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, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,487,144--3,003--$9,153$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$14,157,367--3,402--$4,161$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,115,074-36%3,689-190$3,555$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,894,415-48%3,535-199$3,082$102,520,1133Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,488,302-63%3,0250$3,137$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,861,820-52%2,7787$3,190$31,970,9852Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,250,084-29%2,935-124$2,470$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,859,958-39%2,504-401$1,941$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,503,102-55%1,805-242$2,495$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,383,023-54%2,172-1030$1,097$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$1,952,122-44%1,630-372$1,198$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$3,865,687450%514484$7,521$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$896,608584%438434$2,047$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
3Admission$877,293-55%909-498$965$16,795,2474Focus
4Identity Thief$541,425-32%564-157$960$132,022,26510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$408,626-32%451-73$906$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,203-68%426-646$892$13,529,1905A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$323,074-38%331-171$976$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$237,645-33%217-52$1,095$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$226,750-38%224-28$1,012$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$222,101-18%279-8$796$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$181,065-34%277-83$654$70,604,6969Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$158,175-40%276-156$573$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$154,190-68%274-261$563$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
14A Good Day to Die Hard$151,143-8%210-15$720$67,006,7659Fox
15Snitch (2013)$133,093-41%215-89$619$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$101,591-27%154-26$660$55,587,13912Paramount
17Django Unchained$81,138-41%126-57$644$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
18Wreck-It Ralph$78,963-17%134-22$589$189,288,87724Disney
1921 And Over$76,909-54%107-73$719$25,431,6767Relativity Media
20Argo$57,276-33%1720$333$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$277,818111%4136$6,776$450,4282Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$248,945-15%9333$2,677$784,3464Weinstein Company
3Renoir$182,47178%4929$3,724$423,4593IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
4No (2013)$155,218-26%9910$1,568$1,845,0529Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Wonder$116,551--17--$6,856$116,5511Magnolia Pictures
6Not Today$96,347--41--$2,350$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
7From Up on Poppy Hill$94,039-28%498$1,919$608,9775GKIDS
8The Gatekeepers$71,873-58%90-41$799$2,258,44011Sony Pictures Classics
9Upstream Color$71,220149%1110$6,475$109,9512ERBP
10Hubble 3D$63,027-20%184$3,502$37,592,206161Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Impossible$59,8361%77-3$777$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
12To the Arctic 3D$55,3269%520$1,064$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Ginger & Rosa$55,025-56%71-28$775$683,9265A24
14Side Effects (2013)$53,029-49%53-27$1,001$31,479,38910Open Road
15Parental Guidance$52,748-36%90-20$586$77,118,97716Fox
16Emperor$52,176-61%96-24$544$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
17Fists of Legend$49,252--23--$2,141$49,2521CJ Entertainment
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$40,975-3%30-2$1,366$33,943,00417Disney
19Room 237$35,805-28%209$1,790$148,8373IFC Midnight
20On the Road$35,616-67%64-43$557$677,13317IFC Films
21Dark Skies$34,92485%25-3$1,397$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
22Camp (2013)$34,05794%2113$1,622$169,0368Freestyle Releasing
23Lore$32,841-57%33-17$995$782,97110Music Box Films
24Starbuck$32,311-44%321$1,010$3,658,8314eOne Films US
25The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$30,686-22%55-22$558$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
26Blancanieves$28,058-19%173$1,650$116,6053Cohen Media Group
27Dead Man Down$28,018-45%94-52$298$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
28No Place on Earth$24,45677%119$2,223$42,8702Magnolia Pictures
29New World$23,057-58%9-10$2,562$450,2224Well Go USA
30Lincoln$22,962-52%58-44$396$182,182,83623Disney / DreamWorks
31Space Station 3D$21,213-16%53$4,243$87,658,388574IMAX
32Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,681-72%13-3$1,514$110,6542CodeBlack Films
33The Angels' Share$18,837--3--$6,279$18,8371IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$18,503-21%184$1,028$32,786,971218Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$15,969-44%300$532$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
36It's a Disaster$15,305--3--$5,102$15,3051Oscilloscope
37Settai$15,245-71%15-18$1,016$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
38Amour$13,849-13%28-2$495$6,712,91417Sony Pictures Classics
39Stoker$12,012-81%30-59$400$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
40Leonie$9,826217%116$893$29,6655Monterey Media
41Searching For Sugar Man$9,234-43%14-4$660$3,626,83238Sony Pictures Classics
42Deep Sea 3D$8,16431%31$2,721$45,503,646372Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,839-30%11-2$622$250,4137International Film Circuit
44A Royal Affair$6,519-58%6-5$1,087$1,530,26223Magnolia Pictures
45Gimme the Loot$6,164-52%7-1$881$77,3674IFC Films
46Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$6,043-50%10$6,043$21,4382Cinema Guild
47Simon Killer$5,4578%21$2,729$12,5462IFC Films
48Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$5,147-46%100$515$318,23812Music Box Films
49Like Someone in Love$5,012-12%142$358$215,6379IFC Films
50Koch$4,935-21%3-4$1,645$328,80911Zeitgeist Films
51Beyond the Hills$4,671-44%7-5$667$105,1596IFC Films
52Neighboring Sounds$3,960--3--$1,320$57,30234Cinema Guild
53Girl Rising$3,650-67%4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
54West of Memphis$3,27130%174$192$307,03916Sony Pictures Classics
55A Place at the Table$3,133-18%9-5$348$212,2787Magnolia Pictures
56Sound City$3,0244%40$756$398,20511Variance Films
57Leviathan (2013)$2,959291%53$592$48,3547Cinema Guild
58Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$2,332-50%51$466$10,3302First Run Features
5956 Up$1,989-73%4-6$497$673,14215First Run Features
60The Brass Teapot$1,421-68%20$711$6,6432Magnolia Pictures
61The Silence$1,415-90%4-7$354$76,2716Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,37743%2-1$689$11,2573Kino Lorber
63Yossi$1,168--1--$1,168$116,20712Strand Releasing
64Hunky Dory$1,129-7%30$376$17,0734Variance Films
65Silver Circle$96778%10$967$4,0804Area23a
665 Broken Cameras$890106%10$890$103,90146Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$890-83%1-2$890$26,6485Kino Lorber
68Wrong$797-75%1-7$797$38,0423Drafthouse Films
69Himmatwala$669-97%3-58$223$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
70Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$621--2--$311$4,81610First Run Features
71Orchestra of Exiles$613-68%20$307$34,18825First Run Features
72Kai Po Che$538-62%1-1$538$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures
73The Waiting Room$502-75%10$502$243,15729International Film Circuit
74Masquerade (2012)$477--1--$477$922,60030CJ Entertainment
75A Fierce Green Fire$370-80%1-1$370$20,6477First Run Features
7611 Flowers$310-50%10$310$8,9418First Run Features
77Radio Unnameable$285-77%10$285$24,01730Kino Lorber
78The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$120--1--$120$23725Strand Releasing
79Into the White$90--1--$90$901Magnolia Pictures
80Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$33--1--$33$3,80437Kino Lorber