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. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,299,495-49%2,75996$7,720$75,544,8052Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,900,960-42%3,162173$4,080$93,914,9215Universal
3The Nut Job$12,101,118-38%3,47245$3,485$40,056,3632Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,118,806-23%2,757-222$3,308$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$9,084,687-41%3,3870$2,682$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,610,441--2,753--$3,128$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,061,676-28%2,304100$3,065$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$5,478,368-23%1,804-126$3,037$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$5,029,030-32%2,411360$2,086$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$2,786,341-66%2,5440$1,095$12,922,3042Fox
11Her (2013)$2,289,318-43%1,325-404$1,728$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,147,414-42%1,285-530$1,671$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,080,948-47%1,660-789$1,254$79,158,3107Disney
1412 Years a Slave$2,031,31632%1,231470$1,650$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
15Dallas Buyers Club$2,028,570116%1,110691$1,828$20,357,27713Focus
16Gravity$2,025,4938%1,260316$1,608$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,539,949-37%1,051-277$1,465$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,232,828-64%1,371-733$899$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,552,42676%968560$1,604$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,075,904-15%5050$2,131$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Jai Ho$840,506--195--$4,310$840,5061Eros International
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$817,473-62%824-907$992$123,803,3396Paramount
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$689,070--385--$1,790$689,0701Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$607,947-53%540-497$1,126$56,342,6805Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$506,643-50%289-296$1,753$11,995,9908CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$312,133-40%302-601$1,034$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$301,127-78%527-1042$571$32,098,4954Paramount
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$268,275-8%242-14$1,109$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$260,446199%153127$1,702$584,8645Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$253,340-44%239-104$1,060$38,055,8405Universal
13Walking With Dinosaurs$241,759-24%330-124$733$34,691,5636Fox
14The Book Thief$210,652-7%1977$1,069$20,513,76212Fox
15Thor: The Dark World$167,296-13%153-32$1,093$204,509,24312Disney
16Grudge Match$101,645-34%244-164$417$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
17Free Birds$94,456-21%171-28$552$55,435,49013Relativity Media
18Last Vegas$84,235-33%159-35$530$63,749,94213CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$49,856-71%132-259$378$52,327,4367Lionsgate
20Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$48,419-40%102-20$475$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
21Lee Daniels' The Butler$35,975-44%101-18$356$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$118,091-14%51-3$2,316$1,466,92211Janus Films
2The Past$103,2976%333$3,130$526,0786Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$59,607193%4119$1,454$1,745,29116Purdie Distribution
4Gloria (2014)$56,454--3--$18,818$56,4541Roadside Attractions
5Journey to the South Pacific$56,433423%128$4,703$218,5699IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Hubble 3D$40,761-15%150$2,717$42,273,447202Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delivery Man$36,262-31%57-22$636$30,131,21610Disney / DreamWorks
8Blue Jasmine$32,109-29%368$892$33,201,54527Sony Pictures Classics
9Stranger By the Lake$27,599--2--$13,800$27,5991Strand Releasing
10Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,72035%42$5,430$47,6282IFC Films
11Out of the Furnace$21,288-49%74-23$288$11,308,9018Relativity Media
12Space Station 3D$20,62618%30$6,875$89,929,709615IMAX
13Knights of Badassdom$17,449--13--$1,342$46,7631eOne Films US
14All Is Lost$17,169-57%30-32$572$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
15The Best Offer$15,07817%159$1,005$40,6584IFC Films
16Visitors$9,094--1--$9,094$9,0941Cinedigm
17Generation War$8,70218%43$2,176$23,4782Music Box Films
18Blue Is the Warmest Color$8,008-47%7-5$1,144$2,162,24314IFC Films
19Maidentrip$7,178-21%43$1,795$26,2386First Run Features
20The Armstrong Lie$5,32353%4-5$1,331$374,56112Sony Pictures Classics
21The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,322--4--$1,331$66,23613Zeitgeist Films
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,28187%114$480$23,144,355147Warner Bros. / IMAX
23To the Arctic 3D$5,174-17%91$575$13,774,85793Warner Bros. / IMAX
24American Mustang$4,649-41%10$4,649$13,3172Vitagraph / Just Media
25If You Build It$4,565--1--$4,565$11,0793Long Shot Factory
26Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,494-48%16-8$281$68,558,66225Fox
27Run & Jump$3,944--2--$1,972$3,9441IFC Films
28Big Bad Wolves$3,925-38%71$561$16,2062Magnolia / Magnet
29Inequality for All$3,399--9--$378$1,198,60918RADiUS-TWC
30A Touch of Sin$3,36511%5-2$673$146,26417Kino Lorber
31Under the Sea 3D$3,327-36%40$832$33,728,627259Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Kill Your Darlings$3,311-31%7-5$473$1,019,90515Sony Pictures Classics
33Bettie Page Reveals All$3,118-1%61$520$102,37810Music Box Films
34Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys$2,842--1--$2,842$2,8421Argot Pictures
3520 Feet from Stardom$2,178--4--$545$4,834,82333RADiUS-TWC
36Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$1,415--1--$1,415$1,4151First Run Features
37The Rocket (2013)$1,387-63%50$277$18,0553Kino Lorber
38Museum Hours$1,214--1--$1,214$555,57531Cinema Guild
39Muscle Shoals$966-59%6-5$161$684,90618Magnolia Pictures
40In Bloom$879-83%20$440$23,7493Big World Pictures
41When Comedy Went to School$857--1--$857$238,92926International Film Circuit
42The Act of Killing$575-39%1-1$575$469,21428Drafthouse Films
43More Than Honey$430-69%10$430$78,14133Kino Lorber
44Interior. Leather Bar.$400--1--$400$10,9264Strand Releasing
45Cutie and the Boxer$320--3--$107$190,95024RADiUS-TWC
46Personal Tailor$283-74%10$283$375,7866China Lion Film
47Short Term 12$269--3--$90$1,009,25323Cinedigm
48Wadjda$252-90%4-4$63$1,423,24520Sony Pictures Classics
49Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$131--1--$131$17,3219Cinema Guild
50Computer Chess$13033%10$130$102,04128Kino Lorber
51Fire in the Blood$56-98%1-2$56$22,50621International Film Circuit
52Camille Claudel 1915$45--1--$45$31,70815Kino Lorber