'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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Taken 2$49,514,769--3,661--$13,525$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$27,053,395-36%3,3523$8,071$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,846,830188%2,7702435$5,360$21,693,0382Universal
4Looper$12,116,001-42%2,9931$4,048$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$4,004,071-49%2,370-410$1,689$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,829,153-47%3,003-209$1,275$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,756,023-47%2,720-363$1,381$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,624,536-60%1,746-893$930$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,158,066-61%1,361-1020$851$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,016,157-61%2,5172$404$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Master$1,861,703-31%8648$2,155$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,566,52642%221119$7,088$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3The Dark Knight Rises$674,436-15%575-80$1,173$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$645,241-73%831-1726$776$12,695,6553Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$641,365-26%244-11$2,629$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$623,500-54%821-797$759$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$344,630-56%482-342$715$112,275,3059Universal
8Lawless$326,661-62%611-892$535$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$300,232-22%300-87$1,001$159,473,26213Fox
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$270,781-58%534-653$507$50,199,9208Disney
12Hope Springs (2012)$213,355-50%439-252$486$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13The Oranges$198,461--110--$1,804$198,4611IDP/ATO Pictures
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$177,072-7%257-75$689$48,252,59610Fox
15The Campaign$175,836-64%303-327$580$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
162016: Obama's America$173,495-58%249-326$697$33,349,94113Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Expendables 2$167,624-68%313-502$536$84,370,3588Lionsgate
18Barfi!$163,237-49%110-17$1,484$2,692,1614UTV Communications
20Ted (2012)$146,795-16%187-38$785$218,344,09515Universal
21The Amazing Spider-Man$123,472-44%145-59$852$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
22Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,462-32%155-48$655$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
23Total Recall (2012)$83,735-48%167-72$501$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1English Vinglish$745,414--88--$8,471$745,4141Eros International
3The Intouchables$106,046-22%84-37$1,262$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$103,02514%520$1,981$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Paperboy$102,706--11--$9,337$102,7061Millennium Entertainment
6Sleepwalk With Me$94,186-38%95-25$991$2,031,4557IFC Films
7Searching For Sugar Man$86,563-9%381$2,278$1,435,23411Sony Pictures Classics
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$85,039-6%184$4,724$330,6703IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Robot & Frank$64,616-35%70-46$923$3,167,7008IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Unconditional$59,400-72%92-139$646$1,005,8003Veracity Moving Pictures
12Moonrise Kingdom$54,896-17%9210$597$45,382,15720Focus
13Premium Rush$51,354-61%77-131$667$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
14Hubble 3D$45,94070%140$3,281$34,624,225134Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Beasts of the Southern Wild$41,115-41%51-18$806$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
16Last Ounce of Courage$39,061-75%93-204$420$3,310,4394Rocky Mountain Pictures
17Thaandavam$37,953-69%21-24$1,807$183,6612UTV Communications
18V/H/S$36,402--16--$2,275$36,4021Magnolia / Magnet
19Born to Be Wild 3D$34,64029%330$1,050$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Liberal Arts$31,649-36%29-3$1,091$210,8164IFC Films
21Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$30,953--12--$2,579$30,9531Roadside Attractions
22The Watch$29,604-10%32-14$925$34,331,90511Fox
23Detropia$29,2657%110$2,660$218,3785Loki Films
24The Queen of Versailles$23,898-36%31-7$771$2,333,80512Magnolia Pictures
25To Rome with Love$21,864-39%15-8$1,458$16,626,25116Sony Pictures Classics
26My Uncle Rafael$19,384-57%3-2$6,461$210,1563Rocky Mountain Pictures
27The Apparition$16,626-56%38-27$438$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
28The House I Live In$16,453--2--$8,227$16,4531Abramorama
29Chicken With Plums$14,06585%2415$586$199,9818Sony Pictures Classics
30For A Good Time, Call...$13,273-75%43-41$309$1,243,9616Focus
31The Other Dream Team$12,991-34%75$1,856$37,2212The Film Arcade
32How To Survive A Plague$12,019-26%70$1,717$77,5783IFC Films
33Hit and Run$11,027-73%51-81$216$13,746,5507Open Road
34The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,639-59%18-14$591$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
35Heroine$10,297-86%18-79$572$593,3443UTV Communications
36Vulgaria$10,167-67%9-7$1,130$53,2322China Lion Film
37Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,956--1--$8,956$8,9561Oscilloscope
38Safety Not Guaranteed$7,552-40%24-10$315$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
39Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,761--1--$6,761$6,7611Drafthouse Films
40Keep the Lights On$6,641-29%3-2$2,214$183,7775Music Box Films
41Under the Sea 3D$6,56269%5-2$1,312$32,384,633191Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Well-Digger's Daughter$6,191-19%6-5$1,032$315,64112Kino Lorber
432 Days In New York$6,178-17%145$441$610,5439Magnolia Pictures
44Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,737-25%7-1$820$103,1587Screen Media Films
45Celeste and Jesse Forever$5,388-71%15-19$359$3,068,93210Sony Pictures Classics
4610 Years$5,236-87%21-42$249$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
47Ruby Sparks$4,723-50%10-7$472$2,509,47711Fox Searchlight
49Farewell, My Queen$4,073-27%8-4$509$1,335,49513Cohen Media Group
50Backwards$3,645-79%1-8$3,645$61,4653Dada Films
51Neil Young Journeys$3,64491%5-4$729$213,61215Sony Pictures Classics
52Death by China$3,1369%20$1,568$29,9938Area23a
53Head Games$2,705-17%52$541$8,6963Variance Films
54The Revisionaries$2,608--1--$2,608$2,6081Kino Lorber
55Somewhere Between$2,420-58%2-1$1,210$53,8367Long Shot Factory
56Compliance$2,169-65%7-8$310$307,6728Magnolia Pictures
57Monsieur Lazhar$1,966--2--$983$2,009,04150Music Box Films
58Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,94022%20$970$163,31722Rialto Pictures
59Bel Borba Aqui$1,869--1--$1,869$2,5071Abramorama
60Toys in the Attic$1,839-77%4-2$460$63,0155Hannover House
615 Broken Cameras$1,639461%10$1,639$72,45519Kino Lorber
62Now, Forager$1,539--1--$1,539$3,2691Argot Pictures
63Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,530-11%6-1$255$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment
65Unforgivable$1,274-24%10$1,274$147,67515Strand Releasing
66Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,127--2--$564$86,21717Music Box Films
67Red Hook Summer$949-74%3-3$316$333,1999Variance Films
68The Waiting Room$780-89%40$195$17,8572International Film Circuit
69The Eye of the Storm$733-82%1-1$733$74,5755Sycamore Entertainment
70Trade of Innocents$588--1--$588$5881Monterey Media
71Radio Unnameable$96-97%10$96$18,3563Kino Lorber
7217 Girls$81-98%1-4$81$12,4463Strand Releasing
73Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$57--1--$57$3,20010Kino Lorber