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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$55,785,112--3,575--$15,604$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$20,950,192-38%4,0010$5,236$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,706,712--3,026--$2,547$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$5,748,464-47%3,236-54$1,776$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,477,525-55%2,30811$1,940$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$4,155,261-52%2,4220$1,716$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,075,011-55%2,0303$2,007$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,899,566-40%2,607-513$1,496$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,605,475-43%1,606-799$1,000$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,531,825-59%2,023-871$757$34,637,7284Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,227,395-49%1,563-499$785$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$2,467,168--387--$6,375$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,192,6424%437210$5,017$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,842,297-47%858-90$2,147$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$998,145--511--$1,953$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$697,763-56%589284$1,185$2,738,9782Picturehouse
6Riddick$540,650-66%795-1031$680$41,199,5705Universal
7Battle of the Year$540,397-73%907-1101$596$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$485,010-39%485-263$1,000$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$430,081-46%513-494$838$65,985,4719Fox
10Monsters University$421,057166%25072$1,684$266,530,36616Disney
11Grown Ups 2$384,105-30%335-55$1,147$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
12Besharam$364,962--217--$1,682$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
13Blue Jasmine$348,197-44%289-239$1,205$31,284,98211Sony Pictures Classics
14Parkland$310,246--257--$1,207$310,2461Exclusive Media
15Planes$258,155-66%376-1050$687$88,135,4709Disney
16Turbo$205,233-18%222-60$924$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$181,559-33%241-88$753$131,590,01711Fox
18Elysium$168,663-66%222-340$760$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
19The Wizard of Oz 3D$159,246-71%246-59$647$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
20Red 2$148,922131%20393$734$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
212 Guns$130,050-55%200-203$650$75,247,56510Universal
22The Heat$121,818-33%182-69$669$159,137,89415Fox
23The Conjuring$118,885-41%202-136$589$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Smurfs 2$111,402-56%156-197$714$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
25The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$67,633-65%146-183$463$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
26The World's End$63,197-67%131-150$482$25,838,5787Focus
27The Way, Way Back$33,540-63%131-27$256$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Face Reader$159,720--19--$8,406$159,7201Pan Media & Entertainment
2Inequality for All$139,351-1%4113$3,399$339,0762RADiUS-TWC
3Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
4Wadjda$120,07863%4428$2,729$460,5444Sony Pictures Classics
5Linsanity$99,462--9--$11,051$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
6Pacific Rim$63,440-43%92-48$690$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
7In a World...$57,663-49%78-43$739$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
8Austenland$54,228-43%65-42$834$1,833,6698Sony Pictures Classics
9This Is The End$48,496-60%97-108$500$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
10The Spectacular Now$43,425-62%58-84$749$6,741,31210A24
11World War Z$43,271-51%75-85$577$202,351,61116Paramount
12On the Job$35,308-37%22-7$1,605$133,9072Well Go USA
13Haute Cuisine$33,5184%6046$559$107,3873Weinstein Company
14One Direction: This Is Us$33,232-76%60-168$554$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
15Short Term 12$32,436-44%36-19$901$871,7977Cinedigm
16Thanks for Sharing$31,767-80%65-186$489$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
17The Grandmaster$30,334-71%35-108$867$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
18The Lone Ranger$30,163-50%48-41$628$89,289,91014Disney
19Fruitvale Station$23,466-3%7634$309$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
20The Summit$20,904--8--$2,613$20,9041IFC Films
21A Touch of Sin$19,867--2--$9,934$19,8671Kino Lorber
22A.C.O.D.$19,001--3--$6,334$19,0011The Film Arcade
23You Will Be My Son$17,18542%14-3$1,228$203,6368Cohen Media Group
24Muscle Shoals$16,72320%43$4,181$34,1902Magnolia Pictures
25Hubble 3D$15,595-48%11-4$1,418$40,832,623186Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Populaire$14,98915%5834$258$152,3455Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$14,172-24%3-2$4,724$89,078,311599IMAX
28Salinger$14,090-78%21-113$671$557,1745Weinstein Company
29Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$13,528-59%12-23$1,127$69,4662AMC Entertainment
30Blue Caprice$10,332-48%3611$287$76,9344IFC Films
31Zaytoun$9,00279%94$1,000$22,8413Strand Releasing
32You're Next$8,389-73%45-67$186$18,426,9377Lionsgate
33Concussion$8,313--2--$4,157$8,3131RADiUS-TWC
34We Are What We Are (2013)$8,278-40%86$1,035$25,6672eOne Films US
35Murder 11$8,106--2--$4,053$15,9951Indican Pictures
36Nothing Left to Fear$7,886--5--$1,577$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
37When Comedy Went to School$7,495141%103$750$177,05610International Film Circuit
38The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$6,70922%21$3,355$16,3162Rialto Pictures
39Museum Hours$6,629-55%12-4$552$508,97115Cinema Guild
40Still Mine$6,543-39%160$409$1,142,55013IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Born to Be Wild 3D$6,170-36%5-4$1,234$22,994,208131Warner Bros. / IMAX
42To the Arctic 3D$5,798-39%9-1$644$13,563,07277Warner Bros. / IMAX
43I Used to Be Darker$5,69561%21$2,848$9,9852Strand Releasing
44Deep Sea 3D$5,53762%20$2,769$45,891,690397Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Phata Poster Nikla Hero$5,503-93%940$59$408,9943Eros International
46The Patience Stone$5,42053%167$339$122,9058Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$5,269-43%6-1$878$33,627,423243Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Let the Fire Burn$5,226--1--$5,226$7,7351Zeitgeist Films
49The Citizen$5,007-57%63$835$19,2885Monterey Media
50Good Ol' Freda$4,787-69%14-3$342$94,0315Magnolia Pictures
51All Is Bright$4,556--10--$456$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
52The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,517-33%90$502$27,9907Kino Lorber
53Bad Milo!$4,503--11--$409$4,5031Magnolia / Magnet
54CBGB$3,909--1--$3,909$3,9091XLrator Media
55Prince Avalanche$3,58836%123$299$191,5459Magnolia Pictures
56The Ultimate Life$3,097-82%9-38$344$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
57Argento's Dracula 3D$3,085--6--$514$3,0851IFC Midnight
58The Institute$3,017--2--$1,509$3,0171Argot Pictures
59Blackfish$2,959-78%11-11$269$2,056,44512Magnolia Pictures
60Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,908-35%6-2$485$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
61Hannah Arendt$2,734-17%30$911$696,09319Zeitgeist Films
62Grand Masti$2,546-86%640$40$413,0754Eros International
63Drinking Buddies$2,358-76%6-16$393$325,5567Magnolia Pictures
64Dislecksia: The Movie$2,213--1--$2,213$2,2131Area23a
65Touchy Feely$2,154-7%41$539$33,5195Magnolia Pictures
66C.O.G.$2,099-61%4-5$525$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
67Free the Mind$1,787-44%40$447$135,05523International Film Circuit
68The Last Day of August$1,693--1--$1,693$1,6931Striped Entertainment
69Drug War$1,641--3--$547$124,89811Variance Films / Well Go USA
70Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,578-78%1-5$1,578$33,1213Well Go USA
71Europa Report$1,505236%42$376$125,47510Magnolia / Magnet
72Before Midnight$1,356-60%5-1$271$8,108,52720Sony Pictures Classics
73Jewtopia$1,118-83%2-6$559$45,6603Le Petit Canyon Productions
74Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,093--3--$364$48,38813Variance Films
75Stories We Tell$81181%2-2$406$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
76The Silence$592--2--$296$99,65431Music Box Films
77The Act of Killing$443-80%4-6$111$441,20512Drafthouse Films
78Informant$374-69%30$125$8,3454Music Box Films
79I'm So Excited$360-36%53$72$1,357,97115Sony Pictures Classics
80Computer Chess$237-94%1-2$237$100,59512Kino Lorber
81Men at Lunch$232--1--$232$2,3293First Run Features
82Shepard & Dark$207-83%10$207$4,4172Music Box Films
83Our Nixon$128-65%10$128$19,2496Cinedigm
84I Declare War$113304%21$57$14,9286Drafthouse Films
85Fire in the Blood$112--1--$112$9,5255International Film Circuit
86You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$18-94%1-1$18$18,50718Kino Lorber