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. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$29,807,393--3,284--$9,077$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,419,396--3,260--$8,104$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$22,232,291--3,702--$6,005$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,401,054--3,031--$4,751$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$11,249,145-58%3,0283$3,715$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,328,495-47%3,8671$2,412$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,024,404-62%2,867-1057$2,799$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$6,627,356-49%2,650-465$2,501$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,915,650-42%2,395-812$2,470$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,645,565-54%2,102-973$1,734$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,351,120-62%1,771-1214$1,328$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$1,966,274-57%1,351-723$1,455$153,582,2197Fox
13Red 2$1,940,423-65%1,574-1181$1,233$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,345,40726%11969$19,709$6,041,2463Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,220,497--196--$11,329$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,550,226-65%980-823$1,582$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,491,433-45%780-221$1,912$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,406,275-46%828-258$1,698$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
6Man of Steel$750,30761%426122$1,761$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$683,659-51%405-474$1,688$260,171,1758Disney
8World War Z$654,475-64%505-407$1,296$197,458,1078Paramount
9R.I.P.D.$458,915-81%478-1225$960$31,970,1104Universal
10The Lone Ranger$290,661-56%261-292$1,114$87,344,9736Disney
11Star Trek Into Darkness$287,830-40%256-44$1,124$226,801,05613Paramount
1220 Feet from Stardom$194,228-35%112-23$1,734$3,851,5129RADiUS-TWC
13Lovelace$184,536--118--$1,564$184,5361RADiUS-TWC
14White House Down$161,842-68%159-194$1,018$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
15Epic$160,241-29%222-33$722$106,984,45312Fox
16Fast & Furious 6$146,985-36%191-39$770$238,286,64012Universal
17Now You See Me$143,607-53%143-63$1,004$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
18This Is The End$116,816-63%102-66$1,145$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
19The Internship$100,996-42%136-36$743$44,422,69010Fox
20The Croods$95,092-33%142-20$670$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Great Gatsby (2013)$84,474-53%135-93$626$144,710,21314Warner Bros.
22After Earth$77,509-38%109-37$711$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$266,58935%1915$14,031$534,6922A24
2Blackfish$233,103-13%8126$2,878$1,044,5534Magnolia Pictures
3Hubble 3D$88,9785%130$6,844$40,141,035178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Attack$88,049-6%451$1,957$1,365,0608Cohen Media Group
5In a World...$70,541--3--$23,514$70,5411Roadside Attractions
6The To Do List$69,809-89%86-499$812$3,447,3393CBS Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$62,096-75%77-137$806$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
8Still Mine$58,597-39%31-10$1,890$909,3115IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Iron Man 3$58,175-76%71-305$819$407,848,52315Disney
10Unfinished Song$53,963-37%53-15$1,018$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
11I'm So Excited$50,864-59%52-47$978$1,216,1687Sony Pictures Classics
12Before Midnight$46,199-71%56-170$825$7,940,52612Sony Pictures Classics
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$40,501-25%53-5$764$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
14The Act of Killing$38,537-23%269$1,482$239,2594Drafthouse Films
15Prince Avalanche$36,694--14--$2,621$36,6941Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$34,7695%1-1$34,769$88,789,317591IMAX
17Mud$32,344-47%44-18$735$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
18Europa Report$27,22622%107$2,723$58,6302Magnolia / Magnet
19Hannah Arendt$24,138-34%150$1,609$533,71811Zeitgeist Films
20Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$23,195-71%16-26$1,450$1,626,2895Reliance Entertainment
21The Hunt$23,065-69%26-21$887$458,9365Magnolia Pictures
22Snake and Mongoose$20,254--1--$20,254$20,2541Rocky Mountain Pictures
23Under the Sea 3D$20,10516%82$2,513$33,436,902235Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$20,102-16%120$1,675$13,382,19369Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hangover Part III$19,959-76%46-57$434$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
26Museum Hours$19,648135%148$1,403$235,7657Cinema Guild
27The Artist and the Model$18,386--5--$3,677$45,1002Cohen Media Group
28The Bling Ring$16,982-26%401$425$5,806,4609A24
29Only God Forgives$14,760-70%17-28$868$742,0884RADiUS-TWC
30Drug War$13,38234%84$1,673$38,7413Variance Films / Well Go USA
31Frances Ha$13,221-43%15-7$881$4,001,58513IFC Films
32Fill the Void$12,920-53%19-14$680$1,722,97912Sony Pictures Classics
33Pain and Gain$12,30140%19-1$647$49,803,78016Paramount
34Deep Sea 3D$11,578-10%111$1,053$45,793,980389Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$11,177-26%141$798$22,846,662123Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Canyons$11,076-17%43$2,769$31,1622IFC Films
37When Comedy Went to School$11,052-35%61$1,842$47,9602International Film Circuit
38Love Is All You Need$9,328-24%12-1$777$1,589,05515Sony Pictures Classics
39Girl Most Likely$7,808-80%12-24$651$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
40Stories We Tell$6,088-53%10-7$609$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
41Computer Chess$5,705-52%5-1$1,141$79,6174Kino Lorber
42I Give It a Year$5,436--2--$2,718$5,4361Magnolia Pictures
43Free the Mind$4,900106%42$1,225$98,16915International Film Circuit
44Crystal Fairy$4,227-78%10-10$423$164,2875IFC Films
45M (2013 re-issue)$4,199--2--$2,100$33,64822Kino Lorber
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4,15845%5-1$832$96,3986Magnolia Pictures
47Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,225-66%2-4$1,613$35,5375Variance Films
48Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$3,050-36%10$3,050$13,6722Doppelgänger Releasing
49More Than Honey$2,85219%31$951$64,0339Kino Lorber
50Hava Nagila (The Movie)$2,363--3--$788$364,73924International Film Circuit
51Copperhead$2,239-44%1-1$2,239$171,7407Brainstorm Media
52A Hijacking$2,114-67%4-3$529$373,4168Magnolia Pictures
53Augustine$2,05459%32$685$102,19813Music Box Films
54Storm Surfers 3D$1,614122%21$807$113,41416XLrator Media
55Searching For Sugar Man$1,568513%10$1,568$3,694,80855Sony Pictures Classics
56The Wall$1,268-11%31$423$25,95011Music Box Films
57Post Tenebras Lux$1,223--2--$612$38,91115Strand Releasing
58Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$966--1--$966$107,06617Kino Lorber
59In the Fog$935--2--$468$11,6549Strand Releasing
60Rising From Ashes$874-88%2-1$437$11,4222First Run Features
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$267-88%1-1$267$146,81717Kino Lorber
62A Band Called Death$233-67%30$78$114,8357Drafthouse Films
63You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$193--2--$97$16,10610Kino Lorber
64√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$50-82%10$50$16,67110Magnolia Pictures
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$32-78%1-1$32$27,1569First Run Features