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, Dec. 7 - Sun, Dec. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$10,780,201-35%3,401-62$3,170$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$10,400,618-22%3,639-33$2,858$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,156,265-47%3,646-362$2,511$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
4Lincoln$8,916,813-33%2,014-4$4,427$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$8,330,764-31%2,94618$2,828$60,948,2933Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,750,288--2,837--$2,027$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$4,859,368-30%2,746-341$1,770$164,402,9346Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$4,236,105-35%2,754-27$1,538$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$3,130,305-30%2,431-172$1,288$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$2,806,901-59%2,4240$1,158$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$1,487,655-52%1,4030$1,060$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$751,6233209%1,2491225$602$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,171,665-30%3710$5,854$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$1,544,859-31%42238$3,661$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$1,482,345-26%944-99$1,570$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$712,54474%181131$3,937$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$478,559-71%162-12$2,954$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$387,227-17%430-66$901$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$305,765-21%387-16$790$63,517,40811Universal
8Khiladi 786$228,967--115--$1,991$228,9671Eros International
9The Sessions$218,973-34%197-29$1,112$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Cloud Atlas$174,815-28%191-3$915$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
11Here Comes the Boom$143,911-36%234-100$615$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$138,498-35%175-14$791$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$135,413-32%232-48$584$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$114,565120%214100$535$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$102,606-24%196-52$524$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
16The Man With the Iron Fists$85,975-16%1817$475$15,522,0606Universal
17Seven Psychopaths$71,069-30%141-21$504$14,903,8859CBS Films
18Brave$62,399-35%151-30$413$237,155,66425Disney
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$60,246-21%132-15$456$51,687,65817Disney
20Son of Sardaar$4,573-75%1090$42$770,5944Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$113,77982%171$6,693$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Chasing Ice$102,401--57--$1,797$502,7805Submarine Deluxe
3A Werewolf Boy$85,033--19--$4,475$123,6342CJ Entertainment
4Hyde Park on Hudson$81,362--4--$20,341$81,3621Focus
5A Late Quartet$73,290-22%63-11$1,163$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
6Finding Nemo 3D$70,812-7%74-5$957$40,846,69613Disney
7Back to 1942$56,604-46%18-2$3,145$212,4752China Lion Film
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$56,3559%90-12$626$160,953,22422Fox
9The Other Son$55,978-3%433$1,302$963,5917Cohen Media Group
10Burn$54,407--4--$13,602$64,2865Area23a
11A Royal Affair$53,889-6%432$1,253$459,0875Magnolia Pictures
12Rust and Bone$52,059110%42$13,015$128,5443Sony Pictures Classics
13To the Arctic 3D$41,710-19%520$802$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
14ParaNorman$39,333-34%81-23$486$55,925,77917Focus
15Searching For Sugar Man$36,822-21%42-11$877$2,893,91620Sony Pictures Classics
16Sinister$36,564-10%77-11$475$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
17Hubble 3D$33,382-3%16-3$2,086$35,372,605143Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Frankenweenie$32,947-42%75-25$439$34,368,37910Disney
19Fun Size$28,675-41%80-36$358$9,402,4107Paramount
20Hecho en Mexico$28,001-63%2614$1,077$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Central Park Five$27,622-17%103$2,762$123,3333IFC Films
22Chasing Mavericks$26,965-37%67-12$402$5,874,5707Fox
23Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$26,852-48%76-48$353$17,507,4397Open Road
24The Dark Knight Rises$24,331-40%62-18$392$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
25House at the End of the Street$24,240-45%68-40$356$31,588,93212Relativity Media
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,056-40%300$802$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lay the Favorite$20,998--61--$344$20,9981RADiUS-TWC
28The Flat$20,789-15%17-2$1,223$418,7298IFC Films
29Trouble with the Curve$19,547-43%71-29$275$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
30Waiting for Lightning$19,537--11--$1,776$19,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
31Deadfall (2012)$19,391--11--$1,763$19,3911Magnolia Pictures
32Paranormal Activity 4$17,904-31%48-22$373$53,745,4148Paramount
33Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$17,845-21%47-5$380$48,984,79319Fox
34Smashed$15,928329%2914$549$356,9879Sony Pictures Classics
35Arbitrage$15,580-22%25-10$623$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
36The Master$12,069-31%230$525$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
37Beware of Mr. Baker$10,349-15%10$10,349$36,5482SnagFilms
38Starlet$9,386-10%101$939$70,5685Music Box Films
39Samsara$8,891-65%8-17$1,111$2,550,74716Oscilloscope
40Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$7,176-47%153$478$928,15712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$7,039--1--$7,039$7,0391Cinema Libre
42The Big Picture (2012)$5,952-3%51$1,190$151,4579MPI Media
43Brooklyn Castle$5,490-10%40$1,373$183,7338Producers Distribution Agency
44Wagner & Me$4,891--2--$2,446$17,9471First Run Features
45This Must Be the Place$4,540-31%5-2$908$136,3396Weinstein Company
46The Waiting Room$4,390-62%4-1$1,098$168,11211International Film Circuit
47In Our Nature$4,378--1--$4,378$4,3781Cinedigm
48North Sea Texas$4,349--3--$1,450$16,2526Strand Releasing
49The Rabbi's Cat$4,301--1--$4,301$4,3011GKIDS
50California Solo$4,23824%21$2,119$5,0082Strand Releasing
51The House I Live In$4,215129%43$1,054$176,36810Abramorama
52The Loneliest Planet$3,685-32%6-4$614$123,1747IFC Films
53Under the Sea 3D$3,358-7%7-1$480$32,467,327200Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Thieves$3,181-59%20$1,591$681,5549Well Go USA
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$3,099--1--$3,099$3,0991Indican Pictures
56The Intouchables$2,913-66%12-7$243$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
57Somewhere Between$2,768-2%1-1$2,768$171,36816Long Shot Factory
58Tchoupitoulas$2,379--1--$2,379$2,3791Oscilloscope
59Love, Marilyn$2,370--1--$2,370$6,9502Submarine Deluxe
60Keep the Lights On$1,951178%1-2$1,951$241,84214Music Box Films
61Masquerade (2012)$1,839-46%1-2$1,839$898,82812CJ Entertainment
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,637511%21$819$372,36021Kino Lorber
63Only the Young$1,446--1--$1,446$1,4461Oscilloscope
64Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,331272%31$444$46,37010Drafthouse Films
65Kumare$1,284-18%10$1,284$130,83625Kino Lorber
66The Imposter$1,209-43%20$605$901,95422Indomina Releasing
67Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$727--1--$727$7271IFC Films
68My Worst Nightmare$668--1--$668$7,9938Strand Releasing
69All Together$63839%10$638$37,2388Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
70Chicken With Plums$586-23%4-3$147$253,70517Sony Pictures Classics
71Citadel$584-58%2-5$292$12,1695Cinedigm
72Meet The Fokkens$447--1--$447$29,35718Kino Lorber
73Celeste and Jesse Forever$3662%20$183$3,094,68719Sony Pictures Classics
74Orchestra of Exiles$328--2--$164$24,7107First Run Features
75Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$189--2--$95$83,87610Roadside Attractions
76Alps$15233%10$152$15,95422Kino Lorber
77Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$74--1--$74$3,62719Kino Lorber