'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. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

1One Direction: This Is Us$15,815,497--2,735--$5,783$15,815,4971Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,878,286-10%3,330220$4,468$74,143,3923Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,715,243-3%3,4450$3,691$109,667,1614Warner Bros. / New Line
5Elysium$6,438,868-7%2,539-374$2,536$78,542,5974Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,475,416-41%3,1180$1,756$22,929,6002Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$5,036,312-43%1,5532$3,243$16,845,5462Focus
8Getaway$4,503,892--2,130--$2,115$4,503,8921Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,481,327-15%2,393-337$1,873$55,021,3464Fox
10You're Next$4,091,822-42%2,4370$1,679$13,431,5302Lionsgate
11Blue Jasmine$3,986,5680%1,179-104$3,381$20,453,0366Sony Pictures Classics
12Despicable Me 2$2,760,4606%1,284-118$2,150$354,699,2509Universal
132 Guns$2,638,570-21%1,411-430$1,870$69,348,4755Universal
14Kick-Ass 2$1,950,525-55%1,646-1299$1,185$26,479,5703Universal
15The Smurfs 2$1,948,376-30%1,366-486$1,426$66,102,6125Sony / Columbia
16Monsters University$1,566,639301%1,8891646$829$263,568,95311Disney
17World War Z$1,262,720301%1,2471008$1,013$200,286,55111Paramount
18Jobs$1,203,026-58%1,302-1079$924$14,467,3463Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$7,846,426--348--$22,547$7,846,4261Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$2,477,7921768%749742$3,308$2,673,8362Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$2,464,931--870--$2,833$2,976,7771Focus
4The Wolverine$1,713,346-31%988-461$1,734$127,822,2286Fox
5The Conjuring$1,423,322-31%903-452$1,576$133,896,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,127,17182%385231$2,928$3,469,4505A24
7Grown Ups 2$795,748-12%471-149$1,689$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
8Pacific Rim$789,39696%401141$1,969$100,166,4478Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$784,350637%958814$819$228,225,16016Paramount
10Turbo$755,40117%438-32$1,725$79,802,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Way, Way Back$744,07483%654352$1,138$19,564,6479Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$679,84925%393-16$1,730$157,305,50610Fox
13The Lone Ranger$403,991115%254113$1,591$88,470,8949Disney
14Now You See Me$383,47014%239-7$1,604$116,981,31514Lionsgate / Summit
15Red 2$367,0146%261-128$1,406$52,113,1107Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$290,194-18%284-19$1,022$290,650,27612Warner Bros.
17White House Down$243,087-9%206-23$1,180$72,772,84910Sony / Columbia
19Fruitvale Station$192,492-30%294-98$655$15,525,6648Weinstein Company
20Iron Man 3$190,470-12%160-13$1,190$408,834,39318Disney
21Paranoia$174,338-87%392-2067$445$7,035,8023Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Satyagraha$412,148--83--$4,966$412,1481UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$332,59217%9116$3,655$1,196,0624Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$231,990-40%93-51$2,495$5,066,7854UTV Motion Pictures
4Austenland$190,77671%5230$3,669$420,1433Sony Pictures Classics
5This Is The End$102,642125%34-4$3,019$96,907,99612Sony / Columbia
6Fast & Furious 6$92,33576%59-39$1,565$238,664,22515Universal
7Short Term 12$91,96964%1612$5,748$168,4322Cinedigm
8Blackfish$91,556-32%82-17$1,117$1,811,0647Magnolia Pictures
920 Feet from Stardom$83,009-3%58-12$1,431$4,376,72012RADiUS-TWC
10Hubble 3D$68,43716%11-2$6,222$40,550,566181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ain't Them Bodies Saints$66,0821%4113$1,612$207,0363IFC Films
12The Attack$57,56295%170$3,386$1,580,78711Cohen Media Group
14The Croods$47,65619%45-24$1,059$187,116,89824Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Drinking Buddies$45,439133%1210$3,787$74,4862Magnolia Pictures
16Passion$33,545--14--$2,396$33,5451eOne Films US
17You Will Be My Son$28,35049%60$4,725$83,1893Cohen Media Group
18Afternoon Delight$27,352--2--$13,676$27,3521The Film Arcade
19Cutie and the Boxer$23,518-18%120$1,960$101,3343RADiUS-TWC
20Museum Hours$21,7340%143$1,552$357,80710Cinema Guild
21Therese (2013)$20,7984%82$2,600$52,1522MPI Pictures
22Space Station 3D$18,265-17%32$6,088$88,927,248594IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$17,73275%9-2$1,970$22,939,445126Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$17,67311%71$2,525$33,570,396238Warner Bros. / IMAX
25To the Arctic 3D$16,52145%132$1,271$13,494,91972Warner Bros. / IMAX
26When Comedy Went to School$16,12111%12-1$1,343$131,1645International Film Circuit
27Before Midnight$16,036-13%18-31$891$8,046,45015Sony Pictures Classics
28Una Noche$15,671-9%52$3,134$42,9402IFC Films
29Prince Avalanche$15,306-8%235$665$143,3264Magnolia Pictures
30Still Mine$15,00171%151$1,000$1,011,9718IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31The Internship$14,129-45%20-27$706$44,641,14313Fox
32The Artist and the Model$13,454387%96$1,495$93,0605Cohen Media Group
33Deep Sea 3D$11,97067%90$1,330$45,849,344392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Hunt$11,005-51%11-19$1,000$565,0458Magnolia Pictures
35The Act of Killing$9,732-24%150$649$375,8767Drafthouse Films
36Hannah Arendt$9,441-51%8-6$1,180$633,14214Zeitgeist Films
37I Declare War$8,634--14--$617$8,6341Drafthouse Films
38Frances Ha$8,05426%4-4$2,014$4,051,55616IFC Films
39Drug War$8,015-21%7-4$1,145$108,5346Variance Films / Well Go USA
40I'm So Excited$7,939-39%11-11$722$1,325,27710Sony Pictures Classics
41The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,270112%21$3,635$31,2896Rialto Pictures
42Unfinished Song$6,323-64%17-10$372$1,628,20911Weinstein Company
43Our Nixon$6,090--3--$2,030$6,0901Cinedigm
44The Patience Stone$5,233-16%51$1,047$64,8953Sony Pictures Classics
45Free the Mind$4,5869%40$1,147$114,97218International Film Circuit
46Love Is All You Need$4,422166%30$1,474$1,613,40418Sony Pictures Classics
48A Hijacking$3,448-17%5-1$690$400,88911Magnolia Pictures
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,216-75%13-14$247$4,265,42213Roadside Attractions
50Fill the Void$3,07929%7-3$440$1,760,27415Sony Pictures Classics
51Savannah$2,883-82%5-9$577$24,5332Ketchup Entertainment
52Crystal Fairy$2,718-3%9-4$302$186,9588IFC Films
53Only God Forgives$2,6841%30$895$775,8497RADiUS-TWC
54Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,321--2--$1,161$29,47712First Run Features
55Underdogs (2013)$2,304-57%1-1$2,304$32,9123Freestyle Releasing
56Mud$2,142-73%6-10$357$21,587,40419Roadside Attractions
57The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,984-33%10$1,984$7,1042Kino Lorber
58I Give It a Year$1,890-40%40$473$23,6344Magnolia Pictures
59The Bling Ring$1,871-26%6-1$312$5,836,64812A24
60Inch'Allah$1,6612%20$831$460,3843eOne Films US
61American Made Movie$1,613--2--$807$35,8211Variance Films
62The Silence$1,611--1--$1,611$96,86226Music Box Films
63The Last Flight of the Champion$1,493--15--$100$1,4931High Top Releasing
64Europa Report$1,429-83%3-7$476$114,3595Magnolia / Magnet
65Approaching Midnight$1,119--6--$187$1,1191Monterey Media
66Stories We Tell$946-73%4-2$237$1,585,83617Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$896-59%2-1$448$4,4162Strand Releasing
68An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$714--1--$714$67,85819Variance Films
69Computer Chess$552-73%1-1$552$92,6137Kino Lorber
70Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$527-75%2-1$264$18,6585Doppelgänger Releasing
71Girl Most Likely$524-44%10$524$1,377,5397Roadside Attractions
72A Band Called Death$499-44%21$250$123,74410Drafthouse Films
73100 Bloody Acres$262--1--$262$6,23410Doppelgänger Releasing
74More Than Honey$228-23%10$228$68,08112Kino Lorber
75Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-73%1-4$170$19,23213Magnolia Pictures
76Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$31-96%1-2$31$101,5579Magnolia Pictures