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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$43,720,472--3,567--$12,257$43,720,4721Paramount
2Divergent$25,619,578-53%3,9360$6,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$11,279,128-34%3,1940$3,531$33,116,8172Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,070,635-23%3,299-308$2,750$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$8,797,666-5%1,178398$7,468$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$5,272,444--2,486--$2,121$5,272,4441Open Road
7Need For Speed$4,226,216-47%2,705-410$1,562$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$4,209,290-51%2,601-484$1,618$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$4,010,885-38%2,515-430$1,595$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$3,018,060-27%2,001-500$1,508$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,121,830-64%1,139-757$985$14,999,9353Lionsgate
12Son of God$1,064,201-61%1,277-862$833$57,854,9435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,539,79526%977673$8,741$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$2,861,528--664--$4,310$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$2,560,186407%842755$3,041$3,478,8763Focus
4The Monuments Men$428,787-55%501-437$856$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$337,736-54%387-682$873$398,391,61119Disney
6Ride Along$318,390-49%360-290$884$133,659,26511Universal
7The Nut Job$312,530-7%294-41$1,063$63,106,25511Open Road
83 Days to Kill$211,705-64%340-412$623$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$158,425-66%210-137$754$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$134,083-70%228-294$588$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Enemy$124,578-37%12024$1,038$769,8893A24
12Gravity$121,981-46%135-67$904$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$107,603-54%188-93$572$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
14Philomena$106,001-49%202-95$525$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$103,597-24%185-39$560$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
16RoboCop (2014)$97,144-57%168-160$578$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
17Pompeii$92,852-26%162-39$573$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
18Lone Survivor$89,925-36%165-46$545$124,964,47614Universal
19The Wolf of Wall Street$86,772-55%134-81$648$116,866,72714Paramount
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$75,482-12%107-21$705$50,549,10711Paramount
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$63,523-45%158-53$402$424,645,57719Lionsgate
22Her (2013)$48,944-31%11037$445$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lunchbox$287,43056%7337$3,937$885,4515Sony Pictures Classics
2Le Week-End$215,38758%5025$4,308$472,9013Music Box Films
3The Raid 2$165,292--7--$23,613$165,2921Sony Pictures Classics
4Journey to the South Pacific$133,6989%170$7,865$1,669,87118IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$124,442-21%3813$3,275$367,2192Magnolia Pictures
6The Wind Rises$121,923-40%78-72$1,563$4,922,6756Disney
7Tim's Vermeer$90,463-42%94-35$962$1,424,0019Sony Pictures Classics
8Mistaken for Strangers$87,743--9--$9,749$87,7431Abramorama
9About Last Night$74,145-63%91-123$815$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
10Particle Fever$68,796-13%276$2,548$442,5954Abramorama / Bond 360
11Jerusalem 3D$67,915-33%325$2,122$3,344,60028National Geographic
12Hubble 3D$65,02628%170$3,825$43,171,097211Warner Bros. / IMAX
13On My Way$59,23612%3111$1,911$149,6133Cohen Media Group
14Dallas Buyers Club$56,477-62%99-79$570$27,191,66622Focus
15That Awkward Moment$42,143-41%68-25$620$26,049,0829Focus
1650 to 1$39,638-49%18-1$2,202$146,7372Ten Furlongs
17Jodorowsky's Dune$36,0340%74$5,148$90,6882Sony Pictures Classics
18August: Osage County$32,791-47%81-60$405$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
19Saving Mr. Banks$31,610-36%55-21$575$83,262,22416Disney
20Ernest & Celestine$30,812184%125$2,568$128,8695GKIDS
21The Great Beauty$24,520-41%20-25$1,226$2,784,68720Janus Films
22The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$22,821-16%43-20$531$58,201,17414Fox
23Rob the Mob$22,36462%54$4,473$40,3262Millennium Entertainment
24Gloria (2014)$20,655-50%36-14$574$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
25The Book Thief$20,23623%310$653$21,464,17521Fox
26Anita (2014)$19,990-55%70$2,856$80,2812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27Walking With Dinosaurs$18,544-14%42-17$442$36,051,81715Fox
28Just a Sigh$17,404--5--$3,481$33,5772Distrib Films
29Thor: The Dark World$16,833-31%41-18$411$206,314,55921Disney
30Breathe In$15,324--18--$851$15,3241Cohen Media Group
31To the Arctic 3D$14,36314%6-6$2,394$13,922,280102Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Winter's Tale$12,737-66%85-59$150$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
33Stalingrad (2014)$11,24457%6653$170$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
34Born to Be Wild 3D$10,84373%12-1$904$23,249,280156Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Under the Sea 3D$9,53742%7-1$1,362$33,815,340268Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Big Men$9,4027%30$3,134$35,4063Abramorama
37Cheap Thrills$9,133-51%75$1,305$32,6792Drafthouse Films
38Dishkiyaoon$8,173--11--$743$8,1731Eros International
39The Invisible Woman$7,837-36%160$490$1,206,95314Sony Pictures Classics
40The Missing Picture$7,711-24%4-1$1,928$25,6652Strand Releasing
41The Past$7,0478%233$306$1,319,94115Sony Pictures Classics
42Vampire Academy$6,344-51%24-11$264$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
43Stranger By the Lake$4,379-51%4-12$1,095$315,32210Strand Releasing
44Child's Pose$4,003-52%4-6$1,001$71,7616Zeitgeist Films
45When Comedy Went to School$2,753-28%5-2$551$363,19735International Film Circuit
46Grand Piano$2,572-7%6-4$429$19,1634Magnolia / Magnet
47Jews of Egypt$2,179--1--$2,179$2,1791ArtMattan Productions
48In Bloom$1,996450%1-1$1,996$41,57512Big World Pictures
49Blood Ties$1,873-93%5-23$375$41,2292Roadside Attractions
5020 Feet from Stardom$1,628-31%4-3$407$4,938,07542RADiUS-TWC
51Journey to the West$1,4376%3-1$479$16,6304Magnolia / Magnet
52Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$1,428-82%51$286$113,8358Kino Lorber
53Visitors$1,42830%40$357$81,27610Cinedigm
54Maidentrip$1,335-61%4-3$334$64,89615First Run Features
55The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$1,288-78%4-5$322$2,357,8909ShortsHD
56Refuge$1,274--1--$1,274$1,2741Strand Releasing
57Blue Jasmine$1,244-68%3-9$415$33,404,87136Sony Pictures Classics
58Girl on a Bicycle$1,019-65%1-1$1,019$86,7097Monterey Media
59Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$998-29%21$499$26,0048Rialto Pictures
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-61%3-1$324$39,75122International Film Circuit
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$888--1--$888$51,4277Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62Free the Mind$63661%10$636$157,00748International Film Circuit
63The Right Kind of Wrong$338-20%10$338$2,0223Magnolia Pictures