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. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,505,278-57%3,92825$8,021$127,550,6952Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,232,425--3,507--$7,480$39,456,0681Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$19,642,107-13%3,540-176$5,549$192,034,1175Disney
4American Hustle$19,106,9332480%2,5072501$7,621$20,220,3012Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$9,344,3812161%2,1102095$4,429$9,969,8672Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$8,764,479-36%2,949-614$2,972$371,718,2755Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$8,384,980-48%2,1940$3,822$28,155,2572Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$7,091,938--3,231--$2,195$7,091,9381Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$1,341,763-52%1,116-1148$1,202$200,779,8717Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$3,423,508--239--$14,324$3,423,5081Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$1,210,637-33%738-97$1,640$13,322,1895Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,081,364203%148133$7,307$2,132,5143CBS Films
4The Book Thief$753,408-57%680-478$1,108$16,596,9977Fox
5Nebraska$565,103-38%31060$1,823$4,370,4696Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$526,672-69%675-1427$780$19,783,7774Open Road
7Delivery Man$486,339-75%663-1378$734$29,279,2255Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$431,497-42%302-201$1,429$253,567,28212Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$393,120-63%351-571$1,120$69,794,4356Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$382,846-67%330-244$1,160$15,156,1228Focus
1112 Years a Slave$370,090-49%301-196$1,230$37,080,31610Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$327,165-87%728-1373$449$10,928,3053Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$296,419191%313138$947$115,740,19613Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$251,084-59%333-393$754$62,244,7658CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$193,165-28%278-178$695$100,850,0519Paramount
16Captain Phillips$140,388-52%172-151$816$104,287,64011Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$106,077-50%187-144$567$60,724,6538Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$98,505-32%197-26$500$367,504,16025Universal
19Free Birds$68,631-32%184-99$373$54,090,4648Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$64,032-32%138-29$464$24,834,08210Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$260,382--6--$43,397$364,6401Warner Bros.
2Personal Tailor$112,224--9--$12,469$112,2241China Lion Film
3The Great Beauty$68,428-21%424$1,629$650,9466Janus Films
4All Is Lost$48,545-70%83-180$585$5,840,56910Roadside Attractions
5Hubble 3D$41,55390%12-2$3,463$41,605,388197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6About Time$41,225-57%97-46$425$15,294,5538Universal
7The Christmas Candle$35,554-61%67-123$531$2,209,4796EchoLight Studios
8Black Nativity$34,933-76%63-197$554$6,967,5034Fox Searchlight
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$31,169-49%31-27$1,005$1,962,1029IFC Films
10The Past$29,270--3--$9,757$29,2701Sony Pictures Classics
11Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$29,231-17%40$7,308$292,9934Weinstein Company
12Space Station 3D$29,06880%61$4,845$89,625,010610IMAX
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,854-40%85-38$316$68,419,95020Fox
14Enough Said$24,262-45%42-30$578$17,409,12514Fox Searchlight
15Blue Jasmine$22,420-78%26-276$862$32,971,78222Sony Pictures Classics
16Kill Your Darlings$19,790-31%20-20$990$913,48110Sony Pictures Classics
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,412-41%43-18$358$116,129,27519Weinstein Company
18Don Jon$12,084-62%32-60$378$24,456,51313Relativity Media
19The Saratov Approach$11,143-8%20-1$557$1,485,23411Purdie Distribution
20The Armstrong Lie$8,118-73%16-30$507$316,9767Sony Pictures Classics
21Wadjda$6,289-45%15-4$419$1,380,90215Sony Pictures Classics
22The Counselor$6,181-62%24-36$258$16,940,0729Fox
23Go for Sisters$5,114--6--$852$55,9637Variance Films
24The Family (2013)$5,033-65%29-27$174$36,901,97215Relativity Media
25Journey to the South Pacific$4,94599%32$1,648$25,9724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,955-64%8-7$494$112,7625IFC Films
27The Punk Singer$3,868-65%15-5$258$101,6774IFC Films
28Breakfast with Curtis$3,142--2--$1,571$6,6293Abramorama / Bond 360
29To the Arctic 3D$3,128-51%80$391$13,709,64388Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Narco Cultura$3,109-86%7-22$444$144,4055Cinedigm
3120 Feet from Stardom$2,916-76%10-22$292$4,804,15028RADiUS-TWC
32Under the Sea 3D$2,751113%5-1$550$33,689,732254Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The Selfish Giant$2,589--2--$1,295$2,5891IFC Films
34Deep Sea 3D$2,37619%20$1,188$46,002,555408Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Muscle Shoals$2,306-44%9-2$256$663,06513Magnolia Pictures
36Oldboy (2013)$2,208-93%21-130$105$2,181,2904FilmDistrict
37God Loves Uganda$2,041--2--$1,021$47,99111Variance Films
38Maidentrip$1,622--1--$1,622$1,6221First Run Features
39Faust$1,54531%3-2$515$39,5856Leisure Time Features
40Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,260-59%2-3$630$24,2418International Film Circuit
41The Act of Killing$1,058-80%2-3$529$457,94823Drafthouse Films
42Austenland$877-69%5-7$175$2,151,20219Sony Pictures Classics
43When Comedy Went to School$602252%1-1$602$232,01521International Film Circuit
44Here Comes the Devil$444-43%1-1$444$1,9322Magnolia / Magnet
45Terms and Conditions May Apply$410--1--$410$55,59424Variance Films
46Inequality for All$352-87%2-9$176$1,190,95013RADiUS-TWC
47The Last Days on Mars$302-96%1-12$302$21,6073Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$116-48%40$29$23,112,144142Warner Bros. / IMAX