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, May. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$35,164,440-64%3,68628$9,540$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$29,350,389--2,925--$10,034$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$27,520,040--3,401--$8,092$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$16,780,895-55%3,585-322$4,681$181,537,3813Paramount
5Epic$16,616,310-50%3,89412$4,267$65,377,4912Fox
6The Hangover Part III$16,385,254-61%3,56510$4,596$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$8,442,451-56%2,895-529$2,916$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,517,317-52%2,635-455$2,473$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$1,568,677--161--$9,743$1,568,6771Eros International
2Mud$1,225,199-37%579-133$2,116$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$665,624-45%506-502$1,315$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$530,493-4%13272$4,019$1,556,3253IFC Films
542 (2013)$512,231-59%501-414$1,022$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$419,116-36%330-71$1,270$233,032,31113Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$394,705-55%357-215$1,106$88,067,6707Universal
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$276,841-37%286-60$968$121,588,60310Paramount
9Escape From Planet Earth$195,323-23%268-78$729$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
10What Maisie Knew$191,16935%10174$1,893$528,6355Millenium Entertainment
11Pain and Gain$160,875-75%207-796$777$49,055,6286Paramount
12Identity Thief$129,000-38%150-37$860$134,455,17517Universal
13The Iceman$124,208-66%123-135$1,010$1,716,6615Millennium Entertainment
14The Call$113,262-27%138-28$821$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
15Olympus Has Fallen$90,467-44%149-60$607$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
16The Place Beyond the Pines$84,670-47%103-25$822$21,135,65910Focus
17The Big Wedding$74,786-67%126-139$594$21,285,9806Lionsgate
18Jack the Giant Slayer$71,836-33%143-42$502$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
19Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$67,799-78%121-364$560$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$404,31164%3126$13,042$774,0832Sony Pictures Classics
2Love Is All You Need$167,820-23%718$2,364$706,3325Sony Pictures Classics
3Kon-Tiki$140,512-14%7410$1,899$897,1376Weinstein Company
4Stories We Tell$114,445-11%3913$2,934$901,4244Roadside Attractions
5Renoir$96,649-34%65-10$1,487$1,884,96710IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The East$77,031--4--$19,258$77,0311Fox Searchlight
7The Company You Keep$64,974-52%73-23$890$4,881,1859Sony Pictures Classics
8The Kings of Summer$58,962--4--$14,741$58,9621CBS Films
9The Sapphires$56,201-19%58-3$969$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
10Fill the Void$49,416-16%63$8,236$150,0552Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$49,332-35%191$2,596$38,508,873168Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$43,783-36%381$1,152$388,3345eOne Films US
13Not Today$43,524344%1813$2,418$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
14To the Arctic 3D$33,861-33%520$651$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Hannah Arendt$31,270--1--$31,270$45,8721Zeitgeist Films
16We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$30,75511%117$2,796$73,5662Focus World
17Ginger & Rosa$23,096-50%461$502$1,005,70012A24
18At Any Price$22,905-68%45-36$509$326,2966Sony Pictures Classics
19The Reluctant Fundamentalist$22,522-63%29-22$777$497,9166IFC Films
20Life of Pi$21,999117%17-9$1,294$124,914,17328Fox
21Scary Movie 5$17,584-74%51-120$345$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
22Space Station 3D$16,484-12%5-7$3,297$87,980,638581IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$14,377-38%300$479$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Lore$13,41997%4-2$3,355$936,74017Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$13,31210%130$1,024$33,002,016225Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Evil Dead$12,411-42%40-18$310$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
27No (2013)$11,622-16%17-6$684$2,325,21016Sony Pictures Classics
28Spring Breakers$11,241-55%40-30$281$14,113,34212A24
29In the House$11,056-54%13-8$850$380,0717Cohen Media Group
30Shadow Dancer$10,672--2--$5,336$10,6721Magnolia Pictures
31From Up on Poppy Hill$10,382-43%12-12$865$982,95112GKIDS
32No Place on Earth$10,154440%52$2,031$160,9609Magnolia Pictures
33The Angels' Share$10,102-58%18-5$561$304,3578IFC Films
34Quartet$10,080-60%17-13$593$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
35Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,30638%52$1,861$96,5137Kino Lorber
36Sightseers$8,377261%108$838$35,7224IFC Films
37Silver Linings Playbook$8,132-54%23-12$354$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
38Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,740291%30$2,247$328,91114International Film Circuit
39Trance$6,44021%110$585$2,319,1879Fox Searchlight
40To the Wonder$5,812-18%13-3$447$558,4778Magnolia Pictures
41The History of Future Folk$5,775--1--$5,775$5,7751Variance / FilmBuff
42The English Teacher$5,671-60%5-2$1,134$32,9333Cinedigm
43Admission$5,617-53%12-14$468$18,004,22511Focus
44Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$5,57324%80$697$49,6457Kino Lorber
45One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,40725%2-1$2,704$35,4574Zeitgeist Films
46A Wedding Invitation$5,34568%31$1,782$11,0412CJ Entertainment
47Nostalghia (2013 re-issue)$5,233--1--$5,233$5,2331Kino Lorber
48Deep Sea 3D$5,171-34%4-1$1,293$45,574,230379Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Augustine$4,311-59%40$1,078$41,5793Music Box Films
50Girl Rising$4,12093%30-33$137$1,344,34713Gathr Films
51Emperor$4,025-39%6-2$671$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
52Home Run$3,641-33%6-4$607$2,851,0587IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53Venus and Serena$3,622-54%6-2$604$43,3534Magnolia Pictures
54Searching For Sugar Man$3,593-1%60$599$3,678,00445Sony Pictures Classics
55Free the Mind$3,410-47%5-1$682$55,1535International Film Circuit
56Pieta$3,28440%4-1$821$17,3143Drafthouse Films
57Something in the Air$3,105-48%9-1$345$71,9215IFC Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,091-17%6-4$515$2,405,74218Sony Pictures Classics
59Dead Man's Burden$2,814-75%30$938$27,4365Cinedigm
60The Wall$2,188--1--$2,188$2,1881Music Box Films
61A Green Story$1,216-78%1-3$1,216$12,5192Indican Pictures
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,088-79%2-2$544$36,8326Variance Films
63Kiss of the Damned$1,011121%31$337$14,3255Magnolia / Magnet
64A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$878-91%10$878$17,8242Rialto Pictures
65Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$775--2--$388$7751Cinema Purgatorio
66The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$648-54%10$648$9,89026Indican Pictures
67M (2013 re-issue)$618--1--$618$28,87712Kino Lorber
68Paradise: Love$5551%1-2$555$21,3946Strand Releasing
69Post Tenebras Lux$506-50%21$253$22,3245Strand Releasing
70The Silence$479-81%2-2$240$90,70613Music Box Films
71Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$477--2--$239$23,12620Kino Lorber
72King's Faith$432-70%1-1$432$75,1966Waking Giants Entertainment
73Triumph of the Wall$430--1--$430$4301First Run Features
74Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$356--1--$356$337,49719Music Box Films
7556 Up$23417%10$234$695,91122First Run Features
76Arthur Newman$169-88%2-1$85$207,7086Cinedigm
77The Painting (2013)$149-98%1-5$149$20,8354GKIDS
78The Condemned (2013)$90--1--$90$3,71814Strand Releasing
79White Elephant$70--1--$70$8,80010Strand Releasing