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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$69,050,279--3,775--$18,291$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$22,003,433--3,083--$7,137$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,589,940-20%2,800-67$3,425$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,872,811-23%2,460-294$2,794$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$5,565,860-22%2,869-416$1,940$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$5,237,186-40%2,8090$1,864$16,545,2212Focus
7Vampire Academy$3,921,742--2,676--$1,466$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
8The Nut Job$3,753,080-48%3,004-468$1,249$55,025,7444Open Road
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,531,287-34%2,139-768$1,651$44,400,7024Paramount
10Labor Day (2013)$3,184,785-38%2,5840$1,233$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$3,068,641-26%1,640-576$1,871$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,582,764-24%1,167-440$2,213$107,896,5887Paramount
13August: Osage County$1,481,391-50%1,327-992$1,116$34,290,5117Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$1,476,556-61%1,427-1326$1,035$17,483,8493Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,671,437-17%701-431$2,384$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$816,563-43%678-494$1,204$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$797,653-17%504-63$1,583$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$731,145-39%457-346$1,600$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$703,207-38%525-350$1,339$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$688,196-44%537-396$1,282$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$660,668-30%529-293$1,249$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$607,425-55%488-564$1,245$23,679,91115Focus
9Saving Mr. Banks$423,037-60%485-590$872$81,877,2559Disney
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$391,98719%14237$2,760$872,0672ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$332,369216%233112$1,426$205,045,52014Disney
12Devil's Due$320,478-69%385-905$832$15,405,1634Fox
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$260,047-19%346-74$752$124,794,3128Paramount
14The Legend Of Hercules$233,261-56%248-350$941$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
15The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$189,341-46%242-168$782$57,198,1707Fox
16Walking With Dinosaurs$172,595-22%251-72$688$35,199,8108Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$159,826-45%129-85$1,239$12,756,46010CBS Films
18Grudge Match$144,229118%341100$423$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$123,935-30%197-23$629$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
20Captain Phillips$110,894-37%182-63$609$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$102,831-30%135-43$762$20,949,90314Fox
22Delivery Man$77,466-29%142-31$546$30,380,12912Disney / DreamWorks
23Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$69,486-27%115-48$604$52,528,3309Lionsgate
24Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$68,701-14%103-47$667$32,385,0516Paramount
25Free Birds$34,438-43%109-26$316$55,567,50515Relativity Media
26Jai Ho$26,645-85%1950$137$1,256,7863Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$336,985--88--$3,829$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$247,24046%6536$3,804$551,9763Roadside Attractions
3The Attorney$216,035--27--$8,001$216,0351Well Go USA
4The Great Beauty$109,007-4%531$2,057$1,803,40013Janus Films
5The Past$103,469-5%6718$1,544$841,5968Sony Pictures Classics
6The Invisible Woman$59,342-62%74-62$802$983,6487Sony Pictures Classics
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$54,890-82%76-271$722$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
8Journey to the South Pacific$51,7818%131$3,983$356,41411IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9The Saratov Approach$40,914-65%56-28$731$2,052,00818Purdie Distribution
10Hubble 3D$40,11144%170$2,359$42,406,546204Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Tim's Vermeer$39,009-22%73$5,573$127,5612Sony Pictures Classics
12Stranger By the Lake$38,1114%125$3,176$130,3473Strand Releasing
13Kids for Cash$36,639--4--$9,160$36,6391SenArt Films / Paladin
14Last Vegas$22,397-48%60-44$373$63,881,08715CBS Films
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$19,802-47%46-31$430$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
16Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$15,292--2--$7,646$21,6691Kino Lorber
17Space Station 3D$14,827-11%2-1$7,414$90,007,659617IMAX
18The Last of the Unjust$14,328--8--$1,791$14,3281Cohen Media Group
19Blue Jasmine$10,874-40%22-6$494$33,252,98829Sony Pictures Classics
20Like Father, Like Son (2014)$9,708-43%7-1$1,387$94,8704IFC Films
21A Field in England$9,498--13--$731$9,4981Drafthouse Films
22Visitors$7,7566%72$1,108$30,7583Cinedigm
23Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$7,298--1--$7,298$7,2981Rialto Pictures
24Knights of Badassdom$5,169-19%9-2$574$86,7963eOne Films US
25Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,722-16%60$787$2,182,49416IFC Films
26The Best Offer$4,700-33%122$392$67,4206IFC Films
2720 Feet from Stardom$3,828261%74$547$4,842,89835RADiUS-TWC
28Born to Be Wild 3D$3,648-38%8-1$456$23,162,692149Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Act of Killing$3,612272%2017$181$479,58130Drafthouse Films
30Cavemen$3,544--12--$295$3,5441Well Go USA
31When Comedy Went to School$3,474--5--$695$242,40328International Film Circuit
32At Middleton$3,458-90%8-12$432$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
33All Is Lost$3,173-74%12-13$264$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
34Under the Sea 3D$3,10314%30$1,034$33,735,851261Warner Bros. / IMAX
35To the Arctic 3D$2,770-49%9-2$308$13,795,02095Warner Bros. / IMAX
36In Bloom$2,738--2--$1,369$26,6315Big World Pictures
37American Mustang$2,027-30%31$676$18,8504Vitagraph / Just Media
38Kill Your Darlings$2,007134%42$502$1,024,17517Sony Pictures Classics
39Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,822-85%11-41$166$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
40The Rocket (2013)$1,8082311%43$452$20,6125Kino Lorber
41The Armstrong Lie$1,75434%32$585$380,77614Sony Pictures Classics
42Peter Brook: The Tightrope$1,737-74%10$1,737$14,9672First Run Features
43The Pretty One$1,484--1--$1,484$1,4841Dada Films
44Free the Mind$1,388--2--$694$151,29841International Film Circuit
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$1,388795%10$1,388$9,18918The Film Desk
46Run & Jump$1,33634%32$445$8,2433IFC Films
47Big Bad Wolves$1,1337%5-2$227$22,0944Magnolia / Magnet
48Love Is in the Air$1,103-78%3-3$368$7,6362Focus World
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$95233%20$476$32,27315International Film Circuit
50Inequality for All$820561%31$273$1,203,40520RADiUS-TWC
51A Touch of Sin$665-77%2-1$333$153,61819Kino Lorber
52Museum Hours$659--2--$330$556,23433Cinema Guild
53Short Term 12$654109%31$218$1,010,41425Cinedigm
54Demi-Soeur$634--1--$634$6341Rialto Premieres
55Fire in the Blood$582-57%20$291$24,94323International Film Circuit
56Cutie and the Boxer$578-43%20$289$193,11326RADiUS-TWC
57The End of Time$492--1--$492$3,77611First Run Features
58Deep Sea 3D$460--2--$230$46,019,629415Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$266-73%2-3$133$688,87520Magnolia Pictures
60Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$253--1--$253$17,58411Cinema Guild
61Maidentrip$88-88%10$88$33,5668First Run Features