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, Nov. 22 - Sun, Nov. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$158,074,286--4,163--$37,971$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$14,196,302-61%3,713-128$3,823$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$12,490,920-59%2,04117$6,120$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$7,944,977--3,036--$2,617$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$5,363,208-34%3,071-439$1,746$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$4,359,075-48%2,926-311$1,490$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,433,864-54%2,625-565$1,308$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$3,210,155-47%1,845-715$1,740$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$2,833,635-38%1,47463$1,922$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$1,977,106-67%2,035-1201$972$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$1,821,366-58%1,656-970$1,100$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$1,249,500-63%1,050-230$1,190$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$862,893-56%1,121-524$770$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$2,687,15753%666482$4,035$6,374,0584Focus
2The Christmas Candle$832,9271113%392387$2,125$912,9082EchoLight Studios
3Ram-Leela$467,546-68%2040$2,292$2,269,3582Eros International
4All Is Lost$363,864-60%347-136$1,049$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
5Despicable Me 2$343,695-18%295-10$1,165$366,375,65021Universal
6Enough Said$244,746-51%233-160$1,050$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
7Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$199,463--112--$1,781$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
8Blue Is the Warmest Color$183,007-31%14234$1,289$1,447,5055IFC Films
9Escape Plan$134,431-76%267-420$503$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
10Prisoners$129,419-46%255-100$508$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
11Planes$128,165-31%216-30$593$90,056,79916Disney
12We're the Millers$114,156-48%195-108$585$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,884-30%185-30$578$68,062,80716Fox
14Insidious Chapter 2$105,66512%18518$571$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
15Carrie (2013)$71,253-87%210-723$339$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
16The Counselor$63,084-82%129-352$489$16,797,9195Fox
17The Family (2013)$62,656366%12696$497$36,719,25311Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$56,297-43%124-52$454$115,570,23415Weinstein Company
19Elysium$53,059-55%114-67$465$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
20Monsters University$50,354-44%117-28$430$268,384,64223Disney
21Krrish3$25,469-82%2080$122$2,179,9484Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$609,65245%7041$8,709$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$325,755132%2824$11,634$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$243,390--1--$243,390$243,3901Disney
4Singh Saab the Great$138,127--54--$2,558$138,1271Eros International
5Philomena$128,435--4--$32,109$128,4351Weinstein Company
6Kill Your Darlings$100,037-16%787$1,283$643,1706Sony Pictures Classics
7Instructions Not Included$58,72689%8033$734$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Great Beauty$52,355123%32$17,452$91,0542Janus Films
9I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,189-57%17-38$3,011$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
10Blue Jasmine$48,385-24%43-9$1,125$32,692,39718Sony Pictures Classics
11The Armstrong Lie$43,0755%3719$1,164$145,6073Sony Pictures Classics
12The Saratov Approach$38,957-57%34-7$1,146$1,325,2197Purdie Distribution
13Hubble 3D$36,511-16%11-1$3,319$41,328,313193Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Don Jon$30,980-49%36-12$861$24,257,0909Relativity Media
15Turbo$30,351-21%46-7$660$82,967,51219Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$28,934--3--$9,645$28,9341IFC Films
17The Wolverine$23,982-36%43-22$558$132,517,78118Fox
18Baggage Claim$22,380-62%46-62$487$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
19Wadjda$19,820-40%24-16$826$1,319,80611Sony Pictures Classics
20Great Expectations (2013)$19,036-75%35-50$544$258,6563Main Street Films
21Space Station 3D$15,28726%3-1$5,096$89,414,509606IMAX
22Muscle Shoals$13,780-69%25-19$551$607,3239Magnolia Pictures
23The Heat$8,761-5%25-2$350$159,557,07022Fox
24Austenland$8,420-41%19-7$443$2,122,03715Sony Pictures Classics
25Diana$8,054-85%26-57$310$331,6354eOne Films US
26Faust$7,826-22%42$1,957$23,9902Leisure Time Features
27Deep Sea 3D$7,603-4%42$1,901$45,979,996404Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Short Term 12$7,166-20%13-2$551$993,93814Cinedigm
29To the Arctic 3D$7,114-20%90$790$13,671,41884Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Runner Runner$6,326-73%38-38$166$19,303,8398Fox
31In a World...$6,272-51%90$697$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
32Narco Cultura$6,093--1--$6,093$6,0931Cinedigm
33Spinning Plates$5,827-50%5-1$1,165$86,8935The Film Arcade
34The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,679-35%3-1$1,893$44,0074Zeitgeist Films
3520 Feet from Stardom$5,308-19%70$758$4,770,41724RADiUS-TWC
36Go for Sisters$5,303-28%31$1,768$23,2273Variance Films
37Inequality for All$5,079-56%13-7$391$1,158,3529RADiUS-TWC
38Bettie Page Reveals All$4,846--1--$4,846$4,8461Music Box Films
39Grace Unplugged$4,792-58%10-19$479$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
40The World's End$4,40216%6-2$734$25,996,22514Focus
41A Touch of Sin$3,63976%1-4$3,639$91,7148Kino Lorber
42God Loves Uganda$3,599-36%2-1$1,800$41,5987Variance Films
43Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,413-67%12-17$284$1,153,9387Relativity Media
44Contracted$3,328--3--$1,109$3,3281IFC Midnight
45The Fifth Estate$3,170-81%16-64$198$3,251,9146Disney / DreamWorks
46I Am Divine$2,0077%53$401$42,5507The Film Collaborative
47Reaching for the Moon$1,799-80%1-1$1,799$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
48Born to Be Wild 3D$1,755-68%8-3$219$23,096,076138Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,733-44%1-2$1,733$58,3419Rialto Pictures
50Under the Sea 3D$1,688-57%5-4$338$33,671,660250Warner Bros. / IMAX
51How I Live Now$1,671-77%7-14$239$58,8833Magnolia Pictures
52The Spectacular Now$1,3261%7-1$189$6,851,96917A24
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$995-18%21$498$6,9654International Film Circuit
54Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
55Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$872--1--$872$37,43912Kino Lorber
56Good Ol' Freda$693-50%4-5$173$135,03912Magnolia Pictures
57Let the Fire Burn$678-61%30$226$48,6338Zeitgeist Films
58Camille Claudel 1915$67745%20$339$21,9606Kino Lorber
59The Act of Killing$637-72%20$319$450,82719Drafthouse Films
60The Patience Stone$615-59%30$205$148,40815Sony Pictures Classics
61Running From Crazy$590-85%1-2$590$33,1944Vitagraph Films
62The Ghosts in Our Machine$471-91%1-1$471$18,0793Ghosts Media Inc.
63The Trials of Muhammad Ali$392-70%1-3$392$57,57914Kino Lorber
64When Comedy Went to School$373-82%1-1$373$226,28117International Film Circuit
65Mr. Nobody$312255%10$312$3,3844Magnolia Pictures
66Big Sur$304-63%10$304$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment
67Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$214-61%10$214$13,9247First Run Features