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. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,503,812-33%3,110177$5,307$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,047,119-27%3,445120$3,787$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,336,957--3,118--$2,995$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,811,790--1,551--$5,681$8,811,7901Focus
5Planes$8,575,214-36%3,378-338$2,539$59,599,9093Disney
6You're Next$7,020,196--2,437--$2,881$7,020,1961Lionsgate
7Elysium$6,926,280-49%2,913-371$2,378$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,274,716-40%2,730-350$1,932$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$4,373,310-67%2,9455$1,485$22,526,4452Universal
10Blue Jasmine$3,972,68773%1,2831054$3,096$14,471,4895Sony Pictures Classics
112 Guns$3,359,825-42%1,841-630$1,825$65,353,9954Universal
12Jobs$2,866,014-57%2,3810$1,204$12,009,3012Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,764,252-42%1,852-497$1,493$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,600,715-33%1,402-416$1,855$350,701,1358Universal
15The Wolverine$2,483,787-45%1,449-609$1,714$125,079,4635Fox
16The Conjuring$2,058,284-47%1,355-646$1,519$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,313,251-63%2,4590$534$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$900,617-47%620-621$1,453$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$643,442-40%470-289$1,369$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$619,23450%15499$4,021$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$544,888-38%409-282$1,332$156,392,7669Fox
5The Way, Way Back$407,154-45%302-155$1,348$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$402,621-44%260-184$1,549$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$391,041-15%243-38$1,609$261,811,23210Disney
8Chennai Express$387,902-57%144-46$2,694$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
9Man of Steel$353,846-31%303-62$1,168$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
10Red 2$346,236-50%389-326$890$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11Now You See Me$336,923121%246112$1,370$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
12World War Z$314,920-28%239-68$1,318$198,854,94110Paramount
13Fruitvale Station$276,172-47%392-85$705$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
14White House Down$265,751169%229122$1,160$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
15Iron Man 3$217,321-31%173-17$1,256$408,569,26317Disney
16R.I.P.D.$206,745-6%179-24$1,155$32,731,4956Universal
17The Lone Ranger$187,784-16%141-43$1,332$87,989,6928Disney
18Star Trek Into Darkness$106,356-45%144-66$739$227,377,84415Paramount
19Epic$77,264-36%115-53$672$107,356,60514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$283,99424%7538$3,787$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2Blackfish$134,209-30%992$1,356$1,638,4116Magnolia Pictures
3The Grandmaster$132,617--7--$18,945$132,6171Weinstein Company
4Austenland$111,322174%2218$5,060$170,8152Sony Pictures Classics
520 Feet from Stardom$85,998-29%70-25$1,229$4,245,28611RADiUS-TWC
6Ain't Them Bodies Saints$65,175147%2825$2,328$106,0962IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$59,167-18%131$4,551$40,428,995180Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Short Term 12$56,206--4--$14,052$56,2061Cinedigm
9Fast & Furious 6$52,435-45%98-43$535$238,550,31014Universal
10This Is The End$45,696-49%38-20$1,203$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
11The Croods$40,130-46%69-45$582$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Attack$29,509-34%17-13$1,736$1,504,48710Cohen Media Group
13Cutie and the Boxer$28,65836%129$2,388$61,0562RADiUS-TWC
14The Internship$25,887-62%47-53$551$44,615,73212Fox
15The Hunt$22,334-20%30-1$744$540,9307Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$22,139-28%10$22,139$88,916,587593IMAX
17Museum Hours$21,646-34%11-5$1,968$325,7919Cinema Guild
18Therese (2013)$20,050--6--$3,342$20,0501MPI Pictures
19Drinking Buddies$19,505--2--$9,753$19,5051Magnolia Pictures
20Hannah Arendt$19,237-28%14-3$1,374$613,31013Zeitgeist Films
21You Will Be My Son$18,97324%65$3,162$44,6572Cohen Media Group
22Before Midnight$18,453-4%4926$377$8,016,06414Sony Pictures Classics
23Unfinished Song$17,461-44%27-16$647$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
24Una Noche$17,194--3--$5,731$17,1941IFC Films
25Prince Avalanche$16,558-38%181$920$118,2783Magnolia Pictures
26Under the Sea 3D$15,939-39%6-2$2,657$33,532,113237Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Savannah$15,599--14--$1,114$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
28When Comedy Went to School$14,524-48%130$1,117$108,4244International Film Circuit
29I'm So Excited$13,060-48%22-9$594$1,306,3929Sony Pictures Classics
30The Act of Killing$12,787-71%15-14$852$354,2426Drafthouse Films
31Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,724-46%27-9$471$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
32To the Arctic 3D$11,393-31%11-2$1,036$13,447,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Born to Be Wild 3D$10,144-18%110$922$22,911,465125Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Drug War$10,094-54%11-2$918$93,2465Variance Films / Well Go USA
35Still Mine$8,774-70%14-12$627$988,8267IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Europa Report$8,587-42%10-2$859$108,9814Magnolia / Magnet
37Mud$7,896-43%16-12$494$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,151-39%9-4$795$45,830,718391Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Frances Ha$6,377-30%8-4$797$4,037,62715IFC Films
40The Patience Stone$6,232-11%42$1,558$19,8622Sony Pictures Classics
41Underdogs (2013)$5,371-71%2-2$2,686$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
42Tiny Times 2$5,259-75%5-1$1,052$36,7592China Lion Film
43Lovelace$4,234-89%6-42$706$344,7033RADiUS-TWC
44Free the Mind$4,214143%41$1,054$107,26317International Film Circuit
45A Hijacking$4,133-63%6-7$689$395,57210Magnolia Pictures
46Rising From Ashes$4,084290%32$1,361$18,3014First Run Features
47Stories We Tell$3,482101%6-2$580$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
48Girl Rising$3,460196%1-6$3,460$1,526,48825Gathr Films
49The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,426--1--$3,426$21,3665Rialto Pictures
50I Give It a Year$3,129-39%4-2$782$19,8103Magnolia Pictures
51The Trials of Muhammad Ali$2,980--1--$2,980$2,9801Kino Lorber
52Crystal Fairy$2,807-48%13-4$216$179,9647IFC Films
53The Artist and the Model$2,764-73%3-2$921$78,1744Cohen Media Group
54Only God Forgives$2,647-72%3-13$882$775,3286RADiUS-TWC
55The Bling Ring$2,519-56%7-11$360$5,831,56511A24
56Fill the Void$2,392-78%10-10$239$1,752,83814Sony Pictures Classics
57Pain and Gain$2,202-94%22-64$100$49,874,93318Paramount
58Paradise: Faith$2,179--3--$726$2,1791Strand Releasing
59Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$2,067--3--$689$16,9564Doppelgänger Releasing
60Computer Chess$2,065-31%2-1$1,033$90,6196Kino Lorber
61Storm Surfers 3D$1,84243%20$921$117,09018XLrator Media
62Love Is All You Need$1,664-78%3-5$555$1,608,56217Sony Pictures Classics
63Inch'Allah$1,632-52%21$816$457,8852eOne Films US
64The Canyons$1,581-70%3-6$527$49,4944IFC Films
65Stuck in Love$1,473-47%3-2$491$78,9508Millennium Entertainment
66The Wall$1,245-45%2-1$623$33,45413Music Box Films
67Downloaded$1,144--1--$1,144$8,27810Abramorama
68Girl Most Likely$93435%1-1$934$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions
69A Band Called Death$899-73%1-1$899$122,4109Drafthouse Films
70Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$86448%30$288$101,1818Magnolia Pictures
71The Happy Sad$779-83%20$390$7,7422Miasma Films
72√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$625618%53$125$17,46312Magnolia Pictures
73Augustine$615-72%20$308$105,68915Music Box Films
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$567129%21$284$147,98619Kino Lorber
75More Than Honey$296-70%1-3$296$66,72811Kino Lorber
76Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$201-89%10$201$3,0782Kino Lorber