-17$781$560,2852UTV Communications
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,563-44%69-63$1,008$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$65,845-49%82-38$803$45,294,88819Focus
9For A Good Time, Call...$53,459-64%84-21$636$1,205,0455Focus
10Liberal Arts$49,11827%3212$1,535$150,2103IFC Films
11My Uncle Rafael$45,038-59%5-9$9,008$182,0842Rocky Mountain Pictures
1210 Years$39,721-46%6320$630$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
13The Apparition$38,104235%6530$586$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
14The Queen of Versailles$37,526-25%38-2$988$2,284,88611Magnolia Pictures
15To Rome with Love$35,620-35%23-27$1,549$16,592,13815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Watch$32,946-38%46-31$716$34,287,28410Fox
17Vulgaria$31,097--16--$1,944$31,0971China Lion Film
18Detropia$27,315-17%110$2,483$177,8784Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$27,013-11%14-1$1,930$34,546,616133Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Born to Be Wild 3D$26,80627%330$812$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$26,522-65%40-45$663$3,115,1154Paramount
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,661-38%32-15$802$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
23The Other Dream Team$19,821--2--$9,911$19,8211The Film Arcade
24Celeste and Jesse Forever$18,826-60%34-20$554$3,053,9959Sony Pictures Classics
25Backwards$17,050-26%94$1,894$50,8852Dada Films
26How To Survive A Plague$16,145-43%73$2,306$57,1252IFC Films
27Safety Not Guaranteed$12,675-37%34-6$373$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
28Ruby Sparks$9,363-53%17-26$551$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
29Keep the Lights On$9,354-59%5-3$1,871$172,0374Music Box Films
30Hello I Must Be Going$8,769-58%11-4$797$83,8144Oscilloscope
31Toys in the Attic$7,87024%60$1,312$59,7774Hannover House
32Wild Horse, Wild Ride$7,648-51%8-6$956$94,6216Screen Media Films
33The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,648300%116$695$303,73711Kino Lorber
34Chicken With Plums$7,590-54%9-8$843$181,9737Sony Pictures Classics
35Occupy Unmasked$7,521-82%40$1,880$51,7872Magnolia / Magnet
362 Days In New York$7,440-48%9-9$827$601,4178Magnolia Pictures
37Tales of the Night$7,154--1--$7,154$10,9751GKIDS
38The Waiting Room$7,086--4--$1,772$15,9981International Film Circuit
39Compliance$6,146-52%15-1$410$302,4167Magnolia Pictures
40Somewhere Between$5,831-49%31$1,944$50,1136Long Shot Factory
41Farewell, My Queen$5,590-44%12-8$466$1,329,66012Cohen Media Group
42Elena (2012)$4,725137%31$1,575$228,23920Zeitgeist Films
43Hellbound?$4,32210%51$864$11,7502Area23a
44The Eye of the Storm$4,160--2--$2,080$67,0414Sycamore Entertainment
45Under the Sea 3D$3,873-75%70$553$32,371,867190Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Radio Unnameable$3,695-37%10$3,695$15,8262Kino Lorber
47Red Hook Summer$3,592--6--$599$331,0258Variance Films
4817 Girls$3,499-21%5-5$700$10,7002Strand Releasing
49Head Games$3,270--3--$1,090$4,8542Variance Films
50The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,022-22%32$1,007$7,4662Oscilloscope
51Death by China$2,887596%21$1,444$25,5207Area23a
52Cosmopolis$2,348-10%5-4$470$761,5527Entertainment One Films
53Step Up to the Plate$2,066-79%1-5$2,066$26,8173Cinema Guild
54Husbands In Goa$1,991-56%4-3$498$7,4552UTV Communications
55Neil Young Journeys$1,910149%9-2$212$208,34014Sony Pictures Classics
56Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,714-23%70$245$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment
57Unforgivable$1,687427%10$1,687$145,39314Strand Releasing
58How To Grow A Band$1,623331%20$812$19,23725International Film Circuit
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,591-66%20$796$160,85821Rialto Pictures
60[REC] 3: Genesis$1,2583%2-1$629$8,9734Magnolia / Magnet
61Bringing Up Bobby$1,005--1--$1,005$1,0051Monterey Media
62You've Been Trumped$9217%2-1$461$19,3979International Film Circuit
63Headshot$532--2--$266$5321Kino Lorber
64Neighboring Sounds$416-73%20$208$42,5366Cinema Guild
65We Won't Grow Old Together$374--1--$374$10,31717The Film Desk
66Three Stars$369-63%10$369$8,6922First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$292--1--$292$70,41118Kino Lorber
68Planet of Snail$274--1--$274$11,96710Cinema Guild
69Branded$24-93%1-1$24$353,4684Roadside Attractions