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, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$27,059,130--3,025--$8,945$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$21,324,890-60%3,9240$5,434$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$17,548,389--3,866--$4,539$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$13,027,154-41%3,11593$4,182$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$10,134,120-38%3,207-269$3,160$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$7,945,069-32%3,075-183$2,584$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$6,228,816-55%2,985-824$2,087$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$5,556,294-40%2,755-261$2,017$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$4,623,895-33%2,074-310$2,229$149,464,9576Fox
10Pacific Rim$4,490,326-42%1,803-799$2,490$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$2,730,326-21%1,001115$2,728$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$2,600,552-43%1,08622$2,395$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$2,409,855-60%1,703-1147$1,415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$1,808,231-35%912-528$1,983$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$1,403,547-51%879-591$1,597$258,565,2387Disney
3The Lone Ranger$660,645-61%553-714$1,195$86,765,3525Disney
4The To Do List$632,101-60%585-6$1,081$3,094,9652CBS Films
5White House Down$511,217-44%353-323$1,448$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$478,35391%300120$1,595$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$466,574-38%304-197$1,535$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$319,393-37%168-102$1,901$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$307,8697%206-9$1,495$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
1020 Feet from Stardom$297,406-20%135-12$2,203$3,493,7358RADiUS-TWC
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$248,103-66%214-284$1,159$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12Iron Man 3$239,573105%376252$637$407,676,35914Disney
13Fast & Furious 6$228,860-26%230-37$995$238,019,99011Universal
14Epic$226,256-28%255-34$887$106,648,83311Fox
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$178,714-33%228-43$784$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16The Internship$174,154-14%172-25$1,013$44,221,6669Fox
17Before Midnight$160,24242%226148$709$7,814,79211Sony Pictures Classics
18The Croods$140,922-21%162-32$870$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19After Earth$124,930-25%146-21$856$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
20The Purge$89,745-24%132-25$680$64,423,6509Universal
21The Hangover Part III$81,47622%103-44$791$112,142,86011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$1,858,696204%5044$37,174$2,845,1152Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$268,09555%5534$4,874$666,0523Magnolia Pictures
3The Spectacular Now$197,415--4--$49,354$197,4151A24
4I'm So Excited$124,487-13%9923$1,257$1,101,7456Sony Pictures Classics
5Still Mine$95,3671%417$2,326$808,9114IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The Attack$93,577-12%440$2,127$1,204,5107Cohen Media Group
7Unfinished Song$85,395-25%68-14$1,256$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
8Hubble 3D$84,4223%13-3$6,494$39,949,935177Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$79,952-46%42-18$1,904$1,572,6904Reliance Entertainment
10The Hunt$75,444-29%477$1,605$383,8114Magnolia Pictures
11Mud$60,814-22%62-11$981$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$54,224-27%58-19$935$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
13The Act of Killing$50,24021%1714$2,955$159,6213Drafthouse Films
14Only God Forgives$48,891-58%45-36$1,086$697,2423RADiUS-TWC
15Girl Most Likely$38,442-80%36-191$1,068$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
16Hannah Arendt$36,48747%150$2,432$487,87110Zeitgeist Films
17Space Station 3D$32,986-5%20$16,493$88,707,092590IMAX
18Fill the Void$27,472-33%33-9$832$1,696,24511Sony Pictures Classics
19To the Arctic 3D$24,0579%12-2$2,005$13,331,66068Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Frances Ha$23,358-27%22-1$1,062$3,974,39212IFC Films
21The Bling Ring$22,993-54%395$590$5,773,3538A24
22Europa Report$22,243--3--$7,414$22,2431Magnolia / Magnet
23Crystal Fairy$19,394-29%201$970$147,3704IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$17,398-23%6-3$2,900$33,386,942234Warner Bros. / IMAX
25When Comedy Went to School$17,001--5--$3,400$26,4991International Film Circuit
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,146-14%13-5$1,165$22,816,604122Warner Bros. / IMAX
27The East$13,395-35%13-7$1,030$2,268,29610Fox Searchlight
28The Canyons$13,351--1--$13,351$13,3511IFC Films
29Stories We Tell$13,029176%173$766$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
30Deep Sea 3D$12,877-48%101$1,288$45,772,334388Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Love Is All You Need$12,24261%134$942$1,572,80214Sony Pictures Classics
32Computer Chess$11,901-36%6-2$1,984$66,4023Kino Lorber
33Drug War$10,01969%43$2,505$19,6472Variance Films / Well Go USA
34Terms and Conditions May Apply$9,457475%64$1,576$26,3954Variance Films
35Kon-Tiki$8,783-36%9-5$976$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
36Pain and Gain$8,756-41%20-15$438$49,786,46215Paramount
37Museum Hours$8,347-46%6-1$1,391$205,5746Cinema Guild
38Rising From Ashes$7,298--3--$2,433$7,2981First Run Features
39A Hijacking$6,488-64%7-12$927$368,5017Magnolia Pictures
40Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$4,794--1--$4,794$7,5001Doppelgänger Releasing
41Copperhead$3,97243%20$1,986$167,2966Brainstorm Media
42Bajatey Raho$3,868-90%440$88$54,2072Eros International
43The Rooftop$3,723-70%5-1$745$85,7553Well Go USA
44Tiny Times$3,575-71%30$1,192$21,4402China Lion Film
45Dirty Wars$3,156-54%8-5$395$365,6049IFC Films
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$2,874-58%6-2$479$90,5165Magnolia Pictures
47Pandora's Promise$2,68732%1-1$2,687$66,6438Abramorama
48More Than Honey$2,395-14%20$1,198$59,0718Kino Lorber
49Free the Mind$2,375-22%2-1$1,188$93,27014International Film Circuit
50Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,188-59%2-2$1,094$146,55016Kino Lorber
51The Wall$1,41978%21$710$24,01910Music Box Films
52Downloaded$1,316--1--$1,316$6,7227Abramorama
53Augustine$1,28819%1-1$1,288$100,14412Music Box Films
54Byzantium$1,138-65%61$190$84,2936IFC Films
55Storm Surfers 3D$728-91%1-3$728$111,28315XLrator Media
56A Band Called Death$710-69%3-3$237$113,7636Drafthouse Films
57No Place on Earth$577-72%2-1$289$199,65918Magnolia Pictures
58Stuck in Love$387-75%10$387$73,2015Millennium Entertainment
59√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$280-35%10$280$15,5659Magnolia Pictures
60Searching For Sugar Man$256-28%1-1$256$3,692,86654Sony Pictures Classics
61Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$145--2--$73$27,0168First Run Features