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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$40,272,103--3,049--$13,208$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,034,764--3,091--$4,541$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$6,841,800-64%3,11710$2,195$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,544,621-34%3,239-91$1,712$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,404,385-30%3,238-207$1,669$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$3,111,194-25%2,739-294$1,136$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,470,182-39%2,300-435$1,074$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,106,459-33%1,720-521$1,225$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,883,148-22%1,638-407$1,150$62,093,5876Fox
10The World's End$1,308,241-43%1,243-277$1,052$23,972,8574Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,282,655-12%1,006-44$1,275$359,113,97511Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,128,079-49%1,576-943$716$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$792,857-58%1,333-828$595$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$688,132-69%1,378-757$499$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$561,848-65%1,110-792$506$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$4,862,712-40%933216$5,212$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,614,970-31%993-76$1,626$27,701,5248Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$871,680-38%908-257$960$73,450,0807Universal
4The Spectacular Now$704,9503%770355$916$5,737,7207A24
5The Smurfs 2$631,049-30%693-256$911$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
6The Conjuring$599,296-17%676-40$887$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$565,194-24%540-158$1,047$130,226,0588Fox
8The Grandmaster$482,613-53%705-99$685$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
9Turbo$430,5970%353-5$1,220$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$363,260-20%382-214$951$265,455,31413Disney
11Austenland$328,18595%274216$1,198$1,135,6215Sony Pictures Classics
12World War Z$316,843-28%280-94$1,132$201,835,67613Paramount
13Grown Ups 2$293,268-22%294-61$998$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
14The Way, Way Back$290,246-37%421-129$689$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
15In a World...$288,6863%14442$2,005$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$283,131-22%336-14$843$158,298,26312Fox
17Kick-Ass 2$250,480-61%343-319$730$28,556,8805Universal
18The Ultimate Life$241,597-63%4120$586$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
19Pacific Rim$227,525-34%254-53$896$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
20Closed Circuit$216,546-77%413-457$524$5,595,2463Focus
21Jobs$193,026-53%239-263$808$15,883,0525Open Road
22The Lone Ranger$130,944-32%196-35$668$89,008,02711Disney
23Red 2$128,906-21%209-41$617$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
24R.I.P.D.$128,735-20%164-17$785$33,455,8559Universal
25Now You See Me$126,719-35%171-34$741$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
26Fruitvale Station$75,709-30%137-51$553$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
27White House Down$68,425-41%117-51$585$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grand Masti$223,222--64--$3,488$223,2221Eros International
2Short Term 12$155,21066%6337$2,464$511,6344Cinedigm
3The Investigator$93,690--11--$8,517$93,6901Gabriel's Messenger Films
4Adore$63,872-47%52-5$1,228$247,7392Exclusive Media
5Man of Steel$61,017-49%91-110$671$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
6Drinking Buddies$54,13629%2911$1,867$218,3994Magnolia Pictures
7Salinger$43,956-49%40$10,989$157,6732Weinstein Company
8Wadjda$41,253--3--$13,751$116,9201Sony Pictures Classics
9Populaire$38,126143%1512$2,542$61,3532Weinstein Company
10Paranoia$37,106-36%71-107$523$7,254,8815Relativity Media
11Afternoon Delight$33,810-40%3914$867$152,4633The Film Arcade
12Blackfish$32,802-23%44-16$746$1,989,5449Magnolia Pictures
13Chennai Express$30,148-54%30-23$1,005$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
14Ain't Them Bodies Saints$30,019-23%39-5$770$338,7135IFC Films
15Hubble 3D$29,8272%130$2,294$40,676,166183Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Attack$28,388-20%14-2$2,028$1,668,07213Cohen Media Group
17Still Mine$24,59318%233$1,069$1,078,46610IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18Satyagraha$23,851-77%35-44$681$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
19The Act of Killing$22,468359%196$1,183$419,9399Drafthouse Films
20Museum Hours$20,51972%185$1,140$421,22512Cinema Guild
21Epic$15,483-55%31-25$499$107,515,29717Fox
22You Will Be My Son$14,68398%62$2,447$117,4565Cohen Media Group
23Good Ol' Freda$14,627115%76$2,090$22,9572Magnolia Pictures
24Mademoiselle C$14,284--6--$2,381$17,1471Cohen Media Group
25Blue Caprice$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001IFC Films
26Space Station 3D$13,3212%30$4,440$88,986,219596IMAX
27Snake and Mongoose$12,785--6--$2,131$108,3336Rocky Mountain Pictures
28The Croods$11,900-17%20-6$595$187,165,54626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$10,662--3--$3,554$10,6621Icarus Films
30Before Midnight$10,6162%215$506$8,084,23217Sony Pictures Classics
31Jayne Mansfield's Car$9,320--11--$847$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
32Touchy Feely$8,866157%53$1,773$19,6912Magnolia Pictures
33The Patience Stone$8,632-2%7-4$1,233$90,2945Sony Pictures Classics
34Renoir$8,036--3--$2,679$2,282,61825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Unfinished Song$7,868-30%17-4$463$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
36And While We Were Here$7,750--19--$408$7,7501Well Go USA
37Deep Sea 3D$7,4072%80$926$45,872,164394Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Contempt (2013 re-issue)$7,397-11%10$7,397$20,6812Rialto Pictures
39To the Arctic 3D$7,266-7%121$606$13,523,15974Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Hannah Arendt$6,853-31%5-3$1,371$662,37716Zeitgeist Films
41I'm So Excited$6,458-23%91$718$1,351,39912Sony Pictures Classics
42Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,409-12%14-5$458$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
43Prince Avalanche$6,377-22%12-2$531$175,0866Magnolia Pictures
44The Hunt$6,248-44%10-1$625$596,84910Magnolia Pictures
45Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,157--1--$6,157$6,1571Fine Line Media
46Passion$6,092-62%12-1$508$85,7263eOne Films US
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,483-25%9-1$609$22,960,384128Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$5,406-25%8-2$676$33,599,080240Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Una Noche$5,303-50%5-1$1,061$77,1114IFC Films
50Rising From Ashes$4,654351%53$931$26,6007First Run Features
51I Give It a Year$3,5096%51$702$32,5146Magnolia Pictures
52Savannah$3,1096%61$518$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
53Informant$2,947--2--$1,474$2,9471Music Box Films
54Plush$2,843--10--$284$2,8431IM Global / Blumhouse
55The Last Time I Saw Macao$2,838--1--$2,838$2,8381Cinema Guild
56The Wall$2,786--2--$1,393$37,22916Music Box Films
57Red Obsession$2,593-49%31$864$9,9392Area23a / FilmBuff
58Our Nixon$2,548-1%42$637$15,7313Cinedigm
59Il Futuro$2,510-3%32$837$7,0562Strand Releasing
60Love Is All You Need$2,430-62%5-1$486$1,627,87420Sony Pictures Classics
61When Comedy Went to School$2,411-76%4-5$603$153,2417International Film Circuit
62Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,231-5%10$2,231$16,0502Area23a
63More Than Honey$2,100242%20$1,050$71,49714Kino Lorber
64A Hijacking$1,869-6%30$623$409,24813Magnolia Pictures
65Viola$1,690--1--$1,690$17,16110Cinema Guild
66A Band Called Death$1,5692314%21$785$125,85612Drafthouse Films
67Fire in the Blood$1,538-68%32$513$7,9432International Film Circuit
68La Maison de la Radio$1,291-8%10$1,291$4,6592Kino Lorber
69The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,078693%10$1,078$10,1944Kino Lorber
70Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$1,063--1--$1,063$149,94022Kino Lorber
71Europa Report$1,002-71%4-2$251$120,7837Magnolia / Magnet
72Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$954109%30$318$103,43811Magnolia Pictures
73Computer Chess$812175%21$406$94,1169Kino Lorber
74Augustine$742--3--$247$107,11418Music Box Films
75Leviathan (2013)$413-58%1-1$413$74,53229Cinema Guild
76Stories We Tell$296-94%4-5$74$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions
77Approaching Midnight$252177%10$252$2,1203Monterey Media
78I Declare War$226-65%1-2$226$14,3883Drafthouse Films
79Underdogs (2013)$190-62%10$190$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$175-74%2-3$88$20,97615Magnolia Pictures
81Fill the Void$136-95%2-4$68$1,768,31517Sony Pictures Classics
82You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$94-74%21$47$17,68515Kino Lorber