'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, Jun. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Man of Steel$116,619,362--4,207--$27,720$128,681,4861Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,719,162--3,055--$6,782$33,027,2971Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$11,016,473-42%3,08262$3,574$80,705,9163Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,583,330-51%3,375-396$2,840$219,723,9554Universal
5The Purge$8,317,995-76%2,59155$3,210$51,962,8452Universal
6The Internship$7,148,551-59%3,39933$2,103$31,099,9122Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$6,256,254-45%2,331-821$2,684$211,086,9485Paramount
9After Earth$4,052,042-62%2,432-969$1,666$54,516,0573Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,956,855-49%1,649-702$1,793$399,659,0947Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,782,149-62%1,901-1341$1,464$108,032,7014Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,674,333-60%1,175-985$1,425$139,977,8746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Before Midnight$1,382,719163%897845$1,541$3,054,9684Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$606,12166%44474$1,365$93,701,48910Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,353-21%368-46$1,550$182,651,45013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$542,785-53%405-175$1,340$19,618,4478Roadside Attractions
5Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$310,774-61%1610$1,930$3,394,0103Eros International
6Frances Ha$293,566-46%212-21$1,385$2,876,7325IFC Films
7The East$287,95526%11574$2,504$709,2603Fox Searchlight
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$244,191-35%259-63$943$234,176,72815Disney
9Oblivion (2013)$183,180-26%258-40$710$88,777,8909Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$170,121-14%201-35$846$98,388,50613FilmDistrict
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$110,984-39%170-66$653$122,108,91112Paramount
12Scary Movie 5$86,268506%14190$612$31,529,52510Weinstein / Dimension
13The Big Wedding$80,37759%16573$487$21,477,2818Lionsgate
14Escape From Planet Earth$61,320-43%151-31$406$56,690,66718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Bling Ring$214,395--5--$42,879$214,3951A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$161,727-6%2318$7,032$388,7612Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$154,850-27%6319$2,458$546,7943CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$100,521-52%72-29$1,396$1,169,3307Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$90,27115%185$5,015$396,6694Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$83,354-41%63-7$1,323$1,244,1576Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$76,749-32%70-5$1,096$1,212,2368Weinstein Company
8Fukrey$74,110--57--$1,300$74,1101Eros International
9Hubble 3D$61,78112%18-3$3,432$38,783,519170Warner Bros. / IMAX
1020 Feet from Stardom$54,596--3--$18,199$54,5961RADiUS-TWC
11What Maisie Knew$53,035-65%51-71$1,040$900,0467Millenium Entertainment
12Dirty Wars$48,469-24%1410$3,462$137,2472IFC Films
13Pain and Gain$37,279-63%70-105$533$49,290,5708Paramount
14The Place Beyond the Pines$33,275-54%76-58$438$21,330,18412Focus
15Renoir$31,156-51%33-24$944$2,073,52012IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Company You Keep$30,915-29%6615$468$4,991,78511Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Arctic 3D$29,779-16%520$573$12,806,24761Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Hannah Arendt$26,828-26%61$4,471$153,3333Zeitgeist Films
19Shadow Dancer$25,788107%148$1,842$57,8363Magnolia Pictures
20Pandora's Promise$22,495--16--$1,406$23,4191Abramorama
21The Sapphires$22,409-44%39-16$575$2,325,74513Weinstein Company
22Space Station 3D$17,99225%40$4,498$88,066,763583IMAX
23The Iceman$17,155-74%30-37$572$1,902,0817Millennium Entertainment
24Born to Be Wild 3D$16,69929%300$557$22,800,080115Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Life of Pi$12,56812%250$503$124,953,84630Fox
26Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,955-52%14-15$854$473,6157eOne Films US
27Under the Sea 3D$11,632-30%10-1$1,163$33,062,229227Warner Bros. / IMAX
28We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,516-71%11-14$956$158,9324Focus World
29Quartet$10,142-70%25-89$406$18,336,15623Weinstein Company
30Lost and Found in Armenia$8,275-83%2-7$4,138$82,7102High Top Releasing
31Deep Sea 3D$8,0090%3-3$2,670$45,605,690381Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Storm Surfers 3D$7,915--2--$3,958$30,8928XLrator Media
33Not Today$7,454-67%7-12$1,065$291,82710Freestyle Releasing
34Berberian Sound Studio$6,602--5--$1,320$6,6021IFC Midnight
35So Young$5,281--3--$1,760$5,2811China Lion Film
36More Than Honey$5,225--1--$5,225$7,5311Kino Lorber
37Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,207-80%6-5$868$40,9522eOne Films US
38Lore$4,948-32%2-1$2,474$961,05819Music Box Films
39To the Wonder$4,7833%5-7$957$573,10610Magnolia Pictures
40Tiger Eyes$4,676-57%6-11$779$21,7172Freestyle Releasing
41From Up on Poppy Hill$4,516-8%9-1$502$1,000,87814GKIDS
42One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,392--3--$1,464$50,9636Zeitgeist Films
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,2880%82$536$341,79216International Film Circuit
44Camp (2013)$4,27893%21$2,139$323,62817Freestyle Releasing
45The English Teacher$3,919-36%2-1$1,960$48,8195Cinedigm
46The Wall$3,875146%43$969$11,0893Music Box Films
47Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$3,837-20%84$480$71,7509Kino Lorber
48Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,700--1--$3,700$3,7001First Run Features
49Call Me Kuchu$3,476--1--$3,476$3,4761Cinedigm
50The Guillotines$3,296--10--$330$3,2961Well Go USA
51An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,205-18%2-1$1,603$46,4198Variance Films
52No Place on Earth$2,824-42%3-1$941$182,30611Magnolia Pictures
53In the Fog$2,327--1--$2,327$2,3271Strand Releasing
54At Any Price$2,108-72%5-13$422$352,1228Sony Pictures Classics
55The Stroller Strategy$1,799--1--$1,799$1,7991Rialto Premieres
56Venus and Serena$1,623103%31$541$48,2806Magnolia Pictures
57The History of Future Folk$1,535-29%21$768$11,2753Variance / FilmBuff
58You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,518-72%20$759$10,6802Kino Lorber
59Searching For Sugar Man$1,420-40%40$355$3,684,59847Sony Pictures Classics
60Augustine$1,192-11%20$596$47,6185Music Box Films
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$965-85%4-3$241$111,5499Kino Lorber
62Sound City$916-30%21$458$417,54020Variance Films
63Paradise: Love$908241%10$908$23,1658Strand Releasing
64The Silence$761--2--$381$91,68715Music Box Films
65√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$725-82%3-2$242$6,6092Magnolia Pictures
66No (2013)$684-87%3-11$228$2,341,22618Sony Pictures Classics
67Post Tenebras Lux$665-86%2-4$333$35,5867Strand Releasing
68Free the Mind$661-91%3-1$220$69,5867International Film Circuit
6956 Up$485--2--$243$696,39624First Run Features
70The Gatekeepers$416-72%2-2$208$2,408,55320Sony Pictures Classics
71Syrup$278-8%10$278$6562Magnolia Pictures
72Pieta$220-76%1-1$220$21,0885Drafthouse Films
73Dead Man's Burden$172-68%10$172$29,6347Cinedigm