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. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$49,033,915--3,279--$14,954$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,501,212-61%4,3240$8,210$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,605,781-33%3,30668$2,906$62,085,8243Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,482,618-13%3,048118$2,455$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,750,593-26%2,701-478$2,129$245,128,3386Disney
6Rio 2$5,028,838-35%2,973-341$1,692$113,069,0825Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,311,083--1,044--$4,129$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,747,780--2,658--$1,410$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,743,676-20%1,233-406$1,414$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,643,574-55%1,954-693$841$18,491,3923Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,422,119-19%1,000-330$1,422$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,041,724-39%1,243-547$838$16,052,7684Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$719,214-64%1,133-894$635$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,545,746-13%770-114$2,007$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$849,939-39%820-534$1,037$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$734,67952%340230$2,161$2,029,1224Millennium Entertainment
4Noah$502,108-44%477-452$1,053$99,877,6507Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$488,384113%401181$1,218$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
6The Railway Man$437,644-13%18117$2,418$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$353,264-70%515-1260$686$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
8A Haunted House 2$346,430-68%526-802$659$16,846,2164Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$328,145115%23618$1,390$91,104,08011Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$303,223-25%357-53$849$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Oculus$252,683-67%410-474$616$27,238,6405Relativity Media
12The Lunchbox$244,104-7%1534$1,595$3,428,46911Sony Pictures Classics
13Muppets Most Wanted$176,982-32%285-91$621$50,012,3288Disney
14RoboCop (2014)$129,736-68%146-85$889$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
15Need For Speed$116,02320%19663$592$43,189,6549Disney / DreamWorks
16300: Rise of an Empire$78,967-35%191-44$413$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
17The Monuments Men$77,395-30%122-23$634$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia
18Frozen (2013)$61,662-47%142-37$434$400,447,14825Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$487,109357%4541$10,825$634,2102Fox Searchlight
2Locke$223,01467%7348$3,055$523,2633A24
3Chef$204,961--6--$34,160$204,9611Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$177,160-8%9225$1,926$1,061,5215Sony Pictures Classics
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$131,508-2%36-1$3,653$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Skin (2014)$127,685-25%93-32$1,373$2,067,1086A24
7Fed Up$126,028--18--$7,002$126,0281RADiUS-TWC
8Finding Vivian Maier$114,805-24%977$1,184$1,116,0947IFC Films
92 States$93,168-48%59-37$1,579$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
10Ida (2014)$85,55854%74$12,223$175,4822Music Box Films
11Journey to the South Pacific$71,4469%151$4,763$2,552,55724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
12Walking with the Enemy$68,754-46%72-55$955$736,8303Liberty Studios
13Palo Alto$63,461--4--$15,865$63,4611Tribeca Film
14The German Doctor$63,30244%3521$1,809$177,7393IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
15Le Week-End$57,050-41%65-25$878$2,096,9289Music Box Films
16Jerusalem 3D$49,29819%202$2,465$4,070,99934National Geographic
17Hubble 3D$47,532-5%190$2,502$43,994,772217Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Blue Ruin$46,170-37%611$757$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
19Jodorowsky's Dune$33,585-26%4-57$8,396$523,7308Sony Pictures Classics
20Godzilla: The Japanese Original$29,97669%1910$1,578$78,5974Rialto Pictures
21The Hornet's Nest$26,550--4--$6,638$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
223 Days to Kill$22,702-17%42-22$541$30,688,36412Relativity Media
23God's Pocket$21,482--3--$7,161$21,4821IFC Films
24Son of God$20,353-36%68-58$299$59,666,58911Fox
25The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$19,715-25%12-1$1,643$179,6336Zeitgeist Films
26Sabotage (2014)$15,805-34%51-9$310$10,499,9687Open Road
27The Double (2014)$14,646--2--$7,323$14,6461Magnolia Pictures
28The Raid 2$13,961-52%22-16$635$2,586,1447Sony Pictures Classics
29Joe (2014)$10,382-61%23-16$451$364,5735Roadside Attractions
30On My Way$10,063-6%134$774$311,3729Cohen Media Group
3150 to 1$9,425-12%11-5$857$679,8328Ten Furlongs
32Dom Hemingway$8,604-65%19-28$453$518,1346Fox Searchlight
33Bad Words$8,525-53%29-11$294$7,738,1369Focus
34Dancing in Jaffa$8,061-68%13-10$620$122,6435IFC Films
35Young and Beautiful$7,594136%76$1,085$21,2863IFC Films
36Redwood Highway$6,730453%41$1,683$9,9505Monterey Media
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,255-33%13-2$481$753,7298Magnolia Pictures
38Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,033-11%13-2$464$309,0616Magnolia Pictures
39Under the Sea 3D$5,650-24%131$435$33,935,383274Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Wind Rises$5,539-61%11-15$504$5,194,64812Disney
41Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$4,985--1--$4,985$4,9851Cohen Media Group
42Philomena$4,971-53%13-9$382$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
43Rob the Mob$4,774-41%6-2$796$200,3718Millennium Entertainment
44Bicycling with Molière$4,581-55%51$916$28,1933Strand Releasing
45Tim's Vermeer$4,388-52%8-3$549$1,655,65415Sony Pictures Classics
46The M Word$4,289-59%3-7$1,430$21,1302Rainbow Releasing
47For No Good Reason$3,707-38%82$463$21,2513Sony Pictures Classics
48Hateship Loveship$3,671-50%8-7$459$47,1915IFC Films
49Stage Fright (2014)$3,562--11--$324$3,5621Magnolia / Magnet
50Gloria (2014)$3,013-35%7-2$430$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
51Watermark$2,889-47%5-6$578$82,8376eOne Films US
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,82922%6-2$472$23,309,255162Warner Bros. / IMAX
53To the Arctic 3D$2,742-61%5-4$548$14,032,100108Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Enemy$2,547-47%124$212$1,004,5419A24
55Ilo Ilo$2,43616%21$1,218$37,4996Film Movement
56The Jewish Cardinal$2,151-19%30$717$125,34518Film Movement
57Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,835-30%10$1,835$43,72914Rialto Pictures
58That Demon Within$1,680-75%2-3$840$167,0064China Lion Film
59Deep Sea 3D$1,652--4--$413$46,041,297428Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Decoding Annie Parker$1,586-91%2-11$793$39,8502eOne Films US
61Alan Partridge$1,558-86%7-11$223$147,8316Magnolia Pictures
62The Invisible Woman$1,4380%40$360$1,233,34720Sony Pictures Classics
63For a Woman$1,410-78%20$705$11,1162Film Movement
64Manakamana$994-30%10$994$12,7064Cinema Guild
65No God, No Master$664-49%41$166$6,2427Monterey Media
66The Unknown Known$634-70%6-9$106$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
67The Protector 2$605124%10$605$1,0372Magnolia / Magnet
68Sweet Dreams (2013)$460-39%21$230$52,05928International Film Circuit
69In Bloom$409--2--$205$50,74618Big World Pictures
70Tasting Menu$31251%10$312$9,9044Magnolia Pictures
71The Missing Picture$312100%10$312$49,4368Strand Releasing
72Mistaken for Strangers$286-64%21$143$138,2787Abramorama
7320 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC
74Cheap Thrills$155-47%21$78$59,3798Drafthouse Films
75Big Men$126-79%10$126$43,6569Abramorama