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, Apr. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$24,763,752--3,205--$7,727$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$16,219,025-37%3,620-205$4,480$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$14,351,252-36%2,705288$5,305$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$13,881,457-37%3,703-272$3,749$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$9,516,855--2,647--$3,595$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$4,265,176-61%3,4550$1,234$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,880,053--2,027--$1,914$3,880,0531Lionsgate
8Bears$3,734,588-22%1,7200$2,171$11,281,5252Disneynature
9Divergent$3,658,966-35%2,066-420$1,771$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$3,202,679-64%2,3100$1,386$14,183,3352Open Road
11God's Not Dead$2,805,833-40%1,600-196$1,754$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$2,783,208-51%2,080-701$1,338$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,459,171-28%1,021-259$2,409$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
14Noah$2,283,681-54%1,604-933$1,424$97,314,5525Paramount
15Oculus$2,184,015-58%1,881-767$1,161$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$578,452252%156130$3,708$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Muppets Most Wanted$566,362-46%565-364$1,002$49,411,3896Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$552,283-30%468-312$1,180$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$434,587-60%1372$3,172$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$355,963-11%303-37$1,175$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
6Walking with the Enemy$331,855--258--$1,286$331,8551Liberty Studios
7The Lunchbox$322,434-8%1657$1,954$2,696,3299Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Skin (2014)$273,167-35%158-18$1,729$1,531,5874A24
9300: Rise of an Empire$231,5630%32560$713$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
10Non-Stop (2014)$203,175-46%252-108$806$90,490,7059Universal
11Frozen (2013)$189,962-27%227-63$837$400,175,40123Disney
12Need For Speed$171,085-42%187-71$915$42,904,6367Disney / DreamWorks
13Le Week-End$149,496-44%129-20$1,159$1,844,0187Music Box Films
14The Monuments Men$115,638-20%166-55$697$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
15The Nut Job$101,646-8%160-41$635$64,165,44415Open Road
16RoboCop (2014)$94,185-18%147-28$641$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
17Son of God$70,088-74%211-292$332$59,569,9289Fox
18Dom Hemingway$64,619-55%119-10$543$435,1874Fox Searchlight
19Bad Words$48,339-71%114-109$424$7,678,8687Focus
20Gravity$39,367-45%105-40$375$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fading Gigolo$300,56666%3732$8,123$545,0592Millennium Entertainment
2Only Lovers Left Alive$200,94372%5336$3,791$500,9643Sony Pictures Classics
3Finding Vivian Maier$147,20211%6021$2,453$702,0385IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,474-23%370$3,824$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$84,7755%161$5,298$2,304,28722IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Locke$81,006--4--$20,252$81,0061A24
7The Raid 2$80,706-78%71-468$1,137$2,480,8015Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$53,869-32%180$2,993$43,789,282215Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jodorowsky's Dune$48,75925%4110$1,189$381,1466Sony Pictures Classics
10Particle Fever$43,72032%22-1$1,987$718,0948Abramorama / Bond 360
11Cesar Chavez$42,920-48%45-72$954$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
123 Days to Kill$41,717-38%85-25$491$30,610,84410Relativity Media
13Joe (2014)$38,315-49%41-7$935$298,3523Roadside Attractions
14Sabotage (2014)$36,215-55%75-55$483$10,431,7685Open Road
15The German Doctor$34,259--5--$6,852$34,2591IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16About Last Night$33,563-47%67-42$501$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
17Blue Ruin$32,608--7--$4,658$32,6081RADiUS-TWC
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$28,94127%146$2,067$109,5834Zeitgeist Films
19Alan Partridge$28,688127%2211$1,304$117,3044Magnolia Pictures
20That Demon Within$28,441-63%12-5$2,370$140,6332China Lion Film
21Dancing in Jaffa$23,31432%134$1,793$66,7013IFC Films
2250 to 1$21,063-64%23-33$916$642,9646Ten Furlongs
23Nymphomaniac: Volume II$17,158-30%311$553$278,9484Magnolia Pictures
2412 Years a Slave$17,141-34%32-21$536$56,651,94328Fox Searchlight
25Beneath the Harvest Sky$16,768--8--$2,096$16,7681Tribeca Film
26The Wind Rises$15,855-10%268$610$5,153,72610Disney
27Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,781-66%87-27$181$15,968,1247Lionsgate
28Philomena$14,654-52%33-68$444$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
29Nymphomaniac: Volume I$14,205-30%16-10$888$726,0746Magnolia Pictures
30Ernest & Celestine$13,102-6%20-11$655$258,9609GKIDS
31Tim's Vermeer$12,986-30%23-5$565$1,623,54113Sony Pictures Classics
32Watermark$11,364-40%168$710$64,2664eOne Films US
33On My Way$10,929--5--$2,186$280,1267Cohen Media Group
34Hateship Loveship$10,13657%1613$634$27,8433IFC Films
35Last Passenger$9,326--10--$933$9,3261Cohen Media Group
36The Unknown Known$8,419-75%22-27$383$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
37Under the Sea 3D$7,194-36%81$899$33,893,053272Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Enemy$7,081-32%150$472$992,7207A24
39To the Arctic 3D$6,451-5%61$1,075$14,004,225106Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Gloria (2014)$6,105-12%9-4$678$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
41Who Is Dayani Cristal?$5,712--2--$2,856$5,7121Kino Lorber
42August: Osage County$5,44067%7-9$777$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
43Frankie & Alice$5,067-83%24-19$211$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
44Bright Days Ahead$4,919--4--$1,230$4,9191Tribeca Film
45The Final Member$4,759131%103$476$7,9492Drafthouse Films
46Make Your Move$4,660-94%40-102$117$122,2932High Top Releasing
47Young and Beautiful$4,607--1--$4,607$4,6071IFC Films
48The Missing Picture$4,526486%53$905$46,2236Strand Releasing
49For No Good Reason$4,516--2--$2,258$4,5161Sony Pictures Classics
50Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$4,240--2--$2,120$34,03312Rialto Pictures
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,18865%112$381$23,293,356160Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Child's Pose$4,063-19%51$813$94,85310Zeitgeist Films
53Dallas Buyers Club$3,978-54%12-2$332$27,296,51426Focus
54The Retrieval$3,9531%54$791$27,9497Variance Films
55Bicycling with Molière$3,896--1--$3,896$5,2661Strand Releasing
56Anita (2014)$3,742--6--$624$173,6346IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57Rob the Mob$3,363-72%4-9$841$182,5986Millennium Entertainment
58Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$3,225-23%3-3$1,075$155,04612Kino Lorber
59Just a Sigh$2,013--2--$1,007$55,3676Distrib Films
60It Felt Like Love$1,814536%32$605$31,1736Variance Films
61Manakamana$1,562-57%10$1,562$7,6112Cinema Guild
62American Mustang$1,513-68%10$1,513$47,67915Vitagraph / Just Media
63The Invisible Woman$1,32222%21$661$1,228,29518Sony Pictures Classics
64Godzilla: The Japanese Original$936-91%10$936$21,8742Rialto Pictures
65Gabrielle (2014)$892-71%10$892$4,8042eOne Films US
6620 Feet from Stardom$887491%10$887$4,943,11446RADiUS-TWC
67Stranger By the Lake$688--4--$172$324,02614Strand Releasing
68Mistaken for Strangers$646--2--$323$135,2755Abramorama
69No God, No Master$623-62%20$312$3,5375Monterey Media
70In Bloom$426--1--$426$49,06816Big World Pictures
71Tasting Menu$236-96%1-4$236$9,0852Magnolia Pictures
72Redwood Highway$130-44%1-1$130$4273Monterey Media