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. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,637,312--2,933--$8,400$24,637,3121Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,964,164-32%3,32565$5,403$69,697,6492Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,686,832-54%3,2840$4,168$56,001,1382Sony / TriStar
4Planes$13,388,534-40%3,71614$3,603$45,338,4022Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$13,332,955--2,940--$4,535$13,332,9551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,753,723-39%3,08049$2,842$39,282,3812Fox
7Jobs$6,713,900--2,381--$2,820$6,713,9001Open Road
82 Guns$5,806,850-48%2,471-557$2,350$59,456,1953Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,769,626-49%2,349-1518$2,030$57,081,8153Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,518,631-44%2,058-809$2,196$120,551,7874Fox
11Despicable Me 2$3,908,735-34%1,818-577$2,150$346,114,8557Universal
12The Conjuring$3,885,296-41%2,001-649$1,942$127,838,1665Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$3,528,376--2,459--$1,435$3,528,3761Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,708,266-53%1,241-861$1,377$127,393,6966Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,291,183-2%229110$10,005$9,421,7644Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,078,888-54%759-1012$1,421$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Chennai Express$893,457-60%190-6$4,702$4,014,6572UTV Motion Pictures
4The Heat$881,561-55%691-660$1,276$155,473,1938Fox
5The Way, Way Back$737,363-51%457-323$1,613$17,850,6037Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$713,141-54%444-536$1,606$98,389,6086Warner Bros.
7Red 2$686,414-65%715-859$960$50,961,3055Lionsgate / Summit
8Fruitvale Station$520,106-63%477-351$1,090$14,639,6836Weinstein Company
9Man of Steel$512,308-32%365-61$1,404$289,633,84910Warner Bros.
10Monsters University$461,394-33%281-124$1,642$261,134,9989Disney
11World War Z$437,376-33%307-198$1,425$198,303,5099Paramount
12Iron Man 3$314,484441%190119$1,655$408,195,47416Disney
13The Lone Ranger$222,905-23%184-77$1,211$87,707,8767Disney
14R.I.P.D.$219,240-52%203-275$1,080$32,423,5655Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$194,283-33%210-46$925$227,161,81514Paramount
16Now You See Me$152,4736%134-9$1,138$115,998,50012Lionsgate / Summit
17Epic$120,853-25%168-54$719$107,213,62113Fox
18White House Down$98,735-39%107-52$923$72,117,1698Sony / Columbia
19Fast & Furious 6$95,880-35%141-50$680$238,454,14513Universal
20The Croods$74,979-21%114-28$658$186,992,79222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Internship$67,323-33%100-36$673$44,553,01211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$413,35855%5536$7,516$1,075,2853A24
2In a World...$228,110223%3734$6,165$331,6672Roadside Attractions
3Blackfish$190,970-18%9716$1,969$1,383,2265Magnolia Pictures
420 Feet from Stardom$121,064-38%95-17$1,274$4,083,80910RADiUS-TWC
5This Is The End$89,298-24%58-44$1,540$96,677,93210Sony / Columbia
6Hubble 3D$71,878-19%12-1$5,990$40,303,083179Warner Bros. / IMAX
7After Earth$56,208-27%77-32$730$60,522,09712Sony / Columbia
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$46,817-45%88-47$532$144,812,79615Warner Bros.
9The Attack$44,924-49%30-15$1,497$1,451,5579Cohen Media Group
10The Act of Killing$44,25015%293$1,526$312,2405Drafthouse Films
11Austenland$40,662--4--$10,166$40,6621Sony Pictures Classics
12Lovelace$38,285-79%48-70$798$317,4422RADiUS-TWC
13Pain and Gain$38,186210%8667$444$49,847,90317Paramount
14Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$33,232-46%32-45$1,039$32,230,9077Lionsgate / Summit
15Museum Hours$32,93268%162$2,058$280,4588Cinema Guild
16Unfinished Song$31,416-42%43-10$731$1,572,4729Weinstein Company
17Space Station 3D$30,602-12%10$30,602$88,860,667592IMAX
18Still Mine$29,186-50%26-5$1,123$966,1646IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Hunt$27,88821%315$900$500,9846Magnolia Pictures
20When Comedy Went to School$27,832152%137$2,141$81,1483International Film Circuit
21Prince Avalanche$26,888-27%173$1,582$85,1252Magnolia Pictures
22Hannah Arendt$26,64610%172$1,567$576,17112Zeitgeist Films
23Ain't Them Bodies Saints$26,419--3--$8,806$26,4191IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$26,31431%80$3,289$33,493,296236Warner Bros. / IMAX
25I'm So Excited$25,168-51%31-21$812$1,275,6068Sony Pictures Classics
26Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,465-42%36-17$652$4,220,36211Roadside Attractions
27Drug War$21,73162%135$1,672$69,3384Variance Films / Well Go USA
28Cutie and the Boxer$21,098--3--$7,033$21,0981RADiUS-TWC
29Tiny Times 2$20,652--6--$3,442$20,6521China Lion Film
30Before Midnight$19,200-58%23-33$835$7,983,14713Sony Pictures Classics
31Underdogs (2013)$18,722--4--$4,681$18,7221Freestyle Releasing
32To the Arctic 3D$16,470-18%131$1,267$13,420,30070Warner Bros. / IMAX
33You Will Be My Son$15,301--1--$15,301$15,3011Cohen Media Group
34Europa Report$14,814-46%122$1,235$88,9633Magnolia / Magnet
35Mud$13,887-57%28-16$496$21,566,68217Roadside Attractions
36Born to Be Wild 3D$12,34210%11-3$1,122$22,888,978124Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Snake and Mongoose$12,089-40%21$6,045$41,0112Rocky Mountain Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$11,8002%132$908$45,815,688390Warner Bros. / IMAX
39A Hijacking$11,217431%139$863$386,1689Magnolia Pictures
40Fill the Void$11,022-15%201$551$1,742,13713Sony Pictures Classics
41The Artist and the Model$10,052-45%50$2,010$67,7343Cohen Media Group
42Only God Forgives$9,459-36%16-1$591$766,1295RADiUS-TWC
43Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,366--2--$4,683$78,1991Paladin / Film Buff
44Frances Ha$9,103-31%12-3$759$4,018,12314IFC Films
45Love Is All You Need$7,657-18%8-4$957$1,601,39116Sony Pictures Classics
46The Patience Stone$6,987--2--$3,494$9,3611Sony Pictures Classics
47The Bling Ring$5,784-66%18-22$321$5,824,52410A24
48Crystal Fairy$5,44329%177$320$172,5246IFC Films
49The Canyons$5,309-52%95$590$43,4833IFC Films
50I Give It a Year$5,103-6%64$851$13,3752Magnolia Pictures
51The Happy Sad$4,560--2--$2,280$4,5601Miasma Films
52Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,83819%31$1,279$40,1046Variance Films
53Inch'Allah$3,391--1--$3,391$455,1811eOne Films US
54A Band Called Death$3,2881311%2-1$1,644$118,5278Drafthouse Films
55Computer Chess$3,000-47%3-2$1,000$86,2075Kino Lorber
56Stuck in Love$2,779--5--$556$76,1187Millennium Entertainment
57The Wall$2,26078%30$753$29,04312Music Box Films
58Augustine$2,2278%2-1$1,114$104,89014Music Box Films
59Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$2,040-91%2-14$1,020$1,635,5666Reliance Entertainment
60Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$1,764--1--$1,764$2,3331Kino Lorber
61Free the Mind$1,732-65%3-1$577$100,70216International Film Circuit
62Stories We Tell$1,730-72%8-2$216$1,576,71515Roadside Attractions
63Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,453--1--$1,453$34,50520Cinema Guild
64Storm Surfers 3D$1,286-20%20$643$115,09217XLrator Media
65Girl Rising$1,170--7--$167$1,513,49824Gathr Films
66Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,14018%10$1,140$109,50118Kino Lorber
67Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,140-52%2-1$570$368,07825International Film Circuit
68Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,119--1--$1,119$1,1191First Run Features
69Rising From Ashes$1,04820%1-1$1,048$13,4403First Run Features
70More Than Honey$973-66%41$243$66,24210Kino Lorber
71Girl Most Likely$691-91%2-10$346$1,374,6655Roadside Attractions
72Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$591--1--$591$48,04018Rialto Pictures
73Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$584-86%3-2$195$98,1267Magnolia Pictures
74Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$561--1--$561$25,14924Rialto Pictures
75Searching For Sugar Man$282-82%10$282$3,695,90456Sony Pictures Classics
76Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$248-7%10$248$147,31918Kino Lorber
77√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$8774%21$44$16,75811Magnolia Pictures