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, May. 2 - Sun, May. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,608,337--4,324--$21,186$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$14,407,264-42%3,23833$4,449$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$8,601,509-40%2,930225$2,936$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$7,774,269-52%3,179-441$2,446$237,155,4805Disney
5Rio 2$7,711,952-44%3,314-389$2,327$106,582,2284Fox
6Brick Mansions$3,691,672-61%2,6470$1,395$15,628,9882Relativity Media
7Divergent$2,182,283-40%1,639-427$1,331$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$1,994,670-49%2,0270$984$6,755,7022Lionsgate
9God's Not Dead$1,765,906-37%1,330-270$1,328$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Bears$1,710,162-54%1,79070$955$14,366,2163Disneynature
11Draft Day$1,382,280-50%1,354-726$1,021$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$1,173,020-72%1,775-1680$661$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$1,075,668-66%1,328-982$810$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,777,513-28%884-137$2,011$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
2Noah$900,538-61%929-675$969$99,025,2876Paramount
3Oculus$761,099-65%884-997$861$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$502,556-13%1648$3,064$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Fading Gigolo$482,84761%11073$4,390$1,124,9223Millennium Entertainment
6RoboCop (2014)$404,440329%23184$1,751$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$402,961-27%410-58$983$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Lunchbox$262,841-18%149-16$1,764$3,081,44710Sony Pictures Classics
9Muppets Most Wanted$260,271-54%376-189$692$49,779,2167Disney
10The LEGO Movie$228,911-36%220-83$1,041$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
11Under the Skin (2014)$169,412-38%125-33$1,355$1,838,4195A24
12Non-Stop (2014)$152,530-25%218-34$700$90,716,20010Universal
13Walking with the Enemy$126,735-62%127-131$998$615,6782Liberty Studios
14300: Rise of an Empire$121,045-48%235-90$515$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
15Frozen (2013)$116,922-38%179-48$653$400,344,85824Disney
16The Monuments Men$109,930-5%145-21$758$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
17Need For Speed$96,849-43%133-54$728$43,045,2798Disney / DreamWorks
18The Nut Job$49,745-51%101-59$493$64,238,76716Open Road
19Son of God$31,692-55%126-85$252$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Only Lovers Left Alive$192,320-4%6714$2,870$786,3614Sony Pictures Classics
22 States$180,100-59%96-41$1,876$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
3Finding Vivian Maier$151,2723%9030$1,681$926,0096IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$134,838-5%370$3,644$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Locke$133,85465%2521$5,354$246,6392A24
6Belle$106,578--4--$26,645$106,5781Fox Searchlight
7Le Week-End$96,415-36%90-39$1,071$2,003,0088Music Box Films
8Blue Ruin$73,628126%6053$1,227$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
9Journey to the South Pacific$65,519-23%14-2$4,680$2,424,70223IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Ida (2014)$55,438--3--$18,479$55,4381Music Box Films
11Hubble 3D$49,844-7%191$2,623$43,888,213216Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jodorowsky's Dune$45,260-7%6120$742$459,9717Sony Pictures Classics
13The German Doctor$44,08329%149$3,149$94,0972IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Cesar Chavez$42,084-2%9752$434$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Jerusalem 3D$41,406--18--$2,300$3,990,88333National Geographic
16Walk of Shame$39,751--51--$779$39,7511Focus World
17The Raid 2$29,270-64%38-33$770$2,552,7516Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$27,368-37%19-3$1,440$765,9719Abramorama / Bond 360
193 Days to Kill$27,228-35%64-21$425$30,655,53811Relativity Media
20Joe (2014)$26,846-30%39-2$688$341,3334Roadside Attractions
21The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$26,364-9%13-1$2,028$149,1595Zeitgeist Films
22Dancing in Jaffa$25,2498%2310$1,098$101,2574IFC Films
23Dom Hemingway$24,804-62%47-72$528$496,3025Fox Searchlight
24Sabotage (2014)$23,824-34%60-15$397$10,471,6886Open Road
25Gravity$19,331-51%65-40$297$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
26Bad Words$18,292-62%40-74$457$7,719,1578Focus
27Godzilla: The Japanese Original$17,7471796%98$1,972$40,8873Rialto Pictures
28Decoding Annie Parker$16,781--13--$1,291$16,7811eOne Films US
29The Wind Rises$14,282-10%260$549$5,177,16811Disney
30Alan Partridge$11,418-60%18-4$634$140,4825Magnolia Pictures
3150 to 1$10,729-49%16-7$671$664,5897Ten Furlongs
32On My Way$10,668-2%94$1,185$295,6788Cohen Media Group
33Philomena$10,661-27%22-11$485$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
34The M Word$10,458--10--$1,046$10,4581Rainbow Releasing
35Bicycling with Molière$10,262163%43$2,566$17,7152Strand Releasing
36Nymphomaniac: Volume I$9,401-34%15-1$627$740,4717Magnolia Pictures
37Tim's Vermeer$9,147-30%11-12$832$1,644,05314Sony Pictures Classics
3812 Years a Slave$8,337-51%20-12$417$56,667,87029Fox Searchlight
39Rob the Mob$8,122142%84$1,015$192,0027Millennium Entertainment
40Under the Sea 3D$7,4363%124$620$33,911,950273Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Hateship Loveship$7,408-27%15-1$494$39,8194IFC Films
42To the Arctic 3D$7,11610%93$791$14,021,570107Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Beneath the Harvest Sky$6,988-58%80$874$28,1162Tribeca Film
44That Demon Within$6,783-76%5-7$1,357$161,6253China Lion Film
45Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,758-61%15-16$451$298,3065Magnolia Pictures
46For a Woman$6,530--2--$3,265$6,5301Film Movement
47For No Good Reason$5,96232%64$994$12,9282Sony Pictures Classics
48Watermark$5,449-52%11-5$495$76,7985eOne Films US
49Documented$5,422--1--$5,422$5,4221CNN Films
50Enemy$4,784-32%8-7$598$1,003,2778A24
51Gloria (2014)$4,670-24%90$519$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
52Just a Sigh$3,65281%31$1,217$59,4617Distrib Films
53Young and Beautiful$3,214-30%10$3,214$11,6042IFC Films
54The Jewish Cardinal$2,662--3--$887$121,93117Film Movement
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,639-38%1-1$2,639$40,50413Rialto Pictures
56Born to Be Wild 3D$2,328-44%8-3$291$23,304,433161Warner Bros. / IMAX
57The Unknown Known$2,125-75%15-7$142$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
58Ilo Ilo$2,108--1--$2,108$33,7375Film Movement
5920 Feet from Stardom$1,75698%21$878$4,944,88947RADiUS-TWC
60The Invisible Woman$1,4389%42$360$1,231,29119Sony Pictures Classics
61Manakamana$1,423-9%10$1,423$10,5993Cinema Guild
62No God, No Master$1,305109%31$435$4,9886Monterey Media
63Redwood Highway$1,216835%32$405$1,6934Monterey Media
64More Than the Rainbow$1,082--1--$1,082$1,0821First Run Features
65August: Osage County$1,051-81%3-4$350$37,738,40019Weinstein Company
66Bright Days Ahead$916-81%1-3$916$9,0592Tribeca Film
67Mistaken for Strangers$78522%1-1$785$137,4606Abramorama
68Sweet Dreams (2013)$750--1--$750$51,59927International Film Circuit
69Gabrielle (2014)$634-29%10$634$5,5343eOne Films US
70Big Men$589--1--$589$43,1918Abramorama
71American Mustang$482-68%10$482$48,70016Vitagraph / Just Media
72Stranger By the Lake$461-33%2-2$231$324,89115Strand Releasing
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$417--1--$417$012Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74Cheap Thrills$293--1--$293$59,1147Drafthouse Films
75The Protector 2$270--1--$270$2701Magnolia / Magnet
76Tasting Menu$206-13%10$206$9,4593Magnolia Pictures
77The Missing Picture$156-97%1-4$156$49,0347Strand Releasing
78The Final Member$36-99%1-9$36$10,9493Drafthouse Films