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. 23 - Sun, May. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$90,823,660--3,996--$22,729$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$30,946,416-67%3,9520$7,831$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$14,284,031--3,555--$4,018$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$14,022,660-44%3,266-45$4,294$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,823,388-53%3,160-831$2,476$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$6,968,980-34%3,0190$2,308$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$3,710,407-41%2,154-900$1,723$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$2,467,206-34%1,701-670$1,450$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$2,033,488-54%1,720-1173$1,182$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,744,727-52%1,373-898$1,271$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$2,266,586220%498426$4,551$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$1,654,79976%453280$3,653$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$777,515-56%861-185$903$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$691,352-41%644-347$1,074$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$657,051-37%360-270$1,825$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$583,172--161--$3,622$583,1721Eros International
7The Railway Man$551,94381%600417$920$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$449,827-77%674-1904$667$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
9The Immigrant$442,774905%147144$3,012$513,1142Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$407,255-22%323-32$1,261$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$283,633-7%286-33$992$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Fading Gigolo$278,617-30%186-170$1,498$3,118,3106Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$243,55632%10247$2,388$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$235,402-68%245-535$961$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Noah$220,0934%219-67$1,005$100,575,3999Paramount
16Muppets Most Wanted$195,39288%26974$726$50,382,52810Disney
17Brick Mansions$157,343-69%168-556$937$19,961,0515Relativity Media
18Non-Stop (2014)$148,410-45%153-67$970$91,667,11513Universal
19Bears$136,174-64%214-366$636$17,183,8256Disneynature
20Locke$120,034-41%111-10$1,081$1,037,3805A24
21Transcendence$94,906-66%202-113$470$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
22Draft Day$77,625-79%145-350$535$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
23Oculus$58,805-28%105-35$560$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$204,20161%3413$6,006$611,8454Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$150,6475%392$3,863$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lunchbox$96,501-41%68-62$1,419$3,859,73213Sony Pictures Classics
4Palo Alto$96,149-9%426$2,289$358,8723Tribeca Film
5Words and Pictures$87,879--10--$8,788$87,8791Roadside Attractions
6The Hornet's Nest$83,224261%5740$1,460$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
7Only Lovers Left Alive$81,025-34%70-25$1,158$1,449,2517Sony Pictures Classics
8A Haunted House 2$75,053-19%88-36$853$17,171,9256Open Road
9Journey to the South Pacific$71,756-1%183$3,986$2,849,16526IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$66,55517%204$3,328$44,267,729219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Under the Skin (2014)$51,507-34%32-24$1,610$2,325,2898A24
12Jerusalem 3D$46,91436%217$2,234$4,234,32436National Geographic
13Chinese Puzzle$42,37080%108$4,237$78,9072Cohen Media Group
14Need For Speed$40,849-67%89-71$459$43,442,48811Disney / DreamWorks
15Cold in July$40,317--6--$6,720$40,3171IFC Films
16The Quiet Ones$38,757-76%92-249$421$8,447,6585Lionsgate
17Frozen (2013)$34,955-19%73-39$479$400,577,50127Disney
18The German Doctor$33,898-46%23-16$1,474$340,2195IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19300: Rise of an Empire$33,114-80%71-84$466$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
20Heropanti$32,831--16--$2,052$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
21Finding Vivian Maier$28,378-55%40-24$709$1,313,4249IFC Films
22The Dance of Reality$24,768--2--$12,384$24,7681ABKCO Films
23The Double (2014)$23,669-20%164$1,479$94,9553Magnolia Pictures
24Redwood Highway$14,950231%85$1,869$35,1507Monterey Media
2550 to 1$14,657479%104$1,466$701,56010Ten Furlongs
26Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$13,744--2--$6,872$13,7441IFC Films
27Le Week-End$13,316-61%21-19$634$2,186,81711Music Box Films
28Walking with the Enemy$12,451-59%21-26$593$826,0955Liberty Studios
29God's Pocket$12,002-84%28-52$429$154,7303IFC Films
30Jodorowsky's Dune$11,69910%173$688$577,80310Sony Pictures Classics
31Half of a Yellow Sun$9,668100%65$1,611$17,1022Monterey Media
32The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$8,066-46%11-4$733$219,0098Zeitgeist Films
33Particle Fever$7,002-63%3-8$2,334$842,46112Abramorama / Bond 360
34Godzilla: The Japanese Original$6,822-8%4-4$1,706$128,0026Rialto Pictures
35Young and Beautiful$6,27134%85$784$41,6645IFC Films
36Accident (2014 re-issue)$5,798--1--$5,798$5,7981Rialto Pictures
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$4,870-28%5-2$974$772,73810Magnolia Pictures
38To the Arctic 3D$4,851-35%50$970$14,061,655110Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$4,704-7%54$941$16,9592International Film Circuit
40Under the Sea 3D$4,574-42%92$508$33,970,153276Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Tim's Vermeer$3,831-6%5-2$766$1,670,80617Sony Pictures Classics
42Son of God$3,762-52%21-25$179$59,688,97013Fox
43Bad Words$2,921-86%21-62$139$7,777,56011Focus
442 States$2,519-93%4-28$630$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
45Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,21012%60$368$318,5178Magnolia Pictures
46The Raid 2$2,189-68%6-5$365$2,609,5819Sony Pictures Classics
47Born to Be Wild 3D$2,156-33%122$180$23,326,145164Warner Bros. / IMAX
48For No Good Reason$2,110-51%4-3$528$34,4095Sony Pictures Classics
49Bicycling with Molière$1,8351%2-2$918$35,5575Strand Releasing
50Ilo Ilo$1,16710%2-1$584$39,6288Film Movement
51The Unknown Known$1,15375%52$231$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
52Blue Ruin$1,118-88%5-19$224$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
53The Jewish Cardinal$9227%2-1$461$127,76120Film Movement
54Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$845--1--$845$57,36915Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
55Next Year Jerusalem$836-68%10$836$4,3602First Run Features
56Deep Sea 3D$695--3--$232$46,047,731430Warner Bros. / IMAX
57That Demon Within$629-46%10$629$170,7256China Lion Film
58For a Woman$617-56%1-3$617$15,2134Film Movement
59Tasting Menu$505-80%1-3$505$14,8716Magnolia Pictures
60Alan Partridge$444-83%2-2$222$153,1468Magnolia Pictures
61Grand Départ$339--1--$339$3391Rialto Premieres
6220 Feet from Stardom$33251%21$166$4,945,60450RADiUS-TWC
63The Missing Picture$324-2%20$162$51,33710Strand Releasing
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$320--3--$107$53,25730International Film Circuit
65Stage Fright (2014)$305-79%1-9$305$6,6933Magnolia / Magnet
66In Bloom$280119%10$280$51,55420Big World Pictures
67More Than the Rainbow$96--1--$96$1,6774First Run Features
68No God, No Master$58-27%10$58$6,7969Monterey Media