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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,645,197--3,903--$18,869$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,568,138-29%3,716-26$6,073$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,007,634--2,194--$7,296$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,671,666-48%3,563-600$3,837$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,820,055-41%2,264-810$1,246$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,425,978-54%2,1010$1,155$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,968,891-47%2,041-864$965$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,734,679-34%1,158-158$1,498$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$1,706,286-50%2,102-468$812$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,820,479-17%8350$2,180$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,174,269-22%574-160$2,046$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,055,690-60%922-655$1,145$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$912,45275%250137$3,650$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$745,457-38%503-397$1,482$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$732,825-36%497-585$1,474$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$606,753-52%726-813$836$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$290,176-43%323-317$898$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$267,858-67%456-701$587$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$214,239-56%331-277$647$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$159,36250%263116$606$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Despicable Me 2$143,835-16%223-29$645$367,355,88524Universal
13Black Nativity$143,611-86%260-1265$552$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
14Blue Jasmine$102,465275%302267$339$32,900,32721Sony Pictures Classics
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,022-37%175-137$583$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Free Birds$101,559-70%283-919$359$53,982,5927Relativity Media
17About Time$95,765-57%143-123$670$15,196,8787Universal
18Escape Plan$94,487154%16786$566$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
19The Christmas Candle$90,859-47%190-116$478$2,115,8705EchoLight Studios
20Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$44,815-18%123-17$364$68,378,13319Fox
21Oldboy (2013)$33,580-89%151-432$222$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$740,455--6--$123,409$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$413,373--15--$27,558$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$356,785-12%1511$23,786$910,3172CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$86,525-4%388$2,277$530,9325Janus Films
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$61,429-18%58-20$1,059$1,891,8438IFC Films
6Enough Said$44,016-32%72-22$611$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,084-53%40$8,771$241,0793Weinstein Company
8Don Jon$31,457-39%92-33$342$24,423,14112Relativity Media
9The Armstrong Lie$30,136-17%46-31$655$292,2736Sony Pictures Classics
10Insidious Chapter 2$28,812-41%99-23$291$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
11Kill Your Darlings$28,479-22%40-32$712$879,3429Sony Pictures Classics
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,282-90%61-946$431$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
13Narco Cultura$22,462-66%29-17$775$131,9954Cinedigm
14Hubble 3D$21,873-12%142$1,562$41,530,975196Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Counselor$16,382-30%60-11$273$16,923,0428Fox
16Space Station 3D$16,125-2%50$3,225$89,571,785609IMAX
17Planes$15,647-49%70-61$224$90,282,58019Disney
18The Family (2013)$14,233-50%56-40$254$36,887,95014Relativity Media
1920 Feet from Stardom$12,327376%3222$385$4,794,40727RADiUS-TWC
20The Saratov Approach$12,054-25%21-6$574$1,466,58710Purdie Distribution
21Wadjda$11,46816%193$604$1,371,16414Sony Pictures Classics
22Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,084-3%157$739$99,7434IFC Films
23The Punk Singer$10,924-56%204$546$87,8223IFC Films
24Monsters University$10,232-38%48-27$213$268,488,32926Disney
25Baggage Claim$9,938-21%30-12$331$21,564,61612Fox Searchlight
26Bettie Page Reveals All$9,128-61%17-4$537$62,2384Music Box Films
27The Last Days on Mars$8,47884%1310$652$15,9282Magnolia / Magnet
28To the Arctic 3D$6,3587%8-2$795$13,702,55687Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Liv & Ingmar$5,451--2--$2,726$5,4511Janus Films
30The Act of Killing$5,415--5--$1,083$456,89022Drafthouse Films
31Spinning Plates$4,715-45%60$786$109,7568The Film Arcade
32Muscle Shoals$4,120-37%11-2$375$656,57512Magnolia Pictures
33Camille Claudel 1915$3,459--4--$865$26,2049Kino Lorber
34Let the Fire Burn$3,198-25%2-1$1,599$59,03311Zeitgeist Films
35Sweet Dreams (2013)$3,065-62%5-2$613$22,8537International Film Circuit
36Austenland$2,868-10%121$239$2,148,72918Sony Pictures Classics
37Inequality for All$2,615-79%11-3$238$1,187,35412RADiUS-TWC
38Journey to the South Pacific$2,481-22%10$2,481$18,6923IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
39Museum Hours$2,326170%20$1,163$551,02525Cinema Guild
40Nuclear Nation$2,268--1--$2,268$3,6001First Run Features
41Deep Sea 3D$1,99823%21$999$45,997,737407Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Tricked$1,930--1--$1,930$1,9301Kino Lorber
43The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,77087%21$885$53,2417Zeitgeist Films
44I Am Divine$1,4454%2-1$723$55,70310The Film Collaborative
45Under the Sea 3D$1,291-31%60$215$33,685,939253Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Faust$1,17713%52$235$36,6645Leisure Time Features
47Short Term 12$9258%2-2$463$1,008,50717Cinedigm
48Big Sur$855--2--$428$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
49Here Comes the Devil$783--2--$392$7831Magnolia / Magnet
50A Touch of Sin$742-71%2-1$371$103,05211Kino Lorber
51Paradise: Hope$679-75%32$226$4,1472Strand Releasing
52The Last Time I Saw Macao$481--1--$481$5,64114Cinema Guild
53The Trials of Muhammad Ali$432--1--$432$58,07317Kino Lorber
54Free the Mind$320--1--$320$147,32233International Film Circuit
55Born to Be Wild 3D$221-90%4-2$55$23,110,134141Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Fire in the Blood$182--2--$91$18,46015International Film Circuit
57When Comedy Went to School$171-84%2-1$86$231,08820International Film Circuit
58M (2013 re-issue)$76--1--$76$35,49140Kino Lorber
59Linsanity$72--2--$36$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment