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. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,617,303--4,045--$20,919$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,143,445-31%3,387-252$2,109$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,033,132-21%2,285271$3,078$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$6,555,732-39%2,924-477$2,242$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,413,066-35%2,548-398$2,124$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,136,074-44%3,042-604$1,688$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,216,043-34%2,249-497$1,430$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,146,443-45%2,8403$1,108$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,408,882-43%2,250-504$1,071$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
10Flight$1,910,666-39%1,823-608$1,048$89,418,7047Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$1,008,127-64%1,427-997$706$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,109,274-3%3710$5,685$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,170,175-21%667-277$1,754$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,107,65955%561380$1,974$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$1,022,214-34%409-13$2,499$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$529,158-64%621-782$852$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$288,772-25%339-91$852$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$245,680-20%332-55$740$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$168,828-65%113-49$1,494$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$147,487-33%151-46$977$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$91,195-88%172-1077$530$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$89,512-34%190-42$471$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,459-37%125-50$700$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Here Comes the Boom$81,619-43%150-84$544$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$77,378112%184107$421$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$74,170-28%136-60$545$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$73,777-36%175-39$422$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Khiladi 786$61,563-73%1150$535$352,6842Eros International
18Paranormal Activity 4$56,616216%157109$361$53,808,2349Paramount
19Seven Psychopaths$45,457-36%100-41$455$14,989,76110CBS Films
20The Odd Life of Timothy Green$42,362-30%105-27$403$51,749,34618Disney
21Brave$39,680-36%115-36$345$237,211,82526Disney
22The Man With the Iron Fists$39,380-54%105-76$375$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$292,796260%3632$8,133$404,8162Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$91,933-19%14-3$6,567$449,4424Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$83,295-52%98-93$850$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
4Chasing Ice$65,559-36%53-4$1,237$612,0896Submarine Deluxe
5Finding Nemo 3D$63,755-10%70-4$911$40,930,67014Disney
6Rust and Bone$57,40710%62$9,568$209,0534Sony Pictures Classics
7A Werewolf Boy$52,381-38%201$2,619$222,5813CJ Entertainment
8A Late Quartet$51,339-30%46-17$1,116$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
9A Royal Affair$46,514-14%5613$831$534,2676Magnolia Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$45,736-19%84-6$544$161,011,39123Fox
11Any Day Now$40,489--16--$2,531$40,4891Music Box Films
12The Central Park Five$38,32939%2212$1,742$175,8014IFC Films
13To the Arctic 3D$37,371-10%520$719$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Hubble 3D$37,30812%14-2$2,665$35,443,590144Warner Bros. / IMAX
15ParaNorman$28,679-27%61-20$470$55,964,93518Focus
16Frankenweenie$24,126-27%56-19$431$34,403,19111Disney
17Searching For Sugar Man$22,555-39%31-11$728$2,931,59921Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$19,471-19%300$649$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Chasing Mavericks$18,964-30%46-21$412$5,904,9308Fox
20The Intouchables$18,091521%2513$724$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
21Deadfall (2012)$16,649-14%176$979$45,3922Magnolia Pictures
22Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,068-16%41-6$368$49,002,81520Fox
23The Flat$14,817-29%15-2$988$445,9199IFC Films
24Samsara$14,20360%113$1,291$2,587,43117Oscilloscope
25Hecho en Mexico$14,146-49%10-16$1,415$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Burn$12,236-78%40$3,059$104,6136Area23a
27Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,530-57%45-31$256$17,529,1578Open Road
28House at the End of the Street$11,347-53%41-27$277$31,607,59813Relativity Media
29The Master$9,361-22%14-9$669$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
30Arbitrage$6,507-58%10-15$651$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
31Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,249--2--$3,125$88,55711Rainbow Releasing
32Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$4,532-37%14-1$324$938,47613IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Under the Sea 3D$4,41932%5-2$884$32,473,827201Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Beware of Mr. Baker$4,414-57%10$4,414$45,2523SnagFilms
35Smashed$4,157-74%10-19$416$368,88710Sony Pictures Classics
36The Big Picture (2012)$3,866-35%3-2$1,289$158,41110MPI Media
37Save the Date$3,755--2--$1,878$3,7551IFC Films
38The Loneliest Planet$3,644-1%5-1$729$128,5198IFC Films
39Let Fury Have the Hour$3,386--1--$3,386$3,3861CAVU Pictures
40Wagner & Me$3,278-33%42$820$26,0312First Run Features
41This Must Be the Place$3,071-32%3-2$1,024$142,2427Weinstein Company
42Somewhere Between$2,9195%21$1,460$177,63317Long Shot Factory
43Step Up to the Plate$2,452--2--$1,226$42,72914Cinema Guild
44Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$2,436-65%10$2,436$11,4882Cinema Libre
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,33075%52$466$49,45811Drafthouse Films
46Masquerade (2012)$1,8440%10$1,844$902,33713CJ Entertainment
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,82812%20$914$375,00922Kino Lorber
48Tchoupitoulas$1,774-25%21$887$5,5512Oscilloscope
49Starlet$1,654-82%4-6$414$76,2106Music Box Films
50Only the Young$1,5306%21$765$3,5582Oscilloscope
51Brooklyn Castle$1,356-75%2-2$678$186,6909Producers Distribution Agency
52North Sea Texas$1,259-71%2-1$630$20,5127Strand Releasing
53The House I Live In$1,223-71%1-3$1,223$181,78211Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$1,082-75%3-1$361$174,99112International Film Circuit
55Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$1,01640%21$508$1,9492IFC Films
56The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,008-67%10$1,008$5,6092Indican Pictures
57In Our Nature$893-80%10$893$6,1752Cinedigm
58Neighboring Sounds$868--1--$868$47,97417Cinema Guild
59California Solo$853-80%20$427$10,9113Strand Releasing
60Keep the Lights On$820-58%10$820$243,53615Music Box Films
61The Law in These Parts$504--1--$504$10,8135Cinema Guild
62Planet of Snail$431--1--$431$13,22221Cinema Guild
63All Together$343-46%10$343$37,7349Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$319--2--$160$7941Kino Lorber
65Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$319--2--$160$5,2473Magnolia / Magnet
66Citadel$192-67%20$96$12,6636Cinedigm
67Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$168--1--$168$27,6877Zeitgeist Films
68The Revisionaries$164--1--$164$18,26211Kino Lorber
69In Another Country$25--1--$25$7,9436Kino Lorber