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, Mar. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$27,202,226--3,525--$7,717$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$9,706,145-31%3,2308$3,005$107,433,2504Universal
321 And Over$8,754,168--2,771--$3,159$8,754,1681Relativity Media
4Snitch (2013)$7,768,391-41%2,5110$3,094$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
5The Last Exorcism Part II$7,728,354--2,700--$2,862$7,728,3541CBS Films
6Escape From Planet Earth$6,619,827-38%3,110-243$2,129$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$6,278,530-40%2,951-272$2,128$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$5,723,0100%1,836-176$3,117$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$4,572,486-55%2,589-966$1,766$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$3,468,553-58%2,3130$1,500$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$2,578,256-47%1,930-714$1,336$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$1,748,144-48%1,112-958$1,572$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$951,310-74%1,075-1875$885$18,557,7443Warner Bros.
14Phantom (2013)$508,000--1,118--$454$508,0001RCR Media Group

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,375,60948%62654$3,795$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$2,103,34215%985183$2,135$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$1,781,52658%725369$2,457$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$1,300,719-42%722-475$1,802$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$985,237-33%652-223$1,511$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$976,9301%983324$994$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Wreck-It Ralph$572,229-11%352-50$1,626$187,388,93518Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$572,035-10%352-110$1,625$147,631,64510Universal
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$554,326-67%601-824$922$54,092,2436Paramount
10Amour$466,145-35%3335$1,400$5,865,62411Sony Pictures Classics
11Mama$341,955-71%447-716$765$70,874,9057Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$289,557-22%295-10$982$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$267,754-51%210-178$1,275$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
14Kai Po Che$258,240-51%104-6$2,483$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
15Parental Guidance$208,431-30%258-123$808$76,060,89210Fox
16Jack Reacher$190,313170%225125$846$79,682,72611Paramount
17Bless Me, Ultima$182,377-61%183-80$997$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
18The Impossible$159,761-45%151-122$1,058$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$113,995-46%180-43$633$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
20A Haunted House$101,138-50%169-133$598$40,041,6838Open Road
21Gangster Squad$92,226-34%138-64$668$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
22The Guilt Trip$83,332-39%133-53$627$37,101,01111Paramount
23Skyfall$73,529-49%101-83$728$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$251,05988%4627$5,458$681,1775Sony Pictures Classics
2Stoker$160,547--7--$22,935$160,5471Fox Searchlight
3The Attacks of 26/11$159,619--51--$3,130$159,6191Eros International
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$143,532--68--$2,111$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$106,034212%7934$1,342$33,429,46811Disney
6No (2013)$101,41345%115$9,219$308,4443Sony Pictures Classics
7A Place at the Table$92,257--35--$2,636$92,2571Magnolia Pictures
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$73,705-72%48-198$1,536$2,061,8125ShortsHD
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$70,442-67%42-31$1,677$12,687,67336Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$60,4047%520$1,162$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$58,3770%24-1$2,432$36,645,223155Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Searching For Sugar Man$57,55277%399$1,476$3,394,46532Sony Pictures Classics
13Hyde Park on Hudson$51,019-20%38-27$1,343$6,215,99413Focus
14Bullet to the Head$40,9335%86-19$476$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
15Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$39,8879%237$1,734$165,7636Music Box Films
16Lore$38,27389%124$3,189$173,3214Music Box Films
1756 Up$37,720-32%27-5$1,397$523,5269First Run Features
18Broken City$33,268-33%69-29$482$19,640,6917Fox
19Koch$28,76937%167$1,798$207,7565Zeitgeist Films
20A Royal Affair$27,047-26%19-6$1,424$1,376,06317Magnolia Pictures
21Born to Be Wild 3D$25,113-8%300$837$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Parker$24,071-80%51-161$472$17,441,9586FilmDistrict
23Space Station 3D$23,67525%40$5,919$87,298,535568IMAX
24The Sweeney$20,321--11--$1,847$20,3211eOne Films US
25Stand Up Guys$17,362-51%17-24$1,021$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
26Like Someone in Love$14,005-36%8-1$1,751$82,9453IFC Films
27West of Memphis$13,30121%120$1,108$162,76510Sony Pictures Classics
28Rust and Bone$11,358-44%26-4$437$2,002,27215Sony Pictures Classics
29Sound City$10,762-32%13-4$828$334,0585Variance Films
30Hitchcock$10,262-26%193$540$5,984,41215Fox Searchlight
31The Sessions$9,9724%13-3$767$5,988,95520Fox Searchlight
32Leviathan (2013)$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Cinema Guild
33Under the Sea 3D$9,04558%80$1,131$32,588,866212Warner Bros. / IMAX
34War Witch$8,714--2--$4,357$8,7141Tribeca Film
35Hava Nagila (The Movie)$8,218--1--$8,218$46,5031International Film Circuit
36The Master$8,116-76%12-8$676$16,362,26725Weinstein Company
37Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$6,918262%41$1,730$23,0045First Run Features
38John Dies at the End$6,592-67%15-2$439$102,9126Magnolia / Magnet
39Deep Sea 3D$6,23257%51$1,246$45,442,085366Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Camp (2013)$6,097-22%21$3,049$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
41Movie 43$5,004-59%17-4$294$8,808,9836Relativity Media
42Let My People Go!$4,700--3--$1,567$16,8618Zeitgeist Films
43A Late Quartet$4,147-24%6-1$691$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
44Welcome to Pine Hill$3,629--1--$3,629$3,6291Oscilloscope
45Brooklyn Castle$3,074--1--$3,074$219,40720Producers Distribution Agency
46Yossi$2,532-72%2-5$1,266$82,4856Strand Releasing
47The Condemned (2013)$2,511--1--$2,511$2,5111Strand Releasing
48The End of Love$1,955--2--$978$1,9551Variance Films
49The Waiting Room$1,926-16%30$642$206,28023International Film Circuit
50Beware of Mr. Baker$1,742-29%10$1,742$114,27114SnagFilms
515 Broken Cameras$1,682-8%20$841$100,57640Kino Lorber
52Any Day Now$1,547--3--$516$186,79912Music Box Films
53Inescapable$1,410-9%75$201$4,0632IFC Films
54A Fierce Green Fire$1,266--1--$1,266$1,2661First Run Features
55ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$867-94%2-7$434$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
56The Sorcerer and the White Snake$747-24%10$747$17,5504Magnolia / Magnet
57Step Up to the Plate$672--1--$672$47,02725Cinema Guild
5811 Flowers$452-87%20$226$6,0322First Run Features
59Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$438--1--$438$96,05222Roadside Attractions
60Radio Unnameable$36058%10$360$20,81924Kino Lorber
61Neighboring Sounds$248--1--$248$52,29028Cinema Guild
62Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$107--1--$107$2,1804First Run Features
63In Another Country$80--1--$80$24,90317Kino Lorber