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, Oct. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$21,873,127-56%3,70645$5,902$86,131,9792Fox
2Argo$19,458,109--3,232--$6,020$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
3Sinister$18,007,634--2,527--$7,126$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$17,241,317-36%3,37523$5,109$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,816,596--3,014--$3,921$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,266,940-38%2,78717$3,325$36,015,4033Universal
7Frankenweenie$7,054,334-38%3,0050$2,348$22,075,0022Disney
8Looper$6,201,665-49%2,605-388$2,381$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,174,915--1,480--$2,821$4,174,9151CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,751,572--1,012--$1,731$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$1,702,048-57%1,551-819$1,097$36,374,2234Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$1,555,388-59%1,812-1191$858$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,310,343-65%1,866-854$702$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,150,06437%726505$2,962$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$813,379-56%682-182$1,193$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$511,399-24%465-110$1,100$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
4Brave$469,731193%276154$1,702$234,463,47117Disney
5Finding Nemo 3D$387,942-76%480-1266$808$40,115,1725Disney
6Arbitrage$342,144-47%194-50$1,764$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
7Resident Evil: Retribution$240,285-79%349-1012$688$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$229,297-24%237-63$967$159,818,50714Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$190,822120%157119$1,215$1,685,69412Sony Pictures Classics
10The Possession$161,024-74%369-452$436$48,732,0487Lionsgate
11The Bourne Legacy$160,460-53%245-237$655$112,582,74010Universal
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$141,692-48%279-255$508$50,466,7479Disney
13Won't Back Down$138,709-86%513-2004$270$5,098,6923Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$122,193-31%176-81$694$48,440,75811Fox
15ParaNorman$109,865-53%176-166$624$54,530,4779Focus
16Dredd 3D$107,349-83%155-676$693$13,157,0454Lionsgate
17Ted (2012)$95,655-35%145-42$660$218,511,80016Universal
18Premium Rush$90,95777%16386$558$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
19Hope Springs (2012)$87,170-59%215-224$405$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$86,625-15%122-33$710$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Expendables 2$65,968-61%146-167$452$84,501,9589Lionsgate
22Lawless$59,746-82%287-324$208$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
23The Campaign$44,265-75%101-202$438$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$437,949-41%880$4,977$1,405,7582Eros International
2The Thieves$136,993--11--$12,454$136,9931Well Go USA
3Samsara$105,507-17%48-4$2,198$1,793,1278Oscilloscope
4The Paperboy$96,111-6%4938$1,961$236,9012Millennium Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$87,589-15%520$1,684$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Middle of Nowhere (2012)$67,909--6--$11,318$67,9091AFFRM
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$55,809-34%17-1$3,283$438,8374IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Intouchables$54,346-49%59-25$921$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
9The Amazing Spider-Man$50,848-59%73-72$697$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
10Sleepwalk With Me$48,564-48%58-37$837$2,120,4498IFC Films
11The Oranges$44,207-78%56-54$789$319,4272IDP/ATO Pictures
12Barfi!$37,233-77%34-76$1,095$2,779,1725UTV Communications
13Moonrise Kingdom$35,673-35%56-36$637$45,451,32121Focus
14Hubble 3D$33,748-27%162$2,109$34,697,705135Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Born to Be Wild 3D$28,853-17%30-3$962$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Other Dream Team$27,836114%125$2,320$70,3803The Film Arcade
17Smashed$26,943--4--$6,736$26,9431Sony Pictures Classics
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$25,255-39%36-15$702$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
19The House I Live In$21,48731%86$2,686$45,7302Abramorama
20Liberal Arts$18,291-42%25-4$732$241,7645IFC Films
21Robot & Frank$16,659-74%34-36$490$3,217,2149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
22Least Among Saints$15,774--3--$5,258$15,7741Brainstorm Media
23To Rome with Love$15,320-30%249$638$16,654,22717Sony Pictures Classics
24The Big Picture (2012)$13,760--2--$6,880$13,7601MPI Media
25V/H/S$12,333-66%182$685$65,1302Magnolia / Magnet
26Ruby Sparks$11,689147%155$779$2,523,82812Fox Searchlight
27Keep the Lights On$11,08667%63$1,848$199,1776Music Box Films
28The Watch$10,844-63%14-18$775$34,350,55312Fox
29How To Survive A Plague$10,779-10%92$1,198$94,0034IFC Films
30Special Forces$10,759--5--$2,152$10,7591Entertainment One Films
31Simon and the Oaks$9,964--1--$9,964$9,9641The Film Arcade
32Somewhere Between$9,374287%20$4,687$64,3758Long Shot Factory
33The Queen of Versailles$9,205-61%17-14$541$2,358,10213Magnolia Pictures
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,803-2%43$2,201$21,9202Oscilloscope
35The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,774-18%9-9$975$46,363,98024Fox Searchlight
36Thaandavam$8,223-78%3-18$2,741$206,0253UTV Communications
37Trade of Innocents$7,7401216%32$2,580$8,7552Monterey Media
38Celeste and Jesse Forever$6,25216%150$417$3,077,62211Sony Pictures Classics
39Safety Not Guaranteed$6,208-18%18-6$345$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
40Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,093--4--$1,523$23,7292Rainbow Releasing
41Under the Sea 3D$5,562-15%50$1,112$32,395,013192Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Farewell, My Queen$5,46134%80$683$1,341,60114Cohen Media Group
43Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,080-11%5-2$1,016$111,2058Screen Media Films
44Gayby$4,792--1--$4,792$4,7921The Film Collaborative
45Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,754--1--$4,754$4,7541Cohen Media Group
46War of the Buttons (2012)$4,737--5--$947$4,7371Weinstein Company
47Chicken With Plums$4,452-68%11-13$405$213,0029Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$4,252-31%3-3$1,417$325,03913Kino Lorber
49Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,830-88%6-6$638$47,7582Roadside Attractions
50Killer Joe$3,805--13--$293$1,987,76212LD Entertainment
51Step Up to the Plate$3,692--5--$738$33,1965Cinema Guild
52Photographic Memory$3,006--2--$1,503$3,0061First Run Features
53The Revisionaries$2,6873%21$1,344$6,8472Kino Lorber
542 Days In New York$2,581-58%5-9$516$615,54310Magnolia Pictures
55Bel Borba Aqui$2,45531%10$2,455$6,0882Abramorama
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,079-69%32$693$15,5182Drafthouse Films
57Unforgivable$2,04761%21$1,024$150,44716Strand Releasing
58Compliance$1,555-28%5-2$311$311,9359Magnolia Pictures
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,070-45%1-1$1,070$164,51323Rialto Pictures
60Husbands In Goa$1,010--2--$505$8,5854UTV Communications
61Toys in the Attic$823-55%2-2$412$64,9186Hannover House
625 Broken Cameras$741-55%21$371$73,19620Kino Lorber
63Girl Model$645--1--$645$19,9146First Run Features
64Vulgaria$638-94%1-8$638$58,7163China Lion Film
65Nobody Else But You$611--1--$611$42,58023First Run Features
66Now, Forager$453-71%21$227$4,5092Argot Pictures
67Neil Young Journeys$453-88%2-3$227$214,58816Sony Pictures Classics
68Bringing Up Bobby$355--2--$178$1,6283Monterey Media
69Kumare$352--1--$352$125,06517Kino Lorber
70Breathing$316--1--$316$3,3427Kino Lorber
71Hellbound?$224-95%1-4$224$19,1054Area23a
72Radio Unnameable$68-29%10$68$18,4244Kino Lorber