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. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$79,110,453--3,912--$20,223$79,110,4531Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$9,839,135-64%3,5250$2,791$43,630,5042Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$6,334,220-35%3,002-228$2,110$116,545,1055Universal
4Dead Man Down$5,345,250--2,188--$2,443$5,345,2501FilmDistrict
5Snitch (2013)$5,098,235-34%2,340-171$2,179$31,853,3623Lionsgate / Summit
621 And Over$5,091,384-42%2,7710$1,837$16,875,3592Relativity Media
7Safe Haven$3,753,384-40%2,541-410$1,477$62,837,4814Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$3,618,171-37%1,727-109$2,095$120,622,51317Weinstein Company
9Escape From Planet Earth$3,218,923-51%2,549-561$1,263$47,844,1054Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$3,167,040-59%2,7000$1,173$12,129,6392CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,030-54%1,725-864$1,230$63,367,4314Fox
12Dark Skies$1,254,261-64%1,505-808$833$15,564,3883Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$1,015,996-61%1,052-878$966$63,575,3806Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,579,462-34%67145$2,354$119,367,61416Fox
2Quartet$1,254,859-30%715-10$1,755$13,245,6909Weinstein Company
3Emperor$1,014,099--261--$3,885$1,014,0991Roadside Attractions
4Argo$1,010,367-52%741-244$1,364$134,282,92522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$869,117-50%602-510$1,444$29,570,7875Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$673,810-48%522-200$1,291$94,628,36912Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$432,074-56%336-647$1,286$161,100,52611Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$430,380-56%432-220$996$180,834,31118Disney / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$404,141-29%314-38$1,287$187,906,93219Disney
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$378,93642%337127$1,124$301,874,93313Warner Bros. / New Line
11Les Miserables (2012)$307,455-46%286-66$1,075$148,136,22011Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$226,406-22%275-20$823$102,681,33016Paramount / DreamWorks
13Amour$186,413-60%205-128$909$6,310,15112Sony Pictures Classics
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$178,375-81%281-794$635$19,018,2604Warner Bros.
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$170,588-69%225-376$758$54,493,5057Paramount
16Parental Guidance$165,790-20%219-39$757$76,285,22911Fox
17Mama$152,995-55%214-233$715$71,117,1758Universal
18Jack Reacher$134,722-29%194-31$694$79,892,19012Paramount
19The Impossible$98,058-39%114-37$860$18,486,44912Lionsgate / Summit
20Phantom (2013)$61,050-88%407-711$150$815,2602RCR Media Group

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$236,006-6%6721$3,522$1,012,9766Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$150,44748%3524$4,298$493,6054Sony Pictures Classics
3Stoker$114,326-29%1710$6,725$328,8142Fox Searchlight
4Kai Po Che$94,819-63%71-33$1,335$1,013,7383UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$81,640--21--$3,888$225,2671Gathr Films
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$78,940-26%70-9$1,128$33,537,41212Disney
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,476-52%56-12$1,223$235,6512Methinx Entertainment
8Lore$67,24376%2917$2,319$255,9845Music Box Films
9Gangster Squad$57,345-38%90-48$637$45,857,1019Warner Bros.
10Bless Me, Ultima$56,296-69%52-131$1,083$1,387,0953Arenas Entertainment
11Hubble 3D$51,481-12%23-1$2,238$36,752,230156Warner Bros. / IMAX
12To the Arctic 3D$49,279-18%520$948$11,568,68447Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Greedy Lying Bastards$45,000--50--$900$45,0001Lambert Releasing
14Searching For Sugar Man$44,218-23%390$1,134$3,464,55333Sony Pictures Classics
15The Attacks of 26/11$42,087-74%510$825$223,8292Eros International
16Skyfall$40,701-45%69-32$590$304,360,27718Sony / Columbia
17Hyde Park on Hudson$36,997-27%391$949$6,288,21414Focus
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$35,337-50%32-10$1,104$12,748,00737Fox Searchlight
19Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$34,362--1--$34,362$34,3621Tribeca Film
20Hava Nagila (The Movie)$33,729310%1312$2,595$85,1362International Film Circuit
21A Place at the Table$31,727-66%350$906$152,7682Magnolia Pictures
22Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$29,062-27%22-1$1,321$211,1487Music Box Films
2356 Up$26,770-29%25-2$1,071$569,54710First Run Features
24West of Memphis$26,35898%2412$1,098$195,21011Sony Pictures Classics
25Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$25,573--23--$1,112$25,5731Cinedigm
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,664-2%300$822$22,123,476101Warner Bros. / IMAX
27A Royal Affair$19,984-26%13-6$1,537$1,410,42618Magnolia Pictures
28Movie 43$18,125262%6346$288$8,828,7717Relativity Media
29Koch$17,896-38%10-6$1,790$241,2476Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,985-28%40$4,246$87,344,128569IMAX
31Parker$16,342-32%34-17$481$17,470,2957FilmDistrict
32Sound City$15,75846%152$1,051$354,7336Variance Films
33The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$15,521-79%15-33$1,035$2,111,4726ShortsHD
34Yossi$14,630478%86$1,829$98,7337Strand Releasing
35Beyond the Hills$14,622--3--$4,874$14,6221IFC Films
36Like Someone in Love$13,682-2%6-2$2,280$103,8824IFC Films
37Camp (2013)$13,265118%42$3,316$32,3463Freestyle Releasing
38Bullet to the Head$11,659-72%34-52$343$9,483,8216Warner Bros.
39The Girl (2013)$11,164--2--$5,582$11,1641Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
40Under the Sea 3D$11,00822%7-1$1,573$32,604,491213Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The We and the I$10,774--1--$10,774$10,7741Paladin/108 Media
42Broken City$10,733-68%24-45$447$19,666,2078Fox
43John Dies at the End$10,56360%194$556$117,3947Magnolia / Magnet
44The ABC's of Death$10,110--19--$532$10,1101Magnet / Drafthouse
45Rust and Bone$9,338-18%21-5$445$2,018,14916Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitchcock$9,190-10%13-6$707$6,002,70816Fox Searchlight
47The Monk$8,418--11--$765$8,4181IDP/ATO Pictures
48The Silence$7,992--2--$3,996$7,9921Music Box Films
49A Late Quartet$6,88366%71$983$1,561,57719Entertainment One / RKO
50Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$6,848--1--$6,848$6,8481Rialto Pictures
51The Master$6,360-22%3927$163$16,373,89226Weinstein Company
52Leviathan (2013)$6,236-31%21$3,118$20,1362Cinema Guild
53War Witch$6,206-29%20$3,103$19,7222Tribeca Film
54Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,842--1--$5,842$18,0198Kino Lorber
55Deep Sea 3D$5,024-19%4-1$1,256$45,449,241367Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$3,802-45%40$951$27,7486First Run Features
57The Sessions$3,664-63%130$282$5,997,13421Fox Searchlight
58The Waiting Room$2,41725%52$483$212,01624International Film Circuit
59Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,264--2--$1,132$58,97819Zeitgeist Films
60Night Across the Street$1,608--1--$1,608$11,7615Cinema Guild
61Any Day Now$1,502-3%1-2$1,502$188,35513Music Box Films
62Masquerade (2012)$1,189--3--$396$916,44225CJ Entertainment
63All Together$1,124--2--$562$39,65621Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Beware of Mr. Baker$924-47%10$924$116,47615SnagFilms
65Radio Unnameable$798122%21$399$22,00825Kino Lorber
66The Condemned (2013)$780-69%10$780$3,4892Strand Releasing
67The Sweeney$773-96%1-10$773$26,3452eOne Films US
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$678--1--$678$20,7276APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The Sorcerer and the White Snake$577-23%10$577$18,4455Magnolia / Magnet
705 Broken Cameras$391-77%1-1$391$101,78441Kino Lorber
71The Pirogue$367--1--$367$10,6817ArtMattan Productions
72Planet of Snail$344--1--$344$13,95733Cinema Guild
73Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$114-74%10$114$97,31623Roadside Attractions
74Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$106-1%10$106$2,7465First Run Features