'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, Sep. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,401,729-44%3,3300$2,523$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,695,027-39%3,4450$2,234$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,046,455-74%2,7350$1,480$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,141,332-51%2,241-298$1,402$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,425,539-46%2,045-348$1,186$59,773,3055Fox
8Blue Jasmine$2,347,694-41%1,069-110$2,196$25,108,5807Sony Pictures Classics
9The World's End$2,314,494-54%1,520-33$1,523$21,784,1113Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,207,000-60%2,519-599$876$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,191,484-51%2,1355$1,026$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$1,901,8251753%2,1612127$880$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,584,541-61%1,902-535$833$16,907,0323Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,459,505-47%1,050-234$1,390$357,558,31510Universal
152 Guns$1,409,635-47%1,165-246$1,210$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$8,149,2894%717369$11,366$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,030,576-58%80455$1,282$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$938,153-62%8700$1,078$5,023,6672Focus
4The Smurfs 2$902,227-54%949-417$951$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$748,594-56%698-290$1,072$129,411,1337Fox
6The Conjuring$722,327-49%716-187$1,009$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$682,221-39%41530$1,644$4,775,7366A24
8The Ultimate Life$659,912--412--$1,602$659,9121High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$635,525-67%662-984$960$28,094,5604Universal
10The Way, Way Back$459,205-38%550-104$835$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$452,119-71%596-1293$759$264,989,13612Disney
12World War Z$438,482-65%374-873$1,172$201,359,01912Paramount
13Turbo$429,027-43%358-80$1,198$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Jobs$409,016-66%502-800$815$15,524,1284Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$374,699-53%355-116$1,055$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$364,680-46%350-43$1,042$157,896,66611Fox
17Pacific Rim$345,796-56%307-94$1,126$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
18In a World...$280,775-16%10211$2,753$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$194,032-49%205-34$946$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20The Lone Ranger$193,857-52%231-23$839$88,818,15810Disney
21Red 2$163,584-55%250-11$654$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
23Man of Steel$120,814-58%201-83$601$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
24White House Down$116,547-52%168-38$694$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
25Fruitvale Station$107,444-44%188-106$572$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
26Iron Man 3$79,236-58%124-36$639$408,992,27219Disney
27Star Trek Into Darkness$59,751-92%106-852$564$228,756,23217Paramount
28Paranoia$57,603-67%178-214$324$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Austenland$168,091-12%586$2,898$732,2784Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$119,806--57--$2,102$119,8061Exclusive Media
3Satyagraha$102,986-75%79-4$1,304$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
4Short Term 12$93,5322%2610$3,597$319,2083Cinedigm
5Salinger$86,956--4--$21,739$86,9561Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$66,095-72%53-40$1,247$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
7Winnie Mandela$61,847--32--$1,933$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
8Afternoon Delight$56,377106%2523$2,255$94,9582The Film Arcade
920 Feet from Stardom$52,293-37%53-5$987$4,488,66513RADiUS-TWC
10Blackfish$42,808-53%60-22$713$1,929,7618Magnolia Pictures
11Drinking Buddies$42,110-7%186$2,339$143,8343Magnolia Pictures
12Ain't Them Bodies Saints$39,119-41%443$889$289,2544IFC Films
13The Attack$35,591-38%16-1$2,224$1,625,70712Cohen Media Group
15Hubble 3D$29,302-57%132$2,254$40,620,839182Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Still Mine$20,86539%205$1,043$1,042,4149IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Internship$16,59317%17-3$976$44,665,96314Fox
18Passion$16,226-52%13-1$1,248$71,8462eOne Films US
19Populaire$15,690--3--$5,230$15,6901Weinstein Company
20The Croods$14,363-70%26-19$552$187,150,63825Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Space Station 3D$13,122-28%30$4,374$88,958,458595IMAX
22Museum Hours$11,899-45%13-1$915$392,14711Cinema Guild
23Therese (2013)$11,521-45%5-3$2,304$101,9443MPI Pictures
24Unfinished Song$11,23578%214$535$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
25The Hunt$11,2272%110$1,021$585,3669Magnolia Pictures
26Una Noche$10,554-33%61$1,759$65,2333IFC Films
27Before Midnight$10,450-35%16-2$653$8,067,72516Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$10,137-37%9-3$1,126$148,4176International Film Circuit
29Hannah Arendt$9,9055%80$1,238$650,32915Zeitgeist Films
30The Patience Stone$8,80968%116$801$77,7264Sony Pictures Classics
31I'm So Excited$8,3485%8-3$1,044$1,337,54411Sony Pictures Classics
32Contempt (2013 re-issue)$8,322--1--$8,322$8,3221Rialto Pictures
33Prince Avalanche$8,198-46%14-9$586$163,7275Magnolia Pictures
34To the Arctic 3D$7,832-53%11-2$712$13,512,42373Warner Bros. / IMAX
35You Will Be My Son$7,406-74%4-2$1,852$96,2074Cohen Media Group
36Born to Be Wild 3D$7,295-59%101$730$22,953,198127Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,254126%196$382$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,244-39%8-1$906$45,861,867393Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Under the Sea 3D$7,188-59%103$719$33,590,407239Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Good Ol' Freda$6,798--1--$6,798$6,7981Magnolia Pictures
41Love Is All You Need$6,34443%63$1,057$1,622,26619Sony Pictures Classics
42Cutie and the Boxer$6,268-73%7-5$895$124,3874RADiUS-TWC
43Stories We Tell$5,271457%95$586$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
44Red Obsession$5,060--2--$2,530$5,0601Area23a / FilmBuff
45Hell Baby$4,980--10--$498$4,9801Millennium Entertainment
46The Act of Killing$4,894-50%13-2$376$391,5328Drafthouse Films
47Fire in the Blood$4,856--1--$4,856$4,8561International Film Circuit
48Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$4,230--3--$1,410$40,21023Cinema Guild
49Frances Ha$4,067-50%51$813$4,063,23817IFC Films
50Europa Report$3,473143%63$579$118,6006Magnolia / Magnet
51Touchy Feely$3,447--2--$1,724$3,4471Magnolia Pictures
52I Give It a Year$3,30175%40$825$27,9205Magnolia Pictures
53Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,98329%31$994$33,42813First Run Features
54Savannah$2,9462%50$589$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
55Fill the Void$2,754-11%6-1$459$1,764,29616Sony Pictures Classics
56The Bling Ring$2,72446%60$454$5,841,04613A24
57Il Futuro$2,583--1--$2,583$2,5831Strand Releasing
58Our Nixon$2,566-58%2-1$1,283$11,8422Cinedigm
59Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,344--1--$2,344$2,3441Area23a
60A Hijacking$1,980-43%3-2$660$404,40912Magnolia Pictures
61La Maison de la Radio$1,410--1--$1,410$2,4481Kino Lorber
62Crystal Fairy$1,324-51%7-2$189$190,7049IFC Films
63The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,322-82%1-1$1,322$36,6687Rialto Pictures
64Rising From Ashes$1,033--2--$517$21,9466First Run Features
65Leviathan (2013)$976--2--$488$73,79228Cinema Guild
66Mud$931-57%4-2$233$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$828-8%31$276$5,9593Strand Releasing
68Girl Most Likely$79652%21$398$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
69√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$674296%54$135$20,41414Magnolia Pictures
70I Declare War$646-93%3-11$215$13,5802Drafthouse Films
71More Than Honey$614169%21$307$69,14313Kino Lorber
72Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$570--2--$285$2,2294First Run Features
73Underdogs (2013)$503-78%10$503$34,8104Freestyle Releasing
74Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4561371%32$152$102,18210Magnolia Pictures
75The Citizen$368--1--$368$3681Monterey Media
76You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$355--1--$355$17,05814Kino Lorber
77Computer Chess$295-47%10$295$93,0288Kino Lorber
78Free the Mind$279-94%2-2$140$119,66019International Film Circuit
79Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$226--1--$226$111,79421Kino Lorber
80The Trials of Muhammad Ali$136-93%10$136$8,8983Kino Lorber
81Approaching Midnight$91-92%1-5$91$1,8682Monterey Media
82A Band Called Death$65-87%1-1$65$123,98511Drafthouse Films