'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. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Zero Dark Thirty$24,438,936806%2,9372877$8,321$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$18,101,682--2,160--$8,380$18,101,6821Open Road
3Gangster Squad$17,070,347--3,103--$5,501$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$11,040,485-45%3,0122$3,665$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$9,644,465-40%2,92723$3,295$118,723,1853Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,168,431-48%3,012-743$3,044$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$6,335,19317%2,027126$3,125$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$6,088,838-37%2,957-411$2,059$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,279,245-76%2,6595$1,985$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$4,820,255-48%2,707-581$1,781$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$4,373,225-48%2,320-611$1,885$61,442,1804Universal
12The Guilt Trip$1,901,160-57%1,606-706$1,184$34,464,0574Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,717,305-57%1,127-976$1,524$30,586,7914Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$1,274,909-69%1,647-29$774$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$5,018,52739%81065$6,196$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,704,574-4%757-208$3,573$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$2,531,117-8%808236$3,133$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$1,555,802-49%823-484$1,890$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
5Argo$1,255,25959%621319$2,021$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$1,065,307-60%905-602$1,177$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$657,842-44%476-233$1,382$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$648,131-53%542-283$1,196$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$602,532-42%24624$2,449$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$461,069-64%430-387$1,072$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$355,041-24%252-15$1,409$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$230,537-37%144-19$1,601$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$212,226-25%228-15$931$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
15Taken 2$146,398-30%190-23$771$139,499,96315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$108,033-40%225-27$480$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$101,665-21%154-11$660$64,799,60816Universal
18Hitchcock$94,331-38%1279$743$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
20Cloud Atlas$73,416-28%1627$453$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$66,712-17%1002$667$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22End of Watch$61,545-8%111-29$554$40,983,00117Open Road
23Not Fade Away$40,721-85%177-388$230$574,5084Paramount Vantage
24Playing For Keeps (2012)$32,467-39%107-32$303$12,904,1126FilmDistrict
25Dabangg 2$3,916-95%1660$24$2,503,1744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$257,072330%1512$17,138$638,3484Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$187,13814%7940$2,369$1,144,3068Sony Pictures Classics
3To the Arctic 3D$69,280-8%520$1,332$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$57,5561%5413$1,066$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
5Quartet$47,122--2--$23,561$47,1221Weinstein Company
6Hubble 3D$37,8671%163$2,367$35,899,432148Warner Bros. / IMAX
7A Late Quartet$30,517-23%17-6$1,795$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$28,572-19%48-5$595$161,239,97127Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$26,121-2%22-4$1,187$3,095,07525Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$24,015-24%300$801$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Master$22,141113%164$1,384$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
12Finding Nemo 3D$19,209-32%22-8$873$41,123,89218Disney
13Killing Them Softly$18,529-55%31-20$598$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
1456 Up$17,659-20%21$8,830$52,0752First Run Features
15Space Station 3D$13,230-45%20$6,615$86,967,315561IMAX
16Chasing Mavericks$13,150-34%23-9$572$6,002,75612Fox
17Robot & Frank$13,048--26--$502$3,317,46822IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Struck By Lightning$12,940--6--$2,157$22,9301Tribeca Film
19A Royal Affair$12,606-9%297$435$684,87710Magnolia Pictures
20The Other Son$11,111-36%8-5$1,389$1,222,77812Cohen Media Group
21Deep Sea 3D$11,039--3--$3,680$45,288,072359Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Any Day Now$8,906-26%156$594$146,7155Music Box Films
23The Intouchables$8,045-49%121$670$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
24Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,338--4--$1,585$11,301,53829Fox Searchlight
25Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,1915%70$884$972,29117IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
26Somewhere Between$6,162246%10$6,162$193,08221Long Shot Factory
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$5,992-46%26-11$230$51,853,45022Disney
28Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$4,44640%20$2,223$39,50811Zeitgeist Films
29Under the Sea 3D$3,788-30%3-1$1,263$32,507,196205Warner Bros. / IMAX
30In Another Country$3,524123%5-1$705$15,04210Kino Lorber
32West of Memphis$2,828-63%2-2$1,414$46,3073Sony Pictures Classics
33The House I Live In$2,346--2--$1,173$186,05915Abramorama
34Let My People Go!$2,236--1--$2,236$2,2361Zeitgeist Films
35Brooklyn Castle$2,18376%20$1,092$203,02313Producers Distribution Agency
36A Dark Truth$1,897201%32$632$2,5272Magnolia Pictures
37Table No. 21$1,854-94%230$81$45,9592Eros International
38High Tech, Low Life$1,718--1--$1,718$3,0321Argot Pictures
39Wagner & Me$1,640--2--$820$30,8276First Run Features
40California Solo$1,566--1--$1,566$14,5187Strand Releasing
41A Werewolf Boy$1,526-38%1-1$1,526$342,9227CJ Entertainment
42Arbitrage$1,389-42%40$347$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions
43Starlet$889-65%3-1$296$84,42610Music Box Films
44My Worst Nightmare$828-77%1-3$828$18,24913Strand Releasing
45Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$579--1--$579$7,17410APD/Cinema Conservancy
46The Waiting Room$52882%10$528$176,94316International Film Circuit
47Django (2012 re-issue)$367-87%2-3$184$19,1354Rialto Pictures
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$255--1--$255$6,2496Indican Pictures
49Deadfall (2012)$145-88%1-4$145$64,3866Magnolia Pictures