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, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$21,744,470--2,654--$8,193$21,744,4701Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,010,745-34%3,0100$6,648$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,545,386-45%3,755-345$4,673$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,015,560-41%2,90490$5,515$103,503,0402Universal
5Parental Guidance$9,704,619-33%3,3681$2,881$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,192,873-32%3,288-64$2,796$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$8,353,350-33%2,93117$2,850$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$5,413,827-26%1,901-65$2,848$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,434,948-32%2,312-119$1,918$31,111,8823Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,049,9112229%1,6761651$2,416$4,395,4392Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,987,905-38%2,103-515$1,896$27,981,5543Disney
12Skyfall$3,074,796-32%1,307-330$2,353$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,675,583-45%1,507-548$1,775$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,616,710-11%7450$4,855$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,813,392-26%965-213$2,915$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$2,755,3841409%572557$4,817$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,377,070-42%825-366$1,669$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,285,432-46%817-23$1,573$10,878,3623Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,181,724-36%709-204$1,667$178,501,64010Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,031,282140%222138$4,645$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$789,221-21%302-43$2,613$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$465,684-17%267-34$1,744$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$364,154-31%163-55$2,234$11,537,7638Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$281,636-15%243-9$1,159$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$270,088393%565546$478$416,8863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$254,309-42%250-150$1,017$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$207,796-15%213-19$976$139,284,76414Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$181,273-54%252-173$719$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$151,518-60%118-231$1,284$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$128,755-19%165-18$780$64,655,85815Universal
18Frankenweenie$114,779-13%144-34$797$34,933,73314Disney
19Cloud Atlas$102,553282%155110$662$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
20Dabangg 2$77,602-76%1660$467$2,474,6743Eros International
21End of Watch$67,107-27%140-22$479$40,891,82016Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$53,134-58%139-129$382$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,696,006752%6055$44,933$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$163,89938%3913$4,203$866,0167Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$80,738-13%98-27$824$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$75,098-41%520$1,444$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Amour$59,832-4%30$19,944$340,7983Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sessions$57,033-23%41-39$1,391$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
7Killing Them Softly$41,157-5%51-17$807$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
8A Late Quartet$39,561-28%23-14$1,720$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
9Hubble 3D$37,463-73%131$2,882$35,828,377147Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$35,120-15%53-9$663$161,204,08226Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$31,665-34%300$1,056$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Table No. 21$31,658--23--$1,376$31,6581Eros International
13Finding Nemo 3D$28,161-25%30-6$939$41,097,80417Disney
14Searching For Sugar Man$26,723-18%26-2$1,028$3,058,66724Sony Pictures Classics
15Space Station 3D$23,859--2--$11,930$86,932,006560IMAX
1656 Up$22,088--1--$22,088$22,0881First Run Features
17On the Road$21,223--6--$3,537$139,3633IFC Films
18Chasing Mavericks$20,04310%324$626$5,977,30211Fox
19The Other Son$17,337-19%13-4$1,334$1,199,50811Cohen Media Group
20The Central Park Five$16,435-29%14-2$1,174$273,7477IFC Films
21The Intouchables$15,779-7%110$1,434$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
22A Royal Affair$13,847-34%22-10$629$659,3489Magnolia Pictures
23Samsara$12,290--8--$1,536$2,639,61620Oscilloscope
24Any Day Now$12,09943%90$1,344$129,3914Music Box Films
25The Odd Life of Timothy Green$11,030-47%37-12$298$51,844,31121Disney
26The Master$10,396-23%12-1$866$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
27Brave$7,873-37%26-13$303$237,277,07129Disney
28West of Memphis$7,683-42%4-1$1,921$39,1592Sony Pictures Classics
29Talaash$6,534-57%8-8$817$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
30The Flat$6,51582%92$724$467,02212IFC Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,882--7--$840$963,13816IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Under the Sea 3D$5,415-21%41$1,354$32,501,771204Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Tchoupitoulas$4,420--5--$884$10,4315Oscilloscope
34My Worst Nightmare$3,53021%42$883$16,27512Strand Releasing
35Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,185352%20$1,593$33,90210Zeitgeist Films
36Only the Young$3,100--2--$1,550$7,1385Oscilloscope
37Django (2012 re-issue)$2,795-8%5-2$559$17,1373Rialto Pictures
38A Bottle in the Gaza Sea$2,531--1--$2,531$2,5311Film Movement
39Starlet$2,529102%43$632$82,4249Music Box Films
40A Werewolf Boy$2,475-70%2-1$1,238$338,8766CJ Entertainment
41Arbitrage$2,385-61%4-3$596$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
42Somewhere Between$1,780280%10$1,780$182,78420Long Shot Factory
43In Another Country$1,580--6--$263$11,2329Kino Lorber
44Brooklyn Castle$1,241-43%20$621$198,66412Producers Distribution Agency
45Deadfall (2012)$1,227-27%5-1$245$63,6385Magnolia Pictures
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$925-19%10$925$384,49325Kino Lorber
47Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642--1--$642$86,81014Roadside Attractions
48A Dark Truth$630--1--$630$6301Magnolia Pictures
49Now, Forager$405-72%10$405$10,89614Argot Pictures
50The Waiting Room$2908%10$290$176,27715International Film Circuit
51Beware of Mr. Baker$284-53%10$284$53,3716SnagFilms
52Citadel$206--1--$206$13,2019Cinedigm
53Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$200--1--$200$1,2944Kino Lorber
54Smashed$186-79%3-2$62$375,98113Sony Pictures Classics