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, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$37,849,91044504%2,8752873$13,165$38,231,4713Universal
2Frozen (2013)$14,728,118-25%3,239-79$4,547$317,319,1068Disney
3The Legend Of Hercules$8,868,318--2,104--$4,215$8,868,3181Lionsgate / Summit
4The Wolf of Wall Street$8,839,220-33%2,521-36$3,506$78,425,7713Paramount
5American Hustle$8,302,205-33%2,629111$3,158$101,265,1335Sony / Columbia
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,022,353-49%3,075-655$2,609$242,226,7885Warner Bros. / New Line
7Saving Mr. Banks$6,556,216-25%2,671561$2,455$68,927,4425Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,284,630-66%2,88316$2,180$28,456,0192Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,838,849-45%3,012-395$1,939$118,256,7934Paramount
10Her (2013)$5,383,775645%1,7291682$3,114$8,783,0754Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,383,208-38%1,762-381$2,488$413,775,8598Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,302,846-46%2,584-338$1,665$52,593,6083Fox
13Grudge Match$1,907,216-64%2,005-851$951$28,410,6463Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$1,644,310-67%1,359-1331$1,210$36,444,1953Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$1,405,976-62%1,339-1221$1,050$33,715,0034Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,090,856-63%1,040-434$1,049$51,854,7535Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$7,158,2655016%905900$7,910$7,703,6503Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,882,54875%729573$2,582$9,315,6746CBS Films
3Philomena$1,385,067-4%6070$2,282$21,941,0958Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$885,46343%521281$1,700$8,215,1179Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$419,092-12%155-10$2,704$256,224,79615Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$393,076-26%303-26$1,297$19,742,81010Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$330,155-25%264-14$1,251$118,068,91216Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$314,894-34%257-34$1,225$203,934,48010Disney
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$275,067-74%363-647$758$7,760,2707Weinstein Company
1012 Years a Slave$270,760-18%114-37$2,375$38,904,53513Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$239,889-21%125-3$1,919$16,681,97211Focus
12Last Vegas$177,580-11%240-17$740$63,392,48911CBS Films
13Free Birds$157,622-25%232-21$679$55,122,44811Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$135,415-23%192-28$705$101,830,23212Paramount
15Captain Phillips$95,475-21%1149$838$104,987,52614Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$90,452-11%1363$665$116,427,14922Weinstein Company
17Delivery Man$79,589-19%133-12$598$29,984,2698Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$66,445-31%137-14$485$368,049,63528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$99,244-68%43-95$2,308$8,031,9554Yash Raj Films
2The Suspect$86,137--20--$4,307$86,1371Well Go USA
3The Past$78,305125%1712$4,606$248,7574Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$71,793-20%38-5$1,889$1,080,9999Janus Films
5The Invisible Woman$44,11263%95$4,901$170,2363Sony Pictures Classics
6Escape Plan$38,807-23%77-7$504$25,121,29113Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$36,516-22%69-2$529$6,108,04113Roadside Attractions
8The Saratov Approach$32,43759%259$1,297$1,613,59914Purdie Distribution
9Justin Bieber's Believe$29,441-95%75-962$393$6,187,0553Open Road
10Hubble 3D$26,860-54%101$2,686$42,104,491200Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$23,668-14%16-8$1,479$2,112,28012IFC Films
12Enough Said$19,678-7%20-3$984$17,536,78817Fox Searchlight
13Space Station 3D$19,386-55%20$9,693$89,829,013613IMAX
14Blue Jasmine$17,715-9%16-4$1,107$33,082,94925Sony Pictures Classics
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,079-32%33-6$427$68,537,59423Fox
16Out of the Furnace$13,739-40%37-22$371$11,214,8466Relativity Media
17Cold Comes the Night$11,603--21--$553$11,6031Stage 6 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
18The Armstrong Lie$10,27867%12-3$857$359,50410Sony Pictures Classics
19In Bloom$9,280--2--$4,640$9,2801Big World Pictures
20Personal Tailor$9,114-68%4-5$2,279$368,8394China Lion Film
21Kill Your Darlings$8,323-54%10-15$832$1,006,49113Sony Pictures Classics
22Journey to the South Pacific$8,1426%40$2,036$90,1637IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23To the Arctic 3D$7,3645%71$1,052$13,756,93591Warner Bros. / IMAX
24The Counselor$5,07324%17-4$298$16,969,39012Fox
25If You Build It$4,949--1--$4,949$4,9491Long Shot Factory
26The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box$4,756--82--$58$4,7561RLJ / Image Entertainment
27The Rocket (2013)$4,621--2--$2,311$4,6211Kino Lorber
28Born to Be Wild 3D$4,26324%63$711$23,131,628145Warner Bros. / IMAX
29A Touch of Sin$3,887--6--$648$135,18915Kino Lorber
30Muscle Shoals$3,56763%50$713$677,41216Magnolia Pictures
31Black Nativity$3,499-6%150$233$7,017,1787Fox Searchlight
3220 Feet from Stardom$3,472-5%84$434$4,831,81431RADiUS-TWC
33Raze$3,453--2--$1,727$3,4531IFC Midnight
34Bettie Page Reveals All$3,373-50%6-1$562$88,5158Music Box Films
35Wadjda$3,231-38%9-1$359$1,416,94118Sony Pictures Classics
36Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$3,226--1--$3,226$3,2261Anchor Bay Films
37Under the Sea 3D$3,126-38%40$782$33,718,427257Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Best Offer$2,323-10%10$2,323$6,0312IFC Films
39Interior. Leather Bar.$2,199-58%21$1,100$9,2692Strand Releasing
40The Punk Singer$2,014-56%7-6$288$121,4187IFC Films
41The Act of Killing$893-54%40$223$464,51826Drafthouse Films
42Camille Claudel 1915$864--1--$864$31,44013Kino Lorber
43Inequality for All$68544%1-3$685$1,194,63916RADiUS-TWC
44Sweet Dreams (2013)$574468%10$574$26,98511International Film Circuit
45Here Comes the Devil$54970%20$275$3,8995Magnolia / Magnet
46The End of Time$370--1--$370$3,1347First Run Features
47Beyond Outrage$365-81%10$365$3,6412Magnolia / Magnet
48Deep Sea 3D$316--1--$316$46,018,207411Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Last Days on Mars$245-51%20$123$23,8386Magnolia / Magnet