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. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$41,252,702-48%3,9120$10,545$144,056,3262Disney
2The Call$17,118,745--2,507--$6,828$17,118,7451Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$10,177,257--3,160--$3,221$10,177,2571Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$6,314,262-36%3,357-168$1,881$54,007,6353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$4,419,310-30%2,842-160$1,555$123,606,1756Universal
6Snitch (2013)$3,504,618-31%2,35313$1,489$37,261,8954Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$2,669,967-48%2,424-347$1,101$21,918,7403Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,525,603-30%1,602-125$1,577$124,551,78218Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$2,453,229-35%2,206-335$1,112$66,911,0395Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$2,339,419-27%2,211-338$1,058$52,178,0005Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$2,126,029-60%2,1880$972$9,373,3692FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$1,276,070-60%1,575-1125$810$14,381,1743CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$1,157,499-45%1,117-608$1,036$65,471,6465Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,224,692-22%646-25$1,896$121,344,82617Fox
2Quartet$936,699-25%688-27$1,361$14,833,59110Weinstein Company
3Emperor$625,518-38%31150$2,011$2,028,5812Roadside Attractions
4Warm Bodies$569,290-44%659-393$864$64,580,2007Lionsgate / Summit
5Dark Skies$544,605-57%703-802$775$16,647,1164Weinstein / Dimension
6Side Effects (2013)$543,568-37%402-200$1,352$30,482,7816Open Road
7Argo$509,207-50%540-201$943$135,178,25123Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$431,558-36%450-72$959$95,314,28113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$395,881-8%46634$850$181,408,46719Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$317,818-16%305-32$1,042$302,393,02114Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wreck-It Ralph$309,557-23%277-37$1,118$188,440,22620Disney
12Django Unchained$282,744-35%266-70$1,063$161,583,27112Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$196,415-36%241-45$815$148,478,39012Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$174,629-23%213-62$820$103,005,66517Paramount / DreamWorks
15Parental Guidance$153,005-8%2223$689$76,543,90012Fox
16Mama$142,805-7%204-10$700$71,325,3309Universal
17Amour$102,949-45%129-76$798$6,497,14713Sony Pictures Classics
18Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$98,262-42%130-95$756$54,679,1068Paramount
19The Impossible$84,063-14%105-9$801$18,614,62413Lionsgate / Summit
20Jack Reacher$79,530-41%130-64$612$80,033,64313Paramount
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,407-59%125-156$579$19,173,8925Warner Bros.
22Phantom (2013)$55,475-9%317-90$175$1,034,5893RCR Media Group

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$264,861132%9477$2,818$645,6573Fox Searchlight
2Spring Breakers$263,002--3--$87,667$263,0021A24
3The Gatekeepers$227,401-4%8619$2,644$1,332,8147Sony Pictures Classics
4No (2013)$181,04020%4813$3,772$725,6455Sony Pictures Classics
5Lore$98,48946%5122$1,931$388,0696Music Box Films
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$71,374-10%58-12$1,231$33,680,84913Disney
7Parker$58,488258%9258$636$17,536,3448FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$58,07713%230$2,525$36,878,841157Warner Bros. / IMAX
9From Up on Poppy Hill$57,585--2--$28,793$57,5851GKIDS
10To the Arctic 3D$57,07516%520$1,098$11,689,88548Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$54,670-20%45-11$1,215$311,8853Methinx Entertainment
12Bless Me, Ultima$47,800-15%45-7$1,062$1,465,1324Arenas Entertainment
13Hava Nagila (The Movie)$45,78536%2411$1,908$147,5463International Film Circuit
14Kai Po Che$44,065-54%42-29$1,049$1,080,3844UTV Motion Pictures
15Ginger & Rosa$42,838--3--$14,279$42,8381A24
16Born to Be Wild 3D$39,41560%300$1,314$22,206,827102Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$35,855-19%34-5$1,055$3,521,52334Sony Pictures Classics
18Gangster Squad$33,282-42%50-40$666$45,920,38010Warner Bros.
19Like Someone in Love$30,235121%1812$1,680$141,6645IFC Films
20Upside Down$28,722--11--$2,611$28,7221Millennium Entertainment
21West of Memphis$28,0897%3915$720$237,09912Sony Pictures Classics
22Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$26,011-10%21-1$1,239$254,3928Music Box Films
23Camp (2013)$25,70394%1511$1,714$64,8764Freestyle Releasing
24Beyond the Hills$23,63462%1411$1,688$45,8672IFC Films
25A Royal Affair$23,00115%196$1,211$1,444,40719Magnolia Pictures
26Hyde Park on Hudson$22,366-40%31-8$721$6,336,68315Focus
27Koch$20,21013%166$1,263$269,2027Zeitgeist Films
28Under the Sea 3D$17,40558%92$1,934$32,650,307214Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,169-51%21-11$818$12,784,39738Fox Searchlight
30Space Station 3D$16,213-5%51$3,243$87,396,356570IMAX
31Girl Rising$14,970-82%5-16$2,994$378,8762Gathr Films
3256 Up$14,239-47%20-5$712$604,04311First Run Features
33A Place at the Table$13,538-57%19-16$713$181,3943Magnolia Pictures
34Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$12,310-64%10$12,310$47,4872Tribeca Film
35Rust and Bone$11,05018%15-6$737$2,041,20617Sony Pictures Classics
36The Attacks of 26/11$10,613-75%510$208$244,8213Eros International
37Harvest of Empire$10,321--2--$5,161$57,56625Onyx Films
38The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$10,200-34%10-5$1,020$2,134,2067ShortsHD
39Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$9,900-61%19-4$521$46,6262Cinedigm
40Sound City$8,156-48%11-4$741$370,4017Variance Films
41A Fierce Green Fire$7,928--5--$1,586$9,6863First Run Features
42Reality$7,072--1--$7,072$7,0721Oscilloscope
43The Girl (2013)$6,871-38%75$982$20,8322Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
44War Witch$6,4965%53$1,299$28,3123Tribeca Film
45M (2013 re-issue)$6,123--1--$6,123$6,1231Kino Lorber
46John Dies at the End$5,990-43%13-6$461$127,6258Magnolia / Magnet
47The We and the I$5,852-46%21$2,926$20,2482Paladin/108 Media
48Deep Sea 3D$5,55311%3-1$1,851$45,459,986368Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Broken City$5,150-52%12-12$429$19,676,7589Fox
50The Waiting Room$4,883102%50$977$220,62925International Film Circuit
51The Silence$4,783-40%42$1,196$16,4012Music Box Films
52Leviathan (2013)$4,604-26%20$2,302$29,3953Cinema Guild
53If I Were You$3,889--14--$278$3,8891Kino Lorber
54The ABC's of Death$3,784-63%14-5$270$15,4702Magnet / Drafthouse
55The End of Love$3,595--3--$1,198$6,7473Variance Films
56Masquerade (2012)$2,995152%41$749$920,05526CJ Entertainment
57The Kitchen$1,557--2--$779$3,7802Monterey Media
58Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,2601005%10$1,260$98,63624Roadside Attractions
59Yossi$1,021-93%3-5$340$107,0468Strand Releasing
60Neighboring Sounds$432--1--$432$53,14730Cinema Guild
61Night Across the Street$428-73%10$428$12,7546Cinema Guild
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$355--1--$355$385,40635Kino Lorber
63Leonie$291--1--$291$2911Monterey Media
64Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$287171%10$287$3,4256First Run Features
65Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$265-93%2-2$133$28,6467First Run Features
66Orchestra of Exiles$259--1--$259$27,37721First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$212-46%21$106$101,99642Kino Lorber