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. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$49,846,430-28%3,7750$13,204$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2About Last Night$25,649,011--2,253--$11,384$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
3RoboCop (2014)$21,681,430--3,372--$6,430$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
4The Monuments Men$15,475,490-30%3,0830$5,020$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$13,307,125--2,896--$4,595$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$8,708,820-9%2,517-283$3,460$116,082,6155Universal
7Winter's Tale$7,297,694--2,965--$2,461$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
8Frozen (2013)$6,226,580-9%2,101-359$2,964$376,417,79413Disney
9Lone Survivor$4,086,435-27%2,013-856$2,030$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$3,480,453-34%1,922-887$1,811$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$2,433,738-21%1,072-568$2,270$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,232,275-37%1,278-861$1,747$47,679,1365Paramount
13Vampire Academy$1,911,651-51%2,6760$714$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,838,887-51%1,918-1086$959$57,589,5435Open Road
15Philomena$1,524,44391%1,225721$1,244$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$1,250,675-61%1,664-920$752$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$883,300-40%1,010-317$875$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,929,392-25%751-416$2,569$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$1,036,659-38%355-346$2,920$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$601,955-18%255-202$2,361$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$562,764-31%386-292$1,458$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
5Nebraska$540,664-23%324-201$1,669$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$535,612-19%326-203$1,643$423,111,43113Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$497,509-28%285-252$1,746$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$474,108-68%468-959$1,013$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$373,849-38%223-265$1,676$24,274,17016Focus
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$360,223-8%16725$2,157$1,380,6683ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$313,436-6%212-21$1,478$205,459,22515Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$234,444-45%212-273$1,106$82,246,82510Disney
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$196,5434%201-41$978$57,456,5488Fox
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$192,421-26%261-85$737$125,086,8519Paramount
15Walking With Dinosaurs$166,671-3%248-3$672$35,409,7309Fox
16Devil's Due$126,125-61%123-262$1,025$15,617,8545Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,118-18%181-16$564$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
18Grudge Match$92,054-36%291-50$316$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
19Captain Phillips$80,650-27%135-47$597$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia
20Delivery Man$70,444-9%114-28$618$30,475,30413Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$310,39226%9833$3,167$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$153,047-55%77-11$1,988$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Beijing Love Story$140,106--9--$15,567$140,1061China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$121,321-24%86-43$1,411$12,940,12211CBS Films
5Journey to the South Pacific$121,059134%152$8,071$496,34712IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6The Attorney$119,825-45%26-1$4,609$425,0202Well Go USA
7The Great Beauty$102,702-6%52-1$1,975$1,949,40914Janus Films
8The Past$99,796-4%7710$1,296$996,4759Sony Pictures Classics
9The Book Thief$82,022-20%94-41$873$21,078,31815Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,562-68%90-158$817$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
11Tim's Vermeer$57,75648%125$4,813$202,7463Sony Pictures Classics
12Hubble 3D$43,9079%16-1$2,744$42,480,336205Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$40,740-41%62-41$657$32,447,6507Paramount
14Girl on a Bicycle$37,610--52--$723$38,1301Monterey Media
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$33,517245%158$2,234$133,5755IFC Films
16Free Birds$33,411-3%75-34$445$55,608,78116Relativity Media
17The Invisible Woman$32,744-45%44-30$744$1,040,9908Sony Pictures Classics
18When Comedy Went to School$25,008620%72$3,573$269,38629International Film Circuit
19Stranger By the Lake$21,153-44%9-3$2,350$169,4784Strand Releasing
20Last Vegas$17,708-21%41-19$432$63,908,21716CBS Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,584-16%34-12$488$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
22Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$12,869--1--$12,869$12,8691Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
2320 Feet from Stardom$12,606229%169$788$4,856,68536RADiUS-TWC
24The Saratov Approach$12,048-71%22-34$548$2,085,09719Purdie Distribution
25Blue Jasmine$9,252-15%16-6$578$33,265,91230Sony Pictures Classics
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,052-41%1-1$9,052$39,2352Kino Lorber
27To the Arctic 3D$8,443205%90$938$13,809,03996Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last of the Unjust$7,760-46%4-4$1,940$28,5712Cohen Media Group
29Visitors$7,457-4%103$746$42,3954Cinedigm
30Under the Sea 3D$7,385138%41$1,846$33,743,487262Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Jimmy P$7,191--1--$7,191$7,1911IFC Films
32Gimme Shelter (2014)$5,091-91%15-61$339$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
33Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35319%6-2$726$23,171,468150Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,237-10%93$471$2,189,15817IFC Films
35Adult World$3,783--2--$1,892$3,7831IFC Films
36All Is Lost$3,49810%9-3$389$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
37Knights of Badassdom$3,496-32%2-7$1,748$100,7044eOne Films US
38Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,866-61%10$2,866$15,1332Rialto Pictures
39A Field in England$2,831-70%8-5$354$19,5892Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$2,0251%40$506$1,028,18118Sony Pictures Classics
41The Pretty One$1,98033%10$1,980$4,3342Dada Films
42Generation War$1,936--3--$645$36,1185Music Box Films
43Camille Claudel 1915$1,770--1--$1,770$33,51218Kino Lorber
44At Middleton$1,708-51%1-7$1,708$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle
45The Act of Killing$1,657-54%2-18$829$482,71331Drafthouse Films
46The Best Offer$1,418-70%8-4$177$72,2797IFC Films
47Museum Hours$1,24288%20$621$557,98034Cinema Guild
48Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$1,219382%10$1,219$19,18812Cinema Guild
49Muscle Shoals$1,164338%31$388$690,19921Magnolia Pictures
50Cutie and the Boxer$85348%64$142$194,22727RADiUS-TWC
51Maidentrip$775781%21$388$34,3419First Run Features
52Big Bad Wolves$707-38%3-2$236$23,4565Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$612-36%20$306$33,79116International Film Circuit
54The Armstrong Lie$525-70%1-2$525$381,67315Sony Pictures Classics
55Peter Brook: The Tightrope$502-71%21$251$17,3053First Run Features
56The Rocket (2013)$497-73%2-2$249$22,7166Kino Lorber
57In Bloom$443-84%20$222$28,1596Big World Pictures
58The End of Time$354-28%10$354$4,37512First Run Features
59Inequality for All$286-65%2-1$143$1,204,87321RADiUS-TWC