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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,809,249-32%3,95117$5,520$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,201,345-57%3,49020$5,502$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,844,939--3,115--$5,729$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,615,305-33%3,18370$3,335$68,805,1153Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,075,111--1,896--$4,259$8,075,1111Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,701,309-29%3,040-250$2,533$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,528,497-47%2,990-281$1,849$51,003,2053Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,147,743-27%1,466-194$1,465$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,062,783-33%1,594-407$1,294$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,730,343-43%1,566-782$1,105$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,377,295-32%1,024-299$1,345$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,988,351--291--$6,833$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,222,892-42%925-140$1,322$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$854,351-58%965-749$885$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$670,063-59%624-450$1,074$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$608,422-42%503-102$1,210$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$588,026-63%671-987$876$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$547,289-39%320-64$1,710$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$482,32048%405-85$1,191$62,090,8759Open Road
9The Wind Rises$431,508-52%305-191$1,415$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$420,936-38%502-168$839$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$413,159-40%286-73$1,445$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$369,034-40%281-31$1,313$26,772,38620Focus
13Lone Survivor$268,585-36%316-156$850$124,572,47612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$248,215-28%277-56$896$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,25073%268135$766$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Tim's Vermeer$201,89419%10944$1,852$994,2587Sony Pictures Classics
17Endless Love (2014)$152,885-62%278-258$550$23,393,7655Universal
18Her (2013)$150,628-43%121-34$1,245$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$133,17020%15245$876$50,280,8149Paramount
20That Awkward Moment$129,506-41%122-66$1,062$25,844,2277Focus
21August: Osage County$105,089-16%2037$518$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
22Repentance$103,721-65%126-31$823$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Saving Mr. Banks$76,484-18%107-21$715$83,112,86214Disney
24Nebraska$75,224-59%120-60$627$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage
25Thor: The Dark World$50,751-45%100-48$508$206,246,28719Disney
26Shaadi Ke Side Effects$11,592-93%1080$107$911,8533Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,638,041348%6662$55,122$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Journey to the South Pacific$123,49620%170$7,264$1,227,81016IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Bad Words$113,301--6--$18,884$113,3011Focus
4Jerusalem 3D$111,25313%291$3,836$3,016,17826National Geographic
5The Great Beauty$98,254-37%74-3$1,328$2,608,78018Janus Films
6Particle Fever$89,633109%1411$6,402$178,8872Abramorama / Bond 360
7The Lunchbox$88,921-23%185$4,940$306,3473Sony Pictures Classics
8Gloria (2014)$82,865-29%75-1$1,105$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$56,18326%16-2$3,511$42,919,547209Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,974-32%88-45$636$58,114,69112Fox
11The Face of Love$51,872110%2017$2,594$85,1712IFC Films
12I, Frankenstein$48,140-31%76-16$633$19,059,0188Lionsgate
13Better Living Through Chemistry$46,435--61--$761$46,4351IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$46,233-6%3714$1,250$187,4874IFC Films
15Le Week-End$43,608--3--$14,536$43,6081Music Box Films
16The Art of the Steal (2014)$40,003--60--$667$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
17Ernest & Celestine$39,556261%93$4,395$71,4423GKIDS
18Walking With Dinosaurs$38,031-50%98-66$388$35,981,74913Fox
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,761-20%74-37$510$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
20Stalingrad (2014)$32,788-71%70-73$468$960,2303Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$29,506-19%47-2$628$21,401,37419Fox
22The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$23,202-60%16-42$1,450$2,338,7027ShortsHD
23Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,235-86%50-254$425$127,343,68013Paramount
24Winter's Tale$19,997-40%50-32$400$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
25Stranger By the Lake$19,768-14%164$1,236$285,1738Strand Releasing
26Blue Jasmine$17,515-42%27-9$649$33,386,09834Sony Pictures Classics
27Enemy$16,161--1--$16,161$16,1611A24
28Labor Day (2013)$14,971-66%42-42$356$13,362,3087Paramount
29To the Arctic 3D$13,49820%8-2$1,687$13,884,319100Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Generation War$12,014106%60$2,002$74,0599Music Box Films
31Delivery Man$11,926-53%28-26$426$30,659,81717Disney / DreamWorks
32Like Father, Like Son (2014)$11,463-46%23-12$498$278,4429IFC Films
33The Past$11,418-47%23-9$496$1,293,16813Sony Pictures Classics
34The Invisible Woman$11,127-36%18-1$618$1,176,73112Sony Pictures Classics
35On My Way$10,536--1--$10,536$10,5361Cohen Media Group
3620 Feet from Stardom$9,853-61%18-37$547$4,929,60940RADiUS-TWC
37Devil's Due$8,653-47%15-11$577$15,818,9679Fox
38Child's Pose$8,62847%84$1,079$50,6544Zeitgeist Films
39Free Birds$8,340-75%32-42$261$55,747,72420Relativity Media
40Under the Sea 3D$8,07815%50$1,616$33,791,554266Warner Bros. / IMAX
41When Comedy Went to School$7,9851%6-1$1,331$348,74333International Film Circuit
42Big Men$7,539--1--$7,539$7,5391Abramorama
43Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,256-16%23-19$315$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
44The Retrieval$7,232--1--$7,232$7,2321Variance Films
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,7961%114$618$95,0906Kino Lorber
46Born to Be Wild 3D$5,42986%70$776$23,211,742154Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Grand Piano$4,99468%75$713$9,8922Magnolia / Magnet
48Beijing Love Story$4,858-61%4-2$1,215$423,9565China Lion Film
49Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$4,749--1--$4,749$47,4765Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
50Interior. Leather Bar.$3,848-65%10$3,848$34,26811Strand Releasing
51The Word$3,648--1--$3,648$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
52Vampire Academy$3,508-67%12-20$292$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
53The Rocket (2013)$2,065-77%60$344$48,23610Kino Lorber
54American Mustang$1,935-70%10$1,935$38,7269Vitagraph / Just Media
55Special ID$1,929-69%8-2$241$1,9292Well Go USA
56Highway$1,511-86%1-8$1,511$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures
57A Field in England$1,489--5--$298$30,7166Drafthouse Films
58Journey to the West$1,392-81%3-4$464$11,6952Magnolia / Magnet
59Girl on a Bicycle$1,332-85%1-3$1,332$80,6025Monterey Media
60Visitors$1,328-84%3-10$443$76,6818Cinedigm
61Maidentrip$1,208-69%2-3$604$55,13913First Run Features
62Big Bad Wolves$805-44%2-2$403$31,3919Magnolia / Magnet
63The Right Kind of Wrong$593--1--$593$5931Magnolia Pictures
64In Bloom$584-74%1-3$584$37,22110Big World Pictures
65Cutie and the Boxer$229-27%20$115$199,27431RADiUS-TWC